What a beautiful weekend to U-pick on the farm!! This is what we’ve all been waiting for 🙂 We’re ecstatic about these gorgeous purple flowers, and many folks are too!! 🙂
People came out to pick their first lavender bouquet, and others were excited repeat customers. The lovely calming aroma lifted their spirits, as they strolled through the lavender fields in search of those perfect lovely blooms of dark purple, lavender, and even white!
The lady on the left picked lavender bouquets for her Wedding!! Awww…one happy, calm bride, with her gorgeous fragrant wedding bouquets 🙂 Each U-pick lavender bouquet is only $5.00 per bunch!!
This lil gal is too cute with her own lovely Lavender bouquet 🙂
Family fun for everyone! What could be more calming than lavender and bubbles 🙂 We’ve got the perfect spot for a picnic for you and your family, with serene views of Mt. Hood, a calm lavender breeze, and buzz of the happy Bees 🙂 We hope to see you and your family on the farm enjoying special moments together! Come out and join us! It’s sure to lift your spirits!! 🙂
FYI, this is the very beginning of our u-Pick season, and it will continue into Autumn.
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!
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!
It’s all about celebrating our first English lavender in bloom!! I’ve cut several fresh bouquets of our earliest English varieties, Mt. Hood and Edgerton Blue, to use for the hands-on wand making class. These lovely ‘wands or ‘bottles’ are a Victorian sachet that are extremely fun to make, incorporating the basket weaving technique. They have been used to freshen linens and impart fragrance around the home for centuries.
We are starting to U-Pick lavender, and many customers enjoy strolling through the garden cutting from the many varieties of English lavender for a delightfully fragrant, beautiful lavender bouquet to take home. Saturday Ben Bonham was on site playing his folk, blues and garden music to liven up our party atmosphere. He’s such great fun!!
Have a wonderful weekend Father’s, and celebrate your family with us in the lavender fields, with a sample of our most famous ‘Lavender Ginger Apple Cider’, and Lavender Shortbread!!
Click link below to see Ben Bonham playing at the Solstice Party!
I just restocked the gift shop at one of my favorite Bed and Breakfast, Old Parkdale Inn. It is just up the road from us, in beautiful Parkdale. Old Parkdale Inn is a fanciful inn nestled in the upper Hood River Valley on the northern slope of Mt. Hood with unbelievable views of the mountain. Three well appointed rooms with private baths. Steve & Mary Pellegrini are the most gracious innkeepers! Visit their website: www.HoodRiverLodging.com, check em out
Business is winding down at our U-Pick Lavender Farm, and only a few customers came to visit today. Two ladies dropped by early afternoon and purchased a bottle of our L. Angustifolia, “English” Lavender essential oil. It was going to be used to calm one of them during an airplane trip she would be taking soon. She said she has extreme anxiety flying, and hopes this will calm her. I told her to apply it to her pulse points on her wrist, and inhale the aroma, and also apply it to her temples, or a tissue to inhale, and sit back and relax, if possible…
While I waited for customers, I packed up a few web orders to send out. One package, included our two different Culinary Lavenders, was going out to a Floral & Gift Gourmet Food shop in South Carolina. This will be the start of a wholesale account with them. She said she loves to cook with Lavender, and plans to make a batch of Lavender Oatmeal Cookies to share. We talked about making my favorite “Sweet Potato Pie” with lavender crumb topping!!! Yummy!!! I will add this recipe to our site soon:)
As things slow down and we close for the season on our Lavender Farm, we will always open by appointment, and do so quite often for our customers to shop. We will also be opening for special holiday shopping, on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27th, 28th, and 29th. I’m busy working on some gift packs of customer favorites, and those are always popular then too.
We “Welcome November“, and appreciate the gift of beautiful sunny days like today, with extremely gorgeous views of our valley, and our two mountains!!!!!
Today in the morning I transplanted more “Provence” lavender starts into 3.5″ pots, as I waited on customers. These plants will need about two weeks to gain more root growth, before they are ready to sell. After lunch, I split apart a few perennial flowers that out grew the area where they were planted. Three of these plants are Echinacea, Potentilla (yellow), and Geum (orange). I moved them around to different locations at the entrance of our Lavender farm. I also transplanted five small sunflower plants to the back of our farm. These sunflowers will grow tall and more will be planted to become a beautiful back drop for photos taken across our lavender flowers, and up toward Mt. Hood. They will also, help hid our two port-a-potties, located at the back of the farm. Besides all this fun, tending my garden, I spent several hours sitting on the patio watching tiny Hummingbirds buzz around the feeders. They are little bits of magic in our lives 🙂
We had a glorious sunny weekend!!” Thank you”, if you come out to visit us at our Upick Lavfarm!! Even though we didn’t have any blossoms on the fruit trees around our farm, many people were out touring around our beautiful valley, stopping at farms, enjoying the mountain views, and getting into the Blossom Weekend festive events 🙂 The customers that came out, strolled around, then found their place in a chair on our patio, enjoyed watching the Hummingbirds at the feeder. These “little bits of magic” that just arrived at our garden, gave us the help we needed to stop and rest awhile!! 🙂
We sold many of our rare Lavender plants, as we usually do, but if you couldn’t make it this weekend, don’t feel left out. We have several 100’s in the green house still, that will be ready to sell in two or three weeks. The sunny weather inspired us to believe in hope that summer will be here soon, along with thousands of fragrant lavender flowers. Thank you all for coming out to visit, and those that couldn’t be here, maybe you could enjoy a garden in your home town, where you could just sit and soak-up the beauty of quiet still moments.
Today I responded to several emails inquiring about 2009 weddings at our Lavender Farm. We are now doing weddings at our farm. Our lavender farm is a scenic, romantic setting for small intimate weddings. The maximum number of quests is 175, and we are doing ceremony only. We have stunning views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. The peak season is June, July and August, and there are Black Out dates, so we encourage folks to reserve “Your Day” soon. We love to host and celebrate such a big day. Who knew that our passion would lead to a place where others wish to honor each other and exchange their vows? Such fun!
This blog is about my day to day life on a Lavender Farm.