Category Archives: Wildflower Garden

6th Annual Lavender DAZE Festival

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We are busy prepping for our 6th Annual Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival on the 10th & 11th. Many jobs from clearing out the spent Lupine in our Wildflower section, and staking up our beautiful brilliant red Oriental Poppies. I’m blending up lots of batches of Foot Balm, X-treme Body Butter, and our famous Shea Butter Balm, all made w/unrefined Shea Butter. Also, packaging Culinary Lavender and Lavender Teas to stock up my Retail Shoppe. Along with all this event planning, I take time to ‘breathe deeply’ and Smile lots as I walk around our brilliant blooming lavender garden, and take in all the lovely array of colorful flowers!! 🙂 We hope you are planning to come out and join us, and take time to relax from your busy life and breathe in, and enjoy our Valleys beauty in Lavender!

We still have some space left in our lavender wreath classes, contact diane at: hrlavender@gmail.com for registration.

Hope everyone is having a Happy 4th of July Weekend!

Dusk on the farm
Dusk on the farm
Retail Shoppe
Retail Shoppe

We Love Tour Groups

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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.

Unfolding beauty!

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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

Spring Gardening

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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!

Lady Lavender

Lupine...our first flowers of the year
Lupine...our first flowers of the year

PS-If you have a photo of garden projects that you are working on, or completed…send them in to me!

Did you walk on the path through my wild flower garden???

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Planting Zinnias
Planting Zinnias

The Lupine is quickly going to seed, so I’ve started cutting out the seed pods, and triming the plants. Now I’ll need to fill in with other flowers that will bloom through the hotter days of summer 🙂 Today I worked with my “sister”, for a few hours, early in the morning, weeded out a section of wild flowers. Then we prep-ed the soil, and planted  Zinnias, Marigold, and white Nicotiana. These lovely flowers will bloom for us by the end of June and into July, and on through the hot month of August. There is nothing more calming, and serene than walking along the path in a wild flowers garden 🙂

Planting Marigolds, and Nicotiana
Planting Marigolds, and Nicotiana