To kick off holiday shopping, we are having Open House this weekend at our Lavender farm. I’m giving out samples of my newest recipe, “Holiday Shortbread”, that contains Culinary Lavender, Anise Extract, Orange Rind, and Macadamia Nuts. Along with the shortbread we have samples of our most popular tea, Mint Medley Tea, and our new tea, “Holiday Lavender Chai Mate”.
Out in the garden I’m digging up my Dahlia bulbs for the winter, pruning dead foliage, & cleaning up around the garden.
When I sit on the patio, enjoying the sunny afternoon, I’ll read a book, and complete a Sudoku puzzle. I do a lot of erasing. 🙂 Enjoy the weekend.
This is the time we start taking cuttings, and propagating for new lavender starts, while our lavender plants are in their dormnet state. Today I took 130 cuttings off one of our Angustifolia English lavender varieties. These little cuttings will go into a starter tray, and into our greenhouse. They will receive a fine-mist watering, 3 times a day, for about 4-8 weeks, upon which time they will produce roots. They will eventually be transplanted into 3″ containers as they grow. Then they will be planted on one of our wholesale farms. We will steam distill the flowers for their beautiful aromatherapy quality essential oil, for calming anxiety, stress, and for insomnia. I feel calm from the aroma, just sitting inside on this rainy fall day, propagating these lovely flowers. 🙂
The last few days I’ve been working around the farm doing winter cleanup, like removing corn-stalks, tomato plants, and squash plants from the garden. I decided to leave the “Huge” dried sunflowers, because the birds love the seeds,and it’s a good food source after the snow arrives. I also raked up pruned lavender cuttings, from around the plants that Joe just finished pruning. A lot of work goes into preparing the garden for the dormant period, and we’ll continue throughout this month.
As the rains begin, I need to seal the windows on my Retail Cottage with plastic. Our Retail Cottage is a remodeled “Tuff Shed”, and the antique windows need “TLC” to hold-up during winter weather, or the water will run down the bottom of the windows and inside the cottage wall…not good….
When I’m done working outside in the garden, I’ll start packing web orders for mail out orders, and then I think I will relax with a cup of Lavender Chai Tea 🙂
Business is winding down at our U-Pick Lavender Farm, and only a few customers came to visit today. Two ladies dropped by early afternoon and purchased a bottle of our L. Angustifolia, “English” Lavender essential oil. It was going to be used to calm one of them during an airplane trip she would be taking soon. She said she has extreme anxiety flying, and hopes this will calm her. I told her to apply it to her pulse points on her wrist, and inhale the aroma, and also apply it to her temples, or a tissue to inhale, and sit back and relax, if possible…
While I waited for customers, I packed up a few web orders to send out. One package, included our two different Culinary Lavenders, was going out to a Floral & Gift Gourmet Food shop in South Carolina. This will be the start of a wholesale account with them. She said she loves to cook with Lavender, and plans to make a batch of Lavender Oatmeal Cookies to share. We talked about making my favorite “Sweet Potato Pie” with lavender crumb topping!!! Yummy!!! I will add this recipe to our site soon:)
As things slow down and we close for the season on our Lavender Farm, we will always open by appointment, and do so quite often for our customers to shop. We will also be opening for special holiday shopping, on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27th, 28th, and 29th. I’m busy working on some gift packs of customer favorites, and those are always popular then too.
We “Welcome November“, and appreciate the gift of beautiful sunny days like today, with extremely gorgeous views of our valley, and our two mountains!!!!!
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