Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! We give thanks with a grateful heart for all our wonderful customers!! We love sharing our calming, soothing, healing Organic Lavender with you 🙂 When Life Gets To YOU~Get To The Lavender!!
Be Well & Safe this holiday season!!
HUGE SAVINGS on your Favorite Organic Lavender Products from Hood River Lavender Farms!
With Easter right around the corner, a lovely batch of Comfort Bears and Pups just arrived to our website. These cute bears and pups are perfect calming, soothing buddies for your Easter Baskets, gifts for loved ones, or just cuz you need one. 😉
Oh, and we have have a few Pegasus and Unicorns too!
I can’t stop hugging these plush sweeties as I’m filling them with our Organic Lavender 🙂 It brings me great pleasure knowing these comfort bears and pups will be going to someone very special!! They have lots of warm hugs, love, and soothing comfort to give 🙂
A gentle hug, or squeeze releases the fresh calming aroma…fragrant and so adorable. Sure to become a BFF 🙂
It was a spectacular Lavender Daze Festival this past weekend!! Woohoo!!
We want to thank the hundreds, and hundreds of people for coming out to celebrate Lavender with us! The music was wonderful, as well as the vendors, including Charburger Bar-B-Q, and Doppio’s Lavender Gelato, for food. The other 17 arts and crafts vendors were awesome too, lots of unique and great talent. Plenty of sunshine, beautiful people, and Organic Lavender…does it get any better than that???
Lets talk about what to do when it rains, and in Oregon, it rains a lot!! I love to go for a walk in the rain, and hear the sound of the raindrops hitting the pavement. Sometimes, I even work in the rain…. but today, after I took a walk, I came back inside to complete a few sewing projects. I cut-out, and then sewed up fifteen Quilted Pillows, and ten Neck Wraps. Then I filled them with our Organic Lavender, Organic Flax seed, and a little Rice. These soothing, relaxing, and healing aromatherapy products are sold on our website, and in our retail cottage at our Upick Lavender Farm. We will be opening in one month, so I’m busy stocking up inventory to fill our Lavender Retail Cottage. I’m excited about our 5th year at our Upick Lavender Farm. Its been fun to watch our plants and farm grow, and of course having folks from all over the globe visit our small piece of heaven. 🙂
This is the time of year for new starts, and new growth. Just like the bulbs in the ground begin their growth in preparation of those beautiful flowers, the fruit trees are also developing full buds that will become lovely apple, pear, or cherry blossoms. This is also the time of year that we take cuttings from particular varieties of lavender, for new starts which we’ll sell at our Upick Lavender Farm. So, today Joe and I took cuttings of a few varieties of Angustifolia Lavender, “Jean Davis” a white/pink lavender, and “Folgate”, a dark purple lavender. We remove a 2-3″ cutting of the “new growth” part of the lavender stem . We usually take about 50-100 cuttings from one particular plant. With these cuttings, we stripped off all the lower leaves up about 1″, then we scrape the outer stem(bark) off one side only, until we see the green inner stem. Then this cutting is placed into a starter tray that has been soaked with water.
These cuttings are then placed in a warm greenhouse, out of cold weather conditions. The cuttings in the starter tray need to be sprayed at min. twice daily to get water into the leaves, hydrate the cutting and promote root growth. Rooting can take 3-6 weeks depending on light, heat and the weather. Until they develop good roots, we water them when the soil looks and feels dry.
Lavender is drought tolerant, so they don’t like being over watered. We take cuttings in the early spring or late fall when the plants are not in bloom. When these cuttings have developed strong roots, and are hardened off outside, they will be sold in 2″ and 4.5″ pots at our Organic Lavender Plant sale during Blossom weekend, on April 17th, 18th and 19th.
Spring always inspires me to think about the newness in life it’s self, life that will develop moment by moment. I watch this garden transform… I’ll sit and ponder that thought a lot through out the days ahead, as winter lets loose its grip and I tend my garden 🙂
I filled an order today for one of our most popular product, Organic Culinary Lavender. One dozen packages of our Organic Provence Culinary Lavender is going to a Culinary School in Ohio. Cooking with lavender can hold a certain mystique, and some say you need to aquire a taste for it. With my curiosity for cooking with herbs, I love to experiment the variety of different flavors. Whether it is garnishing a dessert with a lavender sprig, or a lavender-infused beverage, I just love incorporating lavender into my everyday meals for unique new flavors. My all time favorite is Lavender Scones, served with Vanilla Lavender Pear Jelly, and cream. Yummy! One of Joe’s favorites is Lavender Grilled Salmon or Stealhead. Enjoy recipes with the delicate, intriguing, and elusive, floral flavor of lovely lavender. That’s a mouth full:) !!!
We are excited to announce that our Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner is Ammonium Laurel Sulfate FREE!!!! It has taken a while to find a supplier, but the wait was worth it. Thick and Gentle Shampoo with Organic Aloe: A sulfate free, shampoo base for gentle and luxurious pampering and moisturizing. We blend our Lavender Essential Oil, for a wonderfully eco-friendly and decadent shampoo. Organic Amino Conditioner: Wheat protein nourishes and strengthens the hair shaft while silk amino acids restructure and fortify the hair. Hydrating active ingredients and herbal infusions give this conditioner superior comb out and full, bouncy, shiny hair, and organic Lavender Essential Oil helps bring back the PH balance.
This blog is about my day to day life on a Lavender Farm.