Getting ready to open for the season is quite a job. One of our staff members who works on the farm and gets to see the activity and the bird life up close decided to make a video.
Hidcote Pink has been available since 1958. It is an average sized lavender with pale pink flowers. In the picture above it is next to rows of Lavendula Angustifolia “Folgate”. Together they make each other pop. Hidcote Pink is a lovely lavender for contrasting with other, purple, lavenders. But, even on its own in a garden it provides that lovely mounded pink look that only lavender plants can provide.
It is not very good for drying because it loses it’s nice pink and dries to a brown color. It does make an unusual oil. It has a bit more of a camphoric scent than other angustifolias, but there are some people who swear they prefer it and say it is a more masculine presence. This is in spite of it being a pink lavender, though lavender essential oil doesn’t keep any color purple nor pink.
It blooms with other early lav. angustifolias. It doesn’t give much of a second bloom, but sometimes, if it’s feeling agreeable it will send out more flowers.
It is a bit more than 3′ around when it is blooming. After pruning it’s closer to 28″ across. (These measurements are at our farm, which can get very windy and that can make the plants a bit smaller than in less windy situations.)
Lavendula Angustifolia “Hidcote Pink”
Major Lawrence Johnston brought Hidcote to England from France in the 1920’s. Hidcote Pink is thought to be available by 1957 or 58. Adapted from The Lavender Lover’s Handbook, by Sarah Bader
Is excellent for landscaping, culinary, and oil.
Lavandula Angustifolia “Folgate” is the official name of this beauty.
Out of 39 species of lavender and over 400 varieties within those species we grow 14 of the commercially on the farm. We have more in our demonstration garden.
This variety (Folgate) produces bushes that are quite large for this species:
We have just harvested the first row of it in this season’s bloom.
The bees love it, can you see the bee that was up early in the morning to start working on gathering pollen?
The flowers are lush. This is what one looks like next to a ruler.
On the farm we grow garlic as well as lavender, so I needed an hors d’oeuvre for a party and wanted to use the garlic scapes (flower stalks) that are so tasty and have a beautiful color.
These delightful bites of pesto with a crunch were a hit at the party last night. They are combinations of garlic scape pesto (but you can substitute any of your favorite pestos), cheese, and pie crust dough. Combine them with a dipping sauce and you are off to being very popular at that potluck or party.
Preheat oven to 400º
8 garlic scapes
1/2 cup mixed nuts or your favorite nuts
3 large springs of parsley
2/3 C grated romano cheese
1/3 C olive oil
Put scapes, nuts and parsley in your food processor and process until finely chopped. Add romano cheese and olive oil and process until it forms a coarse paste. Then it’s ready.
2/3 C butter
2 1/2 C pastry flour
1 tsp salt
6 to 8 tablespoons cold water
Put butter, flour, and salt into the food processor and mix. Pulse and add the cold water 2 tablespoons at a time. When the mixture just starts to form clumps it is done.
Make a ball of 1/2 of the piecrust dough and roll it into as much into a square shape as you can.
Cut the dough into half so it forms two rectangles. Using one rectangle per roll, spread the pesto on top of one.
Add the cheese.
Roll it up
Cut the roll into 1/4” rounds.
Put them individually onto a cookie sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes or until brown is starting to show on them.
Take them out and cool.
Serve with a dipping sauce. I used a lavender Aioli that we make, but you can get creative with whatever dipping sauce you think would be good – or just serve these tasty bites plain. Either way, you’ll have a great treat with that glass of wine.
Our earliest blooming lavender variety, Folgate, is almost blooming, but can be maddenly slow. Every June it’s the same… We think it will be blooming and it dawdles. Like a 3 year old on a walk.
Is there anything more refreshing and delightful you can think of? Imagine yourself holding a nice glass of lavender lemonade tinkling with frigid ice cubes on a warm day. You raise it and take a cool sip, the refreshing coolness going into your mouth and and on down while you lean back and sigh with delight.
Ok, you might really be throwing together the lemonade to give to a room full of kids racing around on a rainy day. Or you might have some friends over for a bridge game and serve them something new and different. If it’s a celebration, throw a little splash of vodka in to make a punch with a kick.
Natural lavender lemonade has either a light brown color or a slightly pink color depending of if you use dried or fresh lavender to make the tea. The fresh lavender does have a slight pink color when it is infused, but dried lavender really and truly comes out brown. Great flavor, though! If you want a brighter color and bit different flavor you can add some strawberry or blackberry juice.
If it’s a cold, blustery day you might want to try hot lavender lemonade. Just warm it to around 150º, pour it into your best coffee mug and sip it as your warm your toes by the fire. My favorite image from when I was a kid is of playing Monopoly and drinking hot lemonade and eating fluffernutters. (If you know what those are you get some extra credit.)
Any way your want serve it, lavender lemonade is a great way to relax and enjoy your day with a unique flavor.
Make Lavender Tea ahead of time
In a sauce pan add 1 1/2 C water and 2 TBLS lavender flowers to a boil. Turn off the heat and let it sit for at least 1/2 hour. Cool before using in the lemonade.
Mix the Lemonade
Mix up the lemonade – substitute one can of Lavender Tea for one of the cans of water, and if you want, 1/3 can of strawberry syrup for 1/3 can of water.
Source for Lavender
Lavender Wind has Culinary Lavender available online or at our shop in Coupeville.
Join us for our annual celebration of lavender and art at Lavender Wind Farm, located on Whidbey Island. Stroll the gorgeous grounds and lavender labyrinth, browse the various booths showcasing local artisans, wander through the fragrant fields of lavender, and sit in the wine garden and enjoy live music. Wine Garden benefits the Pacific NW Art School. There will be activities for children and demonstrations of lavender distilling and crafting. Free admission and on-site parking. Two fun-filled days for the whole family!
This page will be updated anytime we have new information, so keep checking back.
We are delighted to announce that Hot Rock Pizza will have their awesome pizzas at the festival. Between their wide variety of pizzas and our cookies, scones, and lavender lemonade you will be happy.
The wind blows down the Strait of Juan de Fuca and hits Whidbey Island right where our farm lies. Aside from the lovely image of a gentle lavender breeze, we named it Lavender Wind due to the sometimes ferocious winds that come barreling onto the property.
The good news is that the view to the west, up the Strait of Juan de Fuca and overlooking the Olympic Mountains allows for stunning nature’s art in the form of sunsets.
Even when the lavender isn’t blooming there is plenty of amazing color at the farm.
What used to be a sun room with a leaky greenhouse structure has been transformed into a beautiful little room with sunshine and four tables. The french doors open to the brick patio in the back.
In the colder months it is an intimate space with bright light, warm feelings, and great coffee, tea, and baked yummies. In the warmer months it is all that plus tables outside in the lovely bricked in patio.
People can reserve all or part of the space for a special event, like these pirates.
The space is easily accessible, you just go around the back and enter into a beautiful peaceful space.
The menu includes: