I’m dreaming of warm fragrant summer days with 1000’s of lavender flowers surrounding me 🙂
Awww…what an amazing aroma, I’m imagining! These days I spend most of my time hibernating indoors, working on our business, while the lavender plants are dormant outside in the cold…Today, when I wasn’t day dreaming 🙂 , I filled numerous bottles of English Lavender Essential Oil for web orders. When I needed a mood lift I would inhale deeply, huffing the lavender aromas,to soothe my blues away!!! It helped bring the fresh aroma of my lavender garden inside to me. I call lavender my “Fragrance of Sunlight”, because it instantly lifts my spirits, like walking in the lavender garden with the warm sun-shining on my face 🙂 🙂 If you are one of the wonderful customers that ordered Angustifolia (English) lavender essential oil during our largest price reduction special, you will soon also bring the Fragrance of Sunlight into your home, as you experience it’s calming, soothing aroma.
It’s September, and it’s starting to feel like fall is just around the corner. I don’t think I’m ready for summer to end, so let’s hope for a few more beautiful sunny days. The orchards around the valley are picking Bartlett pears, just in time for this weekends “Pear Celebration“! If you’re out for a drive, be sure to follow the “Fruit Loop” up through our gorgeous valley, and take in some serene sites. We will have samples of our Famous Gorge Wind Tea, and Lavender Mint Shortbread. We have tons of jars of our yummy Lavender Cherry Pear Marmalade for sampling in our retail cottage. Also, we are having 2-for-1 U-Pick Lavender bouquets all weekend!
I planted a “Warzawska Nike” Clematis on the east end of our Arbor today. Four years ago we planted a Joseph Coat Climbing Rose there, but through the years, cold temperatures, or maybe a Gopher, stunted it’s growth, leaving a sparse area on the arbor. This Clematis will soon cover that end of the arbor, with lovely flowers!
Our Arbor is located in the front of our Wildflower garden. We custom designed our Arbor at the beginning stage of planning our lavender farm. It is crafted together with re-bar and old Headboards. We literally bent the rebar around a fruit tree, until we achieved the arch shape needed for the Arbor. Then we sank them into the ground in cement. Viola! Our rustic Arbor for the wildflower garden, at our Lavender Farm 🙂 This became instantaneous vertical support for plants that love to climb, and gives height to our garden, bringing climbing plants up to another level, a rich layered effect to the eye of the beholder.
One of the climbing plants on the west end is my favorite, a “Silver Lace Vine”, along with two seedless grapes, and Nelly Moser Clematis. This year our arbor will be climbing with lovely flowers and foliage, perfect for butterflies and hummingbirds to enjoy, and many photographers, and art groups. We look forward to your visit with your family & friends.
It’s that time again, and I wander how time so quickly passed…let the holidays begin. Let’s do the Turkey Trot first 🙂
It’s snowing outside, and the temps are dropping into the teens. Yikes!! This morning when we woke it was 21 degrees, up from 9 degrees yesterday and there are 7 inches of fluffy white all over the lavender field, and the fruit trees surrounding our Lavfarm. It is beautiful, and serene! While I was outside walking my two faithful friends, Sadie & Gunther, I stopped, and just took it all in, the beauty and calmness. I inhaled, closed my eyes for a few, to ponder how Thankful I am for all the blessings, our family, friends, and our good health.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Enjoy the holiday!
Yesterday was a gorgeous day with the sunshine warming the cool air of fall. Both mountains with new snow, were in view all day for customers to enjoy. So extremely serene!! I carved a Jack-0-Lantern to decorate the garden, just in time for Halloween weekend. In the afternoon a group of high school students visited us for a tour of the farm, and to learn about our Lavender essential oil distillation. They also enjoyed a sample of our Lavender Mint Shortbread, and learned that lavender is a wonderful herb to eat 🙂
Thanks for coming out today, Horizon Christian School students! I enjoyed your visit!
We had an Awesome Harvest Fest, thanks to everyone that drove out to visit us!!! The weather was incredibly warm, and pleasant for people to lounge around on the Adirondack chairs, stroll through the garden, or blow bubbles with their children. We even had a few u-pick bouquets cut from the 2nd bloom of the English Lavender, which is the latest that we have ever had fresh lavender still in bloom! Our Apple Cider with Lavender Mulling Spice was a enjoyed by many. We greatly appreciate all our customers and friends, and hope you will have a wonderful fall season.
Today I’m relaxing awhile as I wait on customers. In the afternoon I’ll plant a few Iris bulbs around the garden to enjoy next year. We are open at our farm through the end of this month, then close for the season and only open by appointment until Spring.
This is another big weekend with Heirloom Apple Celebration, so please plan to join us for some great Lavender Ginger Apple Cider, Lavender Shortbread & tons of goodies!
I’m preparing for the Harvest Fest weekend and can’t help but be extremely thankful for this beautiful weather we are having. 🙂 As I look out over my Lavender Farm at the perennials and annuals still in bloom-especially my petunias that reseeded themselves around the pavers of my patio, I am amazed. The hard frosts have not hit as of yet, like in most years at this time, and Joe & I even observed a butterfly this afternoon! It feels more like a September day.
Hope you can enjoy the weekend! Stop by the Lavender Farm if you are in the area and sample some Lavender Mint Shortbread & Lavender Harvest Mulling Apple Cider!
A few days ago I booked an extremely special dinner date at our lavender farm, a marriage proposal dinner!
While the couple strolls through the lavender gardens, cutting their fresh bouquet for their table, the caterer sets the table with an appetizer and wine. When the couple returns to the patio, he plans to surprise her with a very special dinner, and then propose to her. The dinner is served, while the couple enjoys special moments together alone, among 1000’s of fragrant lovely lavender flowers in bloom. And the gorgeous backdrop view of Mt. Hood right behind them. We were so excited to host this surprise event!
Thanks to all our wonderful customers and fans that traveled out to our Upick Lavender Farm for our opening weekend, and plant sale!! The weather was just perfect!! We greatly appreciate all of you! http://bit.ly/dyaSEm
Today we had 73′, and the hummingbirds are back enjoying the sunshine with me. Yeah! Tomorrow might be a different story!! It’s Spring in Oregon!! Relax & Breathe :))
While I wait on my customers, and relax on the patio after taking in a few serene moments in my garden, I decided to make some fall wreaths. First, I collected herbs and wildflowers from the garden. The herbs I cut were Rosemary, Red Oregano, Echinacea, Cascade Hops, Pink and white Yarrow, Black-eyed Susan, and of course, white and purple Lavender. I used a 6″ wire wreath form, on my wreath machine, and carefully arranged the flowers and herbs. This lovely fall wreath will hang from the “ceiling” of my retail cottage, at our Lavfarm. I might sell it, “if the price is right”! cuz it’s one of a kind! 🙂
Then I made several mini Lavender heart wreaths, by braiding together 3 lavender stems, and forming them into a heart shape. I used a fine purple wire to fasten them together, and placed a raffia bow at the top. These mini lavender heart wreaths will be sold in our retail cottage, and perhaps also on our website. I’ll try to put some more pictures on our site of these beautiful “Certified Organic” Lavender Wreaths.
This blog is about my day to day life on a Lavender Farm.