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What is all the fuss about lavender?

In the lavender at Dr. Maze's Farm
Lavender up close.

Many folks love lavender. Others wonder what is all the fuss? What makes lavender different from all the other fragrant and pretty flowers? There are many ways to enjoy lavender.  In addition to displaying bunches of cut lavender stems, we find other uses for the stems, as well as the flower buds, lavender essential oil, and the flower water, or hydrosol of lavender.

Lavender has an engaging fragrance that is beloved by many. That is enough reason to grow and use lavender, but looking deeper, we find that lavender is a complex and multi-faceted plant with many uses.
I would like to touch on some highlights here, but many of these topics demand more discussion. Watch the blog for more upcoming postings about lavender. Each paragraph here could someday be the start of a separate entry. Let me know what most interests you about lavender. Here starts our whirlwind tour:

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Farm and Field Today: July Edition

This is the first of a new series of articles where I give an update on what is going on at the farm. With one exception, I took all of these photos today (July 3).

Every day the plants are bigger and I find new things to see. Our crops are all planted and now we are focusing on weeding and on preparing for the upcoming Lavender Celebration weekends (July 11-13 and 18-20).

Flower of a large gourd.
Flower of a large gourd.

The vining crops are starting to blossom. We see flowers in the pie pumpkins, Jack O Lanterns, gourds, and the winter squash fields.  Most of these have bright yellow-orange flowers, but the big hard gourds are have these beautiful frilly white flowers. Continue reading Farm and Field Today: July Edition

Two Big Weekends of Celebrating Lavender

In the lavender at Dr. Maze's Farm
Lavender up close.

The lavender fields are beginning to show a purple haze. As summer arrives, our lavender plants are getting ready to flower. By the middle of July, the lavender will be a peak bloom. Come join us July 11-13 and 18-20 for two big weekends of celebrating lavender. Continue reading Two Big Weekends of Celebrating Lavender

The Raised Spiral Herb Garden at Dr. Maze’s Lavender Labyrinth

The Raised Spiral Herb Garden
Our new raised spiral herb garden

I have been searching for an interesting installation for the center of our Lavender Labyrinth. When I saw some photos of spiral gardens I knew that a raised spiral herb garden would be just the right addition to our labyrinth.

The Spiral Garden invites exploration. It looks different from every angle. The garden bed ramps up, so many of the plants are raised off the ground and are easier to see and tend.

The simple spiral of the garden echos the ever-inward meandering path of the surrounding Lavender Labyrinth. Continue reading The Raised Spiral Herb Garden at Dr. Maze’s Lavender Labyrinth