The first lavenders to bloom in my Ojai garden are the Spanish Lavender,
Sometimes it's called Rabbit Ears,
Which seems timely since Easter was just yesterday!
This particular variety makes wonderful little arrangements and is extremely fragrant, with a piney scent mixed with lime.
Used primarily for lavender oil, it's great as a garden element both for its profuse blooms and amazing scent.
We used lavender extensively in our landscape; about 4 varieties in all. They will each bloom at different times throughout the spring and summer.
Once the first bloom is over they get a good "hair cut" and may bloom a bit more but this is the best (this variety) will look this year.
And they were so pretty yesterday.
The citrus is also coming into bloom. In about a months time the air is so full of bees that you hear this constant hum, almost like electricity.
These are the Meyers. Wonderful, round and sweet.
The blossoms are beautiful and I like to bring a few cuttings in and set them around the house.
It's a bit like lighting a candle...thats how strong the smell is.
The Meyers grow in large clusters of 5 or more and are disease resistant and need very little in the way of water or pesticides.
I picked a grocery bag full in about 5 minutes to bring home.
That how hearty they are!
Did I mention that Meyers make the best lemonade?
Meyer lemons are readily available in most Nursery's and also do well in pots on the patio.
More garden posts upcoming
All the rain this winter has made for an amazing spring in Ojai and a bumper citrus crop for our local farmers as well. That's some good news!