How to Make Lavender Bundles

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Sep 132015

You have grown your lavender, picked it, and dried it. Now what?

Making attractive lavender bundles is easy if you are just making one or two, but how about if you are making 20 or 200? This video shows how we make them at Lavender Wind Farm.

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Harvest to Oil

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Sep 072015

It was a fabulous season at the farm this year. We had a cracker jack crew harvesting and distilling.

Have fun watching these two very short videos from this summer’s work.


The first is the staff harvesting some Lavendula Angustifolia “Hidcote Pink”.

The second is the wonderful sight and sound of distillate coming out of the condenser.


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Jul 192015


Provence Bush

Provence Bush

Lavandula x-intermedia is a hybrid cross between Lav. Angustifolia and Lav. Latifolia. The Lavandula Angustifolias tend to have a high quality but low yielding oil, whereas the Lavandula Latifolias have a poor quality but high yielding oil. So there are quite a lot of hybrid crosses of various varieties of these two lavandulas and Provence is one such cross.

Provence is not typically found in that French province, rather, it is a cultivar that was hybridized in Canada. Nevertheless, it has found its way throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

It has a sweeter, less camphorous scent compared to most of the other x-intermedia hybrids. The oil is also sweeter, but it does not have a larger yield than the angustifolias, which puts it at a disadvantage compared to other x-intermedias. Therefore, many growers don’t distill Provence, they tend to use it for both crafting and culinary applications.

At Lavender Wind we use it for all three, and we do distill it. The Provence Essential Oil is very nice. Our Culinary Lavender is a blend of Provence and Folgate.

Provence Flower

Provence Flower

Provence is susceptible to root rot due to overly wet conditions. The flowers dry well and the bud is easily taken off the stem. Too easily, in fact, and it is well known to be useless as a dried flower because the blossoms shatter off the stem once they are dried.

Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Description: Light lavender
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Leaf: Colorful, Fragrant
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Lavender Wind Festival – 2015

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Jul 182015


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!

  • Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 25 & 26, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Artist Booths: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Children’s Activity: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Lavender Demonstrations: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wine/Beer Tent: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Music: 12:00pm to 4:30 pm

This page will be updated anytime we have new information, so keep checking back.

Hot Rock Pizza


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.




Wine & Beer Garden

This festival started years ago as an Art Festival to celebrate the amazing artists in the community as well as the art of nature. So, over the years we have supported various non-profits with Wine & Beer sales. This year we are teaming with the Pacific Northwest Art School (right here in Coupeville). The sales in the garden will go to the school to support their art classes and activities.

The garden is right in front of the stage where the musicians will be playing.

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Purple Bouquet

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Jul 102015

Purple Bouquet is AWESOME! It is the variety on the right. Next to it is Hidcote Pink, and to the left of that is Folgate. Purple Bouquet blooms a bit later than the other two so it isn’t quite in its full bloom in this picture.

Three Varieties

Three Varieties

The plant is not very large. This plant is in its 4th summer.

Purple Bouquet Bush

Purple Bouquet Bush

Purple Bouquet lives up to its name. It produces a longer stemmed flower than many other Angustifolias and it holds up well when dried. The fragrance is strong and pleasing.


Purple Bouquet Flower

Purple Bouquet Flower

  • Zone: 5a to 8b
  • Height: 18″ – 20″
  • Spread: 24″ – 30″
  • Sun: Full
  • Soil: Well-drained, dry
  • Bloom: Early summer, produces 2nd bloom
  • Leaves: Vibrant green
  • Flowers: Brilliant dark purple

We like this variety for making lovely dried bouquets. Because we have so much wind at our farm, our stem length tends to be a bit shorter than stem lengths on farms more protected or inland.

For Comparison here is an image taken June 30, 2015 of six varieties in our field. The Grosso and Provence weren’t yet in bloom in this image.

Six Varieties

Six Varieties

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Lavender Wind Dance

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Jul 072015

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.

Enjoy it!

Lavenderwind Dance from Elisabetta Bastai on Vimeo.

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Hidcote Pink

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Jun 282015
Folgate and Hidcote Pink

Folgate and Hidcote Pink

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.

Hidcote Pink Bush

Hidcote Pink Bush

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.)

Hidcote Pink Flower

Hidcote Pink Flower

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

  • Flower Color: light pink
  • Foliage Color: Green (Grey in winter)
  • Stem length: 6 to 10 inches
  • Blooms: once in spring
  • Plant height: 30 -40 inches
  • Spacing: 36 inches
  • Hardiness: zones 5-9

Is excellent for landscaping, culinary, and oil.

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Folgate is Blooming

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Jun 212015
Blooming Folgate

Blooming Folgate


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:

Folgate Bush with ruler

Folgate Bush with ruler

We have just harvested the first row of it in this season’s bloom.

One Folgate Row Harvested

One Folgate Row Harvested

The bees love it, can you see the bee that was up early in the morning to start working on gathering pollen?

Bee at Work on Folgate

Bee at Work on Folgate

The flowers are lush. This is what one looks like next to a ruler.

Folgate Flower

  • Folgate is hardy, withstands cold and comes back every year.
  • Like all lavenders it prefers to have full sun and well drained soil.
  • It cannot tolerate being in standing water & puddles.
  • It makes a good cut flower and is used as a culinary herb.
  • Versatile, it is used in various types of gardens and hedges. It is spectacular en masse.
  • Bees love it which makes it a good habitat plant for beneficial insects
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Pesto Rollups

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Jun 132015

Rollups with Aioli

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.

Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe

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.

Pie Crust Recipe

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.

Forming the Roll Ups

Make a ball of 1/2 of the piecrust dough and roll it into as much into a square shape as you can.

Pie Dough Square

Cut the dough into half so it forms two rectangles. Using one rectangle per roll, spread the pesto on top of one.

Spread Pesto

Add the cheese.

Sprinkle Cheese

Roll it up

Roll Up Dough

Cut the roll into 1/4” rounds.

Cut Into 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.

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Good Morning

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Jun 072015