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Winter Garden Clean-up

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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.

Our Sunflowers grew big this year
Our Sunflowers grew big this year

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 🙂

Helichrysum Immortelle

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Today I planted 60, 2″ Helichrysum plants on our U-Pick lavender farm. This plant is a perennial that has beautiful tiny yellow flowers, that bloom mid summer. It loves full sun, and is drought tolerant, similar to Lavender. We have about six, 4 year old plants near our retail cottage. The yellow flowers are a beautiful contrast with the Lavender.  One of our customers visiting our farm, walked by the helichrysum plants, and commented on it’s aroma.  He said, ” what is that aroma I smell, like maple syrup?”  Other customers mentioned that it’s aroma is like chocolate or vanilla. It is a lovely plant, and it’s healing benefits are endless. When it’s at full bloom, we distill the flowers for essential oil and hydrosol, flower water. The oil and hydrosol are used for sport injuries, for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits. It is also anti-allergenic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, diuretic, analgesic, cytophylactic, cholagogue and nervine. This is why we say, it is nothing short of precious. Just another gorgeous Flower!!  

Lazing around the Hellichrysum
Lazing around the Hellichrysum

Spring rain :)

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 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. 🙂