Today I worked with one of our most awesome employees training a new girl to work with us this summer. We discussed many different tasks that would be done, including helping customers with products, product knowledge, and learning how to complete credit card sales, to name a few. Since our Lavfarm gets extremely busy in June, July and August, when the lavender flowers are at peak bloom, two people often need to work together, one in the retail cottage, and another taking customers out to demonstrate how to U-pick their lavender bouquets. One of the most important tasks, when you don’t have any customers, is to go out in the garden and “Weed” 🙂
And above all else, enjoy your day, at work, in a Lavender Farm 🙂
Today we transplanted 250 lavender plants into 3.5″ pots. They are a few of my favorite Angustifolia, Jean Davis, a pink flower, and Folgate, a dark blue flower. We also, transplanted 125 Sawyers, a Latifolia, with frosted foliage. These will all be ready to sell at our Upick farm, in two to three weeks, providing we get some more sunshine. “Grow lovely flowers, grow!!” 🙂
We had a glorious sunny weekend!!” Thank you”, if you come out to visit us at our Upick Lavfarm!! Even though we didn’t have any blossoms on the fruit trees around our farm, many people were out touring around our beautiful valley, stopping at farms, enjoying the mountain views, and getting into the Blossom Weekend festive events 🙂 The customers that came out, strolled around, then found their place in a chair on our patio, enjoyed watching the Hummingbirds at the feeder. These “little bits of magic” that just arrived at our garden, gave us the help we needed to stop and rest awhile!! 🙂
We sold many of our rare Lavender plants, as we usually do, but if you couldn’t make it this weekend, don’t feel left out. We have several 100’s in the green house still, that will be ready to sell in two or three weeks. The sunny weather inspired us to believe in hope that summer will be here soon, along with thousands of fragrant lavender flowers. Thank you all for coming out to visit, and those that couldn’t be here, maybe you could enjoy a garden in your home town, where you could just sit and soak-up the beauty of quiet still moments.
I’m Spring cleaning my retail cottage getting ready to open for the season this Friday 12:00-5:00, Sat.-Sun. 10:00-5:00 for Blossom Weekend. We are hoping for blossoms on the fruit trees, our premier attraction at this time in this beautiful valley, but…we’ll just keep our fingers crossed. The forecast says “Sunshine”, so come out, and bring your camera for the spectacular mountain views and various flowering trees. 🙂 It’s still too cool to plant flowers in my window boxes. I’ll have to wait until after the last frost, which might be around the first of May, since we’re in zone 6 to 7.
Although the flowers are few at this time, I’m packing our Retail Shoppe full of various fragrant lovely products from Lavender Parfum, Lavender Essentials, and gloriously fragrant lavender sachets, to name just a few. I love our little 8 x 10 retail cottage, because it’s really quite easy to clean due to it’s size!! 🙂 Don’t we all wish our own homes could be small, and easy to clean..less clutter..small is good, and quaint in this case. When our dream of this lavender farm began 5 years ago, we considered building a small structure. But as it turned out, because of cost and efficiency, we discovered this little “Tuff Shed”, and decided to redesign it instead of building. With the help of “Jack of All Trades”, Hood River’s handy man (my dear brother :)), and a little paint. Wallahh!! We had our quaint “English Garden” cottage Retail Shoppe!!
We open at this time each year, and stay open through October 31, 7 days a week, Mon. – Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-5. So please come out and visit us this blossom weekend while you are in town, and sample some hot lavender “Gorge Wind” tea, and out famous lavender-mint shortbread. Then pick out one or two of our organic rare lavender plants to start your our herb garden, and love for lavender! Admission is always free :). Just wear your favorite garden shoes, and again bring your cameras. *Note: Mention seeing my blog, and receive your free vile of Lavender essential oil, “Grosso”.
We have a very special garden at our Lavender Farm. The “Garden of Hope“, a baby memorial garden. It is a place to honor babies lost at any point after conception. It is a quiet, solitary garden for parents and families to find peace and healing from their loss. A place where we can be still and reflect on our loved ones. I had a very tender experience with the loss of my second child, a girl. She, Brandy Layne, only lived one hour after her birth. She had a rare disease where genes and chromosomes are missing, which left her lungs and kidneys under-developed. She couldn’t breath on her own, outside of my womb. She is a “Glory Baby”, that was only with us a short time…the loss hits me every year at this time, and I think of her, missing her, and holding her tightly in my heart. I have a plaque on a post at our Garden of Hope with her name and birth date. I like to go into the garden early in the morning and sit alone, and remember my sweet daughter, Brandy. I place flowers by her name, a pink rose and baby breath, and maybe read a childrens’ storybook, that I didn’t have a chance to read to her….I love you, my dear daughter, Brandy Layne…You are forever in my heart!! I know I will see you again one day. XOXO
The following was written by one of our customers after she experienced healing peace in the “Garden of Hope”:
I visited the memorial during the Lavender Festival in 2005. I immediately knew this would be a place of healing for many including myself. I have since placed a plaque for my daughter Lorraine. She died days after being born and I never held her or had a service for her until I found your garden. I currently lead a Grief-Share class and have plans on bringing several ladies to see the garden in the springtime. They too have lost a child and want to honor them. Thank you and God bless your ministry because it has brought healing to my heart after 30 years of sorrow.
I just finished restocking Hood River Chamber of Commerce, a local wholesale account that we’ve had for several years. We love our Chamber! We have been a member with them since 2003. They are a tremendous support to local business! When they asked if we wanted to bring a few of our top selling products in to display for tourist to sample or purchase, we couldn’t resist 🙂
We also have a wholesale account at our local Rosauers Grocery Store, in “Huckleberries”, the organic section; and The Gift House downtown Hood River, and also at Mother’s Market Place, a Vegan store. Each of these wholesale accounts help promote local small business and encourage “buy local” shopping. These accounts make our products convenient to our customers when they are out shopping for other necessary items for their homes and family. We greatly appreciate the support of our community, our friends in business!!!
This blog is about my day to day life on a Lavender Farm.