We just experienced one of the harshest winters on record in the Sierra Nevadas. Our snowpack was record-breaking. On April 3 of this year the California Department of Water Resources reported that their "electronic readings from 130 snow sensors placed throughout the state indicate the statewide snowpack’s snow water equivalent is 61.1 inches, or 237 percent of average for this date." That's a lot of water!
We also recorded one of the wettest winters here in the Carson Valley in Northern Nevada. Like our mountain neighbors, the snow fell down here and covered our lavender for most of the winter months.
Normally, our spring begins in March. However, this year's spring was cold and snowy. Our lavender, like other plants on our property, took its time to decide when to come out of its winter dormancy. Luckily, the lavender we chose to plant is hardy enough for our blustery, snowy, and cold winters. We chose both lavandula angustifolia and lavandula x intermedia plants to weather our winters. If you are choosing lavender for our region, make sure you choose a lavender that thrives in zones 5-9.
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Even though our plants are hardy, some still suffered some windburn from our winter winds. We are monitoring these plants as they begin to green up. Surprisingly, the continuous blanket of snow actually protected most of our lavender from the cold temperatures. Here are some photos from our winter (January 2023) into the spring (May 2023).
We will update as soon as we see some PURPLE!!
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