Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sweet Lavender

Yesterday we drove out to the Blue Mountain Lavender Farm. What a treat this was! Out in farm country, yet less than 20 miles from town is another slice of heaven. Jean-Paul, from France, and his wife, from Kirkland, WA, began their farm in 2000. You can pick your own lavender, take various classes and shop in their wonderful boutique.

Below is how some of the rows look up close and personal! Each row is labeled for its variety - either French or English - whether it can be used for culinary purpose or sachet, etc.

Below are the owners two horses.
Here is where the owners relax after a hard day on the Lavender Farm! Can you just imagine yourself sitting there with a cup of lavender lemonade, the heady scent of lavender filling the air and the sound of the bees gathering pollen for lavender honey?
Well look who it is! Ms. Terri taking a rest amongst the lavender! We were so surprised to see her there! My but she does get around....Race for the Cure, working on her kaliedescope quilt and picking lavender from one side of the country to the other!!

Here and there you find California Poppies! This was an entire bed right in the middle of the picking fields!
As we walked out to the field, we saw a gentleman working in this lovely vegetable garden. We complimented his work, then he came out and introduced himself as Jean-Paul! We had a nice chat with him and he gave us a few tips about growing in this climate! Below is another view of the garden, complete with grape vines and day lillies - Stella D'oro! I asked Jean-Paul which lavender would be best suited for my uses - I will be planting English Lavender - Sachet next spring. It's useful for both sachet and culinary.
I bought this lovely bundle of lavender sachets in the boutique along with The Lavender Cookbook and some culinary lavender.
Mr. Squash has just come in to inform me it's time to "mark" the new driveway! More on that later....

16 comments:

taylorsoutback said...

Thank you for sharing your special day at the lavender farm. You are blessed to have the kind of weather you do...here in Northern Wisconsin, I was delighted to have 7 lavender plants winter over for me...every spring I buy new ones. Wouldn't be without them. We visited the Okanagon Lavender Farm in Kelowna, B.C. in 2007 - what a treat to walk through rows of heavenly scented blooms! Your blog is lovely to visit.

Trisha said...

I didn't even know there was such thing as a lavender farm! What a nice day in a beautiful place. I didn't grow up here in Washington so I am still learning all about it. I sure love all that it has to offer and wouldn't want to live anywhere else!

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures! It looks so peaceful!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love lavender. Love it. What a sweet place.

Orcsmom said...

I too love the smell of lavender! I planed English lavender outside our bedroom window, and we sleep so good! Especially with the Delta breeze kicks in. I love to walk through lavender fields, it is so relaxing. How lucky you are to be so close to a little piece of heaven. Can't wait to hear about your adventures in cooking with it!

Pam

Purple and Paisley said...

LOLOL! my but i look fancy in my purple dress...☺

what a beautiful lavender farm...love it!

Kaaren said...

I can smell it from here, Candace. MMMmmmm...

If you leave it in the Squash House when you leave, I'm sure the scent will permeate everything while you're gone.

Did you know you can make lavender jelly? I bought some from a herb shop in Ohio the last time I was down.

What a wonderful area you'll be moving to. My fingers are still crossed.

Anne said...

pretty fields. Goodness, since I only have had cats who "mark" their territory, I'm not even going there. Yikes! LOL.

Karen said...

How fun! I was just enjoying my own little lavender plant this afternoon. I planted four more this year, and I think I'll do more next year. It smells wonderful when I spray it with the hose. And I love Herbs de Provence, and always notice the lavender. You'll have to share when you make something from your cookbook!

Mel said...

Hmm, that's what this lovely scent is! Lavender! I can't wait to see all of your lavender projects!

Wendy said...

The lavender is so pretty, I love all the garden pictures. Must have been a really nice drive.

Sherri said...

Thanks so much for sharing...must have been so much fun! I've never been any place like this!

Kay said...

Beautiful, and I can imagine the fragrance.

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing, I love lavender. There is a farm on the way from Blaine to Lynden and they have huge bunches for sale at their road side stand. Honor system to pay, I love it! Can't wait to stop there this summer.

Jackie said...

I didn't know there were lavender farms either! I love the idea of lavender sachets. What a great place! I love to pick fresh vegetables and herbs but I'm not much on the work part of a garden! LOL!

Carrie P. said...

What a great place to visit. I bet you could smell that lavender for miles before you actually got it.