May was all about the planning -- and waiting for the rain to stop for a few days so that the earth could dry out. We spent many a soggy afternoon walking our property, measuring possible rows, using stakes and twine to help us visualize and then draw up a little map of the space we imagined, complete with areas for picnic tables, hammocks, Adirondack chairs and a farmstand. In the meantime, I also researched which varieties of lavender would work best for what we wanted to do and contacted several growers in the area, hoping they might have some plants to sell me.
And then there was the heat and the smoke from the fires raging in the Gorge. We had to pause for a few weeks because it was so hot and smoky and it would have been bad for both me and the new plants if I continued to plant. For a while our fields looked as dry and brown as they had in Escondido. But finally, as the first Fall rains began, my daughter Lauren and I were able to get in our last planting -- the ol’ tried and true Lavendula x Intermedia Grosso. And it started to look like Oregon again.
And maybe even a few of you will visit. I hope you will!