We are “Certified Organic” at our Lavender Farms, and that means No “Non-Organic Chemicals” are used at all in the husbandry of our Lavender gardens. So, when it’s time to reduce, or elliminate those wicked weeds, many are hand weeded on our farm. If the weeds are too small, around pavers, or walk ways, etc, we reach for all natural Lemon Juice and White Vinegar. I like to pour it onto the weeds instead of spraying, which tends to make my hands tired 🙂 Simply mix equal parts Lemon Juice and White Vinegar, pour it on, or use a small brush, and brush each weed. Try to do this at a time when you have two days of dry warm weather. Sun increases the weed killing results. This works well for us, hope it works for you. People & pet friendly.
It was a beautiful day, with a perfect temp. of 90. I planted annual, hybrid Morning Glory starts by a small white wire fence at the entrance of our Lavfarm. Then I planted Teddy Bear sunflowers at different spots around my cottage. These sunflowers are small, shorter varieties, and will be perfect cheerful flowers to fill empty spots and add color.
Afternoon I had a wonderful family visit our farm from Georgia. They purchased a few items in my retail cottage, then strolled around the garden, and into the wildflower section. They stopped to look at my succulent plants at the front of the arber, and noticed my Hen & Chicks. She called them, “Hen & Biddies”. I laughed, and said that I’d never heard them called that before :). I told her that I liked that name better, and planned to use it from now on. 🙂 (Isn’t it funny, and interesting how different regions of the world, use different words and sayings). Come by and see my Hen & Biddies!!
It was a bit cooler today around 63′. Not too many customers came out to visit, so I took advantage of the cool temp. and planted a few Gladiolas, Traderhorn red & Peter Pear peach, around the garden. A few were planted in the wildflower section behind benches, where I have old wicker “head-boards”, sunk into the ground. Then I planted yellow Danka Dahlias, & Cactus Star’s Favourite pink Dahlias, in a few whiskey barrels. These flowers will give interesting contrast to the Lavender in June and July. We also have planted some new lavenders: Sarah, Dwarf Alpine White, and a couple “un-named” varieties that were crossed on our farm. If they turn up as new varieties, then we will have to consider names.
Our Lupine is starting to open nicely, as well as blue flax, potentilla, geum and some other misc. perrenials. Hummingbirds are busy on our feeders, and I even had 1 drink from the feeder while I was hanging it up!! Too Sweet 🙂
I drove to town early, and planted 2 Lavender plants, a dark purple, and a white plant, and some Blanket Flowers, on the side of my sister’s Dry Cleaning business. When I returned to our Lavender farm, I noticed something very special…. I laughed, when I saw it!!! A bird had built it’s nest in a decorative, grapevine windowbox, on my patio. 🙂 🙂 Our Lavender farm must be a peaceful place, even to the birds, that they feel quite comfortable to build their babies home, on our patio!!! 🙂 The beauty of nature is full of surprises 🙂
This is the time when we celebrate our Wonderful Mother’s, so let’s spend extra time with them, and shower them with love. Thanking them for all they’ve done for us, and all the sacrifices they’ve made. And maybe extend some of that love, wishing a total stranger, Happy Mother’s Day. It is said, “there is a Mother in every woman”! Happy Mother’s Day, love and blessings to all you dear Mother’s out there. I hope your day will be a joyous one!
Best blessings. Lady Lavender
OH…I am giving a free sachet to every Mother that comes to our u-pick farm this Sunday. Mention you saw this post and get your sachet!
Today in the morning I transplanted more “Provence” lavender starts into 3.5″ pots, as I waited on customers. These plants will need about two weeks to gain more root growth, before they are ready to sell. After lunch, I split apart a few perennial flowers that out grew the area where they were planted. Three of these plants are Echinacea, Potentilla (yellow), and Geum (orange). I moved them around to different locations at the entrance of our Lavender farm. I also transplanted five small sunflower plants to the back of our farm. These sunflowers will grow tall and more will be planted to become a beautiful back drop for photos taken across our lavender flowers, and up toward Mt. Hood. They will also, help hid our two port-a-potties, located at the back of the farm. Besides all this fun, tending my garden, I spent several hours sitting on the patio watching tiny Hummingbirds buzz around the feeders. They are little bits of magic in our lives 🙂
The blossoms on the fruit trees around our Lavfarm finally popped open! It looks like snow covering the fields throughout the valley. The customers that visited our farm this past weekend, took many photos of the gorgeous mountain views, and flower blossoms. I enjoyed watching a family blow bubbles with their 3yr. old son. Then they strolled along the path in our wildflower section to the back of the farm, where they stopped to take photos together, amoung pear trees in bloom. A garden is a wonderful place to Slow down… and enjoy the simple things in life together with your family and loved ones.
It’s one of my favorite things to do 🙂
This blog is about my day to day life on a Lavender Farm.