Lavender flower buds and not leaves, then? Well, I just planted the three plants so it will be awhile before it makes flowers, especially flowers in that quantity. I've noticed that not all lavender smells the same, some smell significantly better than others.
I've seen some patches of lavender around and there were some folks at a garage sale up in Waimea who had a pile of it in their yard, but I didn't get their number. There are quite a few places that have a lot of lavender growing near them in Waimea, wouldn't your area have similar weather? Paradise Plants sells lavender starts for around $2 each if you wanted to try and grow some. Otherwise, it will be awhile but I've got some started here. What are you going to do with the lavender? Are you making soap?