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Does anyone have some organically grown lavender?

I am passing along a plea from "Snapdragon" whom you will see listed on our blog roll.

She is in urgent need of finding a source of organically grown lavender.

Can anyone help? Hope so.


Posted at 17th Mar 2009 - 12:40AM   Posted by Frances   Does anyone have some organically grown lavender? Comments: 15

Blossomcottage's Avatar Try the Isle of Wight Lavender Company I have bought from them and I have feeling they might have organic plants.

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 17th Mar 2009 at 06:31AM

Pipany's Avatar Sorry Frances, I use all mine for my own business. The company Blossom mentions sounds a good one.

Posted by: Pipany on 17th Mar 2009 at 06:54AM

Elizabethm's Avatar It depends how much she wants. I have quite a bit that I have raised myself.

Posted by: Elizabethm on 17th Mar 2009 at 07:52AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar I have some too (soil association registered organic), although they look a bit scrappy at the moment after such a hard winter.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 17th Mar 2009 at 08:48AM

I'm afraid I didn't even harvest any last year, and lost most of my plants over the winter, so I am starting out again myself. Try these links.

Norfolk Lavender
Isle of Wight Lavender
Mayfield Lavender

Posted by: Celtic Heart on 17th Mar 2009 at 08:49AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Would you like some organic Preseli lavender CH?

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 17th Mar 2009 at 08:59AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar I am still trying to coax some growth out of my teeny tiny lavenders.....bought two years ago as plug plants on one of those offers you see in magazines but so unbelievably minute I could barely handle them when they arrived..... I was expecting a nice lavender hedge by now but figure it'll be a few years yet!!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 17th Mar 2009 at 09:33AM

Pipany's Avatar I looked on Jane's blog and she says it isn't ideal for growing it up there. I think she needs a ready grown and dried supply.

Posted by: Pipany on 17th Mar 2009 at 09:42AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Sadly lost my lavender over the winter as well! lavender does not do well in Scotland - mine was ok until the long spell of frosts and snows - I have never managed to keep a lavender yet.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 17th Mar 2009 at 10:49AM

CalicoKate's Avatar I'm with you WW I can't keep lavender plants alive even in pots ready grown, but Millcroft Lavender can. They are a Scottish Lavender grower, on the Cowal Penninsula (North of Dunoon) I'll pop across to Jane and let her know Don't know if they are organic though, but surely 'locally' grown so fewer miles count for more? That's my view on organics anyway - buy local whatever then organic from further away, local organic is a bonus but rare here.

Posted by: CalicoKate on 17th Mar 2009 at 11:11AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar That's the interesting debate, isn't it, CK? I have this one with my husband all the time. He is all for local above all else but I hate the idea of having stuff drenched in pesticides....
Now, local AND organic (and reasonable) - that would be the ticket. Though not sure I'd be too worried re lavender - it's the things like apples and lettuces that I wouldn't buy non-organic.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 17th Mar 2009 at 12:03PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Life without lavender though......Sad

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 17th Mar 2009 at 12:03PM

Best place I can recommend for organic Lavender and all other herbs is Jecka McVicar's Herb Farm

I think she has won something amazing like 61 RHS Medals over the years.

Posted by: Zoe on 17th Mar 2009 at 12:19PM

Frances's Avatar Thanks to you all. I will pass this along to Snapdragon.


Posted by: Frances on 17th Mar 2009 at 01:05PM

Thank you everyone! I shall try out the various links.
My view on organic in this case is that many of my lavender products are bought to help people sleep - lavender crops are routinely treated with herbicides (to keep the rows neat) and fungicides to stop mould unless they are organic and I'm not sure I would want to go to sleep breathing in a fungicide. A firm that isn't big enough to go through the organic palaver would be fine (my cut flowers aren't registered organic but are grown organically) but one using routine spraying wouldn't.
I shall head off and investigate. once again thanks

Posted by: Snapdragon on 17th Mar 2009 at 02:30PM

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