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Spring Gardening~Blue Sky, Lavender, Rain And Rainbows~

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Spring is unfolding little by little at our Lavender farm, so it’s time to delve into some spring clean-up!! This is one of my favorite places to be early in the year, working on the farm!! Fresh air, sunshine and a little rain, are all so invigorating to my soul!

Today I’m pruning our “Kniphofia”,  or commonly known as Red Hot Poker plants. While another gal weeds around 100’s of new baby lavender plants that were planted early summer last year. Get those weeds “Out” while the roots are still tiny and the soil is soft!! Thank you!!

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All 4000 lavender plants just got haircuts, in prep for this seasons blooms. The lovely lavender aroma wafts through the air surrounding us as we work 🙂 I just love to gently rub my hands across the nicely pruned lavender and inhale that fresh healing aroma. The lavender looks so beautiful and it’s not even in bloom!! We’ll have to wait until June to see blooms on these Angustifolia “English” lavender, and  I Can’t Wait!!!! 🙂Best pic flowers lavenderjune-18-09-300x225

Imagine yourself sitting in that chair, breathing in the calming, healing lavender aroma!! So peaceful and surreal 🙂  I love the stunning splash of color from the Kniphofia, Shasta Daisy’s and other Wildflowers!! (I took these photos the beginning of June)early spring 2016 8  Not too early for our beneficial critters, this is one very happy little “Lady In Red”!! What a blessed life she has living on an organic lavender farm 🙂

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We had a beautiful rainbow as we were just finishing off the day! Our senses were “delighted” by the freshly pruned lavender aroma, the sweet chirp of the Robin, and croaking tree frogs! It brought a smile to my heart!! 🙂

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These are some of the first Spring flowers in our wildflower garden, Iceland Poppies, and Lupine. I can’t wait to see their glorious blooms in May!!  🙂

Be sure to visit us April 17th & 18th for our soft opening, as we celebrate “Hood River Valley’s Blossom Time Weekend” in our beautiful Valley!  Your senses will be delighted by the serene peace that fills our Organic Lavender Farm!!

Happy Spring~Cheers!!!!

Love, Lavender Lady

 

 

 

Focus On The Flowers…No Stress Here!!

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Ahhhh 🙂 Summertime and lovely Lavender flowers, bringing their healing, calming blissful aroma!!  Our lavender farm is “bursting” into lovely, fragrant blooms that are intoxicating and glorious 🙂

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Beautiful daze for lavender and family fun on the farm!!

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Every day is delightful, & serene on our lavender farm, bringing 100’s of folks from all over the country to u-pick their own lovely lavender bouquet, and spend relaxing moments together. We’ve had several large tour groups just this week, one group was with the Kentucky Farm Bureau. They enjoyed a short tour, sampled our refreshing lavender lemonade, as they relaxed on our patio or stroll around touching the heart & essence of this stunning, fragrant flower~Lavender!! Several enjoyed cutting their own lavender bouquet to carry home with them!! Thank you for visiting us!

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IMG_4129I love all our wonderful, happy people! Young and old…I especially enjoy the energy filled, joyful children, experiencing organic green-living outside in nature, with lavender, wildflowers & happy Bees!! They warms my heart as families enjoy quiet, calm moments together….Yes, Got Lavender! Got Calm!!No Stress Here as you focus on the flowers and smile!! Thanks for visiting us, and sharing our love of Lavender & nature!! You make our #summertimefine  & Beautiful! 🙂

Cheers 🙂

Lavender Lady

 

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!!

Pruning Vines Around Patio Prep For Opening Weekend

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We are pruning the vines around our patio prepping for our opening this Saturday. The Cascade Hops are one of my favorite, and the fastest growing vines. We’ll watch it grow around 6″ per day as it winds it’s way around the posts, transforming our patio into a serene, green safe place.

 

The lovely Red Leaf Grape has beautiful red tone leaves that Glow in the afternoon sun!

 

Our Red Trumpet Vine, Hardy Sweet Pea, and Honeysuckle Vines have  flashy and fragrant flowers that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies all summer long.

The birds sing their Spring sweet songs as we tend the garden. They are pairing up and starting to build their nests. Last year one built a nest in our little window box planter. 🙂 They soon abandoned their nest after our customers started visiting the farm. I wonder if a little feathered friend with be attracted to the planter this year 🙂

 

 

We’ll look forward to seeing you at our season opening event this weekend. Lots of lavender starter plants, and free samples of Lavender Lemon Shortbread and Lavender Tea. Happy Spring!!

 

**Our U-Pick Farm is open weekends now in April, 11-5pm. May-Oct. Mon thru Friday 10-5pm, Sunday 11-5pm

 

Sunny Lemon and Lavender Scones

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Packer Orchards and Bakery is making incredibly delicious Lavender Scones, with Lemon Glaze. They are Yummy!! Tammy also makes other scrumptious pastries including Marionberry scones 🙂 She sells these and much more at her farm stand off Hwy 35 S, just past Odell exit.
Lavender lemon scones. Made with a mixture of Hood River Lavender‘s culinary English and Provence lavender.
 — at Packer Orchards and Bakery, If you are in the Portland area visit them at the PORTLAND FARMERS MARKET.

Lavender Current Scones (Lavender Lady’s Favorite)

2 cups Pastry flour

1/4 cup baker’s sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt (coarse kosher salt)

1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. lemon zest

2 tsp. to 1 TBS dried lavender(I use 2 tsp English & 1 tsp Provence)

1/2 cup currants

2 Tbsp. whipping cream or 1 egg white (beaten)

Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder & salt together (sift). Use a pastry blender and add the cold butter until the consistency is coarse and crumbly. Add 1 cup whipping cream, stirring just until moistened. Now add the half cup of currants, lavender, and orange zest. Turn out on lightly floured surface, and knead 4 or 5 times (don’t overwork your dough). Chill for 30 min. Roll out 3/4 inch thick and cut with round biscuit cutter. Place each scone about 2 inches apart on a nonstick baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper. Brush the tops of the scones with the remaining 2 Tbsp. of whipping cream or egg white. Sprinkle with sugar and few lavender flowers. Bake at 375 for 15 min. or until golden brown. Serve warm with Devonshire cream and jam, or drizzle with lemon glaze.  Yields: 1 dozeen

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon, zest finely grated
  • You can make the lemon glaze in a double boiler, or for a simpler alternative, you can zap it in the microwave. Mix the lemon juice with the confectioners’ until dissolved in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water for the double-boiler method, or in a microwave-safe bowl. Whisk in the butter and lemon zest. Either nuke the glaze for 30 seconds or continue whisking in the double boiler. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the scones. Let it set a minute before serving.

Lavender Ginger Brown Sugar Pound Cake

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This yummy recipe comes from Ming Tsai, and is adapted by me a tad to incorporate our Organic Culinary Lavender. It combines together with the ginger beautifully, enlivening this recipe with a delicate floral-spice flavor. We love it!

Makes 2 Loaves

Ingredients

1 lb unsalted butter

1 lb dark brown sugar

1 lb eggs (9-10 large eggs)

1 lb. all purpose flour

2 tablespoons culinary lavender “Signature Blend”

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon ground ginger powder

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Cooking spray with flour, for greasing pans

Whipped cream, for serving

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, cream butter.
  • Add sugar and continue to cream together until light & fluffy.
  • With mixer still going, add 1 egg at a time.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, culinary lavender, ginger & salt. Sprinkle in flour mixture while beating & mix until just incorporated.
  • Spoon into greased loaf pans.
  • Bake 350 degrees in center of oven for 55-60 minutes. Cake will be done when deep golden brown and skewer comes out clean when inserted into center of cake. Allow to cool on wire rack, run knife around edge & release from pan. Serve slices with generous amount of whipped cream. Second loaf can be stored, wrapped tightly in freezer, for 2-4 weeks.

Enjoy with a warm cup of Gorge Wind Tea

Recipe was altered a tad with our Culinary Lavender, thanks to Ming Tsai.

See more Yummy Lavender recipes!

Bend Art Group visits the Lavender Farm

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The temperature was quite warm, with just a slight breeze, when a carravan of cars brought the Bend art group to our lavender farm. The ladies soon scattered out around our gardens, some trying to find a bit of shade.  One artist found shade at the front of my little gift shoppe, and quickly began to relax and create beauty on her paper. We love watching these creative and insightful ladies paint our little bit of heaven!

Our Latest Fan Video

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http://bit.ly/aJ4e4w Awesome job by Teena McKenzie. Thank you Teena!!

Win a $25.00 Gift Certificate

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My Husband & biz partner Joe, started a contest on Facebook’s Hood River Lavender Page today, where anyone can win a $25.00 gift certificate for any merchandise from our farm store. You just have to become a fan of the page, and suggest the page to 1 or more of your friends to enter. Enter here on Hood River Lavender Page.

$25.00 Gift Certificate
$25.00 Gift Certificate