Farm is open for 2017!

Farm is open for 2017!

We are still waiting for the purple to get here, but it’s coming!   The Farm and the shop are open daily for the 2017 season from 10 am to 4 pm. Bring your guests, family, self! Have a picnic, or just gaze out over the awesome views. See you here!

Taking lavender cuttings without a greenhouse

Taking lavender cuttings without a greenhouse

In 2009 I went to a Lavender conference in Cambridge, UK and got a chance to visit the amazing Downderry Nursery owned by Simon Charlesworth. He has created the best greenhouse system I’ve seen for propagating and growing lavender. On a scant 2 acres of land they produce about 400 cultivars of lavender for sale. [read more…]

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…]