Growing and Caring for Lavender

August 7, 2013

Three years ago Matt and I visited Matanzas Creek Winery and Lavender Gardens in early summer and wandered among the beautiful purple fields. Ever since we’ve returned every year, and even attended their annual Days of Wine and Lavender in late June which takes place under the oaks and among the lavender fields. It’s a beautiful event with gourmet food vendors pairing their lavender infused appetizers with the local wines, definitely worth a day trip in June if you’re in the area!

Lavender has been cultivated and grown for centuries and its a flowering plant that has long been a favorite through the ages for its beauty, scent, culinary and therapeutic uses. I’m a huge fan of this botanical, I have two dozen Provence lavender plants in my yard that I harvest every summer – I keep the buds for making sachets and dry several bundles upside-down for future use.

I asked if the specialist at Matanzas Creek would answer some questions about the growth and care of lavender, and today Pat Ross is the expert answering some common questions about the care and growth of lavender.

matanzas creek lavender

Hi Pat! Tell us your role in lavender production at Matanzas Creek Winery and Lavender Gardens?

I oversee the production of all of our lavender products and packaging, developing the unique packaging and marketing the products to spas and retail stores. We sell our lavender products online, you can find all of them in our retail store.

Lavender sunlight

What are the most popular varieties of lavender and how can you tell them apart?

Our large garden is both varieties of Grosso and Provence lavender. ‘Provence’ is a lighter shade of lavender used for culinary purposes. The ‘Grosso’ is a deeper shade used because the fragrance is important in sachets, bouquets, soap products, etc.

difference between provence and grosso lavender

 

In what regions does lavender grow successfully?  What are some general care guidelines you can share?

Lavender plants will grow in a wide range of conditions, but do best in full sun and well-drained soil. For best results, we recommend amending your soil with a small amount of compost and a couple of shovels full of sand and rock. The sand and rock help provide drainage, and good drainage is a critical factor in growing lavender.

Established plants are extremely drought resistant, but you will need to supply water to newly planted ones; however, be sure not to overwater. One of the most common mistakes we see people make is overwatering new plants in the spring. Let the soil dry between watering times, or the plant will perish quickly. On a 90 degree day, we water for 15 minutes.

Lavender does not like “wet feet”. It is dampness, more than cold, that kills lavender plants. Humidity can also be a problem – make sure you don’t crowd the plants, so air can freely flow between them. Here at Matanzas Creek, our rows are 5’ wide and the plants are 3’ apart. In colder areas, where the ground often freezes, it is beneficial to add a layer of mulch to help protect the roots.

When and how should lavender be harvested?

Your lavender plants will look much better if long stems are cut back to the center mound of the plant within 45 days of the full bloom. The striking half dome shape of Matanzas Lavender plants is achieved by this early harvest and a late fall pruning deep into the mound of the plant. This also helps prevent the formation of woody stocks.

Lavender in Bundles

What are the various culinary and therapeutic uses for lavender?

There are hundreds of recipes that can be found online from desserts to rubs to stuffings. It is a powerful herb compared to others so less is more when cooking with it.

Fragrant lavender buds have a relaxing effect and are a wonderful sleep aid.

Lavender has long been known for healing factors as well. Pure essential lavender oil is a natural antiseptic that can clean a wound or lessen the discomfort of mosquito bites or bee stings. Its healing of burns is nothing short of amazing. When applied to the burn area, the pain will significantly dissipate and resist blistering.

lavender essential oil

 

Thank you Pat for taking the time to share such valuable tips on growing and caring for lavender.

And today there’s a surprise giveaway!

The kind people of Matanzas Creek Winery and Lavender Farm are offering three winners a culinary gift basket of lavender products shipped to your door.

It includes . . .culinary lavender giveaway

 

To be eligible to win one of the three culinary gift sets, simply leave a comment on this blog post!

US and Canada only, three winners chosen at random. Giveaway expires midnight PST on August 10, 2013. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Winners: #192 Laura J. #307 Judy W. #520 Cathy L.  Winners notified via email.

 

 

 

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535 Responses to “Growing and Caring for Lavender”

  1. Jana says:

    Love growing lavender!

  2. Karen Stubbs says:

    Many thanks for this timely post. I just killed my first lavender plant and now I know why. Can’t wait to try again! This time, less water!

  3. Shelley MacKenzie says:

    I love lavender!!!!

  4. sarah says:

    I love lavender, I have lavender sachets throughout my home. Nice post!

  5. Judy says:

    I’ve tried growing lavender, but have not been successful (yet!)

    I spray my pillows with lavender spray – – dreamland!

    Very informative post!

  6. GG says:

    I’m so obsessed with lavender, I have even infused orange juice with it – delicious!!

  7. Jean Hoye says:

    Just started growing some lavender and hoping for good results- thanks for the great tips!

  8. Cathy says:

    I’m going out to cut my lavender correctly now. Thanks again Kate for beautiful photos and great information.

  9. Abby says:

    I love lavender – was very sad when we had to move recently and I was forced to leave my two beautiful lavender plants that I’d grown from seeds.

  10. Mary Mulvihill says:

    I remember falling in love with Lavender when I lived in Switzerland and had some Provence Lavender in my yard!

  11. Kate says:

    Great information! Lavendar plants are one of my favorite parts of CA wine country! I just don’t come across it as often in other parts of the country.

  12. Lynelle says:

    I tried to grow some lavender from seed last year and had no success :( This makes me want to try again, I’d love to have some in my garden!

  13. Bethany says:

    I have two lavender plants and have wondered when I should harvest them. Thanks!

  14. Pamela says:

    Could I please have a little information about growing lavender in containers in the cold Northeast? I am especially interested in overwintering plants, and when and if to repot.

  15. Abby says:

    Beautiful! I love lavender – it’s gorgeous and smells divine!

  16. Stefani says:

    I love lavender!!

  17. I love lavender! I just planted some this year for the first time and I’m obsessed with the smell. This post was so lovely… I swear I could almost smell the pictures! :)

  18. Jill says:

    I have loved lavendar, the color, the flower, the smell, since I was small child.

  19. Laura C says:

    I am trying my hand at growing lavender myself. Love the photos you have and thanks for the growing tips!

  20. Bebett says:

    What a great giveaway! Thank you. Makes me want to plant lavender again. Had a few plants in our previous house but lost them one summer due to the heat.

  21. Pam says:

    Those lavender gardens look great! Is the Provence Lavender less fragrant than Grosso, then?

  22. Adrienne says:

    Oh, how lovely! Lavender is one of the first things I’m going to plant if I ever own a home (along with rhubarb and asparagus and a cherry tree, ha). It smells so nice :)

  23. Kate, this was so helpful. I am planning a new garden and would love to plant lots of lavender to harvest.
    Have a great day!

    Heather

  24. Joel Jones says:

    I really enjoy all the atributes of lavender.

  25. Beth says:

    Beautiful gardens. My lavender plant didn’t come back this summer (boo!) so I will replant next spring using these tips. Thanks!

  26. Martha says:

    Thanks for the tips! I want to put lavender in my backyard to help deter mosquitos, so the growing tips are much appreciated!

  27. Vikki says:

    Since I have no luck growing lavender I would especially love to win this mouthwatering gift to use in my cooking. Vikki in VA.

  28. Dee says:

    I am hoping to grow lavender next year so was very excited to see this post. I love lavender!

  29. Megan says:

    I just adore Lavender! We visited some lavender farms in Texas a few years back. The aromas were
    Just delectable! Thank you for the post! I never considered growing it until i read this post and realized it would make the perfect addiction to our Texas Hill Country landscape!

  30. A lavender giveaway. Yea!!! I can never get enough lavender. I have about 10 plants and can’t wait until they bloom. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  31. Alicia says:

    Would love to have some of this lavender in my home!

  32. Heather M. says:

    I’ve been trying to figure out the perfect plant to help fill some of the empty spaces in the landscaping in our backyard and lavender might be the perfect addition! thanks for the ideas :)

  33. Lisa E says:

    My backyard is a blank slate and I’m starting to try to think of ideas on what flowers to include in the garden we will put in. Lavendar happens to already be on the list!

  34. Jennifer says:

    Wow, what a cool giveaway! Does the farm offer recipes or recommendations?

  35. Rosemarie says:

    I LOVE the smell of lavender! (that and vanilla) – Unfortunately we live in Florida (state of constant rain) so planting is not an option for us sadly.

  36. Dee says:

    We have a small pot and love the fragrance of lavender !

  37. Stefanie says:

    Such a great post – I’ve always wondered if I’d be able to grow lavender in Texas! Seems like I might be able to!

  38. Nikki says:

    Lovely post! This really makes me want to try my hand at growing some lavender!

  39. Rachel says:

    I would love to cook with the culinary lavender! Hope I win!

  40. So beautiful! I would love to win one!

  41. Oh my gosh this is so helpful! I started growing lavender this Spring, and had no idea why the plant seems to be stuck with no blooms or even prospects of growth. Now it all makes sense… drainage! Thank you for the wonderful tips!

  42. Pauline Clark says:

    Wow! I have ONE plant. It looks amazing to see so much in one place and I can only dream about the scent!

  43. anya says:

    Such fabulous information – I had no idea lavender was such a useful plant (I thought it just smelled pretty! :)

    I have never grown it, but after reading this would love to give it a try. Thank you for this helpful post!

  44. Alex Cosgrove says:

    I looooooove lavender! These pictures are beautiful!

  45. Very informative. We planted several new lavender plants this spring and they are doing quite well. Glad to now know how to cut them properly. Thanks for sharing Kate!

  46. ADRIENNE says:

    I’ve always been intrigued by lavender. The smell, the beatiful appearance.. it’s so elegant. There is nothing like the scent of lavender on clean sheets, or as a calming candle. Just can’t get enough!

  47. Lisa says:

    Such a beautiful scent and such a pretty color! I just love lavender!!!

  48. Kathleen says:

    Planning on putting lavender in the landscape but didn’t know what variety to use so thanks for an informative article. I’m going with the Grosso! Nothin smells better than some lavender.

  49. Melissa R says:

    I love lavender!

  50. Amy says:

    This was so interesting and helpful! I love lavender–the scent helps me relax before falling asleep!

  51. cindy l says:

    I love lavender!

  52. Pat Peele says:

    Love lavender! We saw fields of it in New Zealand and have friends there who grow large plots in their garden. South Carolina is not so friendly for it. We saw some in North Carolina with white sand as a mulch.
    Thanks for a great blog and this giveaway.

  53. Nicole says:

    I’ve used lavender from my garden to make lavender lemonade and lavender shortbread. I love surprising people with its unique fragrance and flavor! I would go crazy with this set!

  54. skye says:

    lovely post- I love lavendar! :)

  55. skye says:

    lavender… *embarassed

  56. LouiseM says:

    Gorgeous pics. I love Lavender…it always reminds me of my Grandparents as they had it in their garden. Have tried planting it before but no luck. With these tips I will try again.

  57. Connie says:

    Really appreciate the tips on cutting and maintaining. I’ve had lavender in my landscape for years and realize I can use some of these tips to have better shape and blooms!

  58. Alison says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I love lavender!

  59. MaryO says:

    Lavender helps with meditation in yoga – love the smell!

  60. Lynne says:

    Thanks for the beautiful pics…inspires me to plant lavender!

  61. Betsy says:

    I love lavender and have recently been using lavender essential oils for therapeutic healing

  62. Lisa says:

    LOVE lavender. Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. Dianne says:

    Lavender! My all-time favorite! Matanzas Creek is so beautiful, too. It is such a beautiful winery. Thanks for this post…it brought back wonderful memories!

  64. Tracy says:

    I found myself trying to sniff my screen. When will they invent that?! Thanks for the giveaway.

  65. Darla says:

    What creativity with lavender. Yes, please!

  66. Donna Ingalls says:

    I love lavender, but have not been very successful growing it in the last. Thanks for the great information on how to grow it properly. I’m going to try it again. Here’s to a successful harvest!

  67. Miss Miller says:

    How timely. We are having our annual Lavender Potluck Tea this Saturday.

  68. Mary A says:

    My husband and I were just talking about herbs de provence yesterday. I think that we decided lavender is the mail difference between Italian and French cooking. Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. Sharm says:

    I would love to win this for my tea…

  70. Misti says:

    I’d love to have a lavender garden one day!

  71. Kendra S. says:

    I have been seeing lavender pop up in many cocktails recently, which I am loving.

  72. Heidi says:

    I would love to get my hands and nose on these products. Could I really be so lucky??

  73. Teresa Novak says:

    What a nice giveaway. I love lavender.

  74. Patti says:

    No wonder I’ve had a hard time growing lavender…I’ve been doing it wrong! Thanks for the post! Very helpful with beautiful pictures!

  75. Kim says:

    I can’t grow lavender to save my life. With these tips, I just may try it again. Thanks!

  76. Corinne says:

    This is so wonderful! I picked up two lavender plants and they are still quite small but I’m sticking it out and hoping they will continue to grow for years to come. I absolutely love the scent!

  77. Joy Cooper says:

    I have a new found fascination for lavendar and hope I win so I can learn more!

  78. Jennie says:

    Oh, I’m so excited! I’ve been growing lavender for a year or two and could never get it quite right…this hints will help!

  79. Linda says:

    I planted some lavender but it has not been thriving. This is very helpful information. Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. Jessica says:

    Love this – I feel like I can smell the fresh lavender now!

  81. Laura D. says:

    This inspires me to want to plant some lavender! I LOVE the smell more than anything.

  82. I planted one dozen lavender starts in my landscaping this spring! I loved your post, thx for sharing the beautiful pictures and information. Blessings.

  83. Kelly says:

    I’ve had lavender-honey ice cream on my to-do list for awhile, and those grill sticks have me intrigued!

  84. Joey says:

    Love lavender! At least now I know why I have trouble growing it. I was doing almost everything wrong. Thanks so much for this information and the give-away!

  85. Jessica says:

    Helpful information! Thanks!

  86. Linda Fleming says:

    I love lavender.
    Thanks for the tips!
    I’ve not had much success so far growing lavender so I’ll try again!

  87. Jenny says:

    Love the tips for growing lavender. I love how lavender looks and smells, but it’s definitely a bit intimidating for a novice gardener.

  88. Sam says:

    I love lavender! One of these days I’m going to try planting some for myself.

  89. Sarah says:

    Their lavender products look wonderful and they are packaged so beautifully!

  90. LizlovesCam says:

    I really just want to roll around in it like a cat with catnip. I blame the pregnancy hormones!

  91. Jags says:

    Lavender oil is so good! Thanks for the informative blog post. :)

  92. Cindy says:

    I love lavender! I wonder what variety would grow in Texas heat and humidity?

  93. Amanda S. says:

    This post came at the perfect time. I have a small plant and was curious when to harvest, thanks for the info!

  94. Jules says:

    I love this post! I recently added you to my Feedly stream and really enjoy the content you provide. Keep up the great work!

  95. Anne B. says:

    I have never had any luck growing lavender. Now I shall have to try again.

  96. leah taylor says:

    Love the smell of lavender. The pictures are beautiful.

  97. Lefa says:

    love lavender!

  98. Julie says:

    I love lavender! I have been meanting to try it out in my cooking/baking so this would be perfect!

  99. Katy says:

    I was just thinking about trying to grow some lavender. I’m not sure if the Texas heat will kill it, but this post has inspired me to look into it.

  100. Pam C. says:

    Love the smell of Lavender, have it planted by the deck so I can smell it. These products look Amazing !

  101. Irina says:

    I recently made Lavender sorbet, grilling with Lavender is next on my Try list.

  102. Kim Olea says:

    I love lavender. I had the chance, several years ago, to visit France and spend some time in Provence. The lavender fields are breathtaking!

  103. Shyla says:

    I love lavender!

  104. I have some potted lavender on my balcony. It didn’t bloom at all this season, but I’m hoping that next year with the proper care it will. Lavender is such a great pollinator attraction too, the honey bees love it and all my veggies do better when we have bees around!

  105. Janette says:

    I love lavender! Thanks for the opportunity!

  106. Cheryl says:

    Thanks so much for this information. I have been lucky with my lavender plants and now I understand much more, I think I will plant more next year.

  107. Brittany says:

    I would love this!

  108. Tamara S. says:

    One of my favorite plants. The smell is like heaven!

  109. Katie Beth says:

    We were just at Matanzas this weekend and a little sad it was not as beautiful as early July. Still smelled amazing!

  110. Jeanne G says:

    I love cooking with lavender. I took a cooking class where we mad lavender chicken. It was wonderful!

  111. Nicole says:

    I just love the smell of lavender! Herbs de Provence make me think of fall because I love to sprinkle it on my squash before roasting. Yum. I am so interested in the grill sticks too! What a great giveaway!

  112. Margaret says:

    I love lavender.We visited Provence a few times while we were living in Europe and those field were amazing!
    Also, weird aside – I’ve been having major problems viewing the images on your blog for the past few entries. Is it just me or is anyone else having problems?

  113. Tara says:

    What beautiful pictures! Would love the chance to win this!

  114. margaret says:

    Wow, I love lavender and have planted a few plants in my Houston backyard with success. I had no idea about the different varieties uses however. I have never cooked with lavender so that would be interesting. I’d love to visit this farm!!!

  115. Sarah S says:

    I am obsessed with Lavender – would love to win this one!!

  116. Lauren says:

    I love lavender in all forms. I use Herbs de Provence almost daily!

  117. Gina S says:

    Great giveaway! I love lavender.

  118. Amanda says:

    I love lavender, thanks for the giveaway!

  119. Mari says:

    I love lavender! I planted three plants this year, I hope they make it! Awesome giveaway.

  120. Blanca Morales says:

    That garden looks amazing and I’m sure it smells heavenly. I just recently planted some lavender and so far it looks good. I’m hoping it can resist the AZ weather. Thank you for the post =)

  121. Melissa says:

    Absolutely love the smell of lavender! I really would like to plant some, but living in my region in Canada, I don’t think it’s possible.

  122. Beth says:

    Thanks! That was interesting. I didn’t realize lavender had so many uses.

  123. Charlene says:

    Although I have managed to grow lavender in other places, I can’t seem to manage it here in central Manitoba, Canada. With a shady yard, a short growing season and a chance of frost every month of the year, it is an annual at best. These plantings are so beautiful!

  124. Christy says:

    Am wearing Green Tea and Lavender scent right now — so feminine and lovely.

  125. Christine N. says:

    I love lavender!

  126. Christina says:

    Great post! I love to use lavender when making jams.

  127. Samantha O. says:

    Curious to try cooking with lavender. Would be something new.

  128. Kate says:

    Love the smell and look of lavender!

  129. Andrea C. says:

    Now I know how to care for the lavender in my new home’s yard!

  130. Erin L says:

    I would love to win!! I grow a lavender in my garden (zone 5) but I have yet to harvest it. These tips are helpful! thank you!

  131. sue austin says:

    This is a wonderful give-away! Matanzas Creek Winery and Lavender Gardens sounds like a beautiful place and I would love to visit. Maybe someday . . . . :) Thank you for sharing.

  132. Nancy says:

    We love our lavender plants, thanks for your tips! My daughter just made a lavender lemon vodka infusion! Delicious!

  133. Trisha says:

    Lavender is my number one favorite herbal scent and essential oil. I always look for it in a candle or sachet. I tried to grow it once, unsuccessfully, lol.

  134. Alexia says:

    I love lavender! This was a really helpful post as I’m in my first year of growing lavender. Thanks for the hepful tips!

  135. Jeanna says:

    One of my favorites! I adore lavender :)

  136. Gigi says:

    A beauty shop I go to has lavender growing outside the front door — when you brush against it on the way in, the fragrance begins to set the mood of ‘leaving the real world behind’…if just for a short time. I love using Herbs de Provence in the kitchen!

  137. Bobbie says:

    Lavender is one of my favorite fragrances. Have used it in cooking, too. Love the gifts.

  138. Amanda says:

    Lavender is so calming! Love it.

  139. Pam Capone says:

    I love lavender when I lived in CA I had it growing in my front yard. Since moving to UT not sure how it would hold up.

  140. Katie says:

    Lavender is one of those scents that brings back memories of childhood – both my Nana and my Mum always having it growing in their gardens! I can’t wait to carry on the tradition in our new home!

  141. Linda says:

    One of my all time favorite scents. I use it for scrubs, sprays and it’s gender friendly!

  142. Tiffany says:

    I love the scent of lavender – would live to try some of these!

  143. Pat Morin says:

    I love lavender and believe it or not so does our cat. We have 2 pots of lavander on our deck. Our cat who is only 7 lbs climbs into the pots and tries to eat the lavender. Apparently small amounts are not harmful. My husband and I are amused by this since we also have catnip for her, but she will make a beeline for the lavender everytime. I have now decided that it is a game for her. Who knew we had a Provence Kitty?

  144. Jennifer I. says:

    Lovely! I love the smell of lavender and am trying to grow my own.

  145. Eileen says:

    Thanks for the information on lavender plants.

  146. Nicole says:

    I love the smell of lavender and would really enjoy trying one of these out in the kitchen!

  147. Jeanne says:

    This explains why i lost 2 plants that were too wet and tight. My 3rd plant that is growing in not-so-good soil is huge and thriving! I will prune it back since it is huge and woody. I would love the mound look of the photos in this post. Thanks!

  148. Oh what a wonderful post! I pinned it just to “have”. And thank you for the giveaway; great fun. Lavender is my favorite.

  149. Ginger says:

    And here I was thinking that it was just pretty and smelled good. I need to start doing something with my lavender I guess! thanks for this post!

  150. Dana E says:

    I would love to try this lavender! I’ve been thinking about getting a small plant to try my black thumb at it, and now I feel a little more confident in actually helping it live! I’m all about the herbs in cooking!

  151. Marybeth says:

    Every try honey lavender ice cream? Very tasty!

  152. Maggie says:

    Oh how wonderful, I am so hoping to be able to plant and grow lavender at our home when our renovations are done!

  153. Meg Smith says:

    What a wonderfully helpful post, Kate! Thank you!

  154. Danielle Goodman says:

    I have never cooked with lavender but would love to try!

  155. Jessi says:

    I love using lavender from the farmers market in cooking.. Will dry it out and then pull the flowers off and throw a few in pancake batter with some blueberries..mmmm! delish! I have some from the market drying out in the kitchen right now :).

  156. Tagati says:

    Mille grazie for the info. I’m not much of a gardener. Thank goodness Sequim, WA is known for lavender, so a short drive is all that is necessary when I need to restock!

  157. Ali Burtt says:

    I worked at an herb farm and winery when I still lived in California. The smell of the lavender in the summer when it was hot was overwhelming! I still love it though. There’s nothing like the smell of an herb farm.

  158. Paula says:

    I absolutely love lavendar! We just bought a home and planted some in our backyard. Thanks for the great tips.

  159. Vicki says:

    I love lavender!
    Thanks for rthe chance!

  160. Tanya says:

    Oh, how cool! I’ve planted lavender this year for the first time, and am anxious to make sure it flourishes, so these tips are so good to read!
    The photos in this post are also so very awesome!

  161. Monica F. says:

    Simple beautiful. Lavender is one of my favorite scents. I might try planting some this year.

  162. Chris Pausch says:

    Thank you for the great piece on lavender! I have always loved the scent and many uses of this beautiful plant. Love lavender tea…want to try lavender ice cream!

  163. Megan says:

    I planted lavender in my garden this year and it definitely hasn’t thrived — it also hasn’t died. I’ll have to implement some of these tips next year and maybe I’ll have better luck. Just maybe. :-)

  164. Meg says:

    Lavender is not only beautiful, but smells so nice!

  165. Maria says:

    Great Post! I will try lavender in my yard!

  166. Megan says:

    Thank you so much for posting. I have been trying to grow lavender for a while now and it has been an epic failure. After reading your post I think I will try again, hopefully mixing in sand and rocks will help! Thank you so much!

  167. Lynne says:

    Just a few days ago I was thinking about planting lavender in our yard. I love the fragrance and I love purple! Thanks for the tips. I’m not sure how well lavender will grow here in the lowcountry of SC but I’m willing to try.

  168. Kelsi says:

    Oh I would love this! I love lavender.

  169. Laura says:

    What a treat!

  170. ellen says:

    I always have lavender in my garden. Thanks for the pruning tip!

  171. Emily says:

    I love that second photo – beautiful light!

  172. Lori L. says:

    Thank-you for the tips on growing lavender, I have been considering planting it in our gardens for a while now!

  173. Kendra says:

    Lavender is so great! Thank you!

  174. Stefanie Smith says:

    Thank you for this post! Great care and use tips.

  175. lindsey says:

    Thanks so much for doing this post – I have a couple of lavender plants that I think could be doing much better if I knew how to manage them. You have given me more than a few tips! Thanks again!

  176. angela says:

    i love this!!! makes me want to go and lie in the fields and smell it!

  177. Christine M. says:

    Thanks for this great article and awesome giveaway! I remember my Mom making lavender sachets and tucking them here and there…drawers, closets, car. Such a lovely plant and aroma! Hope I win!

  178. Mag says:

    Great tips. I had some lavender in a pot in my back yard, but I wasn’t successful. Maybe after knowing the do’s and don’ts, I’ll try again. Thanks for the giveaway.

  179. Caitlin says:

    I love Matanzas Creek! I take people there every time I have a visitor who wants to go wine tasting- the drive there is part of the experience.

  180. maureen says:

    Great giveaway!!!! I love lavender…I sleep with in in my pillowcase :)

  181. Kim R says:

    I love Matanzas Creek and have been lucky enough to visit them several times when we were in the area. Your pictures are lovely and I know you’ll agree it is even more beautiful in person.

    I had some lavender planted on a hillside that did well for quite a few years but then died away. I think it was a combination of too much shade from the shrubs getting taller nearby and the soil gradually losing the organic matter I had mixed in at planting. I didn’t prune them correctly, either – I’m very happy to know now how to prevent the woody stems.

    Kate, you are always a wealth of information – thanks!

  182. Randi says:

    I love lavender! I just had to tear out two very overgrown and ugly lavendar bushes that were crowding a walkway (I think they were 30+ years old!), I’m hoping to plant more next summer!

  183. Sarah K says:

    I love the smell of lavender and use it in my bath every night! I have lavenders in my yard too.

  184. Leslie says:

    I love lavender! It is definitely my favorite!

  185. lemur_lass says:

    This was great info. I am planning on re-doing my front yard with drought resistant plants and lavender will be one of my dominant plants. Thanks for the info.

  186. Brie says:

    What a sweet giveaway! My husband, who loves to cook, recently declared lavender to be one of his new favorites!

  187. ruth says:

    I always get rave reviews on roast chicken with herbs de provence. I would love to grow a lavender plant at our new house, perhaps with these tips even someone like me who has a black thumb can be successful!

  188. Skye DeMicco says:

    Lavender = Love. I’ve been wanting to grow some lavender in my garden, so I’m going to pin this as inspiration. I keep a vial of lavender oil on my desk so that I can de-stress during the day. I’ve also put lavender in my vacuum cleaner bag so that when I vacuum, the house smells lovely! I love this giveaway! :)

  189. ashley says:

    Beautiful! I love lavender, it’s my favorite smell.

  190. Paulette says:

    My favourite scent has always been lavender. I have repeatedly tried to grow this plant in my garden most unsuccessfully. I appreciate the information and will once again attempt to grow this lovely calming and most glorious smelling plant here in Canada.

  191. Love lavender. This is a great giveaway. I remember u dI’d a post a while back on lavender bathsalts that u gave to your sister for a gift.

  192. Catherine says:

    I bought culinary lavender only a few months ago from a farm in Texas. I cannot put it down, constantly having to buy more. I recently bought a plant and this information is so helpful!! Thank you so much. Quick tip: Did anyone know that if you place lavender on window sills, doorways, etc it helps to keep out scorpions?!

  193. Karen says:

    I’ve always loved lavender but never knew about the healing power of lavender essential oil!! It’s now on my ‘have to have it’ list!

  194. Lexi J says:

    Thanks for the tips! I will try and plant some lavender again!

  195. judy says:

    Love lavender!!!! Thanks for all of the great info!

  196. Amanda R. says:

    I love the scent of lavender! Thanks for the giveaway!

  197. Lila Vaughn says:

    Lavender reminds me so much of my mother, who loved the scent and color, and who is greatly missed. I tried to grow it once and failed. Maybe I should try again using the tips in this post.

  198. Lynne says:

    I needed this information! I have several varieties of lavender and have hesitated to cut it. It’s not native, which most of my yard is dedicated to; but it supports so many bees, it’s a great asset to my garden.

  199. Kendi says:

    Love lavender!

  200. Lori says:

    Lavender is my absolute favourite !!! Love it for candles, soaps, lotions and used for bites too!!

  201. Elizabeth G. says:

    I love lavender! I hope I win. Great giveaway!

  202. Susan says:

    Since it is drought tolerant it should be good in the Texas hill country where I am. But, I wonder, do deer like it too?

  203. Lori says:

    Love, love, Lavender !! It is my fav scent!!

  204. Joy says:

    Thanks for this post. So informative. I didn’t know of all the medicinal uses. Love the scent – my favorite

  205. Kathleen says:

    Have always loved the scent of lavender. Thanks for the beautiful photos!

  206. Kristin says:

    Can you grow lavender in pots on the deck in northern states?

  207. sandy says:

    Isn’t it funny how just reading this site and thinking about the lavender you just kind of relax and your shoulders drop and it just feels wonderful. I LOVE lavender and so do the bees. Thank you for the pictures. They are just beautiful.

  208. Hilda N. says:

    I grew lavender for the first time this year and it is blooming now! I love it! And I hope to win this giveaway!! Thanks!

  209. Susanne says:

    I LOVE lavender! I am so happy when mine is in bloom….wish I did more with it though!

  210. Donna says:

    I love rosemary but I LOVE lavender even more!

  211. Stacey says:

    Visit Matanzas every time I make the trek from Texas to Sonoma. Love the lavender, love the wine too :)

  212. Mary M. says:

    Thanks for the information. I was just wondering about pruning my plants. Loved this post.

  213. Jennifer says:

    Lavender has been my go-to scent since my Gramma introduced me to it years ago! A friend once brought me lavender oil from France. It was my favorite gift ever from him.

  214. Michelle says:

    I love lavender and use a solid lavender balm on my wrist every evening.
    Lavender reminds me of my grandmother & mother….hapy times!

    Great opportunity – thanks!!

  215. Becky says:

    Love lavender! Ever make lavender wands? So simple and fun.

  216. Emily says:

    I didn’t even know there were different varieties of lavender for different purposes…I just knew it smelled mazing! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  217. Glenda says:

    Hi Kate, this is great information. I have one lavender plant that I moved to a sunny spot this spring and it has done so well and is in full bloom. I didn’t know about cutting it, so this post was helpful. Thanks!

  218. Kate says:

    Mmmm. Lavender. :)

  219. Kate says:

    I love lavender! The pictures are beautiful! And I can just imagine the smell…

  220. Katie says:

    I didn’t realize there were two types of lavender. I love the smell!

  221. Sharon says:

    I love lavender but can only grow it as an annual plant here in MN. Our winters are too cold …

  222. April was in CT now CA says:

    Beautiful pictures! If I won I could go pick it up, I live practically around the corner from them!

  223. coleen says:

    I was wondering what what growing zones can accommodate lavender

  224. Myssie says:

    LOVE lavender! I am wanting to plant some next summer, thank you for the tips!

  225. Michelle says:

    Great growing tips! I never thought of adding sand and rocks around my lavender for drainage. I have 3 lavender plants in my backyard garden. I love my lavender!

  226. Sherry in WA says:

    How beautiful! I just planted my first lavender this year and am loving it.

  227. Patti says:

    I have always loved lavender…now I am really inspired to plant some myself! Thanks for the helpful information! The pictures are beautiful…wish I was there!

  228. Laura M says:

    The pictures are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing. This is what heaven would look like for me.

  229. Laura says:

    Lavender = the best!

  230. Kimberly says:

    Those lavendar bushes are gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to try culinary lavendar, there is a recipe for lavendar lemonade I’m going to make one of these days. Lavendar IS excellent as a sleep aid, it is just so calming. Love it!

    Best,

    Kimberly

  231. Tina says:

    Love lavender !

  232. Calista says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I’ve never heard of culinary lavender, so it would be fun to try.

  233. dana says:

    so beautiful. I am creating smello blog with a whiff of some lavender essential oil. cheers, dana

  234. Dawn says:

    Great topic! I just had to cut my lavender plant out because it was all woody. I’m going to try again though and take his advice! I loved the scent right outside my bedroom windows!

  235. Carrie H says:

    I love lavender! Thanks for the fun giveaway opportunity!

  236. Colleen N says:

    Just planted some lavender in our yard in Tahoe, so this post is very timely. Thanks!

  237. Helena Dias says:

    Every year I pant lavender around our home. Unfortunately I must have a black thumb because it never survives the winter. Thank you for sharing with us.

  238. Nicole says:

    Ooh, I love lavender! I would love to grow it at home. I once made a yummy lavender pound cake…

  239. Lori says:

    I am so excited to see a post about lavender. I just recently planted a few of my own, and Pat’s tips a very helpful to a newbie like me. Thank you so much!

  240. Pamela says:

    I wish my lavender would bloom. I’ll have to try out these tips, it’s my favorite plant.

  241. Those pictures…I just want to sleep on a field full of lavender…bushes are fine too ;)

  242. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the great informative post. I’m growing lavender for the first time this year and wasn’t sure about harvesting. This was helpful.

  243. Kim Goodman says:

    Would love to grow lavender in my yard someday. Love lavender.

  244. Marken says:

    Lovely photos….I just wish I was there to smell the lavender!.

  245. Anne says:

    I have lavender all over the yard and am always looking for places to plant another. Love to harvest….the smell stays on my hands and arms all day. My son (3 year old) asks to help and then always stashes some under his pillow. Oh, it makes me happy.

  246. Carmen says:

    I love lavender. I received a plant as a gift for my birthday and I couldn’t be happier. Best gift ever. Love is an under statement!!!!!

  247. Pamela Bolton says:

    I love lavender. I had lavender for many years in my gardens in Denver and Mexico. I will be planting it this fall inour new gardens in Arizona. Thanks for the beautiful pics.

  248. Brenda A. says:

    I love lavender. I grew my first lavender this year.

  249. Maria says:

    Thanks for the informational post on lavender. pictures are very beautiful.

  250. EmilyR says:

    Lavender is such a versatile plant!

  251. Laura O. says:

    I love lavander! I been thinking about planting lavander in my yard, now I’m convinced.
    Matanza Creek seems such a great place to visit.

  252. sally says:

    Love, love, love lavender!!! This was a great article and very useful!

  253. Briana says:

    I’ve been dreaming of using culinary lavender. Thank you for the tips!

  254. Stacey says:

    I just planted three lavender plants this year and I am so excited to see them grow. Thank you for the tips!

  255. Amber says:

    Thank you for the tips! Lavender is so beautiful, I hope to try growing it soon.

  256. Rach Sanders says:

    I love lavender, would love to have my own lavender trees – ahh a pipe dream it is :)

  257. Heidi says:

    I love lavender. When my children were younger, I used to use a lavender aromatherapy spray on their pillows at night and I swear it helped them to sleep better!

  258. Jane says:

    Thank you for the great tips on growing lavender! Living in the Midwest, I have not attempted growing this beautiful flowering plant. However, with the helpful planting and care advice from Matanzas Creek Winery and Lavender Gardens, I think I will plant lavender next year. In the meantime, I would love to try their wonderful lavender products!

  259. Chris says:

    I have just started growing lavender on a hill side in my yard for it’s scent and color…my favorite…no where near as majestic as these photos yet…wish me luck!

  260. Brandi E says:

    Lavender just makes the world a better place! I’m all about it. Hope I win !

  261. mary hall says:

    I love lavender. For the first time, I planted a couple in my garden this year. It’s done beautifully and I love seeing and smelling it!

  262. Jean says:

    The lavender fields are BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing the growing tips! Love lavender products!

  263. Pam Carr says:

    Love lavender and have a spot picked out in my yard for a mass planting. Thanks for the tips for growing lavender.

  264. Gayla says:

    This is a fantastic giveaway! Hope I win!

  265. Natalie says:

    Beautiful, beautiful lavender!

  266. Tracey says:

    Wonderful post. Nice giveaway! Thanks!

  267. Karla Davis says:

    Now I understand what happened to my lavender. I watered it too much in the Spring. Now, I know. Thank you.

  268. tam says:

    Thanks for the tips. I am in zone 5 and have never had much luck with lavender. Always thought it was the cold. Now I see maybe it was the drainage.

  269. Ana Ghia-Pereira says:

    Now I know why the lavender in my garden wasn’t doing so well. Thanks for this post. Nice giveaway too. Thanks.

  270. Holly says:

    I have two lavender plants in pots which will go into my front yard when it cools a bit. I love the fragrance and beauty of the plants. It would be wonderful to win any of the products in your giveaway, and I thank you and Matanzas Creek Winery for the opportunity.

  271. tam says:

    Thanks for the tips. I am in zone 5 and always thought it was the weather that killed my lavender. Now I see it could be the drainage.

  272. Mel says:

    I moved into a house with a ton of lavender and now I know which one we have after looking at your pics! Thank you!

  273. Lizzette says:

    I love lavender, I wonder if it will grow in south Florida?
    Thanks, Lizzette

  274. Merry says:

    Good info! I’m going to try cooking with it.

  275. Kathy says:

    Looking forward to seeing some lovely lavender in the fields one day. I can only imagine the wonderful scent of the air. How delightful!

  276. Amber says:

    I absolutely love lavender! I love the fragrance of it and have used it in cupcakes before (delicious)! Although, I haven’t had much luck growing it myself so thank you for the post!

  277. Sue L says:

    My husband and I visited Matanzas Creek this past June. One week before the festival. Their property is beautiful. By far, my favorite garden at any winery. I love the scent of lavender as your walk through the path.

  278. Maria says:

    Very informative article. I love lavender!

  279. Karen T. says:

    I’ve heard of the many uses of lavender. I love the smell!

  280. cindy Camp says:

    I am part Native American, and when I was researching some info for a short story, my mother gave me a book on Native American usage of a variety of different plants. As soon as I saw “lavender oil” mentioned (one of my favorite scents), I was fascinated. The book talked about its use for wounds and mosquito bites. My kids were always getting bit in the summer, so I brought out the lavender oil I used for scenting lotion and started rubbing it on their “itchies.” Miracle. I use it all the time now, but still like it best for scenting my lotion.

  281. Denise says:

    I use lavender essential oils and it works wonders for a variety of different things. I love lavender in that form!

  282. Jennifer Holland says:

    I just lined my fence with a row of Lavender! Can’t wait for the harvest :) Thanks for sharing!!!

  283. Kerry says:

    I fell in love with Matanzas Creek a few years ago myself when we visited that gorgeous place! One of my favorites thanks to the lavender. Your pictures are stunning!!

  284. Rhonda says:

    Beautiful pictures! I wonder if I can grow lavender in Missouri? May have to try. Great to know about its healing properties. Thank you for sharing!

  285. Sandi B. says:

    One of the best omelets I’ve ever had was at a B&B in Mendocino, CA that used lavender in the omelet. My cousin makes a wonderful goat cheese pudding with lavender, as well. What a wonderful, medicinal herb!

  286. Lisa says:

    We just ordered a dozen lavender plants for our new home so this article is great timing – thanks!

  287. Rebekah says:

    Love lavender. Now I’m inspired to try growing it.

  288. Maria says:

    I love lavander, but have never used it in cooking – would love to try it!

  289. Megan S says:

    I bought my first lavender plant this spring! I love lavender! :)

  290. Becky says:

    I love to see fields of lavender! It is such a beautiful plant.

  291. Katie says:

    I love lavender but have always been too nervous to cook with it! Maybe now is the time …

  292. Pam says:

    I’m imagining how wonderful it must be to stand in the middle of that lavender! Thanks so much for the interesting information, I loved it!

  293. Leslie says:

    So lovely!!

  294. Colette Christiansen says:

    When we sold our previous home, I was so sad to leave my garden and lavender plants. I loved cooking with lavender, my favorite being Apple Lavender Pie (awesome), and having lavender throughout the home. The first thing I did was plant some in pots for our patio in the new home. I totally believe it’s a must for any home! Thanks for sharing!

  295. Stephanie says:

    I love lavender. It is such a soothing scent.

  296. Kelly says:

    Lavender is one of my favorite scents! Your pictures of lavender fields are beautiful! Makes me want to go there.

  297. Kathy Maas says:

    I have tried so many times to grow lavender! Thanks for all the info!

  298. Chris Salek says:

    Thanks for the info on growing lavender. Mine is one large woody stem mess. I will cut it back this fall-that should help ! Love your blog.

  299. L.E. Bruce says:

    Here I am thinking where I can plant some lavender, then I get to the part about low water and humidity. I don’t think it would have survived this summer.

  300. erica says:

    A friend of mine gave me a spray bottle of lavender cologne for my birthday -its light and refreshing and smells so good!!!!

  301. Marilou says:

    Seeing the beautiful cut lavender makes me want to fill my house with it!

  302. Jacqueline Badolato says:

    I love the smell of lavender and would love to try it in some recipes! Thanks for the giveaway.

  303. Brandy Siemens says:

    I had my first lavendar harvest this year with my plants! Thank you for the tips!!

  304. Sandy Le says:

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures and great information! I love to spray our pillows with lavender scent.

  305. judy wright says:

    love lavender. I have tried for years to get plants to grow in Atlanta. I think I finally have 3 good plants. want to learn to harvest. thanks for the info

  306. Kristen R says:

    I have been wanting to plant Lavender so this post was very helpful! Thank you!

  307. Mary Withem says:

    My mother introduced me to lavender and shes the reason why I got my own plant. wish I had read this before I killed my plant :/ great information!

  308. DeboraLynn says:

    Love lavender and your pictures:)

  309. Raquel says:

    It really does sound a bit magical for an herb, doesn’t it?

  310. Kim O'donoghue says:

    Thanks or the lavender education. I have a beautiful bush, finally. I tried for years to grow lavender with no success. Unfortunately, I did not realize the harvesting time is very short and I only got a few stems to use. I was too busy just admiring its beauty, fragrance, and color. I would love some of those lavender gifts:)

  311. Sally says:

    It is such a beautiful plant! I didn’t realize it had all of those uses! Thanks for the chance to win!

  312. Jodi says:

    I love lavender!

  313. Christina W. says:

    I have a lavender plant in my garden and it always looks so pretty, I don’t want to cut it!

  314. Kristin says:

    Love lavender – with all the great tips just might have to try to grow some of my own.

  315. Dianna says:

    I would love to grow lavender but I don’t think we can as far north as Michigan. I love lavender.

  316. Theresa M. says:

    Thanks for the great info about harvesting lavender, I will put this information to use!

  317. Mimi says:

    love the lavendar photos!

  318. Carol Clarke says:

    Love lavender – so calming!

  319. Jennifer says:

    While on vacation in Europe, my 8-year-old caught his first sight of lavender plants in bloom. We have long-loved the scent in soaps and creams, sachets, and even a lavender-honey cake, and would love to grow some. Unfortunately, the humid south Florida climate we live in doesn’t make it seem possible, but after reading Pat’s tips, we are going to try to cultivate a potted plant or two when we get home. It never hurts to try! Thanks for this great post and the chance to win lavender goodies.

  320. Kathy says:

    I can smell the lavender from here!

  321. leigh says:

    Great info! When we moved to our current house we were surprised in the summer to find a large patch of lavender growing! I have been cutting some to bring inside, so this post is helpful!

  322. Debra ford says:

    Lavender oil has really helped me to get through sleepless nights,due to menopause.

  323. Kim Gibson says:

    I need to try lavender as a sleep aid. Thank you for this informative post and the beautiful pictures.

  324. I’m always so jealous of your ability to grow lavendar in California. Here in Florida, it is a struggle because of the humidity.

  325. Jenifer says:

    Nothing better than lavender in the garden! Just brushing by the plant releases that wonderful aroma. I have three plants, but am thinking of adding more.

  326. Erin P says:

    Lavender is so calming!

  327. I love lavender! Like the previous post mentioned, I don’t think it will do well in Florida by the ocean. Beautiful pictures in the post.

  328. Preston says:

    I love lavender! :) I want to win so bad!

  329. Rory Reding says:

    Oh, thank you so much for these lavendar tips! I have one, yes, one lavendar plant and am yearning to do much more. After reading this post its clear I need to move my plant as it does not get full sun, although has good drainage. The scent is so theraputic and I had no idea you could use it too alleviate burns. Thank you for the great tips! I would LOVE to win this gift set :-)
    Thanks,
    Rory Reding

  330. Melissa L. says:

    Thanks for the tips! I have some lavender in my rock garden where it seems to thrive most years, but it was looking pretty sad this year. Now I know that it is the excessive rain and humidity we’ve had this summer!

  331. Heather says:

    We love our local annual lavender festivals! It would be a joy to win this package….

  332. Feral Turtle says:

    I have tried so many times to grow lavender in our Zone 3 climate. I will not give up! Thanks for the tips. Now I am off to do more research on what varieties will grow here! Cheers.

  333. Sue says:

    Lavender, one of my favorite plants. Saw fields of them in Provence and fell in love with the color and scent. Thanks for offering this to Canadians.

  334. Betsy D says:

    This posting makes me want to take a trip to Sonoma. Growing lavender is definitely on my to do list.

  335. Nina says:

    I have a very well established lavender plant. It is about 4×4! I am not sure the variety – but I love walking by an sticking my hands in – the bees love it too!

  336. Jessica says:

    I love lavender. I’ve always wanted to grow it so thanks for the tips! It’s so pretty and relaxing. Hope I win! Thanks for opportunity.

  337. Mirya says:

    Thanks for the tips about growing lavender – especially about not overwatering!

  338. Courtney says:

    Just planted two lavender plants…one is thriving, the other isn’t. I think I know now what I did wrong, and maybe it’s not too late to save it! Thanks for the great info.

  339. Karen says:

    Oh my, how beautiful!!! We are in the process of looking for a home (our home sold, yay) but are in temporary housing. We are finding nothing and it gets so discouraging. I dream of the day when we will have a tiny backyard and I will plant lavender all around my patio. It will be lovely and so peaceful. I did not know that about burns, though. Very good info. Thank you.

  340. Kathy Blake says:

    I planted lavender plants last year, so that I could use the buds in bath bombs. It was such a great feeling harvesting it this year! I have some drying at this moment! Thank you for the wonderful information on it!

  341. jane says:

    Lavender is one of my favorite scents. I just recently bought some alpaca balls scented with lavender for the dryer to replace dryer sheets. These things are amazing and give off a wonderful scent. They are made with wool from the alpaca and are felted. They are hypoallergenic. They work like dryer sheets and take away static. My towels have never been softer and fluffier. They last for 5 years.

  342. pam eilts says:

    Thank You. I grew Lavender in WA state for ten years. Never knew why I did so well. Pure luck after picking discounted plants at lowes one day.

    Here in SC I have not been able to find Lavender-now I know why. The humidity and soil would kill it. I think I will build a small area and attempt a couple of plants anyway. I miss my rows of purple. Used to dry it and give it away in Christmas gifts. Hope to again soon.

  343. laurie k says:

    your photos are lovely, and so is the lavender. I had a plant for years that grew to 3 feet wide and was just beautiful. Thanks for the tips on care.

  344. Alissa says:

    Amazing photography, Kate! Thank you for the lavy education and the great giveaway!

  345. Zoua says:

    Would love to get my hands on those lavender skewer sticks.

  346. Sunshine says:

    I LOVE lavender. I’m hoping to start some in my garden in the next year or so. I use the essential oil to make linen spray.

  347. Jeannette says:

    Love lavender, living in a zone 3 I can only grow this as an annual, unless someone has an idea of how I can keep this plant from year to year.

  348. Teresa O. says:

    Thank you for the wonderful post on growing and caring for lavender. I’ve been trying to figure out what to plant on my rocky hillside and lavender has now moved to the top of the list after reading this. I wonder if I can plant it in the fall in the Texas hill country or have to wait for spring?

  349. Joy says:

    Love lavender. Would like to try to grow some after this reading this post!

  350. Deb W. says:

    I grow some, but would love to win this prize.

  351. Catherine R. says:

    I tried to grow lavender with no success – this article gave me some good tips. Love spraying lavender on my sheets at night!

  352. Sheila says:

    Thanks for the info and the giveaway. Love the look of lavender bundles hanging throughout the house.

  353. lucy says:

    I love lavender and recently started cooking with it! It’s great!

  354. Jennifer says:

    Oh, I want to go to Matanzas Creek Winery! It looks so lovely.

  355. Sharon says:

    Lavender is one if my most favorite scents! Thank you for the great give away!!!

  356. VANESSA WILLIAMS says:

    It’s posts like this one that make me wish for a smell-o-vision screen!

  357. khaki salmon says:

    I adore lavender and have wanted to plant some in my garden for awhile, now. Thank you for this post. It has provided the information & inspiration I needed to move forward with my plans. Matanzas Creek is a heavenly place…..I’d love to make a visit there, someday!

  358. Cheryl Lessman says:

    Lavender essential oil on a legendary bud filled eye pillow and in a personally blended linen spray for my sheets has improved my sleep considerably.

  359. Denise says:

    Wonderful article! Lavender is is soothing to smell and look at. Thanks for posting this!

  360. Jacqueline says:

    I love the scent of lavender, it’s soothing… lovely blog post!

  361. Centsational Girl, your blog is simply sensational! I love the places you take me and the DIYs you teach me. This blog on the lavender fields makes me want to book a trip there immediately. With your pictures, I can already smell the lavender and feel myself standing in the fields.

    Thank you for all your efforts in sharing your passion with so many of us.
    Linda Rae

  362. DJINFL says:

    Love lavender but it is tough to grow in Orlando. Too hot, too rainy, no rain we get it all. I am babying a small plant and it has lasted several years but no regular blooms. Still smells nice!

  363. seleav says:

    Lavender is soooo lovely. Thanks for the contest giveaway!

  364. Michelle says:

    The lavender fields look so gorgeous!

  365. Ginger says:

    What gorgeous pictures! Now I want to plant some in my tiny little yard!

  366. Amy McKelvey says:

    Love lavendar! I need to trim mine as I never have……hope I’m not too late……..lots of woody stems now :(

  367. Shanna says:

    I love Lavender. My family always said to plant lavender for good luck and to keep the bad bugs away.

  368. Courtney says:

    Some of my friends handed out lavender to toss at their wedding instead of rice or birdseed. I’m planning to pilfer that idea!

  369. Vonda says:

    I love lavender! I just planted about 10 plants this year. I hope in a couple of years they turn out as beautiful as your pictures!

  370. Madeleine says:

    My favourite plant! I’ve got a small row of hardy lavender growing in my zone 3 garden and love how tough and beautiful this plant is. Wonderful pictures!

  371. Katie says:

    I love lavender! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  372. Leanne says:

    Wow thank you for the info! I love Lavender and didn’t know to use it on bee stings! Have to have that on hand for the family! Love your pictures!

  373. Debbie says:

    Love lavender! I had a large plant and it would be filled with hundreds of bees. I used the stems to make lavender wands. Unfortunately, I lost it years ago. I currently have one in a pot that has survived for two years. Hopeful I can move it to a permanent location soon.

  374. Amanda says:

    I just bought my first house and have been wondering what I need to plant. Lavender is officially at the top of my list for next years plants!!!

  375. Thank you for this post, I love lavender and all it’s uses. I live in Texas part-time and have been trying to grow lavender, this information really helps. I also had some out of town guests recently, I marinated my chicken in herbs de provence, what a hit, they could not stop raving how delicious it was. Can’t wait to get back to the valley in CA.

  376. Cassie says:

    I’ve always wanted to grow lavender, but it made me so nervous! I was afraid it wouldn’t survive my really-not-green-thumbs, but they actually sound so resilient. Thank you for the information!

  377. Kristin says:

    I love lavender. I had a plant but it didn’t make it. Now I know why – it wasn’t in well draining soil. Thanks for the tips!

  378. Kim Sullivan says:

    Lavender is my absolute favourite……. I have struggled for the past 4 years to successfully grow this magnificent plant and I have failed each and every time.
    Because I’m living in a condo, I’ve been using pots and I’m wondering if this could be the problem.
    The plant I have right now is alive but there doesn’t seem to be any buds or flowers.
    I’d welcome any advise you may have and I’d be thrilled to death to win such an awesome giveaway.
    Many thanks for your blog. I love it.
    Kim

  379. Lois Evans says:

    I’m so envious to have land to grow tons of lavender! Living in an apartment without a garden I’m nurturing my potted lavender and geraniums creating my small bit of Provence!

    Thanks for the post!

  380. Debbi says:

    Thank you for this! I have a small lavender plant… Thankful for the tips! Hope to try some of these great products soon!

  381. Galina says:

    Never tried culinary lavender so would be great to test it out. Thanks for the post!

  382. Amy W says:

    thanks for the tips on growing lavender! i have been thinking about reading up on it to know if i can grow it; lavender is such a beautiful plant!

  383. Dana L. says:

    Thanks for the great tips. Lavender has always been one of my favorite plants. Also, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  384. Pam says:

    Lavender is great for sleeping. Love it!

  385. Charmin Ortega says:

    Please enter my name in the Lavender Give Away. Lots of great information… I am inspired to plant some lavender next spring. Would love this get this blog in printable format to file in my gardening binder.. Thank you!

  386. Lovay says:

    We also have a Lavender Farm in Bandon by the sea ~ Oregon. I love the fragrance and have a bouquet of fresh lavender in my bathroom. Last year I made lavender rice bags as gifts for friends.

  387. Kristen T. says:

    What a fun giveaway! I can’t wait to plant lavendar in backyard.

  388. Emily says:

    Great tips, I didn’t know lavender was good for burns!

  389. Lahonna H. says:

    I LOVE lavendar, and the Lavendar Spice Rub sounds interesting! I grow it every year in my garden to attract bees and simply for the beauty of it!

  390. Tiare Watson says:

    Lavender is essential in my home! Thanks for the info allowing me to learn even more on this wonderful plant!

  391. Monica says:

    Wow there’s so many uses for lavender I didn’t know about! Thanks for sharing this post and your pictures are beautiful =)

  392. Alison says:

    I can’t wait to try planting lavender in my backyard. I love the look, smell, and flavor of this amazing plant!

  393. Angel Girl says:

    Lavender holds a special place in my heart. We honeymooned in Provence and although the lavender had already been harvested that year, the fragrance was still in the air when we drove by the fields.

    Such sweet memories!

  394. Lori Haddock says:

    Love this post. Lots of great tips on growing and the essential oil tips. Thanks so much.

  395. Danielle says:

    Lavender one of my favorite plants!

  396. Susan Phelps says:

    What a wonderful package! I have always loved the scent of lavender. My mom grows it & she makes me small bundles each year. It’s so fresh & sweet smelling. My youngest niece loved it so much & when she was little (she’s almost 17 now!), she used to use it to help her fall asleep.
    You always have the most amazing pictures and great information in your blog! Thanks so much!
    Susan

  397. Linda says:

    I love the smell of lavender.

  398. Miss Betty says:

    I love Lavender!!!!!! Please pick me!!

  399. Camilla says:

    Thank you for the write up on Matanzas Creek! I have Always wanted to visit and did not realize that other than wine they actually sell lavender products!

  400. Angela says:

    I’ve always wanted to try lavender in a rub!

  401. Lilli says:

    What a great piece. I love lavender and have quite a few plants but not the 2 mentioned. Will have to visit the Winery and Gardens on our next trip down the coast.

  402. Leah says:

    Thank you for a beautiful post on lavender. I have 3 different lavender plants and your growing info is helpful as I now know I need to water less. My next trip to the nursery is to locate the Grasso variety. Mantanzas’ package is a lovely and useful gift. Thank you for the offer!

  403. Friend says:

    I love lavender. Thank you for posting this.

  404. Love the aroma, beauty, taste, color, and good to know healing power of lavender. Wonderful gift!

  405. Virginia Paul says:

    Thank you so much for this article. Lavender is my all-time favorite fragrance and I have tried several times to grow it. Now I know I was overwatering it! I will give it another try!!! Thanks!

  406. Karen James says:

    I use lavender oil to soothe my scalp, insect bites, burns, scent my DIY deodorant and relief headaches. This would be great to win.

  407. jenni farnes says:

    thank you for an amazing tutorial. i love everything about lavender and i appreciate the know-how and the kindness of the matanzas creek folks to share this information and their generosity in offering such an amazing assortment of goodies. thank you.

  408. Teresa says:

    Thank you for this contest. I love lavender.

  409. Susan Gosman says:

    Lavender is lovey!!!

  410. Kate says:

    so lovely – I love lavender!

  411. Coran says:

    Love Lavender! thank you

  412. Nicole says:

    I was thinking about planting lavender at my home. So glad I read this article. Thanks for the giveaway

  413. Kate says:

    so fabulous – I love lavender!

  414. Robin says:

    Lavender is awesome…and so many uses. :)

  415. Caro says:

    Oh, I adore lavender and can’t wait to have a yard so I could start growing some!

  416. Leslie says:

    It would be lovely to win this and try some of the lovely dishes I’ve heard of using lavender.

  417. Larry says:

    It would be terrific to win and give this to my wife. She has wanted to experiment with these products.

  418. Connie Soklich says:

    I’ve been interested in Lavender since I discovered it on a trip to France. Love the look and fragrance of it!!! Tried growing a couple of plants , with limited success ’til now. But I picked up some great tips today with your blog ! Thanks for the information. Will definitely give it a try again.

  419. Olivia says:

    Oh how I love lavendar! I just wish I could grow it here in hot humid south Texas :(

  420. Megan says:

    Hi Kate,
    I’ve been following your blog for quite some time and really enjoy it. We live in NorCal {San Jose}, too, and look forward to getting up to Matanzas Creek Winery this fall. I love lavender and have some dried on hand. Maybe I will make our family some whole wheat, zucchini and lavender bread today. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for some Thursday inspiration!
    ~Megan

  421. Ahnnie says:

    Add me to the “love lavender” list. I’m hoping to be able to grow it as a replacement for bermuda grass in my front yard here in Norman, Oklahoma.

  422. Jesse says:

    So pretty! Lavender is awesome, and surprisingly the deer don’t eat it

  423. stephanie says:

    Beautiful pictures! I knew it was a sleep aid but didn’t realize it had other uses as well. Thanks for the info!

  424. kathy says:

    Love lavender I have grown it for years in Indiana

  425. Alicia says:

    I find lavender soothing for its smell and the color. Purple was my favorite color as a child and I still enjoy it as an accent color.

  426. Kate says:

    How lovely! I am inspired! I am a massage therapist and I use lavender in various forms in my practice. Thank you sharing!

  427. Oh I just love Lavender. We is lavender soaps, candles, sprays… I’ve never tried cooking with it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  428. Beth says:

    What a lovely gift! Thanks for the chance to win.

  429. Dawn says:

    We have beautiful lavender farms on our Olympic Peninsula (Washington state). Great place to visit. Lavender ice cream, anyone?

  430. Melinda Wyckoff says:

    Lavender is one of my favorite fragrances. This place looks amazing! Thanks for offering a give-away..

  431. Monika says:

    Lavender…oh swoon! Replacing a large chunk of lawn with lots of lavender has made a huge difference in my garden space. Thanks for posting; I did learn a few tips which I’ll start implementing to improve the garden for years to come. Thank you for a chance to win.

  432. Nancy says:

    I want to visit Matanzas Creek Winery and Lavender Gardens!

  433. Erin Coburn says:

    Thanks for the tips! Now I can really ensure my lavender plant continues to thrive!

  434. Lisa L says:

    Love lavender! Thanks for the great growing tips!

  435. Kim says:

    This was a very helpful post, since I hope to cultivate a few lavender plants in our yard.

  436. Chantal says:

    Wow grill sticks! Cool, never heard of using lavender sticks that way.

  437. Marcia says:

    Thank you for the wonderful information about growing lavender – have often thought of trying to but now definitely will try. Thank you also for the chance at the giveaway!

  438. Patti says:

    I learned a lot here about one of my favorite scents. Thanks

  439. Holly Baumgartner says:

    My all time favorite fragrance! Thanks for the informative post!

  440. jackie says:

    YUMMY love lavender thanks for chance to win

  441. Suzanne O says:

    Oh, I love lavender. I want to grow some in my garden, but it’s borderline hardy here in Zone 6, especially with our clay soil and wet springs. I’m going to try it, though.

  442. GinaE says:

    What a lovely way to spend a day at a combination winery and lavender farm! I am a lavender freak.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  443. Wendie says:

    I got to see my first lavender field on a trip to Washington a few years ago, so beautiful!! Love the smell of lavender. Thanks for the give away!

  444. jo wyrosdick says:

    I love lavender. I spray my bed linens with it and make sachets for gifts. Thanks for giveaway!

  445. TwoDiffSocks says:

    Ah poor me. I love the scent of lavender & roses but live in NYC with no grass or balcony. a window box isn’t going to cut it :(

  446. kimberly Polman says:

    Ohhhh this post makes me want to bury my nose in a bunch of lavender and just INHALE…I just adore the scent! I don’t get enough sun in my tiny back garden, and living in a rainforest doesn’t help with the ‘wet feet’ so I don’t have any lavender growing amongst my plants. Can you see me pouting? lol Thanks for the giveaway – I love reading about all of your travels and the places you see, thanks for sharing!

  447. Krystal says:

    I love lavender! Such a beautiful place as well!!

  448. Carol says:

    After reading your blog I cut my lavender into a bouquet. I planted 3 plants in a huge planter and it did well this summer. I love lavender and even make a delicious chocolate with lavender in it. Thank you for the opportunity to win the lavender gifts.

  449. Sue says:

    I love the lavender and their white wine too!!

  450. Allan says:

    My wife loves lavender. She’s been trying to get me to plant some for her. She’d love this.

  451. Michelle says:

    Lavender and Rosemary are my absolute favorites! I plan to employ the twice yearly pruning as recommended by Pat, and plant a few Grosso’s this fall. Thanks so much for the generous give away, and gorgeous pictures!

  452. Karen says:

    I absolutely adore lavender and would soooo enjoy winning one of the gift items above. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved!

  453. Shawna says:

    I need to add some lavender to my herb garden.

  454. Mare says:

    I am planning a party for volunteers and it will be called
    “A Picnic in Provence”. Baskets, sunflowers, berets, fabulous food and lots of lavender!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  455. Robin says:

    LOVE lavender. Have tried several times (unsuccessfully) to keep a plant growing. I always kill it off when I bring it in for the winter. I just can’t stand not to be able to smell it. Do use lavender essential oil. Used to put it on a cotton swab and slip it between the vents on my room air cleaner when I would put my daycare kids down for their naps. The sound of the air cleaner and the scent of lavender would allow for good naptimes. Plus, the lavender purified the air of germs, etc.

  456. M Jensen says:

    Lavender is a favorite of mine and ALWAYS calming to my sensitive smelling nose.

  457. meagan says:

    I have been wanting to grow and dry lavender for a while now. This will be incredibly helpful hopefully next year when I can plan my garden out.

  458. Marge says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the free giveway!

  459. Leila says:

    Just stumbled across this blog. First memory of smelling lavender was on a family trip to London. Hope to grow some of my own one day =)

  460. laura says:

    I love lavender! I am so glad for this post, now I know which plant to get for food or for sachets! I was getting the wrong one for the wrong purpose! I have a lavender plug-in in my room and even the cat relaxes when she smells it.

  461. Mindy says:

    I love lavender – the look, the smell, everything! I have a few plants growing but have yet to cook with it. Thank you for the tips and sharing this lovely farm.

  462. Eileen Sanchez says:

    Lavender is such a versatile plant. I don’t know if I can grown it in Southwest Florida as it is very humid here. I’m going to try it.

  463. Kate says:

    We just started 5 new lavender plants this spring and I am already loving the smell. Cannot wait for them to get as big as those on this beautiful farm.

  464. Julie says:

    I love lavender and have the worst time finding it for culinary purposes! I’ll try my own plant again, but with my history, my chance of success is low!

  465. Laurie D says:

    I absolutely love lavender, haven’t had too much luck growing it in my little Illinois backyard though! Next time I am out west, I hope to stop at Matanzas Creek Winery & Lavender Gardens, it’s so beautiful, thanks for sharing!!!

  466. Rhonda says:

    This is a beautiful article. I love the smell of lavender.

  467. Ruth says:

    I love lavender too. Can’t get enough of it. I have a few plants with plans for another lavender bed next year.

  468. Megan says:

    Anyone know good tricks to growing lavender from seed? I’ve got some Grosso plants, and no outdoor space for a large amount.

  469. Joyce says:

    I have tried growing lavender in the past. This was so helpful!

  470. Daphne Little says:

    I visited Matanzas Creek some years ago. The lavender fields were lovely…as was the wine! I planted several varieties last year and have enjoyed their wonder scent and growth this year. Next year, I vow to be better at that early harvest. It’s hard to do when you want the plants to look lovely in the garden!

  471. Pati B says:

    I love, love, love Lavender! But here in Arizona we have to grow it in the shade! Way too much Sun here! Beautiful pics Thank you!

  472. kathy w says:

    Lavender is so calming to me. I love the info in this article.

  473. Bonnie Boze says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Lavender!!!

  474. Jean S. says:

    Mmmm lavender ;o)

  475. Taryn says:

    Lavender is my favorite flower, just moved and mine is not doing so well! Now I know why, no sandy soil.

  476. Carolyn says:

    Love lavender! Your photos are lovely! Thank you for the chance to enjoy your products.

  477. Bobbi gumino says:

    Just planted a variety last year. This artical was helpful.

  478. Carrie says:

    I love making lavender oil from my plants.

  479. Carrie says:

    Making lavender oil is a yearly summer activity.

  480. Joyce P. says:

    Oh lavender, the memories I have with you. the scent brings back my dear Mother, for whom there was no other. At last in my yard you do grow, which renews these memories so!
    Thank you Censational girl for providing the information concerning this wonderful plant.

  481. Nancy B says:

    Just treated myself and ordered a couple of products from Mantazas Creek. Thanks for bringing this website to our attention.

  482. Nancy B says:

    Sorry about the misspelling. Mantanzas Creek!

  483. Shara Aatsap says:

    lovely, lovely lavender. Thanks for the interesting post!

  484. connie h says:

    I put lots of lavender lining the sidewalk to my door step, on a tiring day when I come home
    I like brushing my over the lavender, then smelling my hands. These tips are great
    For keeping the lavender, full and beautiful

  485. Pamela Keown says:

    I love lavender and I would love to receive any of your wonderful giveaway items. And because of your article I hope to have success with my next attempt to grow lavender.

  486. bridget says:

    I use lavendar oil with baking soda such a nice smell for my bedroom

  487. Paula says:

    LLL! (Love, love lavender!)

  488. Stephanie Roybal says:

    I have one beautiful lavender bush in my yard and it’s not enough, I want more! Thanks for the info on how to care for it, I’m going to start doing it right now.

  489. Marge Heck says:

    Thank you for your wonderful tips on growing lavender! Great Website also!

  490. Pat F. says:

    Ahhh, the sweet smell of lavender, my favorite color and fragrance! Thank you for writing all about this beautiful flower. I have a couple of plants in my yard and unfortunately they don’t look so good. I appreciate all the info on the growing and care tips and will try once again to grow my favorite plant. Thanks also for the opportunity to win these fine lavender products!

    Pat F.
    Las Vegas

  491. April Stiles says:

    I love lavender! This would be such a nice prize to win.

  492. Jennifer says:

    I love lavender! Love running my fingers thru the fragrant leaves. Thanks!

  493. Tee says:

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for opportunity.

  494. Ashleigh H says:

    I absolutely love lavender!! I am going to try growing my own!! :)

  495. Tammy Berry says:

    I’ve been thinking about what to plant in my yard, and lavender might actually live if dry soil is good for it :D I’d love to win some, but I may go buy a couple of plants regardless :D

  496. Anna says:

    Wonder if it’ll grow well here in Toronto…

  497. lisa says:

    Love love love lavender and this post!

  498. Katie F says:

    What a great giveaway! Love the smell of lavender.

  499. Danae Clak Dowd says:

    My mother has, for so many years, used the calming aroma of lavender for her laboring mothers. I had never thought to add it to our yard but I think it will be coming soon for us!!

  500. Anna says:

    Thank you! Love this post.

  501. Jen C. says:

    I love lavender!

  502. Melissa B says:

    Yep, I killed it. lol Now I no how it died! Thanks!

  503. Daria says:

    Inhaling lavender is the least expensive spa experience there is!

  504. Scouty says:

    Lavender…beautiful, smells amazing, last a long time…the BEST!

  505. Holly Howe says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been struggling with trying to grow lavender & this really helped!

  506. Amy says:

    My dream career would be operating a vineyard and winery. Pat’s job comes in a close second. What a gorgeous environment to work in, and so fun to bring beauty into people’s lives on a daily basis. Now, if I can just put some of these tips to work in my own garden.

  507. Sylvia says:

    LOVE lavender! The color, the smell, the taste…oooohhhh, it’s so good!

  508. Mary Kay says:

    Thanks so much for this valuable information…it helped me figure out why a few of my plants are not doing so well.
    Mary k

  509. Michelle says:

    So beautiful!

  510. Kim says:

    Love Lavender. All kinds of Lavender. I love pinching the leaves and smelling its clean, lovely scent. It calls me home.

  511. Shirley Sutherland says:

    After many attempts, it’s obvious that I don’t have the proper conditions for growing lavender, so I am very thankful for companies that grow it and make it available to the rest of us. Who doesn’t love lavender?

  512. Ali says:

    I love lavender! Mine does best on the sloping bank in front of my house. Probably because of the excellent drainage.

  513. Kim Garner says:

    Will use these tips!

  514. Carol says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lavender!!!

  515. Beatriz says:

    What a lovely giveaway!

  516. ErinY says:

    I loooove lavender! My favorite way to cook with it is lavender hot chocolate :)

  517. Emily J says:

    Do you have a recommended source for new plants? I’ve gotten mine at Lowes… And they’re happy. I’d love to add rows on my back slope!

  518. Cathy Langdon says:

    The soothing scent of lavender and the refreshing taste of local wines at the Matanzas Winery and Lavender Gardens sounds heavenly.
    … Cathy Langdon

  519. Susan Davis says:

    Love love lovely lavender–wish I lived in a climate that loves it like we do!

  520. Cindy says:

    Love the smell of lavender! Most floral scents are too sweet for me, but not lavender.

  521. Kim says:

    I use lavender sachets in the dryer but haven’t tried using it in cooking…yet!

  522. Lanelle says:

    Now I know why 2 plant died and2 survived and are flourishing. Thanks great article.

  523. Leann Orlando says:

    Lavender is my favorite fragrance! Thanks for the great tips that will make it easier to grow my own lavender without killing it!!!

  524. DRTVrmoi says:

    This could not be more timely. I’ve been killing my lavender plants and the tips will help ensure the new ones survive

  525. Angie says:

    I heart lavender!

  526. Holly O says:

    I love the smell of lavender and would love to grow it!

  527. jenni says:

    mmm, love the smell of lavender!

  528. Victoria says:

    I absolutely LOVE lavender!! The scent helps me fall asleep at night.

  529. Janet G. says:

    I had tried once before to grow lavender in a container unsuccessfully. With these great tips, I am going to try again!

  530. Virginia Schumaker says:

    planted lavender along the side of our yard in a walled-in area. I believe I may have the lighter colored variety. It does not have quite the aroma that I had hoped for, but it is still very pretty. How often should this be trimmed back?

  531. Tammy Eblin says:

    Beautiful lavender! I’ve grown some and it really is drought resistant.

  532. Thanks so much for this post! I’m growing lavender on a much smaller scale, just in one small pot on my kitchen window sill, but the info about when and how to harvest it still applies, so thanks! And thanks for the great giveaway, I’d love to win!

  533. Robin says:

    This is amazing.

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