Mountain Valley Views is the online newsletter for Mountain Valley Growers.





Picks and Prunes

Herb's Pick
 of the Month!

Until our
Fall Extravaganza
and then


Notes From Herb:

Summer is here and we are pruning in the morning and watering in the evening. Harvesting bundles of luscious lavenders and showy ornamental oreganos is play that has to happen in the cool of the morning before our brutal sun takes its toll on us human beings. The plants don't seem to mind. They just keep on going through their phases of life. In the nursery, work continues as some very dedicated people keep plugging away making sure that there are plenty of plants for fall sales.

Since most of the varieties we sell are produced from cuttings, it is important to keep the parent plants in good condition. Some of these parents are huge shrubs and trees and live in our field. Some are tiny and reside in gallon pots. Wherever they live they need constant care to make sure they are producing the best possible cutting material. Some like Lavender need more care than others. Most of the Lavenders are now finishing their blooms and we are cutting not only the flowering stems but also the leafy growth, creating endless tightly woven gray mounds. Cutting plants now in your garden will not only give your garden a tidy appearance now, but because plants are growing very quickly at this time of year, will provide a nicer looking garden faster. Some plants like Catmint love to be pruned now so they can show off again in the fall. If you are not sure weather or not your plant should be pruned now, give it the "evil eye". If it makes you smile, it is fine, if you would rather see the plant in someone else's garden then give it a haircut. Sometimes this means the last remnants of bloom are cut away also. If you aren't sure how to prune it, try consulting our plant page on that plant. Or give us a holler, we are always more than willing to answer your questions.





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In Parting We Leave You With This:


Lavender Sorbet
3 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
9-10 stem heads of fresh lavender flowers
(or 2 tablespoons of dried lavender)
Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon

A tasty flowery treat!

If using fresh lavender:
With thumb and forefinger, pull the flowers from the stems (discarding stems). If using dried lavender you won't need this step.

Combine lavender flowers and sugar in a food processor and pulverize completely, about 1 minute. Bring the water to a boil, remove pan from heat and add the sugar/lavender mixture, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cover with a lid and let cool for at least 30 minutes. Strain out flowers through a sieve, pressing flowers to get out any remaining liquid. Add the lemon juice and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, then freeze in sorbet or ice cream mixer.
(From Fabulous Herb & Flower Sorbets Jim Long, 2002)
A real steal at only 5.95!

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