Saturday, July 9, 2011

All for the love of lavender.......

What a perfect day for a drive in the country....wait, I live in the country!  Well, it was a perfect day for a drive...so first we drove to Molalla, a town bigger than the one I live in and a town who's newspaper I helped publish for seven years, also, a town best know for its' 4th of July weekend rodeo!

This weekend they are having a huge competitive Bar-B-Que cook off with entries from all over the state.....so we ate some gooooood ribs!

Sorry, not photos so you'll have to take my word for it, they were good!

Then we headed to the REAL country and visited a wonderful lavender grower/nursery called The Lavender Thyme Herb Farm located between Woodburn and Molalla.  This wonderful nursery is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley's farm country...you can see the wheat fields in the background.

IMG_0981Not only do they sell lavender plants, here at the nursery, but they have a sweet little garden shop filled with lavender soaps, lotions, teas and other goodies.

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Beautifully landscaped with shady nooks, water features and a man-made stream......so relaxing!

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Sunny, 75 degrees.....I could live here!!!

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It's difficult to see in the photo but the gravel is covered by water...it is their little hand-built stream..........

IMG_0988 .......complete with a foot bridge sided with wagon wheels.

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Sweet rusty chairs surround a beautiful flower basket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I joined in on the lavender wand making fun!

IMG_0997Joyce, a member of the local herb society, was teaching us how to weave ribbon around stems of lavender to make a holder for the lavender flowers that helps preserve the blooms and fragrance for years.

IMG_0999  Not perfect, by any means, but I'm ready to try again.

IMG_1000 I've wanted to make one of these for some time......I learned that, like everything else in this world, practice makes perfect and I need more practice.  This is a pretty simple and inexpensive gift to make for a friend or for delightful party favors.

Actually, this is officially called Oregon Lavender Festival weekend with 24 lavender growers, throughout the state, holding special events all weekend.  We only made it to this one nursery but next year I'm going to hit a few more.

What a wonderful way to spend the day.......a delight for all of the senses!

I am linking to Jean's Bloomin Tuesday and Tuesday Garden Party

13 comments:

Julie said...

Oh gosh...what a gorgeous place...and making the lavender wand was so awesome! I have never seen one before! Thanks for showing!

Marilyn Rock said...

What a beautiful day you had - love your lavendar wand! And - your altered book pages below are awesome! xxoo

Mary said...

such a lovely place, and i bet it smelled heavenly!

thanks for your comments today, encouragement is so nice...

i really ended up liking that spread after all.

Zoey said...

What a fun day at a beautiful place. I would love to walk through those gardens. Those wands looks difficult. You did a great job on yours!

Darla said...

I would love to visit a place like this...I have also admired the lavender wands for some time, your is beautiful!

Bonnie said...

I love this place! I never seen a lavendar wand before. What a need idea!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you had a beautiful day! The weather sounds perfect and I love your lavender wand-so fun:@)

Beth said...

Beautiful post! Love the lavender wands. Makes me remember that I need to deadhead my lavender and hope it will bloom again.
Regards, Beth

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

I would so enjoy visiting a lavender farm. I have it on my 'to do someday' list. I just bought two lavender plants yesterday and trying to determine where to plant them. Great post!

Jean said...

Great post! I can just imagine the lovely fragrance from all that lavender! Jean

~~Rhonda said...

I'll bet that place smells wonderful! Lavender is hard to grow where I live. I would love to visit a lavender farm! Thanks for the tour! ~~Rhonda

rosesandgargoyles said...

Wow. Gorgeous place.
Jeanni

Deb said...

It's beautiful, and I would love to have been there with you! From one of the comments, I'll have to google deadheading lavender. I've always just let it be. I'd love to have it re-bloom.