This is the most lavender I’ve ever harvested and I’m not done yet!
In addition to harvesting Melissa last week, I harvested these four.
Royal Velvet is an absolutely beautiful lavender. It really sticks out in the garden. An English Lavender it grows 24 – 36 inches with 12-15 inch stems. What makes it so striking is the dark buds and light flowers. This is also a good one for desserts and to make lavender sugar.
Sachet is named for it’s primary use – sachets.
This is a small English Lavender only growing 18-24 inches tall with 12-inch stems. It can also be used for culinary treats.
Then it’s on to an Unknown. This was labeled Royal Velvet but it’s way too big and not the right color.
It looks like Provence to me, but I’m not sure.
Lastly is Grosso which is one of the several plants that I’ve grown for several years.
Grosso is an Intermediate Lavadin growing 24-36 inches with 16-20 inch stems. This lavender is grown by a lot of commercial growers where they sell lavender by stems. A lavender farm we visited while in Hawaii this past January (I still have that to post!) uses it in their culinary blend. I think it tastes too medicinal but maybe their soil changes the flavor. This plant is hardy and disease resistant. And it yields so much lavender. This whole tub was full from just one plant. I will have three more to harvest shortly. I use this for my Bug Spray.
I still have one more plant to harvest, Hidcote Giant, and the rest of the Grosso when it’s ready. My problem now is I need to make more room.
The garage sure smells good!