In July we were on holiday in Jersey, and visited the Jersey Lavender farm.
It’s a lovely wee farm, where they grow their own lavender and several other plants, and produce their own lavender products – oils, soaps, biscuits and fudge, and other such delights.
As it was summer the lavender flowers were in bloom – some even almost on their way out, as it had been an early summer. Harvest was in full swing.
In the summer they also organise talks about the farm, the growing, harvesting, and distilling process, and how they make their products. It was very interesting – I never knew there were so many species and varieties of lavender, plus the hybrid Lavandins. The Jersey Lavender blog has a good post on the difference between lavandula and lavendin.
Here are some of the varieties grown and used in products.
Lavandula angustifolia “Elizabeth” which was bred in this farm.
And some of the other varieties in their ‘exhibition’ collection.
Lavandula angustifolia “Miss Katherine”
Lavandula angustifolia “Fring Favourite”
Lavandula x intermedia “Edelweiss”
Lavandula canariensis (from the Canary Islands)
It never occurred to me, until I saw this big hedge of rosemary at the farm, that lavender and rosemary are related, but it seems so obvious now. They’re both part of the big Lamiaceae herb family, which also includes mint, basil, sage, thyme, oregano, bugle plant (which does well in my garden), and also teak!
Meanwhile, back in Aberdeen, we’d attempted to grow Munstead lavender and Hidcote lavender, and it was the Hidcote that managed to do fairly well. I do like it’s little rounded buds and deep purple colour.
Lovely, lovely lavender