Waiting on Blossoms

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Our temps have been extremely cool, and wet this spring. The pear blossoms are just beginning to show a little white, almost two weeks past blossom weekend.  Our lavender plants are just beginning to wake up, along with the butterfly bushes, and other shrubs around our lavender farm.  We are still doing spring clean up, which includes pruning the lavender, and other plants. As I was raking up the pruned lavender from around the plants, I noticed a Praying Mantis Ootheca inside one of the lavender plants. We love all our helpful insects that live at our farm, and since we are certified organic, our garden is a healthy environment for insects, wildlife, and also families. The Mantis is sleeping~waiting for warmer weather, as we and the lovely flowers are too!

Praying Mantis cocoon
Praying Mantis cocoon

We have been re-establishing our path through the rapidly growing wildflower garden, spreading out bark and making it an easy meandering path for us all to enjoy. The Lupine is growing daily and within a month this will be a mass of color. I can hardly wait!

We look forward to seeing you visit, as you explore our beautiful Hood River Valley with your friends, and family.

Re-taking the wildflower path
Re-taking the wildflower path

Spring Opening And Plant Sale

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We are busy manicuring our lavender farm, and filling our Retail Shoppe with lovely lavender products, for our weekend open house. We are looking forward to a wonderful sunny weekend, with many people touring the valley with their families for the 57th Hood River Valley Blossom FestivalHood River Lavender Farms invites you to sample some lavender “Gorge Wind tea” and our famous lavender Scones. Take home rare Organic Lavender plants, pick up some much needed lavender items and enjoy the Spring blossoms on the trip here. The Lavender retail shoppe is opening this weekend and will stay open for the remainder of the season.

Start Time: Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 10:00am 5:00 pm

Location: 3801 Straight Hill Rd, Hood River, OR 97031

Hood River Lavender Farms
Admission: Free
Map: here
This is the Hood River County Blossom Festival Weekend. There are lots of special events going on in the valley, with something to do for everyone. Come out to the country and visit us!

Birds Are Nesting..Signs of Spring!

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There is lot of work to be done around our lavender farm, preparing it for the season. Similarly the birds are starting to pair up, and are busy nesting 🙂  I worked a few hours today at our lavender farm, with a young lady that I just hired to help out this season. I thought I’d give her an idea of the different types of work we do around our lavender farm. Since we are “Certified Organic”, when it comes to weeding and removing invasive plants, everything is done by hand, with integrity in our gardening/farming practices. We never use pesticides!Preparing the wildflowers for another spectacular year

So, today we cleared dead flower tops and grass out of the wildflowers, and dug out 100’s of weeds. We were extremely careful not to disturb the tiny new leaves, and flower buds developing for this seasons lovely flowers. A few of these native wildflowers are: Shasta Daises, Blackeyed Susan, Sweet Williams, Iceland Poppies, Oriental Poppies, Candy Tuff, Hollyhock, Veronica, Verbascum, Dianthus, Delphinium, Showy Milkweed, and Lupines, to name just a few. We finished clearing out about half of our wildflower section, which is about 1/4 acre total size. It doesn’t look real attractive “yet”, because it’s just waking up! It will transform shortly into a brilliant array of lovely fragrant flowers for all to enjoy, people and wildlife alike. But for now, we have lots of work to do before our season starts, and weeding is an extremely important part of any garden.

We look forward to seeing you in the spring opening weekend, April 16th. Happy Happy Spring!

June Wildflowers
June Wildflowers