Sweet Lady Lavender

Scented Blooms Line the Farm House Walkway

Scented Blooms Line the Farm House Walkway

The picture of my lavender bed, next to my Father’s summer kitchen, is from 2008.  Unfortunately, this year’s soggy spring caused much of the large Munstead shrubs to rot.  I was forced to cut away a great deal of dead material.  Parts of the plants are attempting to sprout and come back.  One shrub is even blooming.  But the display is nothing like this glorious harvest of last season.

Herbal shrubs such as sage and lavender are prone to rot when their roots are in water too long.  It is not unusual to have to replace them after five years or so because they can also become too woody.  But I still blame the record-breaking rain we had in the Midwest for the loss of my lavender.  Such is the plight of the gardener.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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