I finally finished pruning, and clearing away dry flower tops and grasses out of the wildflower section. Whew!! Then I cut apart over-grown Shasta Daisy’s, and Bee Balm, and move them around to more sparse areas in the garden. After that I scattered 1000’s of flower seeds that I saved from last season. A few of my favorites are: Hollyhock, Clary Sage, Icelandic Poppies, Oriental Poppies, Nigella “Love in a Mist”, Bee Balm, Echinacea, and Colombine. I gently raked over the seeds to help cover them with a bit of soil, in hopes that they will germinate in a few weeks. I heard the weather man forecast rain later today, I hope so! 🙂 Now I’m ready to sit back, with my feet up, and patiently wait for the slowly unfolding beauty in my garden…. 🙂 That is a pretty great reward!! Drop by in the next few months to enjoy it with us. Our Opening weekend is April 17th for Blossom Festival Celebration in the Hood River Valley. http://bit.ly/amZJhl
http://bit.ly/aJ4e4w Awesome job by Teena McKenzie. Thank you Teena!!
I just restocked the gift shop at one of my favorite Bed and Breakfast, Old Parkdale Inn. It is just up the road from us, in beautiful Parkdale. Old Parkdale Inn is a fanciful inn nestled in the upper Hood River Valley on the northern slope of Mt. Hood with unbelievable views of the mountain. Three well appointed rooms with private baths. Steve & Mary Pellegrini are the most gracious innkeepers! Visit their website: www.HoodRiverLodging.com, check em out
and plan your next overnight stay with them.
The sunshine warms my face as I begin spring clean-up around the lavender farm. Not sure if the seasons are changing where you are, but for us it is coming on a bit early this year. The first place I start is in the wildflower section. The warmer weather promotes new growth quickly, and there’s still a lot of dead flower stems, and grass that need to go. I do this ‘Carefully‘, not to step on the many little ‘Sweet William’, Hollyhock, Columbine, & Shasta Daisy’s.
This is also the time I dig out a few hundred small Lupine starts. I love Lupine, as you can see, and we go crazy in Lupine!!! It can take over if It’s left unattended. I hope to grow a few hybrid varieties this year in color shades of Yellow and Red :-O !! These wildflowers are not for upick, they are just for everyone to enjoy, smell, and listen to the hum of Bumblebees enjoying the wild life. I think I will enjoy a warm cup of Lavender Chai Tea when I take my break (with a spot o’honey, of course). Happy Gardening!
PS-If you have a photo of garden projects that you are working on, or completed…send them in to me!
Congratulations to Dolly England!!! Dolly was the prize winner of a $25.00 Gift Certificate! 2nd & 3rd prize winners Kimberly Walshe and Lisa Henninger Zisa will also collect a free bottle of our Refreshing Lavender Spritzer. Thanks to everyone who participated!!
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