As we patiently wait for our lovely lavender flowers, our wildflowers are preparing to explode with Springs fairest flowers. Our Lupines are among the first flowers to arrive in our wildflower garden. These spectacular blooms transform our garden into a paradise of beauty, providing exquisite color that many photographers and artists love to capture! Soon after the Lupines bloom, our Iceland Poppies, Hollyhock, and Foxglove will bloom.
We also welcome back, our most precious creature, the tiny Humming Birds. I love to sit on our covered patio and admire these tiny birds as they dance around their feeders. Many customers sit for hours admiring and photographing these precious creatures.
We hope you plan to come out and visit this month, to enjoy the beauty of flowers, our hummers, and serene mountain views. Don’t forget your cameras, or art supplies.
There is lot of work to be done around our lavender farm, preparing it for the season. Similarly the birds are starting to pair up, and are busy nesting 🙂 I worked a few hours today at our lavender farm, with a young lady that I just hired to help out this season. I thought I’d give her an idea of the different types of work we do around our lavender farm. Since we are “Certified Organic”, when it comes to weeding and removing invasive plants, everything is done by hand, with integrity in our gardening/farming practices. We never use pesticides!
So, today we cleared dead flower tops and grass out of the wildflowers, and dug out 100’s of weeds. We were extremely careful not to disturb the tiny new leaves, and flower buds developing for this seasons lovely flowers. A few of these native wildflowers are: Shasta Daises, Blackeyed Susan, Sweet Williams, Iceland Poppies, Oriental Poppies, Candy Tuff, Hollyhock, Veronica, Verbascum, Dianthus, Delphinium, Showy Milkweed, and Lupines, to name just a few. We finished clearing out about half of our wildflower section, which is about 1/4 acre total size. It doesn’t look real attractive “yet”, because it’s just waking up! It will transform shortly into a brilliant array of lovely fragrant flowers for all to enjoy, people and wildlife alike. But for now, we have lots of work to do before our season starts, and weeding is an extremely important part of any garden.
We look forward to seeing you in the spring opening weekend, April 16th. Happy Happy Spring!
Our first flowers on our lavender farm..Snowdrops, signs that Spring is on its way!!
I planted 100’s of Iris’s and daffodils in the fall, along with a few Snowdrops, along the roadside around our lavender farm, and in between raspberry plants at the front of our farm. They are showing signs of growth, and hopefully they will produce lovely blooms as spring approaches. Although our lavender plants won’t bloom until the end of May, 1000’s of other wildflowers around our lavender farm, will produce gorgeous color for our enjoyment.
Flowers are like joy to my soul, as I watch them grow, unfolding their fragrant blooms. Their beauty brings a smile on my face, and nothing lifts my spirits better then a walk through my flower garden! As I stroll around my garden today, while the spring rain is falling, I’m excited about the coming season! I can’t help but sing one of my favorite songs, “I Can See Clearly Now”, by Johnny Nash! I eagerly await to see the beauty unfold, as I welcome Spring!!
We had a tour group from Portland visit our farm this morning. They reserved our tour package in advance for their group from Florida. The package included a garden tour, hands-on Lavender Wand class, and self-serve Lavender Tea and Lavender Scones, on our covered patio. During the garden tour I described the 70 different lavender varieties planted at our U-Pick farm. Many photos are always taken during the tour, especially of the wild flower section in the middle of the lavender garden.
If you would like information about tour packages feel free to send me an email.
Three ladies visited our lavender farm a few days ago from Bend. They mentioned that their art group would be coming in August to paint the lavender in bloom. After looking at our lavender starter plants for planting around their homes, they asked, “which ones are hardy to our zone 3-4”? I suggested the Angustifolia “English”, it’s the True Lavender, and most hardy.
Since the sun was out for the first time in three days, they asked if it would be OK if they set-up to paint… of course it would be alright! So on a beautiful sunny day, this is how it looked, painting in the flower garden 🙂
The amount of growth in 1 week of the Lavender and the Wildflowers is mind-boggling. The Wildflowers are now almost twice as big with hundreds more in bloom, and the Lavender has heading towards bloom a ton also!
I finally finished pruning, and clearing away dry flower tops and grasses out of the wildflower section. Whew!! Then I cut apart over-grown Shasta Daisy’s, and Bee Balm, and move them around to more sparse areas in the garden. After that I scattered 1000’s of flower seeds that I saved from last season. A few of my favorites are: Hollyhock, Clary Sage, Icelandic Poppies, Oriental Poppies, Nigella “Love in a Mist”, Bee Balm, Echinacea, and Colombine. I gently raked over the seeds to help cover them with a bit of soil, in hopes that they will germinate in a few weeks. I heard the weather man forecast rain later today, I hope so! 🙂 Now I’m ready to sit back, with my feet up, and patiently wait for the slowly unfolding beauty in my garden…. 🙂 That is a pretty great reward!! Drop by in the next few months to enjoy it with us. Our Opening weekend is April 17th for Blossom Festival Celebration in the Hood River Valley. http://bit.ly/amZJhl
The Lupine is quickly going to seed, so I’ve started cutting out the seed pods, and triming the plants. Now I’ll need to fill in with other flowers that will bloom through the hotter days of summer 🙂 Today I worked with my “sister”, for a few hours, early in the morning, weeded out a section of wild flowers. Then we prep-ed the soil, and planted Zinnias, Marigold, and white Nicotiana. These lovely flowers will bloom for us by the end of June and into July, and on through the hot month of August. There is nothing more calming, and serene than walking along the path in a wild flowers garden 🙂
We’re all anticipating our Lavender blooms. It’s hard to wait, but it’s only a week away!! Then we will have a couple hundred “English” Lavenders in bloom, in different sections in our garden. But as we wait, there a tons of exquisitly, beautiful wild flowers in the middle of our gardens, so come out with cameras in hand, and sit in the flower garden to relax!!
It was a beautiful day, with a perfect temp. of 90. I planted annual, hybrid Morning Glory starts by a small white wire fence at the entrance of our Lavfarm. Then I planted Teddy Bear sunflowers at different spots around my cottage. These sunflowers are small, shorter varieties, and will be perfect cheerful flowers to fill empty spots and add color.
Afternoon I had a wonderful family visit our farm from Georgia. They purchased a few items in my retail cottage, then strolled around the garden, and into the wildflower section. They stopped to look at my succulent plants at the front of the arber, and noticed my Hen & Chicks. She called them, “Hen & Biddies”. I laughed, and said that I’d never heard them called that before :). I told her that I liked that name better, and planned to use it from now on. 🙂 (Isn’t it funny, and interesting how different regions of the world, use different words and sayings). Come by and see my Hen & Biddies!!
The blossoms on the fruit trees around our Lavfarm finally popped open! It looks like snow covering the fields throughout the valley. The customers that visited our farm this past weekend, took many photos of the gorgeous mountain views, and flower blossoms. I enjoyed watching a family blow bubbles with their 3yr. old son. Then they strolled along the path in our wildflower section to the back of the farm, where they stopped to take photos together, amoung pear trees in bloom. A garden is a wonderful place to Slow down… and enjoy the simple things in life together with your family and loved ones.
It’s one of my favorite things to do 🙂
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