Thursday, July 7, 2011

Welcome the long hot days of July!

Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July.
Things have been heating up at the farm, the temp's have been in the 90's everyday, but that isn't holding us back.
We have been busy fluffing, harvesting and adding new attractions.
In June our student intern; Christian, arrived. Christian plans to spend six weeks with us learning the in's and out's of a working lavender farm. Eventually, Christian plans to own and operate his own nursery specializing in tropical plants.
Here at the farm we've also been busy working to better the "secret trail". Over the holiday weekend we added a homemade tree swing (very fun, tried it myself) and today Linda finally hung a sign pointing you in that direction! The sign is very cool, it points you towards the short or long trail of the "secret trail". Let me know which you like better?!
So the heat can't beat us down, we're still staying very busy.

Next week, I hope to show you a special project Christian is working on, a Rain Garden. The project is based on the idea of storm water management to help reduce erosion, flooding, and pollution associated with excessive amounts of runoff.
So more on that next week!
See you then,
Heather

Thursday, June 2, 2011

IN BLOOM AND BUZZING BEES

I just took my best picture ever, at least I think so!  More on the picture in a minute.
Lavender Fields Farm has been a-buzz with activity.  First, let me announce to the world and all those concerned that Yes, the lavender is in bloom!  Hidcote, Munstead, you name it, if it's English Lavender its blooming and we have it!
Our English varieties of lavender have finally burst open and boy is it a sight to be seen!  It's amazing, each year the plants emerge from a winters sleep looking all sad and gray and with just a few weeks of warm temps and sunshine they turn into the most beautiful plants on the planet.  (plus, they smell heavenly)

So, warm temps and great sunshine make a happy lavender field and a happy blooming fields means happy buzzing bees.  (this is were my great pic comes in)  Here at the Lavender Fields Farm we have 8 happy and thriving beehives.  Sadly, I don't know the total amount of Lavender Honey the bees produced last year but I would imagine it was....  Gosh, I can't even guess but I'll ask the Boss!  Keep in mind, our bees make the best lavender honey around and when its in stock it goes fast!
So on to my great pic.
Pretty nice!?
English Lavender Hidcote (lavandula angustifolia)

Also English lavender, yes, it comes in many colors. 

I've had many visitors ask questions on when and how to harvest, we'll talk about that next time.
Enjoy,
Heather

Monday, May 9, 2011

Welcome to Lavender Fields Farm Delaware 2011

I hope everyone had a safe and warm winter.  I'm happy to say winter is long gone and many of you are already in the fast lane headed towards summer!  Yes, it's been awhile for a post here on the blog but the season has started and I'm ready, are you?   Full steam-a-head!

The Lavender Ladies have been very busy with many new additions to the "Farm".   We can happily say we're on track towards being "off the grid".  SOLAR PANELS! Yea! Kudos to the Ladies for making that decision!  The Solar panels were added to the roof of the gift shop, I was very suprised at how quickly they were installed.  Nice job fella's! 
You'll notice that we've updated many of the gardens.  Last fall we divided bulbs, dug up perennials and transplanted them throughout several gardens.  Carl has spent many an hour mulching, sorry Carl the truck is coming next week with more mulch!  (the gardens are gorgeous!)  Finally, one of the biggest events this spring was the instillation of the new septic field.   For those of you that have visited Lavender Fields Farm you'll know that the number one question is...  "When are you putting in your Tea Room?"  Well, I think this is a giant baby step towards that goal.  Horaay, right?!

So lets get to some pictures.

Before (well, actually in the process)

After.   Looks pretty nifty and energy efficient too! 

One of the front gardens
The gift shop has a whole new look.
Lavender Bug-away is in stock!


 Lavender Fields Farm at Warringtion Manor is open daily 10am-4pm
18864 Coolspring Rd
Milton, De. 19968
(302) 684-1514