Today I took the day off from my lavender garden, to enjoy a lovely, relaxing facial & massage at “Strawberry Mountain” Spa/Salon. The tranquil experience began from the moment I stepped into the spa with the calming music, a cup of green tea, and a fresh rose on my heated spa chair. Allove, was my lovely Esthetician, encouraging me to relax with the delicate, soothing, yet stimulating facial treatment, and massage. It included facial massage, and also neck, shoulder, hand, arm massage, and gentle touch on my feet 🙂 I have extremely sensitive skin, and Allove was careful to personally choose , ‘just for me‘, each skincare product for my treatment. The soothing aromas from the nourishing essential oil, herbal elixirs, and floral hydrosols, helped transcend me to a calming state inside, encouraging me to inhale deeply and release all my stress. I was so “Deeply Relax”!! I became rejuvenated, and refreshed, and my face never felt so beautiful! Thank you Allove, and all the staff at Strawberry Mountain for an excellent, relaxing spa treatment. You offer the highest quality of professional skincare spa treatment I’ve ever had!!
It’s all about celebrating our first English lavender in bloom!! I’ve cut several fresh bouquets of our earliest English varieties, Mt. Hood and Edgerton Blue, to use for the hands-on wand making class. These lovely ‘wands or ‘bottles’ are a Victorian sachet that are extremely fun to make, incorporating the basket weaving technique. They have been used to freshen linens and impart fragrance around the home for centuries.
We are starting to U-Pick lavender, and many customers enjoy strolling through the garden cutting from the many varieties of English lavender for a delightfully fragrant, beautiful lavender bouquet to take home. Saturday Ben Bonham was on site playing his folk, blues and garden music to liven up our party atmosphere. He’s such great fun!!
Have a wonderful weekend Father’s, and celebrate your family with us in the lavender fields, with a sample of our most famous ‘Lavender Ginger Apple Cider’, and Lavender Shortbread!!
Click link below to see Ben Bonham playing at the Solstice Party!
We had a tour group from Portland visit our farm this morning. They reserved our tour package in advance for their group from Florida. The package included a garden tour, hands-on Lavender Wand class, and self-serve Lavender Tea and Lavender Scones, on our covered patio. During the garden tour I described the 70 different lavender varieties planted at our U-Pick farm. Many photos are always taken during the tour, especially of the wild flower section in the middle of the lavender garden.
If you would like information about tour packages feel free to send me an email.
Three ladies visited our lavender farm a few days ago from Bend. They mentioned that their art group would be coming in August to paint the lavender in bloom. After looking at our lavender starter plants for planting around their homes, they asked, “which ones are hardy to our zone 3-4”? I suggested the Angustifolia “English”, it’s the True Lavender, and most hardy.
Since the sun was out for the first time in three days, they asked if it would be OK if they set-up to paint… of course it would be alright! So on a beautiful sunny day, this is how it looked, painting in the flower garden 🙂
The amount of growth in 1 week of the Lavender and the Wildflowers is mind-boggling. The Wildflowers are now almost twice as big with hundreds more in bloom, and the Lavender has heading towards bloom a ton also!