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!!
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!!!! 🙂
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) 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 🙂
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!! 🙂
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!!
I just love this time of year! Many lovely flowers are showing sign of new growth in our Wildflower Garden and around our Lavender Farm. I get excited when I stroll around the path in our wildflowers, and see little green flowers sprouting up everywhere! Then I spot the newly developed foliage of my favorite color splash, Papaver nudicaule (Iceland Poppy)! Oh, such a lovely giant, pink Papaver nudicule, like an umbrella amid many other lovely flowers! I can’t wait to see her again, standing tall with the lovely purple Lupine!!
An amazing transformation will occur in our wildflower garden sometime in May, as 100’s of beautiful, fragrant flowers burst out in their gorgeous Beauty for us to see! 🙂 My heart jumps at the vision in my mind of all these flowers dancing together! What a beauteous aroma and sight it will be!! I love my job, out in nature, on the lavender farm! The picture with my sweet dog, Sadie, is what our wildflowers look like now!!
Sadie joins us in the fun, digging in the dirt, and sleeping in the warm sunshine! Awe…even our farm dog has a Good Life!! :-
Spring Gardening with one of my wonderful helpers, whooping on those weeds! Teamwork makes gardening fun out in the fresh country air! I hope you have a small garden to enjoy nature, because it’s soothing & refreshing to the soul 🙂
Our lavender plants are all getting a “trim”, and don’t they look Pretty 🙂 We are preping the farm for our “soft opening, April 19th and 20th, 10:00-5:00! We will be celebrating Spring,”Blossom Festival Weekend”, along with many other farms on our Fruit Loop in our gorgeous Hood River Valley. Here is a link to some of the other events that will be happening that weekend: http://hoodriver.org/
Our lovely lavender blooms in June, but our wildflower garden has many lovely flowers just beginning to poke the heads up, so be sure to bring your camera when you come out to visit us. We will have our Retail Cottage stocked with all our luxurious lavender products. Here is a link to our website:http://hoodriverlavender.com/ We will also have many small lavender starter plants on sale, and samples of Lavender Lemon Cookies, and Lavender Gorge Wind Tea. We hope you will plan to stop by, enjoy a luscious lavender lemon cookie, lavender tea, and celebrate Spring with us.
I love to incorporate lavender’s aromatic flavor into my recipes, and I’ll be glad to share this recipe for my Lavender Lemon Cookie. It’s light, delicious, and delightful for a Spring Luncheon or Tea Party! I’ve created adorable Bunny’s and Easter Eggs using vintage cookie cutters from my dear Grandfather, who was a Baker in Juneau Alaska. <3
Light & delicious cookies, delightful for your Spring Luncheon or Tea Party!
2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs, well beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons English Lavender (Signature Blend-finely ground)
2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, salt and ground lavender until fluffy. Add the beaten eggs, vanilla and mix well. Then add lemon juice and mix well. Add in flour and mix on slow speed just until dough comes together. (don't over mix) Divide the dough into two mounds and place each between two pieces of wax paper. Flatten into rounds about ½" thick. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour. (I like to chill the dough for 3-4 days before baking, which allows the wonderful flavor of lavender & lemon to meld together)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Flour your work surface well. Take half of the dough out of the fridge. Roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin, taking care not to overwork the dough. Cut out shapes with you favorite cookie cutters. I'm using two vintage cookie cutters, a bunny & egg, which belonged to my dear Grandfather, who was a Baker in Juneau Alaska. 🙂 Carefully move the cookie shapes to a parchment covered cookie sheet, and place them ½ inch apart. Bake until the cookies are slightly golden, about 6-8 minutes. Use a thin spatula to move the cookies to cooling rack. Ice your cookies with colored icing and sprinkles, if you like. Enjoy a warm one with milk or Tea! Happy Spring & Happy Easter! (Recipe adapted from Celebrate Lavender Festival Cookbook, Sequim)
Time to hop into the oven now 😉
I decided to decorate my cookies with a pale pink cream icing….and add a few sparkles 🙂
Yea, it’s not all natural, but it looks cute 🙂 And I just love sparkles!
Enjoy baking these delicate, luscious Lavender Lemon Cookies! I will look forward to seeing each of you at our Spring Celebration!!
Our temps have been extremely cool, and wet this spring. The pear blossoms are just beginning to show a little white, almost two weeks past blossom weekend. Our lavender plants are just beginning to wake up, along with the butterfly bushes, and other shrubs around our lavender farm. We are still doing spring clean up, which includes pruning the lavender, and other plants. As I was raking up the pruned lavender from around the plants, I noticed a Praying Mantis Ootheca inside one of the lavender plants. We love all our helpful insects that live at our farm, and since we are certified organic, our garden is a healthy environment for insects, wildlife, and also families. The Mantis is sleeping~waiting for warmer weather, as we and the lovely flowers are too!
We have been re-establishing our path through the rapidly growing wildflower garden, spreading out bark and making it an easy meandering path for us all to enjoy. The Lupine is growing daily and within a month this will be a mass of color. I can hardly wait!
We look forward to seeing you visit, as you explore our beautiful Hood River Valley with your friends, and family.
The last few days I’ve been working around the farm doing winter cleanup, like removing corn-stalks, tomato plants, and squash plants from the garden. I decided to leave the “Huge” dried sunflowers, because the birds love the seeds,and it’s a good food source after the snow arrives. I also raked up pruned lavender cuttings, from around the plants that Joe just finished pruning. A lot of work goes into preparing the garden for the dormant period, and we’ll continue throughout this month.
As the rains begin, I need to seal the windows on my Retail Cottage with plastic. Our Retail Cottage is a remodeled “Tuff Shed”, and the antique windows need “TLC” to hold-up during winter weather, or the water will run down the bottom of the windows and inside the cottage wall…not good….
When I’m done working outside in the garden, I’ll start packing web orders for mail out orders, and then I think I will relax with a cup of Lavender Chai Tea 🙂
A few days of 58’ temps, and it feels like spring. We’ve even started pruning the Lavender and other perennials at our farm. But, we got up today to another winter blast, of 3 ½” of snow! It’s beautiful as I look out at the fluffy white blanket covering the Lavender fields, and watch the sunrise. This is not uncommon for us at the time of year, since our U-Pick farm is 1700’ elevation. I will take today off, and continue our spring clean-up another day. I’m going outside to play in the snow, and build a snowman or “snow-gal, Irene”. Spring’s on its way…for real!!!
This blog is about my day to day life on a Lavender Farm.