While I wait on my customers, and relax on the patio after taking in a few serene moments in my garden, I decided to make some fall wreaths. First, I collected herbs and wildflowers from the garden. The herbs I cut were Rosemary, Red Oregano, Echinacea, Cascade Hops, Pink and white Yarrow, Black-eyed Susan, and of course, white and purple Lavender. I used a 6″ wire wreath form, on my wreath machine, and carefully arranged the flowers and herbs. This lovely fall wreath will hang from the “ceiling” of my retail cottage, at our Lavfarm. I might sell it, “if the price is right”! cuz it’s one of a kind! 🙂
Then I made several mini Lavender heart wreaths, by braiding together 3 lavender stems, and forming them into a heart shape. I used a fine purple wire to fasten them together, and placed a raffia bow at the top. These mini lavender heart wreaths will be sold in our retail cottage, and perhaps also on our website. I’ll try to put some more pictures on our site of these beautiful “Certified Organic” Lavender Wreaths.
Thanks to all our customers that visited us this past weekend for Harvest Festival. We greatly appreciate it! We had wonderful weather for this three day event, with just a few showers on Saturday afternoon.
The fall foliage is absolutely stunning through out the valley. As our customers walked around the Lavender garden they mentioned the wonderful aroma that still lingered in the air, even though the lavender is at the end of it’s season. The customers sat on the patio, sipping on Hot Mulled-Lavender Apple Cider, and took in a few serene calm moments, enjoying the aroma and beauty around our garden. Many of these folks stayed longer than usual on Sunday, just enjoying the area and the peacefulness of the day. I love fall because of the slower pace that fills our garden, and also fills our life 🙂 Thanks again to all for sharing this with us!!
Last weekend we had the 2nd Cruise West, tour group, of 56 people, visited our Lavender farm. I prepared my favorites yummies for sampling: Lavender/Mint Shortbread, Mint Medley Tea, and Lavender/Ginger Apple Cider. It was alot of fun for us and for them. We host another 1 of their tours this Friday…can’t hardly wait!
We experienced out first frost this morning…..signs of our change in the season. Many of our English Lavender that are in their 2nd bloom start drooping their heads, as if in shock, or preparing for dormant sleep. Also, the annuals and perennial flowers like our vibrant Zinnias and Dahlias in the wildflowers section, have began to turn a somewhat brownish color. This is an early frost even for us. However, even though the frost has brought a change on some of the lavender and other flowers in our garden, we will continue to be open through the end of October.
One of our biggest weekend events, The Hood River Valley Harvest Fest, is October 16, 17, 18th. This is the weekend that all the farms in the valley celebrate the bounty of their harvest. Lots of farms in Hood River are open, as well as a big Festival event down on the waterfront. We will be open here on our farm as well celebrating the bounty of our Lavender farm by preparing a hot Mulled Lavender Apple Cider, Lavender Mint Shortbread, and decedent Dark Chocolate Lavender Truffles, and the release of our 2009 Fine Lavender Oils! Its also a great time to load up on gifts for the Holidays, or load up your own supply of yummies.
Today I looked across the pear orchard near our Lavender farm, and watched the harvesters picking their An’jou, and Bosc pears. We picked Bartlett pears the previous week, from a few pear trees growing on one of our wholesale lavender farms. These pears are also for sale, to our customers that visit our Lav-farm. Or, I give them away to customers, when they become fully ripe and need to be eaten 🙂
I gave two pears to a couple out visiting our farm, who are from the mid-west. They said they would eat it, as they stroll around our lavender field on this gorgeous morning. As they walked to the back of our garden where the English Lavender is in bloom, I sat on the patio and watched them enjoying the peaceful moment, while I ate a cluster of ripe red grapes from our arbor at the front of the wild flowers. The mountain was stunning, and the air felt crisp, bringing with it the hint of fall. I inhaled, and enjoyed a few relaxing moments for myself. Fall is harvest time around the Hood River Valley, and it’s my favorite time of the year. A time to enjoy the bounty of fruits, and flowers, from our beautiful farm valley.
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