Monday, September 20, 2010

Wild Indigo - Baptista australis

Butterflies like this perennial plant, also known as indigo weed. It grows to around 3 feet tall and fairly wide - up to 4 feet - and very shrub-like. Many folks seem to like it as a background border for growth with other plants, and it flowers in the spring. The wild and native characteristics bode this well to "wildflower" type gardens, or could even be pretty planted in a field with full sun. It also has an alkaloid taste so the critters don't really care for it...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Is fall here already?

We went from hot and humid to November in about 2 days. Not exactly what we like as humans, and I'm hopeful that the lavender will be more flexible. It seems like we needed another 10 days of summer to fully flush out a decent second harvest of flowers, but now it seems like our yield will be way down...Good news is the mature plants have given us many new babies to nurture through the winter. We have been able to expand the lavender farm into an additional 40-50 plants!