Monday, July 28, 2014

Bloom, Buzz, Bloom!

It has been very Bizzzzzzy around here!
 It has been so hot this last week everything has gone into bloom. 
 We have had to start harvesting. 
We try to harvest in the early morning, before it gets scorching hot. And of course a purple stool comes in handy, because everything is purple around here.  
 We cut our bundles and hang them to dry.  It is like a lavender sauna in here during the day because of all the moisture the lavender gives off. 
 The cut lavender plants get trimmed and shaped into little "turtle mounds" and they will stay this shape till next spring. 
So if you are wanting to come out, this week is the last week.  Check the calendar for dates and times. 
Garden tours and wand classes are filling up quickly. 

~

Friday, July 4, 2014

First Market Disaster

Last night was the first night of the Ogden Valley Open Market. 
I thought I had this one in the bag. 
                   ...I should have know better......
I had stayed up late all week making product (after just returning form vacation).
I had scheduled a babysitter.
I had set up the night before and made sure all my table cloths and risers were in my totes ready to go. 
 It was a beautiful day and the birds were chirping.
I left early so I would not have to drive crazy.
I arrived right on time with plenty of time to set up. 
Things were going great, until they were not so great. 
Granted this is a photo of our neighbors booth at Raspberry Days a few years past, but it looks exactly how my booth looked an hour into the market last night. 

My canopy busted.  Even with 50lb weights on each corner, we did not last. My table tipped over, my product blew on the ground and the rain drops ruined the labels on my soap. Lucky for us there were many wonderful people who helped retrieve the bags and tissue paper that had blown across the market lot. I felt horrible because there were facebook friends (thanks for all your support) and other vendors I had not seen for a long while trying to catch up and talk about the lavender and all I could do was hold down the canopy.  
We packed up and headed home to see what product was not ruined. 
As we were driving away from the market the clouds broke and the sun came out (of course they did).
I thought about turning around, but my will and my heart was so deflated.  

So, for next week:
I'll have our "Lavender Babies" and fresh bunches of lavender.

I will also have little maps on how to get to our place. They will be simple and easy to follow directions.  So, as soon as you are done shopping the market, you can head up to watch the sun set at Lavender Hill. And, I'll have my lavender lemon cookies for refreshments. 


We are almost open! Here is how we are looking.

5-16-2014
May is when we get a lot of phone calls to come out and pick lavender....
We tell them to call back in July.
You can see new growth, but also some brown winter kill. 
It is brittle and will crumble away if you work at it with some gloves on. 
For some reason this photo will not rotate, but turn your head to the right and you can see that there is still snow on top of the mountain. 

6-2-2014

June, things are starting to green up. 
We get twice as many calls to come out as we did in May....
We just let them know to call back in July. 
This is looking up the hill on Phase 3. (again rotate your head to the right)
Stems are about 4" tall. 
The hops on the arbor are just about to the top. 
June is always, bark, Bark and more BARK.
A fresh layer everywhere makes everything look fresh. 

6-29-2014
The stems are getting longer!  
No signs of color yet, but it sure makes for a nice place to sit after the sun has set. 

7-1-2014
Sunrise.  My Mom works so hard every year getting the waterfall cleaned.  
She saved a bucket of little tad poles to put back into the pond, but overnight some wild guest ate every one of them. 
Royal Velvet.
The hops are to the top and over the front edge. 
When it is quiet, Izzy will follow you through the garden. 
Looking out over the valley. 

And that is all for today!
Check out the calendar for dates we are open. 
If you know you will be up with a few friends, please call and make and appointment.
And here are a few directions. Remember we only have parking for 4 cars. If you arrive and the parking spaces are full, just call or wait at the bottom of the drive and my Dad will show you were to park.
Please do not park on the road, it is not safe for other drivers.  
801-745-2744 (Jackie's Home)
801-645-4890 (Carli's Cell)


Friday, May 9, 2014

Schedules...spring!

Brides are calling for fresh lavender, which is isn't in bloom yet.
Customers are calling to make appointments to come and visit, which we are happy to schedule.
Events are getting booked.
Farmers Markets are going to start soon!
SPRING is in the air. 

The newest things on the roster are:

*June 7th, 8-2pm, Weber Basin Garden Fair
Classes, plant demonstrations, local growers, free hot dogs and Lavender Hill!

http://www.weberbasin.com/conservation/index.php/classes-events/garden-fairs


*July 3-September (ish), Ogden Valley Open Market
Our little town's evening Farmers Market. Thursday evenings 5:30pm-dusk. We won't be able to make it every time, but check our calendar link (on the right) for the dates we will be there.  

http://www.ogdenvalleyopenmarket.com/



Friday, February 14, 2014

Update On My Sanity

I'm updating the calendar and going through pictures from last year. It has all gone by so fast due to my new little "Lavender Baby".  I think an average age for a "Lavender Lady" running a lavender buisness is 45+. Forty Five and pretty much an Empty Nester with plenty of time to sew, cook and create. Right? 

Me, I turned 30 (GASP) this year.

   and I now have this cutie...
 and couple of these..
.....and now, life is very, very, busy. 
I wake up early (sometimes) and work on the computer.  I stay up late (a lot of the time) to sew and label. I rely on my cell phone's voice mail to take a message because its my turn to teach preschool this week. I read the "Mom Blogs" on how to simplify life, meal planning and how to de clutter.  I read short books like, "The E-Myth" for tips on running a small buisness and being successful. And I have to say, "No" to more and more things all to maintain sanity.  
Do I sound distressed?
It is because I am...just a little. (smile)

So, we won't be attending the SLC Farmer's Market, the Ogden Farmer's Market, Simple Treasures, Kottage Kupboard - Mother's Day, Mutton Hollow, MS Event, Park Silly, or (hang on, this one is rough) Swiss Days 2014. (eeek!)

But don't worry, we will still be open this summer!
And do a couple boutiques (check the calendar).
 We will still have garden tours with lavender lemonade and my cookies.
 And we will still have wand classes.
And just seeing this next picture brings peace to my soul. I can feel the warm air, smell the scent of lavender, hear the bees buzzing and my worries go away.  Spring is just around the corner and I will see you soon.
~ Carli