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Fairest Spring Flowers

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As we patiently wait for our lovely lavender flowers, our wildflowers are preparing to explode with Springs fairest flowers. Our Lupines are among the first flowers to arrive in our wildflower garden. These spectacular blooms transform our garden into a paradise of beauty, providing exquisite color that many photographers and artists love to capture!  Soon after the Lupines bloom, our Iceland Poppies, Hollyhock, and Foxglove will bloom.

1st Lupine blooms
1st Lupine blooms

We also welcome back, our most precious creature, the tiny Humming Birds. I love to sit on our covered patio and admire these tiny birds as they dance around their feeders. Many customers sit for hours admiring and photographing these precious creatures.

We hope you plan to come out and visit this month, to enjoy the beauty of flowers, our hummers, and serene mountain views. Don’t forget your cameras, or art supplies.

Spring Is On It’s Way..

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snowdrops blooming
snowdrops blooming

Our first flowers on our lavender farm..Snowdrops, signs that Spring is on its way!!

I planted 100’s of Iris’s and daffodils in the fall, along with a few Snowdrops, along the roadside around our lavender farm, and in between raspberry plants at the front of our farm. They are showing signs of growth, and hopefully they will produce lovely blooms as spring approaches. Although our lavender plants won’t bloom until the end of May, 1000’s of other wildflowers around our lavender farm, will produce gorgeous color for our enjoyment.

Flowers are like joy to my soul, as I watch them grow, unfolding their fragrant blooms. Their beauty brings a smile on my face, and nothing lifts my spirits better then a walk through my flower garden! As I stroll around my garden today, while the spring rain is falling, I’m excited about the coming season! I can’t help but sing one of my favorite songs, “I Can See Clearly Now”, by Johnny Nash! I eagerly await to see the beauty unfold, as I welcome Spring!!

Lupin, Poppies & Me!
Lupin, Poppies & Me!

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

Colorful Contrast

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Great Hummingbird pic by Josh Aldous
Great Hummingbird pic by Josh Aldous

It was a bit cooler today around 63′. Not too many customers came out to visit, so I took advantage of the cool temp. and planted a few Gladiolas, Traderhorn red & Peter Pear peach, around the garden. A few were planted in the wildflower section behind benches, where I have old wicker “head-boards”, sunk into the ground.  Then I planted yellow Danka Dahlias, & Cactus Star’s Favourite pink Dahlias, in a few whiskey barrels. These flowers will give interesting contrast to the Lavender in June and July. We also have planted some new lavenders: Sarah, Dwarf Alpine White, and a couple “un-named” varieties that were crossed on our farm. If they turn up as new varieties, then we will have to consider names. 

 

Our Lupine is starting to open nicely, as well as blue flax, potentilla, geum and some other misc. perrenials. Hummingbirds are busy on our feeders, and I even had 1 drink from the feeder while I was hanging it up!! Too Sweet 🙂

Tending my Garden

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Today I was out in the wildflower section of our Lavender Farm, weeding out one of my “not so favorite weeds” …uuagggg!!! You know what I’m talking about; those weeds that you can never get rid of like dandelions. Well, this one is the original, wild “evening primrose”.  I’m constantly digging up small plants, and watching during the summer to see if the flowers have matured, and quickly yank it out, before the flowers go to seed!!  Nuf said about that not so friendly weed!!

Diane sitting in mass amounts of Lupine!
Diane sitting in mass amounts of Lupine!

 

 

 I was also digging up dormant Lupine flowers, to move them over to another wholesale Lavender farm of ours.  The Lupine has out grown the wildflower section, and is crowding the other flowers.  We love lavender and purple flowers, “really“, so we don’t mind a few thousand Lupine flowers (As you can see in the picture of last years, early summer flowers). We even had this comment on our website, when we posted this photo on our opening page, “why do you have a photo of Lupine on your front page, if you are a Lavender Farm?” Well… we love flowers, including Lupine, and we grow lots of Lupine. Wouldn’t you post a picture of Lupine, if you had thousands of them in you wildflower section? Before our Lavender blooms, many of our wildflowers begin blooming, and the Lupine grew, “Crazy” last year, and visitors that came to our Lavender Farm, couldn’t get over it. Many photos were taken of families, children, lovers and etc, in the Lupine!!! I hope you were one of those people that came to experience that! If you were, please send me a photo. I love to see others “point of view” of these gorgeous flowers. 

So… this was my day, out “playing” in my garden. I agree with all the others that think working in a garden is like “playing”, not work at all. It is soothing and uplifting, and also, good for our health! Enjoy your garden!!