Archive for July, 2013

Lavender ‘Seal’ in Bloom and My First Rose Talk

July 21, 2013

 

It has been hot here in Southern Ontario.  30°C in the morning, so I’m enjoying coffee in my garden.  A breeze between the houses makes it bearable.  Bees are enjoying the lavender.  My L. angustifolias flowers have been cut off and plants pruned back.  L. x intermedia ‘Seal’ is in bloom.  It is the largest lavender I have in the garden with lovely long stems that are perfect for crafts.  I don’t think I’m going to do anything with the flowers, just let the bees enjoy them.

Monday night I gave my first rose talk.  My term as President of the Canadian Rose Society has just finished.  I forgot how long a talk takes to prepare!  It is not deciding what information to include, but finding all the pictures!  I have been working on it for 6 months and Woodbridge Horticulture Society was my first guinea pig.  At a local garden centre I found a “The Fairy” rose bush that I took to the meeting.  Most of my roses have finished but the climbing rose “Rosanna™” had some flowers, so I took some of those.  They received a lot of attention and people even commented on the light fragrance.

What a wonderful bunch of people.  They meet at the Woodbridge Arena, Islington and Hwy 7, just north of Toronto.  The meeting began with the singing of “Oh Canada”.  There was a piano in the room and one of the members accompanied us.  It has been too long since I sang our anthem with a group.

If you would like to join a garden society visit www.gardenontario.org

This is a great time of year to visit a lavender farm.  You can find a list of them at the Ontario Lavender Growers Association site. 

In Quebec – don’t miss Bleu Lavande.  It is south of Montreal, near the Vermont border.

In Prince Edward Island, visit the 5 Sisters of Lavender Lane.  Check their website for any special events.

Visiting Washington State – Lots of gorgeous farms near Sequim.

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Lazy Days of Lavender

July 15, 2013

ImageMy L. angustifolias have been pruned and I’m hoping for another bloom from them this summer. L. x intermedia ‘Seal’ had a rough winter but the chunks of dea plant have not stopped the live sections from blooming. The buds are just starting to open and I plan to harvest them to make lavender wands as gifts.

If you need directions on how to make a lavender wand, visit my website www.growing-lavender.com.  It is out of date, but the directions are on the front page.  They are not hard to make but take a little practice and FRESH lavender, not dried.

Remember when you remove the finished blooms, this can be a good time to prune the plant. Try to cut it back at least 1/3 if you haven’t already done so.

Photo Contest sponsored by the Ontario Lavender Association

Visit our wonderful lavender farms and take some photos. The deadline for entries is midnight, September 1, 2013. For more information visit http://www.ontariolavenderassociation.org

Do try to visit a lavender farm this summer.