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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! 🙂

Thanksgiving Open House/Natural Wreaths

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We had our annual Open House at our UPick Lavender farm this Thanksgiving weekend. Many customers came out to shop, sample Lavender/mint Shortbread, sip on Hot Lavender Mulled Cider, and enjoy a beautiful fall day. We also had Cathedral Ridge Winery do wine tasting for our weekend event. Between times that I was waiting on customers,  I made a few natural Holiday Wreaths with plants in my garden. I used our Red Twig Dogwood bush for the base wreath form. Then I added greenery from the Fir tree, red/orange Rose-hips, and snow-berries. I added some dried Cascade Hops from around our cottage patio, and a few stems from the “Fred Boutin” lavender plants. Fred Boutin is a Lavandin, Hybrid Lavender, and has beautiful frosted foliage that I like a lot. When I finish these wreaths I plan to give one to my daughter, to decorate her door. The other I will give to one of our awesome workers, that helps me maintain the weed control around our Lavender Farms. Today she has spent most of the day clearing out the dried flowers and shrubs from our “Wildflower” section. I appreciate her helpfulness more the she can imagine!!!!!

At this Thanksgiving Holiday,  I pause to take time to be thankful for the people in our lives, our family, friends, employees, and customers, each one makes our life richer, and our business a success. We appreciate your support throughout the year, weather it’s dropping by our UPick farm, or shopping on our website!! Your kind words in testimonies and feed back, are all appreciated! We hope you are all enjoying a relaxed Holiday with those special people you love.  Be blessed, be happy.