Friday, July 31, 2009

Side Trips From The Lavender Festival Adventure

On our way to the Lavender Festival we always have to stop at The Fairie Herb Gardens in Tumwater, Washington. I have been going here for years and have watched it change and grow every time I have visited, it is a must stop going north on I-5 to Seattle. Check out their web site.
Fever Few I am on a mission to find some, I used to have some many years ago, they make a lovely dry flower and you can make a tea out of it for headaches I have been told.

Erin in front of a Pink hydrangea bush, you can tell she is really enjoying this garden.
This Blue hydrangea was one of my most favorite this year at the garden.
This poppy was beautiful and was growing on a bush that was huge, I just can't remember the true name of it.
This allium was in all its glory. We are now off to Port Townsend, Washington for more adventures.
This was one of the shops Petals, we spotted on our way to the Port Townsend Farmers Market, it definitely was a must to see. Check out their web site. I loved the old bike and of course the flowers that were in the basket.
This was at the front entrance to Petals, I loved all the garden decor. Take some quick peeks at what I saw.

These ribbons were gorgeous I wanted them all, but just settled for the yellow daisy's.
These Gerber daisies were beautiful.
One of our side adventures took us to the Port Townsend Farmers Market, I got to experience it last year and knew it had to be on the agenda to go to again this year, I just continue to be amazed at the abundance of produce they have already this year.
Oh how I would love to be able to grow these sweet peas in abundance, someday.
This chard looks so beautiful along with the lettuce and fennel bulbs.
You can tell these two were having a great time, their produce was all organic and looked beautiful.
Oh How I wish I could grow sunflowers like these.
Myself with Denise Joy she is an Herbal Practitioner and has a online business called spirit mountain herbals. I met her several years ago at the Purple Haze Lavender Farm, she is a wealth of information. She was at Port Townsend Farmers Market as well.
One of our most favorite shops to hit in Sequim, is the Heather Creek Home, it is on Washington Street, Mary the owner is so very talented and always have such great treasures to be found.

I always go away from here very inspired.

This was a great herb shop that had a great selection of teas and herbs, they had fresh tea to try and were very friendly and full of knowledge, they had only been open four months, they are just off the main street of Sequim, Washington. You should check it out when you are up that way.
"Peace Rose" One of my most favorites

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Sea Of Lavender

This sea of Lavender is at The Jardin du Soleil farm in Sequim, which was my best over all photo of the fields of Lavender due to the bright sunshine. My friend Erin and I ventured the 3 1/2 hour trip to indulge the Lavender and fill up our senses with this wonder flower and herb. We had a few little side adventures we went on that I will post later, since this is a lot on it's own.
The James House Bed and Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washingtonis where we stayed, which is only about 15 miles from Sequim where the Lavender Festival is held.

This is the outside of the gardeners cottage, it is where we stayed and have stayed a few times, we really like it.
The gardeners cottage has its own private patio. It was perfect for storing our new purchased plants and the cooler, until we found out that the raccoons like to visit at night as well as the deer.
This purple poppy was bountiful in the gardens at the bed and breakfast.
The Lavender Festival in Sequim Washington, this is the 13th year it was held, I have gone to most of them, with my first adventure on my own, all in one day. That would be a whole another story. There are so many different activities no one could be bored. Each farm is unique in its own way. Over the years we have learned to pick and choose which activities we wish to do, thus creating our adventure into the purple haze.
Erin cutting her bundle of lavender, what a gift to go and share this experience with your friend.
Mike and his wife are the owners of Purple Haze Lavender Farm, Mike started this many years ago, he said when he first started he had about 200 people come through the farm, now over 35,000 people come from all over to see this event. I have followed their progress ever since I had started working with herbs and aromatherapy. Mike is a very personable person and very nice to every one he meets. The key to their success I think. This farm was our favorite this year, each year we go, we usually rate the farms and this one won this year.
This was some heady Lavender, straight from the field.
It was strawberry lavender margarita time as you can see on the clock, these were yummy, complete with Lavender sprigs.
This is Geoffrey Castle playing the electric violin. Imagine standing in a Lavender field and hearing this music playing was a great experience. I heard him last year when I went and I didn't want to miss it this year. It would be like going to see Yanni or Kenny G. He is a performer to the crowd for sure.
Cedarbrook Lavender and Herb Farm is one of the oldest Herb Farms in the area, it seems to change from year to year.
The street fair in down town Sequim, had every imaginable lavender product a person could want.
Even purple gloves for that favorite Lavender gardener.
Lots and lots of bundles of lavender hung every where you went.
This is the Sunshine Herb and Lavender Farm. This was the last farm we visited, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the changes here.
She truly is the Goddess of the Lavender I think.
I love this photo opportunity as I can take pictures of these tractors and turn them into "guy" cards, my dad was a collector of old tractors, I now wish I had one of them.
Erin here relaxing after taking in all that lavender aromatherapy.
Sunday morning after our breakfast ,we had to go to the beach to do a little beach combing and to breathe in that wonderful ocean air. We saw this sign and had to check it out.
Those flowers were beautiful. I love to see these little stands along the road and love to support them.
This beach was full of treasures to be found.
Erin searching for her treasures.
One of my most favorite places to go is the ocean as well as to the mountains. Here I am with some treasures from the sea shore.
In the middle of those rocks is a piece of well sanded sea glass in the white or clear, I like to think of it representing the moon.