Growing and Caring for Lavender

August 7th, 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

 

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Guest Room: Finishing Touches

August 6th, 2013

My oldest girl is home for the summer and we’re loving her company. She comes and goes like any 21 year old, popping in to say hello before she’s off to a class or a get together with friends. Her younger sibs play rock-paper-scissors in the evening for the chance to snuggle with her in her bed at night, it’s a cute evening ritual. She’s returning to college in San Diego in the fall, but completing some classes while she’s home and it’s so great having the whole family together even if just for this short season.

Her room is also the guest room while she’s away, and we’ve both wanted to upgrade it from how it looked when she was in high school to make it more sophisticated. New linens and accessories now complete the space she calls home when she’s home.

layers of blue bedding

 

I bought a pretty gold leaf accent table at Overstocks for her nightstand that’s a replica of a high end World’s Away version, Reichel even featured it on her blog a few weeks ago. The dark raspberry pink lamp is from Lamps Plus and the navy upholstered bed is from Joss & Main. 

navy and raspberry bedroom

The duvet and shams are Pottery Barn’s Calista Floral pattern, purchased on sale. I also bought Kerry Cassill’s indigo pillowcases and a seaglass watercolor pillowcase (I sewed a pillow cover using this envelope pillowcase tutorial.) 

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