8th of May 2017 First day Sage picking 2017
Trtar hill middle Dalmatia.
Altitude 450 m.
First day – mostly cloudy, unstable, wind from different directions, showers all around
Before the harvest, we have done three inspections to determine the development of the state of the plants are at and precisely schedule the picking date. First inspection was done 2 weeks before the harvest, second 1 week before and the last one 3 days before the harvest.
Winter and early spring were very dry so the sage bushes were small and poorly developed, but healthy. Two days before the harvest we had heavy rain and even the night before we wanted to start picking it was still raining, so we had to postpone the picking for couple of hours for the flowers to dry. We started picking at 12:00.
Rain has strongly influenced the plant to start producing resin like juices, which is exactly what we are looking for, so just a gentle cuddle releases its intense fragrance meters away. Sage was at an ideal state for picking but we had three more rain showers that day so we had to stop and wait for the flowers to dry again. First day we picked only 50 kg but happy with the quality we get down from the hill at twilight.