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Off Beat Travel Visits Our Beautiful Columbia River Gorge

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We had a terrific article written about our farm and the Columbia Gorge by Patrice Raplee. Thank you, thank you for your kind words!!!  http://www.offbeattravel.com/columbia-river-gorge.html

It was a joy to meet Patrice, and her husband, and meander through our lavender farm, enjoying the flowers and aroma! She was a very personable lady and a delight to share moments with on that lovely summer day! Thank you again Patrice, for your visit! We look forward to seeing you both again, and sit in the garden relaxing, and sharing real life moments together!! 🙂

 

Happy Thanksgiving Cheers to all!!

Lavender Lady 🙂

Summer has Blown by..

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This has been another beautiful summer!! With all the preparation and grooming of the garden, planting Zinnia seeds around the wild flower garden, and sunflower seeds at the back of the wild flowers, and planning prep for our 8th annual Lavender DAZE Festival, I’ve felt like my head is spinning. But alas….summer is gone, with it memories of beautiful sunny days, and the lovely calming aroma of lavender. Many customers visited to U-Pick lavender bouquets, stroll through the wildflowers, and stop to blow bubbles. I smiled a lot, laughed along with them and blew bubbles, relaxing  in the moments of a wonderful summer among 1000’s of fragrant lavender 🙂

 

Now as Fall season arrives, we will celebrate the bounty of our harvest with hearts full of thankfulness!! Thanks to all our “awesome workers” that helped make this past season a huge success!! Thanks also to our wonderful customers that faithfully support us!! Cheers to Fall, and the winding down of the season. Relax and inhale deeply!!

Spring, with Lavender, My Fragrance Of Sunlight

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I’ve been working steady tending our lavender farm and wild flowers, getting the yard prepped for new growth, and our opening date April 14th.  Today was a perfect day to be outside, truly gorgeous with temperatures around 54 degrees! Spring has officially arrived, and it really feels like Spring! I scattered 1000’s of Iceland Poppy & Rose Scented Bee Balm Monarda seeds in the Wildflower Section. I love these flowers!

I need to spend a few hours packing web-orders inside and I need lavenders aroma to surround me, with my “Fragrance of Sunlight” as I work!  It’s a good thing that I live and work in Lavender Heaven, because inside or outside, I can still have that Fragrance of Sunlight  🙂  A bottle of lavender essential oil is always at arms reach..I know I’m “spoiled”!!  🙂 I like to apply 5 drops of  Angustifolia Essential Oil and 5 drops Clary Sage Essential oil to a tissue, and relax while I inhale these lovely, calming, and balancing aromas. It clears my sinus, balances my mood, and refreshes my spirits! Awww..

Since we have a few days before I’ll be working outside again in the lavender farm, I’ll work inside on web orders. I sent this re-order with 10 Reed Diffusers and Lavender Refreshing Spritzer out to a very high profile celebrity today! Love my job! Love lavender’s calming lovely aroma!

 

These  lavender items will fill the domain of the recipient with that intriguingly uplifting, and calming , fresh lavender garden aroma! I like to call it my Fragrance of Sunlight!  It gives me that uplifting, energizing boost that helps me through any situation, with calming peace. Our  Reed Diffusers are filled with a special combination of our own Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oils.

I also shipped an order with 2 Reed Diffusers and 2 pounds of Bulk dried lavender buds to a gentleman, for his home!!  He mentioned that he planned to fill decorative containers with the lavender buds. I suggested that he could  purchase sachets to fill with lavender buds, or if he felt creative,  make sachets with vintage hankies or pieces of wool cloth, and tied with hemp or jute twine. 🙂

Here’s hoping that the lovely, calming aroma from his lavender will fill his domain with  the Fragrance of Sunlight too !

Calming Vintage Sachets

Sachets made with Vintage Hankies and Lavender wool cloth, filled with our Certified Organic dried Lavandin Grosso. DIY cute sachets for yourself or gifts for a friend.

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

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!

Winter Garden Clean-up

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The last few days I’ve been working around the farm doing winter cleanup, like removing corn-stalks, tomato plants, and squash plants from the garden. I decided to leave the “Huge” dried sunflowers, because the birds love the seeds,and it’s a good food source after the snow arrives.  I also raked up pruned lavender cuttings, from around the plants that Joe just finished pruning.  A lot of work goes into preparing the garden for the dormant period, and we’ll continue throughout this month.

Our Sunflowers grew big this year
Our Sunflowers grew big this year

As the rains begin, I need to seal the windows on my Retail Cottage with plastic. Our Retail Cottage is a remodeled “Tuff  Shed”, and the antique windows need “TLC” to hold-up during winter weather, or the water will run down the bottom of the windows and inside the cottage wall…not good….

When I’m done working outside in the garden, I’ll start packing web orders for mail out orders, and then I think I will relax with a cup of Lavender Chai Tea 🙂

Splash of Color

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Sunflowers in the wildflowers
Sunflowers in the wildflowers

When you come to visit our Lavender farm, you not only see fields of Lavender, you may also see a “splash of color” in our Wildflower section, from a spectacular array of Zinnias and Marigolds. These lovely flowers will bloom throughout the fall, along with the English Lavender on its 2nd bloom. The wildflower section has a little path that meanders around, with benches to sit, watch the birds, and inhale the lovely aromas. We invite folks to take a few moments to lighten their minds of all the busyness, and take a few moments to relax. Come into the garden, sit a spill, and enjoy the cooler breeze of fall, and don’t forget your camera 🙂

Flowers
Flowers

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

Orchards in Bloom

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The blossoms on the fruit trees around our Lavfarm finally popped open! It looks like snow covering the fields throughout the valley. The customers that visited our farm this past weekend, took many photos of the gorgeous mountain views, and flower blossoms.  I enjoyed watching a family blow bubbles with their 3yr. old son. Then they strolled along the path in our wildflower section to the back of the farm, where they stopped to take photos together, amoung pear trees in bloom. A garden is a wonderful place to Slow down… and enjoy the simple things in life together with your family and loved ones.

Pear blossoms
Pear blossoms
pear blooms & lavender
pear blooms & lavender

 It’s one of my favorite things to do 🙂

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 🙂