Well the lavender has endured another challenging year – and so have we!Â The early emergence of the lavender buds followed by the cruel frost that destroyed 95% of these tentative buds was a heart stopping moment – but nature’s resilience led to a later bloomingÂ and the timing of the season was almost exactlyÂ 6 weeks later than the previous year.Â We did notice that theÂ flowersÂ were not so profuse and although still beautiful the intensity was not quite as stunning as last year.
So now is the time to consider cutting the plants and distilling them for the beautiful oil.Â In theory the Folgate should have been harvestedÂ 6 weeks ago but the unmovable commitment of school holidays has meant that we have had to abandon the farm and leave it in the capable hands of Debbie who has continued unperturbed as usual.Â We now aim to harvest on the second weekend of September – weather permitting.
We are reducing the hours of opening now as well.Â We will open from 10am to 5pm until the harvest is complete.Â Â The farm will then reopen at the beginning ofÂ December.Â We will update the blog if things change soÂ stay tuned!
In the interim we will be working on our new venture at Driftbridge on theÂ Ewell/Epsom border which is a delapidated old plant nursery (formerly known as Rockham Nursery).Â We have been working on this throughout the summer and have been slowly bringing the abandoned greenhouses and polytunnels, orchard and fields back into a useable format.Â We will be featuring this renovation project on our website soon andÂ it is a really interesting challenge to think about what we canÂ do to make this a sensible commercial step rather than one governed by the heart alone!
Lorna and Brendan