Fifth Season ~ 2010

May 11th 2010

The lavender is really starting to show some size. Nothing is blooming yet but there are shoots on some of the varieties.

July 13th 2010

The Graves, Folgate and Betty’s Blue have all bloomed. This is the first year that I have seen my honeybees collecting nectar and pollen on the lavender. In fact I have never ever seen them on the lavender until after the bumblebees have had their fill and gone away for the season. It is only then that I have seen a few honeybees exploring the lavender. So this year I am just going to let some of the lavender bloom.

Graves Lavender Whidbey Island

Graves Lavender Whidbey Island

I will pick some of the Grosso which should be picked this week. The lowest florets have opened on a few indicating it is time to pick.

July 24 2010

This last week the Grosso bloomed and went past the point of picking but the bees sure love it.

In past years I always picked the lavender before it bloomed so that it would stay intact. This year I just didn’t have the time to pick the lavender. I picked one 60′ row out of 12.  So it bloomed and the bees were given a chance to discover it. This was the first year that I actually saw the honeybees collecting nectar from the lavender. In past years there seemed to be sort of a hierachy going on where the bumblebees would completely dominate the lavender. Thousands of bumblebees of all varieties would converge giving the lavender rows a busy determined buzzing. This year I just did not see the bumblebees…maybe it was too cold..not sure but the honeybees sure found it.