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Cheers to U-pick Lavender!

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We’ve been busy tending our lavender farm, and enjoying warmer days with lots of sunshine! Yay!! It’s just what the lavender doctor ordered, to encourage our gorgeous, fragrant lavender blooms!!! While we eagerly wait on the lavender to Pop…our Wildflower Garden is bursting with extremely gorgeous flowers..sigh 🙂

Best wildflowers Best WildflowersStrolling along the path of peace and relaxing awhile among the lovely fragrant wildflowers, and enjoying the birdies sweet song, is one of my favorite pass times!! 🙂

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Breathe in the calm and slow down. This is one of my awesome gals also relaxing in our wildflower garden….surreal!

With the arrival of June, as school comes to an end and the anticipation of summer activities, our Oregon lavender farm will quickly become a popular stop for locals and tourist alike. Many will drop by to take in the aroma, sunshine, and enjoy a picnic on one of our picnic tables or “tailgate”. Many will be delighted to cut their own lavender bouquet as they stroll among thousands of fragrant flowers…and we will soon have lavender in bloom!!

Come touch nature, and let go of any stress…..Just be, smile and blow bubbles with your friends in our little piece of heaven…my favorite place to be!!

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I’d like to share one of my favorite summer salad recipes for you to enjoy at your next picnic or BBQ!!

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Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
 
You're gonna love this tasty, sweet and spicy, crisp coleslaw. It's easy to put together and a perfect side dish at your next BBQ picnic on the lawn or "tailgate"!!
Ingredients
  • 1 16 oz bag coleslaw mix, or 3 cups grated cabbage
  • 1 diced apple
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained. *Reserve the juice
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
  • ⅓ cup Lavender Pepper Jelly (made for us by Apple Valley with our culinary lavender)
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine coleslaw mix, carrot, celery, pineapple and sunflower seeds. Set aside. In a smaller bowl combine jelly, vinegar, oil, salt and 2 Tablespoons of the reserved pineapple juice. Whisk until smooth. (There will still be some small lumps). Toss. Cover and chill for at least an hour or overnight before serving. Enjoy with your picnic lunch!
  2. Adapted from Apple Valley Country Store.

Our Lavender Pepper Jelly is a flavorful, mildly spicy, sweet Jelly…with just a hit of jalapeno peppers, and savory flavor from our culinary lavender “Provence”.  It’s yummy on salads as a vinaigrette, on  bread or crackers with Brie Cheese, or as a marinade for grilled meats such as Fish or Lamb. Deliciously unique! 🙂LavenderpepperjellySML_000

Are you seeking a unique, surreal new adventure?

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Where would you turn to find information, if you’ve never been to our lavender farm, or our beautiful Hood River Valley? You might consider the world’s largest consumer travel review site…Trip Advisor.  On “TripAdvisor” you can read reviews from real people seeking fun, new adventures.

We’re ecstatic, about receiving an award from TripAdvisor!! This is the BEST type of accolade! Our customer ratings earned us the 2014 Certificate of Excellence award!!! We are pumped, and extremely grateful for our terrific Customers!!! THANK YOU!!!We love you, our awesome customers, who visited our Organic Upick Lavender Farm and then took the time to write these reviews!!  🙂 

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Who are the folks that visit? Everybody, lovers of Lavender, of all ages, seeking a quaint, serene, peaceful, calming break from their busy lifestyle. Those seeking a unique lavender farm experience!! Some folks have never been to a lavender farm, and are looking for a unique, fun adventure outside, seeing, smelling, and touching the heart of our lovely lavender!! We’ve been called “a little piece of heaven” for years now, because of the quiet, surreal setting of our U-pick Lavender Farm. Nestled between two snow capped mountains, with vista views of our beautiful Hood River Valley!!

If you are seeking a unique fun adventure with your family this Memorial Weekend…look no further! This weekend we will be serving samples of our delicious, refreshing Lavender Lemonade. As you sip on your aromatic flavor delight, you may be entertained by our sweet little humming birds that dance around our patio feeders 🙂 You might choose to relax awhile on a garden chair or bench, and disconnect as you blow bubbles!  A relaxing stroll around our Wildflower Garden is a delight for your senses!! We have 100’s of gorgeous Iris, Lupine, Blue Flax, Shasta Daisy’s, Fox Glove, and Giant Pink & White Iceland Poppy’s, to name just a few of the beautiful, fragrant flowers that your eyes & nose will both enjoy as you stroll along the path 🙂

Don’t forget your camera to capture a few pics for memories of your visit to share with your family & friends later. As you stroll around our quiet serene lavender farm you will be delighted to hear the lovely serenade of birds singing, from Quail, tiny Sparrow (thrush), Humming Birds, Red Tail Hawk, and Kestrel Hawks that frequently fly past our farm.

Aww…taking a moment to smell the flowers!! It makes my soul happy every time I look into the face of a flower & smell it’s lovely aroma!  🙂
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This is truly one of those stunning delights to behold, Iceland Poppy, Papaver somniferum 🙂

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Best best di pic3These three sisters visited us this week, and paused for a few relaxing moments in our wildflower garden. Wouldn’t you love to spend your birthday in a fragrant, serene, peaceful garden? 🙂

We will be open for Memorial Day weekend on our U-Pick Farm, normal hours and serving up some yummy Lavender Lemonade samples. Although our lavender isn’t quite in bloom yet..we’re patiently waiting…we have 100’s of gorgeous Wildflowers in bloom. We hope you will plan to visit and take in the beauty while you sip some Lavender Lemonade. Our Retail Cottage is stocked with lots of Lavender Goodies for you to enjoy and take home too.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you and your family!!

Enjoy the long weekend, and please don’t forget to honor those who have served, and remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We love our Veterans!!

XX Lavender Lady

It’s Green All Around Our Lavender Farm

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Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful Mother’s out there!! <3  And Happy May!
I love seeing all the green around our farm!! The spring rain that we had yesterday and today will definitely encourage lots of new growth of flowers and weeds alike….Time to get into the “rhythm of the season”…the natural process of things in the garden, and farming. It starts with a Dream, lots of intention, action, patience, more action, more patience, Faith, a Vision, more Action with garden gloves, trowel, hoe & shovel 🙂  Oh the joy, and reward farming brings!! I love spending time on my farm, breathing the fresh country air, and the wonderful smell after the cool spring rain!! There’s so much energy that flows into my bones & muscles when I’m outside on the farm working, or when I just relax on a bench! 🙂
 As I gaze across our fields of lavender plants, I anticipate this summers blooming beauties, their heavenly fragrance and all the wonderful folks that will visit our farm! 🙂 My heart jumps at the thought of it happening again little by little…day by day our farm will transform, and 1000’s of lovely bees and birds will enjoy our organic space with us.. Serene, quiet, and peaceful  <3
These two ladies visited yesterday, shopped in my retail cottage, then enjoyed a few moments relaxing, blowing bubbles together! Yes, blowing bubbles in the rain!!…it’s exhilarating & joyful, you should try it 🙂
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This is our “10th” year at our Upick farm!!We are Super excited about the season ahead!! We are open for the season now, seven days a week, 10:00-5:00 Monday through Saturday, and 11:00-5:00, Sunday. Yeah!! 🙂
Below is a photo I took last year in July with 1000’s of gorgeous lavender in bloom, and beautiful Mt. Hood! When our farm  transforms the fragrant beauty is amazing, magical, and breath-taking.. delightful eye candy!!
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My first lovely Lupine, “Blue Bonnet”, bursting out of winter sleep with her loveliness for us to enjoy! There will soon be 100’s more to follow, and Iris also 🙂 Be sure to visit this month to see the wildflower garden at the center of our farm! It will unfold with showy beautiful colors & fragrant aromas. (I will be posting photos daily on Instagram, my handle is: “lavenderlady”, for you to experience each moment with me)  Awe…what joy! 🙂

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I took this photo of our farm early in June facing north toward Mt. Adams in Washington. I love the “splash of color” from the Torch Lilly Red Hot Poker, Kniphofia uvaria, and Shasta Daisies!!
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Bright and cheerful, lovely and fragrant…always sure to bring a Smile!! 😀
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Today I scattered more flower seeds into my Wildflower Garden. These beauties are another lavender-colored flower,  Papaver somniferur. I can hardly wait to see their faces dancing in the breeze. 🙂 Again, I will need patience as I wait on the process, for the seeds to germinate, and the spring rain today will help in that process.
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Oh the Joy of Farming! Happy Spring!
* I want to introduce my newest baby at the farm, Baby Ella 🙂 Here she is with her lavender “green” head wreath, that I made for her, to celebrate May!! And she’s already lovin her green life on a Lavender Farm! 🙂
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Ella is my sweet Joy!!!! 🙂  She is 11 weeks old now, a Lab-Golden Retriever mix. Our 13 yr old Lab, Sadie girl, is a huge help training her. Below, Baby Ella at 8 weeks when I brought her home to our lavender world. 🙂 Precious baby! When I went to pick her out of the large litter of 9 pups…she came up and sat on my foot 🙂 OMGoodness, she was meant for me, she choose me!!  🙂 Sigh….such sweetness!! We <3 her, and Sadie girl is warming up to her silly Puppy energy…the other day Sadie was chewing on Ella’s chew toy, KONG! Good girl Sadie & Ella!
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We are training Ella to be our new Greeter on the Lavender Farm 🙂 The pic above is her first visit to the farm, and she was thrilled to romp around her new lavender world!! And what a fun, fragrant…calm lavender world it is!!
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Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful, loving, caring, giving Mother’s!! I will be sharing samples of my favorite Lavender Lemonade today and Sunday to celebrate Mother’s that visit 🙂
Our Retail Cottage is bursting with the heavenly, calming aroma of lavender and our soothing, healing, tasty lavender products. When customers visit, I say, “Welcome to our farm & be sure to visit our “aromatherapy cottage”… quaint with a big Aroma”!
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XX Lavender Lady

 

Lush Greens And A Splash Of Brilliant Colors

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Our lavender farm has burst into lush green with all the new-growth of the lavender, and 100’s of extremely gorgeous wildflowers 🙂 Sigh…such a Splash of brilliant colors!! One of my favorite wildflowers is the Papaver nudicaule,Pink Iceland Poppy…like giant umbrellas, dancing with the other flowers in the gentle breeze 🙂

We share our garden with abundant wildlife, yellow Finch, Chickadees, Humming Birds, Monarch and Swallowtail Butterfly’s, and Lady Bugs to name a few.  I love the sweet song of these birds as I meander through the wildflowers, sitting awhile on a bench to enjoy the song, and the serene beauty  🙂

We invite you also, to come out and enjoy a picnic lunch, a stroll through the wildflowers, Upick a lavender bouquet, and if your an artist, bring out your Sketch Pad. One lady that visited this week, sat and capture the landscape and beautiful flowers on paper. 

Her husband enjoyed capturing a few shots with his camera. It was the most tranquil and calm morning, as they enjoyed the garden together… moments to just RELAX! I think sometimes in our busy lifestyles, we have forgotten how to relax. When I see our customers flop out in the grass on their backs, I know they remember how to relax!

Now that I’ve relaxed a bit, I better get back to work 🙂

I planted 100 Giant Elegans California Zinnias in a raised bed, which I plan to transplant around the edges of our wildflower garden once they have grown about two inches. These will survive the hot summer months of July and August and be another brilliant Splash of color! I also planted several Gladiola bulbs in the front of the garden. These were my dear Grandmother’s favorite flowers, now they are my favorites as well 🙂

I once read, “If I can’t garden, I wouldn’t be happy”, well that’s the way my husband and I feel! We don’t do any of this out of duty, we do it because we Love It! We love our beautiful Hood River Valley, with two snow covered mountains, and we love the country lifestyle we live, and our wonderful friends and family that surround us. It’s good therapy and it’s good for our Soul! I think that  flowers are like sunshine to my soul, and they encourage “smiles”.

We love to generously share our lavender farm with you, and invite you out. U-picking lavender has already begun as you can see….. Two neighbor girls visited us, and were the first to U-pick a lavender bouquet for the season. Woohoo!!

Hope you can come visit! Come see, hear, smell and touch this fragrant beauty! A piece of heaven, as one of our customers said 🙂

~Cheers to Lavander!

Happy May Day, Opening Day!! Cheers To Maximus Aromatherapy And Beauty!

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Happy May Day, our opening day for the season!

 I love the serene, peaceful feeling of our lavender farm!  Our quiescent plants are beginning to show signs of  new-growth, preparing for the seasons flowers.  I took this photo a few days ago as the sun was setting on our lavender…Glorious beauty! We are looking forward to the fragrant beauty of our lavender plants in bloom…sighMaximus Aromatherapy 🙂

We are already seeing many of our Wildflowers showing their lovely faces in bloom, as we eagerly wait for our lavender flowers. The Lupine is always one of the first to bloom, and soon to follow are the  Iceland Poppy-Papaver, Iris,  and Blue Flax-Linum Perenna. I captured this photo of our first Lupine flowers yesterday. Another  lovely Purple flower!

You will want to visit, with your camera in hand, because these beauties are stunning against the back drop of Mt. Hood! We also have a path running through our wildflower garden, with benches to sit and relax, as you take in the aromas and beauty!

These photos were taken a few years ago.

If you’re still looking for the perfect  low maintenance plant for you garden or landscaping…look no further! We’ve got 100’s of starter lavender plants on sale at our Upick lavender farm, while supplies last. 

Want MORE Lavender Plants? Why not DIY and propagate some?

I took cutting two weeks ago from this Lavandin, Sawyer, and propagated them, making clone plants 🙂

Propagating lavender is much easier than you can imagine…and there are two times a year that you can take cuttings to root- in the spring “now”,just before the plant comes into flower, and in the early fall.

To begin, it’s best to use a good quality potting soil or you can make your own by mixing approximately three parts peat moss with one part vermiculite and one part perlite. Remember that the most important thing is drainage…even a cutting of lavender DOES NOT like wet feet!

Once you have a good mix, fill several small terracotta pots, or starter trays,like I’m using in the photo, and make sure to dampen well. Now poke one small hole per pot into the mixture about 1 to 1.5 inches deep. Next, using a sharp pair of plant shears cut a small branch off the lower half of the lavender plant that is about 3-5 inches long. Make sure that the branch is soft and not woody. Strip the leaves off the bottom half of the cutting, and scrap off the “skin” on the bottom 1/4″ of the cutting, and place the cutting in the pot or tray.

 

Make sure to cover the bottom part of the cutting with soil. Water your cutting thoroughly. For the first couple of weeks keep the soil damp, but then water less frequently. Misting the cuttings often will allow them to take in water and keep them hydrated. After the first few weeks, water when the soil begins to get dry but before the plant displays any distress. Too much water will kill your new lavender plant. Good Luck growing your own lavender plants. You can also start L. Angustifolia lavender from seeds, however it takes a long time before you have a good size plant, at-least a year.

Many birds are actively seeking out food, and searching for new mates and nesting spots in our garden. I just filled two humming bird feeders, and hung them under our patio, just in time for a few hummers to find them. I Never use the nasty red food color in their food! My recipe is: one cup sugar, three cups water, boil 6 minutes, and cool well. They Love my all-natural juice 🙂

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Our Pink Flowering Almond bush is in bloom and lovely in front of our Retail Cottage. Perfect for our opening day 🙂  Looks like summer type weather is on its way for our opening week! We look forward to the season, and meeting all our customers that drop by for a visit, and spent some relaxing moments in the garden with us! Cheers to May, and  the new season of Maximus Aromatherapy and Beauty! 🙂

Cheers ~ Lavender Lady

 

 

 

 

Rustic Multi-Grain Herb Bread To Compliment Our Sunday FishNChips

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Multi-Grain Herb Bread

3 cups lukewarm water
3 Tablespoons honey
3 teaspoons yeast
6 cups flour (I use 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup Buckwheat, 1/4 oatmeal or flax seed)
2 teaspoons salt
4 Tablespoons Olive oil
3 Tablespoons Hood River Lavender Spice Blend
2 cloves Garlic (chopped)
*glaze: 1 egg
oatmeal or seasame seeds

Proof Starter: Mix the following ingredients in large mixing bowl.
3 cups “lukewarm” water
3 teaspoons yeast
3 Tablespoons honey
1 cup white flour
Stir with a spoon to mix. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes until liquid is foamy.

Then add:
2 teaspoons salt
4 Tablespoons Olive oil
3 Tablespoons HRL Spice Blend
2 cloves Garlic (chopped)

Beat – 5 minutes on medium speed

Then add additional flour, one cup at a time. Mix well after

each cup, and continue adding flour until dough is stiff, and pulling

from the sides of mixing bowl.

Place dough on a well floured surface, and knead about 8 times.


Then place the dough in a large glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap or towel, and let it rise until
doubled in size for 2-4 hours.

Then place dough on a well floured surface again, and divide

the dough in half. Shape into two round loaves, and place
on oiled cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Score the loaf tops making an  X  with a sharp knife,
brush tops with egg white glaze & sprinkle with Oatmeal or Sesame Seeds.
Let rise 10 minutes.

 

*Egg white glaze: 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon water , whip with fork.

Very Important information about this recipe:

This bread goes into a cold oven, with an oven safe pan or Pyrex dish
on the bottom oven rack large enough to hold 3 cups of Boiling water.
Placing the bread on the middle rack in the COLD oven, pour 3 cups Boiling Water into
the pan on bottom rack.
Then turn the oven on 400 degrees and bake 45 minutes, Do Not open the oven
as it bakes, because the steam will escape. 🙂 The addition of steam as you bake this delicious rustic bread encourages a “Crusty” outside, with a wonderful flavor, and soft texture inside. Heavenly!

Mmmm…I love the aroma of fresh baked bread that fills my home!! Now to enjoy a warm slice with lots of Butter! The Perfect compliment with our Sunday FishNChip dinner 🙂 <3

We’re continuing our Spring Cleanup around the lavender farm, in prep for our “Soft Opening” on Blossom Festival Weekend, April 20th, and 21st. The weather man said we were expecting a few days of rainfall, so I scattered a couple packages of new flower seeds, Shasta Daisy, Crazy Daisy, and Papaver Baracteatum, Great Scarlet Poppy, into our Wildflower Garden at the farm. There’s always room for a few more vibrant, happy flowers!!I love seeing all the new growth, and Spring flowers, like Forget-Me-Nots that are starting to bloom. Bright, Cheerful flowers 🙂

Enjoy a wonderful relaxing day. I’m heading outside for a brisk walk with our two dogs, Sadie and, Gunther.

Happy Spring!

 

 

Summer has Blown by..

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This has been another beautiful summer!! With all the preparation and grooming of the garden, planting Zinnia seeds around the wild flower garden, and sunflower seeds at the back of the wild flowers, and planning prep for our 8th annual Lavender DAZE Festival, I’ve felt like my head is spinning. But alas….summer is gone, with it memories of beautiful sunny days, and the lovely calming aroma of lavender. Many customers visited to U-Pick lavender bouquets, stroll through the wildflowers, and stop to blow bubbles. I smiled a lot, laughed along with them and blew bubbles, relaxing  in the moments of a wonderful summer among 1000’s of fragrant lavender 🙂

 

Now as Fall season arrives, we will celebrate the bounty of our harvest with hearts full of thankfulness!! Thanks to all our “awesome workers” that helped make this past season a huge success!! Thanks also to our wonderful customers that faithfully support us!! Cheers to Fall, and the winding down of the season. Relax and inhale deeply!!

Spring, with Lavender, My Fragrance Of Sunlight

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I’ve been working steady tending our lavender farm and wild flowers, getting the yard prepped for new growth, and our opening date April 14th.  Today was a perfect day to be outside, truly gorgeous with temperatures around 54 degrees! Spring has officially arrived, and it really feels like Spring! I scattered 1000’s of Iceland Poppy & Rose Scented Bee Balm Monarda seeds in the Wildflower Section. I love these flowers!

I need to spend a few hours packing web-orders inside and I need lavenders aroma to surround me, with my “Fragrance of Sunlight” as I work!  It’s a good thing that I live and work in Lavender Heaven, because inside or outside, I can still have that Fragrance of Sunlight  🙂  A bottle of lavender essential oil is always at arms reach..I know I’m “spoiled”!!  🙂 I like to apply 5 drops of  Angustifolia Essential Oil and 5 drops Clary Sage Essential oil to a tissue, and relax while I inhale these lovely, calming, and balancing aromas. It clears my sinus, balances my mood, and refreshes my spirits! Awww..

Since we have a few days before I’ll be working outside again in the lavender farm, I’ll work inside on web orders. I sent this re-order with 10 Reed Diffusers and Lavender Refreshing Spritzer out to a very high profile celebrity today! Love my job! Love lavender’s calming lovely aroma!

 

These  lavender items will fill the domain of the recipient with that intriguingly uplifting, and calming , fresh lavender garden aroma! I like to call it my Fragrance of Sunlight!  It gives me that uplifting, energizing boost that helps me through any situation, with calming peace. Our  Reed Diffusers are filled with a special combination of our own Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oils.

I also shipped an order with 2 Reed Diffusers and 2 pounds of Bulk dried lavender buds to a gentleman, for his home!!  He mentioned that he planned to fill decorative containers with the lavender buds. I suggested that he could  purchase sachets to fill with lavender buds, or if he felt creative,  make sachets with vintage hankies or pieces of wool cloth, and tied with hemp or jute twine. 🙂

Here’s hoping that the lovely, calming aroma from his lavender will fill his domain with  the Fragrance of Sunlight too !

Calming Vintage Sachets

Sachets made with Vintage Hankies and Lavender wool cloth, filled with our Certified Organic dried Lavandin Grosso. DIY cute sachets for yourself or gifts for a friend.

Inspiring Vivid Beauty and Garden Cookie Party

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Finding inspiration and energy to motivate me as I begin spring cleaning, deadheading, and weeding around the lavender farm is important. I often start by imagining the vivid beauty and glorious, fragrant blooms emitting heavenly, calming aroma from the lavender & wild flowers. Awww…I can see it, smell it and feel it in my mind 🙂
Today I have a wonderful friend tending the garden with me, and it is a huge inspiration. Thank you Allove , from Wild Beauty Sacred Aesthetics, for helping me tend our lavender & wildflower garden.
As we work in the wildflower section we are extremely careful of the fragile new growth coming up from the perennial flowers; Lupine sulphureus, Papaver, Rudbeckia , Leucanthemum x superbum, Dianthus barbatus. These are just a few of my favorite wild flowers!!
Our wild flowers will transform starting in May with the “Crazy in Lupine Sulphureus” beauty! (I’m sitting on the bench here, that is also behind me in the middle pic above) It is extremely amazing to see our Wild flowers transform day by day. I Love my job!! Happy gardening to you, and be inspired!
 Knowing that Spring is right around the corner, brings energy to my spirit, and enthusiasm as I work. It feels great spending time in my garden again, reconnecting with Nature! It brings joy and energy to my soul! There is a time for every season…and now it’s time for a Cookie Party in the garden  🙂
Lemon Lavender Cookie with Lavender Cherry Pear Marmalade on the side.

Lemon Lavender Cookies G.F.

1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons dried culinary lavender (I used English lavender)
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (I used Olive Oil)
4 tablespoons agave nectar (I used Honey)
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
3. Mix wet ingredients into dry. ( I store cookie dough in fridge for 1 -2 days, enhances flavor)
4. Form 1/2 inch balls and press onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
5. Bake at 350′  for 7-10 minutes.
6. Cool and serve.
Makes about a dozen cookies

Recipe adapted from elasaspantry.

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Time for a break!

 

It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not! ~W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman~

When the world says, “Give up” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” ~Author Unknown

 

Climbers At The Lavender Farm

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I planted a “Warzawska  Nike” Clematis on the east end of our Arbor today. Four years ago we planted a Joseph Coat Climbing Rose there, but through the years, cold temperatures, or maybe a Gopher, stunted it’s growth, leaving a sparse area on the arbor.  This Clematis will soon cover that end of the arbor, with lovely flowers!

Our Arbor is located in the front of our Wildflower garden. We custom designed our Arbor at the beginning stage of planning our lavender farm. It is crafted together with re-bar and old Headboards. We literally bent the rebar around a fruit tree, until we achieved the arch shape needed for the Arbor. Then we sank them into the ground in cement. Viola! Our rustic Arbor for the wildflower garden, at our Lavender Farm 🙂 This became instantaneous vertical support for plants that love to climb, and gives height to our garden, bringing climbing plants up to another level, a rich layered effect to the eye of the beholder.

One of the climbing plants on the west end is my favorite, a “Silver Lace Vine”, along with two seedless grapes, and Nelly Moser Clematis. This year our arbor will be climbing with lovely flowers and foliage, perfect for butterflies and hummingbirds to enjoy, and many photographers, and art groups. We look forward to your visit with your family & friends.

grapes, clematis & silver lace vine starting the year's growth
grapes, clematis & silver lace vine starting the year