Tuesday, May 31, 2011

High Winds - No Park City Farmer's Market

High winds are expected tomorrow with gusts of 40 mph.....so we are NOT going to be at Canyon's Park City Farmer's Market.  Wind and rain do a number on our products. 
We will hope for Wonderful weather next Wednesday. 

But don't forget we will be at the Weber Basin Garden Fair on Saturday 8-2pm. 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Color Purple at Willard Bay Gardens

I was restocking our display at Willard Bay Gardens and just had to capture some of their PURPLE flowers. 

 Purple hanging baskets for a wedding.

 These are some custom baskets that were potted during "Basket Daze".  They were picked up the day after I took this picture.  There were 20-30 hanging baskets and 15 or so planters for a PURPLE spring wedding.  What a great idea! Correction there was a total of 78 baskets for the wedding. WOW!
Perennials Galore!  Right now is a great time to plant.
For address and information click here:  Willard Bay Gardens

Cutting Out The Dead

It is the end of May and I can safely advise that you can cut out the dead from your lavender.  If you do it too soon in the spring, you run the risk of shocking your plant.  I usually wait til there is a good amount of new green growth before I start cutting away. 
Here he is AFTER the hair cut.  You can see the lower right  portion of the plant is gone. 
 A closer look so you can see how close I got to the main trunk.  

And yes, that is bark around my lavender.  Usually we suggest that you don't put bark around lavender.  As bark decomposes it rots. The lavender foliage pick up on the decomposition and also start to also rot.  BUT in Utah (where it is dry, dry, dry I usually don't have a problem with this).  Because the air is SO dry, the bark does not decompose as fast, the bark does not stay wet, the lavender dries out faster.  Basically the wet, humid, moist atmosphere doesn't have a chance to survive. 

However, this year is a completely different story.  It has been one of the wettest springs since 1983.  The news said  that our reservoirs have room to hold 18,000 square acres of water, but 200,000 acres are predicted to come down. To read more click HERE for the article in the Satandard.  And it is raining today.  So today I wish that I hadn't put bark around my lavender, because I don't know when it will dry out or IF it will dry up.  Lets just hope for a slow spring melt!

Spanish Lavender Update 
My Spanish Lavender also needs the dead cut out.  You can see that it is filling in where it is still alive.  And if you look close it is already sending up blossoms.  I will trim out the dead and post an AFTER picture in the next couple of days.
Update: 06/10/11

Spanish Lavender "before" I cut out the dead
Dead stems up close.
 "After" I cut out the dead.
Up close so you can see how far down I cut.  I am hoping the center of the plant will fill in by the end of the year.
The first show of purple for the year.

New Card Designs

Here is a little sample of a few new card designs I am working on.  I like the rocking chair one the best.  You will have to stop by the Farmer's Market to see my other design creations.  If you scroll to the bottom of the blog you will find our calendar.  It shows where we will be all year long. Boutiques, Markets, Garden Fairs, Wand Classes everything.

"Lavender Babies"

We are bumping up all of our little "Lavender Babies" to bigger pots.  Give them another couple weeks and they will be ready for sale.  

Monday, May 23, 2011

Weber Basin Water "GARDEN FAIR"

2011 Spring Garden Fair
Saturday June 4th, 8:00am - 2:00pm
at the
Water Conservation Learning Garden.
Free Admission!
Photo from http://www.weberbasin.com/
Weber Basin's Learning Garden
2837 East Highway 193 in Layton. 

KSL Greenhouse Show will be broadcasting live from 8-11.
Classes and activities all day long include:
~ Chanshare Sod - Healthy Lawns - 9:30 - 10:30
~ Utah Native Plant Class - 10:30 - 11:30
~ Low Maintenance yards - 11:30 - 12:30
~ Water Treatment Plant Tours
~ Garden Tours and gardening advice.
Photo from http://www.weberbasin.com/

Prizes and a drawings. Free hot dogs, drinks and cotton candy.

And don't forget, 
LAVENDER HILL will be there!
Look for our white canopy and banners.
 All of our goodies and soaps will be available for purchase.

For a map and directions click HERE

Willard Bay Gardens will also be there!  Barney will have "Lavender  Babies" and other beautiful perennials!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Transplanting Lavender: How to

The Wisebird Bookery was our FIRST gift store that we introduced our product line to way back in 2009.  They are a Mother/daughter/Coffee Shop/Book Store that has been around for ever.  Jen and Margaret know just about everybody that steps into their shop.  They not only know their name, but their regular drink of choice.  Last fall Margaret (who loves lavender) wanted to plant some lavender out in front of the store.  
 This spring I was checking up on the cute hedge she planted and realized that 5 of the 8 plants had died.
You can see the nice green one with the dead one behind it.
Here is a closer look.  If in May your plant still has not put out any green leaves, it is probably dead. 
Lucky for us the previous landscapers were smart enough to plant some lavender a few yards down.  And lucky for us they don't pay much attention to their landscaping.  And lucky for us they planted an English variety.  
Why does that make us lucky?
Well if they had weeded or hedged on a regular basis they would have taken away all of the spent lavender that were just about to seed.  But because they didn't; the spent lavender went to seed.  
AND because they didn't weed on a regular basis or clear the beds; those little seeds grew and grew.
Can you see?
There are 4 little lavender starts mixed in with the leaves.  I am guessing the largest is about 2 years old and the others are 1 year or less. 
I choose my specimens.
Pulled out the dead plants and prepped the soil.
Dug up the new hedge candidates.
See that the root ball is as big or bigger than the plant?
Also, do you see the large root coming out the right bottom?
This was it's main water line.
Set them in place.
Watered them in.
And....Volia.  An updated hedge ready for spring.

This is now where I talk about 

0. Water your lavender.
The morning of or while you are prepping the new location, give your lavender a good watering. This will help loosen up the soil around the roots, give it a drink before the move, reduce the stress to the plant and make the entire job just a little easier. 
1. Prep your soil in the NEW spot.
Dig your hole 2x the size of the plant you are moving.  Amend the soil.  If you have clay, put compost. If you have sand put compost and top soil.
2. Dig up your lavender.
Here is the tricky part.  DON’T STRESS YOUR LAVENDER.  Lavender have very large root systems.  If your plant is about “yea big", then the root ball is about the same ”yea big".  The more dirt you can leave on the roots while moving, the less stress to the plant.  Most lavender have a “succor root” it is a large root that is the main water supplier. You can see one in my pictures above.
3. Place your lavender in it's NEW spot.
Take note where the soil height  was on the stem before you dug up your plant.  You will want the soil height to be the same in the new location. With good dirt fill in around the roots, water it in and then top dress if necessary.  Sometime the soil settles after watering.  Pinch off a few of the leaf tips on your plant.  This will stop it from thinking about blooming and tell it to think about growing more roots.
4. Keep a green eye on your lavender
Your plant will be a little sensitive in it's first few weeks.  It will need a bit more water til the roots grab hold again. Notice the clouds in the picture of the Bookery.  I choose to transplant on a day where I knew it wouldn't be to hot and where I knew it would rain for a few days after.

 *  Sometimes if you shock your plant it will not bloom as full or at all that year.
 *  Early spring and late fall are the best times to transplant. Avoid transplanting to late in the fall if you are near your first frost dates, wait til next spring.  Then if you are transplanting in the spring, be sure to wait til AFTER your last anticipated frost date.
       * If you are moving an established plant bigger than 2 years...good luck.  I am sure there are people out there that have gone it with success.  Can you imagine how big that root ball would have to be?

       * You may find it odd (at least I did) that you can buy a large lavender plant in a little tiny pot. Isn't the rule that the root ball has to be as big as the plant? And here is the answer: The difference between a wild seedling like the one I was dealing with and a 3 gallon potted plant is that when you slip the potted plant out of is container; all of it's roots are intact and undisturbed. The wild seedling has had time to sprawl out its roots. The pot can be smaller than, "yea big" because it is containing and protecting the roots. And the seedling needs a large root ball to capture all of it's roots. 


Sunny Days

Last week it got in the 70's.  Today, its rain with snow flurries.
Will summer ever get here?  
While the sun was shining I got a few good shots.  
 Blue skies with snow capped mountains. 
 The first color we see every spring are these tiny little yellow wild lilies. They are all over the hill side.  They even manage to come up through the cracks in the weed cloth.   
 Maggie poking around the hives.
Phase 3 trenches.  My Dad digs out the clay with the tractor and then we bring in dirt to fill them.  Then we lay drip lines and THEN we plant.  The chorus, "Back to the trenches again" comes to mind; a lot of hard work for everyone involved.  And then we take a sip of Lavender Lemonade and get back to it.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


For everyone that wanted to send in a picture for the
"Passion for Purple Fashion Challenge"
and missed the dead line; now is your chance.  
I have extended the challenge. 
So send in your pictures to: email@lavenderhillutah.com

Also, I added a new "page".  It is over below fun links, recipes and events. 
It is called "Garden Diary".  
This is where you can read what we are doing in the garden and what the weather is like for us. I wanted a quick reference so next year we could compare and see if we were ahead of schedule or behind. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Grass Tote With Lavender

My latest "Crafting" effort. 
 It started like this.
After a little painting...and frustration.  It is a lot harder to paint on woven grass than you would think. 
It ended like this.
When I go to restock our booth at the boutique tonight I will put this out too.
Happy Crafting!

Kottage Kupboard, 2 days left.

 Our booth at Kottage Kupboard.
Everything Lavender!
 We put up this picture in our booth to show the shoppers what our garden looks like. 
The only problem is that no one believes that this is
REALLY our garden. 
 This is a great little read. (Perfect for Mothers Day) It tells what types of soil lavender like, how to make a couple of crafts. It has a few recipes and tells a little about lavender's history. 
Don't forget our teas and culinary treats.