This is Gertie. She is four years old. She is a cross between a Silkie and a Turken (or Naked Neck) chicken. It takes 8 generations to develop a true Showgirl so they are quite special.
This was taken as we were planting the first field. Our sons, daugther-in-law, grandchildren and nephew were a big help and we got the planting done in two days.
After alot of research we decided to plant 7 different varieties of lavender. There are many different kinds, each having it's own unique qualities. I planted two French lavender, Provence and Grosso. The Grosso is best known for it's wonderful scent and high oil content. This is where most of your essential oil is produced from. Since I am limited on space I only planted 350 plants of the Grosso. I don't plan on producing a large amount of oil as I would need about 8000 plants to make it worth while. The Provence is a good all around vartiety. It is good for fresh and dried bouquets, sachets and it is also used for culunary. Which means it is great in recipes. I planted 600 of those. The last 5 varieties are Spanish lavender. Royal Velvet, Hidcote,, Munstead, Jean Davis, and Blue Cushion. The Royal Velvet dries very good and can also be used for culunary. I planted 500 of those, Hidcote 200, 150 Munstead and 100 each of the Jean Davis and Blue Cushion. The Jean Davis blooms pink and white and the Blue Cushion is very compact and short.
Some of you have ask how I became interested in Lavender. I'll try to tell a short version. September 2014 we went to Alaska. While we we there we tried to find products that were locally made. I had been pondering the idea of trying Lavender oil for sleep. So on our first stop in Sitka we found a unique store that sold oils. We bought some and used it every night on the cruise. When we got back to Seattle we drove to Oregon to visit our good friends Alan and Susan Collison. While there I told Susan I wanted to buy some local lavender oil. She did even better and took me to a Lavender farm! I bought several bottles of oil. When I got home I had a few things happen which I used the oil on for the first time. Such as one evening I burnt my hand while taking a hot glass of water out of the microwave. I put the oil on the burn and had immediate relief. It never hurt again and I applied it just that once. Then a few weeks later I got the shingles vaccine. I ended up with a bad reaction. I developed a rash like shingles around my waist. It was on fire and had a dull itch. After applying Lavender oil with a carrier oil to the rash within 20 minutes it was much improved and by the next morning it was almost gone. After that I was thinking this Lavender oil is good stuff. I use it with other oils in a diffuser at night. I've also started using it as a household cleaner. It has disinfecting properties. So after using the oil and having such good results with it I started researching how to grow it. There are several other lavender farms in Kansas believe it or not. So I thought if they can grow it we can too. None are in my area and my location is perfect. There is alot of interest and I think it will be fun. Well OK....it has been growing for three years now and I might have to rethink the fun part. The first and second summer were pretty much non stop weeding and mowing. Last summer I invested in a small riding mower so life is a little easier. But the weeding is still very time consuming and hard work.