Category Archives: Lavender Farm

Spring Lavender Starts

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Lavender plant starts
Lavender plant starts

This is the time of year for new starts, and new growth. Just like the bulbs in the ground begin their growth in preparation of those beautiful flowers, the fruit trees are also developing full buds that will become lovely  apple, pear, or cherry blossoms. This is also the time of year that we take cuttings from particular varieties of lavender, for new starts which we’ll sell at our Upick Lavender Farm.  So, today  Joe and I took cuttings of a few varieties of Angustifolia Lavender, “Jean Davis” a white/pink lavender, and “Folgate”, a dark purple lavender. We remove a 2-3″ cutting of the “new growth” part of the lavender stem . We usually take about 50-100 cuttings from one particular plant.  With these cuttings, we stripped off all the lower leaves up about 1″, then we scrape the outer stem(bark) off one side only, until we see the green inner stem. Then this cutting is placed into a starter tray that has been soaked with water.  

These cuttings are then placed in a warm greenhouse, out of cold weather conditions. The cuttings in the starter tray need to be sprayed at min. twice daily to get water into the leaves, hydrate the cutting and promote root growth. Rooting can take 3-6 weeks depending on light, heat and the weather. Until they develop good roots, we water them when the soil looks and feels dry.

Lavender is drought tolerant, so they don’t like being over watered.  We take cuttings in the early spring or late fall when the plants are not in bloom. When these cuttings have developed strong roots, and are hardened off outside, they will be sold in 2″ and 4.5″ pots at our Organic Lavender Plant sale during Blossom weekend, on April 17th, 18th and 19th.

Spring always inspires me to think about the newness in life it’s self, life that will develop moment by moment.  I watch this garden transform… I’ll sit and ponder that thought a lot through out the days ahead, as winter lets loose its grip and I tend my garden 🙂

Tending my Garden

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Today I was out in the wildflower section of our Lavender Farm, weeding out one of my “not so favorite weeds” …uuagggg!!! You know what I’m talking about; those weeds that you can never get rid of like dandelions. Well, this one is the original, wild “evening primrose”.  I’m constantly digging up small plants, and watching during the summer to see if the flowers have matured, and quickly yank it out, before the flowers go to seed!!  Nuf said about that not so friendly weed!!

Diane sitting in mass amounts of Lupine!
Diane sitting in mass amounts of Lupine!

 

 

 I was also digging up dormant Lupine flowers, to move them over to another wholesale Lavender farm of ours.  The Lupine has out grown the wildflower section, and is crowding the other flowers.  We love lavender and purple flowers, “really“, so we don’t mind a few thousand Lupine flowers (As you can see in the picture of last years, early summer flowers). We even had this comment on our website, when we posted this photo on our opening page, “why do you have a photo of Lupine on your front page, if you are a Lavender Farm?” Well… we love flowers, including Lupine, and we grow lots of Lupine. Wouldn’t you post a picture of Lupine, if you had thousands of them in you wildflower section? Before our Lavender blooms, many of our wildflowers begin blooming, and the Lupine grew, “Crazy” last year, and visitors that came to our Lavender Farm, couldn’t get over it. Many photos were taken of families, children, lovers and etc, in the Lupine!!! I hope you were one of those people that came to experience that! If you were, please send me a photo. I love to see others “point of view” of these gorgeous flowers. 

So… this was my day, out “playing” in my garden. I agree with all the others that think working in a garden is like “playing”, not work at all. It is soothing and uplifting, and also, good for our health! Enjoy your garden!!

Lavender Farm 101- spring-cleanup

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The sun was out for awhile today, and it felt good to be out in our Lavender Farm. We are busy pruning, and raking up cutting around some of our 3,500 Lavender plants on our Upick farm. Each plant is pruned, by hand, with loppers. The lavender plants were already pruned once in the fall, to remove any uncut flowers, just to the base of the stems, but not too far into the green, leafy, main body of the plants. Cutting them too low in the fall, makes them tender, and possible die off may accure from the cold temperatures and wind.  Now, we are trimming the plants a second time, down a little lower, about 3 1/2″ are left, of the green stem. When customers ask, “how far down should I prune my Lavender”? I saw, “always stay in the green”. We never cut the lavender plants into the brown, woody base part, otherwise they would die. Cutting the Lavender this low, keeps them shaped nicely, preventing them from getting leggy, and woody. It also helps promote more flowers each year. The cuttings are then raked up from around the plants, and removed to compost or burn. Removing the fall leaves, and other plant debris around the lavender is also an important part because, it will prevent mold and mildew, helping the plants breath, and promote new spring growth.

 “Whew”, there is an incredible amount of work that goes into tending these lovely lavender plants, and keeping this Upick Lavender Farm looking it’s best!! It’s all for you, our customers……

I hear break time calling….. As I sit and rest, eating my oatmeal cookie, I hear the sweet songs of the Robins!  As the weather warms up and days become longer, I know spring is not far away. I am excited to see the dewdrops and crocus starts pushing up through the ground. There is nothing better than tending a garden, to soothe ones soul! 🙂

Not Quite Spring Yet…

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Irene, the snow-gal
Irene, the snow-gal

A few days of 58’ temps, and it feels like spring. We’ve even started pruning the Lavender and other perennials at our farm. But, we got up today to another winter blast, of 3 ½” of snow! It’s beautiful as I look out at the fluffy white blanket covering the Lavender fields, and watch the sunrise. This is not uncommon for us at the time of year, since our U-Pick farm is 1700’ elevation. I will take today off, and continue our spring clean-up another day. I’m going outside to play in the snow, and build a snowman or “snow-gal, Irene”.  Spring’s on its way…for real!!!

Gorgeously Green

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Gorgeously Green, by Sophie Uliano
Gorgeously Green, by Sophie Uliano

Our thanks to Sophie Uliano for writing about us in her wonderful book, “Gorgeously Green“. You’ve inspired and connected people and businesses with super green, eco-friendly living, for the good of everyone!! You’ve helped us consider other alternative ways of living, that will benefit our health, and our beautiful earth. As each one of us takes a little time and energy to give back, and share with one another in our community where we live, each of us will benefit. May we all learn to be content and circumspect with what we have and how we live!!!!

Lavender Talk

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Today Joe & I went to a business downtown called “Renisance Learning Center”, and spoke about our Lavender Farms. We spoke about how long we’ve been in business. (5 years) And about the beneficial properties of Lavender. It was a casual talk. A “brown bag lunch” talk, in their conference room. I baked my favorite “Lavender Shortbread” recipe to share with them, and talk about using our Culinary Lavender. We also brought samples of our Lavender Essential Oils to inhale, and tell about the qualities of lavender to calm stress, anxiety, and releive insomnia. It was a wonderful apportunity to share about this beautiful flower we love. Everyone seems quite calm by the time we left. 🙂

Bees visiting the Lavender Farm

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buzz buzz
buzz buzz

Today I took this great photo of a bee visiting the many lavender plants on our farm. This is an example of one of the many cool things you can do with this blog. Just to give you some ideas. I would not yet advertise or promote or link to this blog until you have already populated at least a dozen or so posts. That way when people do see it there is something interesting to read on it. 🙂