Looking After Your Lavender Plants

In the wild, lavender plants seem to turn up in the most unusual places. Generally, they prefer a rougher existence than we might first think. In fact, too much watering, care and attention will often kill them off. Preparing your lavender Plants If you’ve bought our Garden Ready Plugs, they will need to be opened… Read more »

How To Use Essential Oils To Zap Your Cold

As the weather starts to turn colder, the inevitable first round of winter coughs, colds and flu start appearing. But rather than immediately heading for your local pharmacy to stock up on expensive, chemically synthesized cold and flu remedies, why not see if you can treat your cold naturally using a few drops of some… Read more »

Companion Planting With Lavender

Not only does Lavender make a fantastic addition to your garden due to its striking architectural foliage, beautiful flowers and gorgeous scent, but it can also be beneficial to those plants around it. Companion Planting is nothing new, having been used for centuries before the invention of artificial pesticides, to keep plants healthy and strong…. Read more »

Can Lavender Cure Your Hayfever?

Along with the onset of sunny weather, warm temperatures and lovely long light evenings (well here on the sun dappled Channel Island of Jersey at least!), for many summer also means the onset of hayfever. Hayfever is one of the most common allergic reactions, with an estimated 13 million people in the UK suffering from symptoms including;… Read more »

Should I Prune My Lavender In Spring?

Even though it is still stubbornly raining and the fire on our lovely Jersey lavender farm is still being regularly lit, clumps of snowdrops are beginning to speckle the verges and we’ve even seen a few daffodils. So yes, even though it might not quite feel like it yet, spring is on its way. And… Read more »

It’s Nearly Time To Plant Your Lavender

There’s daffodils waving their wonderful yellow trumpets, the first lambs appearing in the fields and the other day I even saw people out without their coats on! It must be Spring! And along with Spring comes warmer soils meaning that it’s time to start planting this year’s new lavender plants. Early April through to May… Read more »

Linalool – Lavender’s Secret Ingredient

Yes, it may sound like some kind of exotic Hawaiian cocktail, but Linalool is actually the active chemical component found in lavender and around 200 other species of plants. Linalool is found mainly in the plant families of Lamiaceae (mints and other scented herbs), Lauraceae (such as laurels, cinnamon and rosewood) and Rutaceae (citrus fruits),… Read more »

Plant Lavender And Help To Save The Bees!

There is often nothing so lovely as sitting in your garden on a hazy summer’s afternoon and listening to the soft buzzing of bees as they flit from flower to flower –  and the knowledge of a lovely pot of honey at the end of it doesn’t hurt either! However bees are under threat like… Read more »

Pruning Lavender

If there is one thing we get asked most about at Jersey Lavender, it has to be pruning lavender. For some reason people seem to think that there is some mysterious wizardry to it. There really is not. It is all pretty straight forward. The issues are when and how hard, or not, to cut… Read more »

UK Lavender Plants

Those of you who live other than in the UK must forgive this one, but I can only write based on my local experience. This post is about what types of lavender you are likely to come across in the UK and some of their pros and cons for our UK climate. The first one… Read more »