I was surprised to go out into the field yesterday find a harvest of Hidcote English Lavender. I do recall a smaller harvest earlier in the summer, but we didn't get a ton of English lavender. We got more Grosso and Phenomenal (intermediate lavender). Mostly, the Melissa (light lavender color) bloomed earlier this summer. The Hidcote was late to bloom. I always enjoyed the deep purple color of this variety.
Another surprise was the sunflowers. I planted them when I planted the zinnia field and the wildflower fields. I assumed they didn't take or something was eating them as I didn't get any blooms. I guess I needed to be more patient, because they are blooming now proficiently. These are the not giant sized sunflowers, but rather smaller ones for bouquets. Our sunflowers were really part of a test plot. Next year I will move them to their own raised bed or field now that I see they seem to grow fairly well.
I am headed to the Vintage Market Home this evening with a ton of new products. Please head down and check this store out. It's right next to Stroh's at 110 Sycamore Wyandotte Mi. They carry our products including our bath/spa line, soaps, sachets, bouquets, lavender bundles, dried wreaths, laundry soaps, hand-painted mason jars and NEW! this month our lavender jelly and strawberry-lavender jam. Lavender Jelly is said to be one of Queen Elizabeth's favorites and it makes a wonderful tea jelly with scones or biscuits. The strawberry-lavender jam is really more like a preserve. It's not overly sugary. As my husband is diabetic I am careful to watch sugar. While it's not sugar-free (I am looking into a sugar-free recipe though), it has about half the sugar and it has little more tart taste with a hint of sweetness and just a hint of lavender - not overpowering. My family just had some on our toast with breakfast this morning and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
You can check out their Facebook page of the Vintage Market Home here
Here are some products they are carrying: