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Throw Back Summer And Lavender DAZE Festival

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We’re still experiencing chilly winter weather, so today I’m enjoying a little daydream!!

Throw back Summertime!!


Awe..I’m surrounded by warm sunshine, and a lovely fragrant lavender aroma as I stroll through the lavender fields!! I’m enchanted by lovely garden music by Moe Dixon, and other great bands. And the heavenly calming lavender aroma brings sweet peace in my soul!! 🙂 Just five months away, and I can hardly wait!!  Won’t you sit back, and enjoy this daydream with me? 🙂

These beautiful photos are from our 9th annual Oregon Lavender DAZE! This is always a favorite summertime family event in our community! Many happy people show up to enjoy the festivities strolling through lavender fields, cutting fragrant lavender bouquets, dancing to the music, or just chillin under the big tents!! Oh, I’m smiling again!!

Lovely views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, and our gorgeous Hood River Valley make our setting surreal!!

We are anticipating another great year for our 12th  Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival this July 2nd & 3rd.  We have a great line-up of arts & craft vendors, food vendors, and talented bands. And as always, our Lavender DAZE T-shirts will be available! This awesome graphic art is done by our friend Steve Johannsen!! My gals and I have always tie-dyed our own Tees! They look “super cool”,  like the one my son, Nathan is wearing!  We hope you will plan to join us, and de-stress in the  heavenly calm that fills our lavender farm!!  🙂

What a sweet throw back daydream, thanks for sharing it with me!


P.S. For more photos of more current Lavender DAZE Festival check our Flickr


Memories of Summer 2015 on the Lavender Farm

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Wow, Summer went by in a whirl, blowing right into Fall, and here we are at Winter already! We have sweet memories of our summer daze on the farm that will keep our hearts warm, and smiling throughout the cool Winter months ahead. Let’s have fun reflecting back for a bit.  🙂

What’s more fun than relaxing in the warm sunshine with your family and friends, picking lovely, fragrant bouquets of lavender, or just sitting awhile in the quiet, surreal beauty of nature?!!  That’s what folks that visited us did, along with enjoying picnics, blowing bubbles, meandering through the wildflower garden, and lavender fields as the sweet lavender aroma surrounded them with peaceful calm!! 🙂IMG_9192Baby Memorial Garden 2015Best bubbles in Baby Memorial Garden Best lavender daze pic 2 bob koch IMG_3368Cutiest little upicker in cottage hr lavender farm before DAZE Fest july 2015

I’m happy for the changing seasons that we have in Oregon, because.. “each moment of the year has it’s own beauty”, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said! So we embrace each season, and breathe in the calming beauty that it brings into our lives! 🙂

We had one of the Hottest summers that I can remember this year!! Just keeping our flowers watered around the farm was extremely challenging!!  Every time we turned around, it was time to water, and deadhead spent flowers again! I’m thankful for my wonderful team of gals that assisted at different times during the week, maintaining the beautiful floras, and assisting with our visitors. 🙂 We made humor as much as possible to keep positive, and drank lots of water to keep hydrated!! I often said, “grab your water bottle, and let’s go deadhead spent flowers on the California Poppy’s, and other flowers, around our farm, and see how long we can keep them blooming”! I’m happy to say that many of our California Poppy’s were still blooming into the Fall season!! The wonderful calming aroma at our lavender farm certainly helped keep our attitudes balanced, happy and calm!! IMG_6049 IMG_8875 Best little upicker










Our Wild Asters were exceptionally gorgeous this year also. 🙂 This awesome pink Aster in the front of our retail cottage, to the left of my window box, reseeded this year from our wildflower garden! It was an extremely lovely splash of color, and a treat that our bees loved, as well as everyone that visited!!


Collage of gorgeous flowers at our lavfarmAs the season changes, we look forward to making beautiful memories in the New Year!








We at Hood River Lavender wish you a Joyous Holiday making memories with your family and friends. Be well, safe and happy!!


Girl Power, and Teamwork at it best!! Thank you, to my awesome gals!! Lavender DAZE 2015 5IMG_3369

Holiday cheers, Lavender Lady 🙂

Di Lavender lady with big gross bleu bouquet july 2015

Summer And Sweet Lavender

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Edited picWhere has the summer gone….June and July just flewwwww  by, and here goes August…Sigh.. Cheers to mellow September!! I’m past due on my blog posts…my only excuse is that this is our Peak Of Season on our U-pick Lavender Farm,  and also harvest time 🙂 My life is a blurrrrr, that is “a calm blur” 😉

Our 10 annual Lavender DAZE Festival was a huge success once again!! We want to thank everyone that traveled out for the day, or Daze 🙂 We were delighted with music by Moe Dixon…again, Pete Krebs & Portland Playboys, Victor Johnson, Richard Tillinghast & Onehum, MacMillan, McAlexander & Bell Trio, and Barlow Road!! Such great tunes! There were many dancers, children and adults all found it irresistible! Family fun relaxing together in the calm fields of lavender, close to nature. Pure bliss!!


Joe Bon & I, Lavender Lady, Chillin at our 10th Annual Lavender DAZE 🙂 Summer time for family fun and making memories!! Thanks to everyone that traveled out to join us in our celebration of lavender!!!!! We <3 YOU!


IMG_5013We had Wahkeena Exposures as our professional photographer at our Lavender DAZE Festival!! Thank you Cari Gesch for all the Awesome photos you took!! You are an extremely talented, gifted photographer, and wonderful friend!!

Best pic Wahkeena


Lovely English Lavender, Blue River dried bouquets for decor in my retail cottage.

We all enjoyed Solstice Wood Fire Pizza at our DAZE 🙂 Thank you Arron for providing your awesome pizza delights!


Everyone also enjoyed a juicy Peach from Doris, with Fortner Farms! Local fruit from our beautiful Hood River Valley!! Awe….a lil sweet taste of  heaven!!


Our awesome gals assisted in making our 10 annual Oregon Lavender DAZE a fabulous event!!! Thank you special ladies!!!

Our summer harvest has been a huge bounty again this year! Many Angustifolia bouquets were harvested and dried for sales in our retail cottage at our U-pick lavender farm, and on our website. We steam distilled a large quantity of precious calming lavender essential oil!!  Many folks traveled out to our Upick lavender farm to stroll around, relax in a chair or just lie in the grass and enjoy the calming lavender aroma, and cut their own lovely lavender bouquet to take home and enjoy the beautiful sweet aroma.





We had the most wonderful time meeting new faces, and friends that visited over the summertime!!Thank you for your love and support through the years…We love you!!


With summertime on a wrap……. I feel like I can enjoy a few more moments of leisure 🙂 perhaps laying in the grass reading a good book, taking a short nap, or playing with my sweet lab, Ella!! She is 7 months old…pure joy and energy that keeps me on my lavender toes 🙂 And you will be thrilled to know that our greeter for the past 9 years, Sadie girl, is still going strong at 14 years old! We are thankful for each day that we have her with us still! Ella is giving her a reason to get up and PLAY  🙂

We hope you had a wonderful summer! Cheers and blessings to you,  happy mellow September!

XO Lavender Lady







Dreamy Hibernation

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I’m dreaming of warm fragrant summer days with 1000’s of lavender flowers surrounding me 🙂

Awww…what an amazing aroma, I’m imagining! These days I spend most of my time hibernating indoors, working on our business, while the lavender plants are dormant outside in the cold…Today, when I wasn’t day dreaming 🙂 , I filled numerous bottles of English Lavender Essential Oil for web orders. When I needed a mood lift I would inhale deeply, huffing the lavender aromas,to soothe my blues away!!! It helped bring the fresh aroma of my lavender garden inside to me. I call lavender my “Fragrance of Sunlight”, because it instantly lifts my spirits, like walking in the lavender garden with the warm sun-shining on my face 🙂 🙂 If you are one of the wonderful customers that ordered Angustifolia (English) lavender essential oil during our largest price reduction special, you will soon also bring the Fragrance of Sunlight into your home, as you experience it’s calming, soothing aroma.

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