Clearing for Lavender

Clearing for Lavender

Farming involves so many tasks that you don’t normally associate with farming a crop. At our farm the trees that were planted in 2000 as a wind and visual block had grown to over 20′ tall and were shading the lavender field. They also created a barrier between the two lavender fields. In an old-fashioned display [read more…]

Flood, Fire, Farming

Flood, Fire, Farming

Fire! Water! Earth! Air! The four elements from ancient times describe the necessities of life. This year, water was the element that came down from the sky in droves, drops, puddles, lakes, and sheets. It soaked the ground, saturated the fields, created lakes where there had been none, and caused bluffs to collapse into the [read more…]

Harvest to Oil

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 [read more…]

Provence

Provence

  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 [read more…]

Purple Bouquet

Purple Bouquet

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. The plant is not very large. This plant is [read more…]

Lavender Wind Dance

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.

Hidcote Pink

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 [read more…]

Folgate is Blooming

Folgate is Blooming

  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 [read more…]

Good Morning

On a fabulously calm Sunday morning on June 7 the temptation to take pictures was overwhelming. So, Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.