After the Pruning Comes the Harvest


People around here who know me know that I love lavender. It all started in 2009 when I went out looking for my first job in 20 years and ended up working at a lavender farm in St Eustache, Quebec. It was a rough time in my life, post-divorce, and I couldn’t imagine anything better than working with lavender to calm me down. I loved my job so much that when I moved to Nova Scotia the next year, having a lavender farm of my own was the logical next step.

Well, it is actually a lavender hobby farm, as there are about 80 mature plants that cover the front lawn. These plants have gone through maturing and pruning over the past seven years, just as I have- – and we both have grown stronger as a result.

Growing lavender has been a calming, maturing, learning, patience-practicing and beautiful part of my life and I am grateful. After the rough winter of 2015 when it just did not stop snowing, the plants took a beating. Did you know that the biggest enemy of growing lavender is having its roots sit in water? That’s what happened after that winter. So last year I noticed a lot of old wood and dead branches on many of the plants and decided to give them a ruthless pruning.

As Spring came on this year I was anxious to see what would result from that pruning…and I wasn’t disappointed.

Here are a few pics taken this past week as I harvested the lavender for some special projects coming up.

I will share them with you in the coming weeks!

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Ahh…lavender!

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Oh Yeah!

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Lavender tied in bundles and ready to dry.

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Lavender drying in the basement, with fans working overtime to circulate the air.

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Happy Canada Day!

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Cutting, bundling, tying…

7 thoughts on “After the Pruning Comes the Harvest

  1. Love Lavender!!!!! Wow

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  2. Hi Christine! I knew that you loved lavender but I did’nt remember that you had worked at the lavender farm in St-Eustache. And I did’nt know you had so many plants at home now, …80 mature plants!!! WOW! Beautiful pictures! I have been at that boutique in St-Eustache twice lately, I bought a milk bath powder pure lavender, it’s out of this world. A few scoops of that powder in your bath, and you sleep like a baby! Good to hear from you, you look great, keep up the good work and hobby. Please continue to share pictures of what you do with your lavender. Love ya xxx

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    • Oh I have just received my order from Maison Lavande with the milk bath- it is luxurious for sure!! I’m glad you like it as well. Did you know I sold my fudge there in 2009, but with lavender sprinkled on top!!

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      • OH! I did’nt know that, it sure must be delicious!! When I go to la Maison de Lavande, I always end up bying cookies, of course “sprinkled with lavender” on top! They make jam, caramel etc. It sure is a relaxing place to go shop!! Have a wonderful day my friend!

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  3. I love your lavender pictures and story. I am from NS but now live in Sherbrooke, QC, so not far from Bleu Lavande. Now I know why my plant in NS died after that winter of endless snow.

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  4. Lynne Clearwater

    So Beautiful Chris.

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