Sunday, March 27, 2011

Green The World now has a little lavender.

 Green The World opened July 24th 2008.  It is an Eco-Friendly Retail Store.  If you are looking for environmentally safe cleaning products, hair products or detergents, Local and Handmade goods or an original "non toxic" gift, Green The World has it. 
(It is located next to Best Buy on Riverdale Rd)
Here are a few things offered at G.T.W. 
 (of course I was drawn to the PURPLE things)

Beth Bell, the owner, is a member of Buy Local First.  She also coordinates Ripe2you.  So if you are looking for yummy ripe fruit or want to participate with Buy Local First call Beth.
Green The World
4171 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, UT 84405
Phone 801-781-3931
Mon - Thurs 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm 
"Green The World is Northern Utah's only Eco-Friendly Retail store. 
Featuring all products to help you "look good, feel good, and do good". Green Life, Green Style."
You can also follow Green The World on Facebook.

 Our all-natural product line fits right in with Beth's
"Look good, feel good, do good" philosophy. 
So come on down to Green The World and enjoy being GREEN.... and now LAVENDER.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cute things around the shop.

A Little Lavender Rocking Chair.  
My Mom painted this child size oak rocker last week. 
A Little Lavender Birdhouse.
My Mom painted this one too. 
Wicker Rocker with a Cozy Lavender Blanket.
My Mom and Dad put a second coat of white on this rocker.  This rocker is from Oregon.  My mom and I were on a road trip and happened upon it.  She bought it and tied it to the top of the car and brought it home.  Here is the same rocker from Spring 2010 (before the second coat).

These pictures make me want to sit back and relax in the sun.  Sun...soon enough.

How to tell if your Lavender survived the winter.

Your snow is probably melting and your lavender plants are emerging.  You are probably asking yourself, "Are they alive?".  After a long winter this is what they will look like.  Yes, they are still alive.  I will show you how you can tell.  
I planted this 4" start last fall. It looks a little gray.  But, if you look close you can see the new green leaves.
English Lavender
I transplanted this English lavender last year.  I took it from the shade and put it in full sun late in the fall.  I was a little worried that it wouldn't make it. But, look...

... new growth.
Spanish Lavender
Not looking so good.  And it shouldn't.  Spanish Lavender is Zone: 8-11.  I didn't expect it to survive at all.  
Then I looked close.

Fresh little green starts.  Half of the plant is for sure lost.  But, the part that survived will fill in and by summer you wouldn't ever know it is only half a plant.  I will mulch (protect) this lavender next winter with leaves, grass clippings and other things to keep it warm. (but beware, to much plant matter may cause mold) 
French Lavender
Poor little French Lavender.  They are so so tender. Zone: 8-10. I was pulling some of the bark away from the dead sticks and found a branch that had been insulated by the bark. 

Can you see it?  It is still green and ALIVE!
I will also insulate this lavender this winter and try to save it.

Lavender New!

We are taking the month of March (which is almost over) to update our displays and make them "New".  This one (which is at The Borrowed Earth Emporium) is actually NEW.  We thought the white would help our products stand out and the antiqued finish matched our "garden/country" style.
The other thing that is NEW at the B.E.E.  is 
 Homemade bagels
Huge Bread Pudding $3.00
Truffles...let me say it again, Truffles (as big as a golf ball).
Shannon's TREAT Menu. Something for everybody.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Cuticle Balm: made just for me

A lot of our products are created because you (our customers) request them, or suggest them. 
However, there is one thing that we make that while creating it I had only one person in mind..Me!
Yes, these are MY skinny, long, Grandma fingers.  
And, Yes, I do own garden gloves.  
When I am doing hard labor like shoveling or transplanting I will wear gloves, but if I am simply poking beans into my garden beds I choose to NOT wear gloves.  I love to feel the cold spring soil. Yesterday I planted my beans, carrots, lettuce, spinach, sugar snap peas, basil, onion sets and cilantro. 
And after I was done and washed up I soothed my cuticles with our Simply Lavender Cuticle Balm. 

Only 2 more days til SPRING!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Farmer's Almanac - The rest of February (even though it is March)

With this last snow storm this list is going to have to wait.

I can dream.

14th - Valentines Day
18th - Prune grapes
19th - Make wreaths from grapevine pruning
20th - Tune up lawnmower
21st - Set trap for moles
23rd - Repair winter damage to trees
24th - Bait or trap gophers
27th - Sow spring veggie seeds indoors

February Flower: Violet

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sweet Potato Fries & Herbs de Provence

A new creation for the Lavender Hill recipe box.

You will need:
2 large sweet potatoes
2 Tbs Olive oil
1 tsp Lavender Hill's Herbs de Provence
1 tsp salt
Broil (500 degree) about 20 min.

Pick your Sweet Potatoes. Wash and peel them.
Chop them:
You want them larger than a french fry, but smaller than a potato wedge.  *Use a very sharp knife, sweet potatoes are very hard to cut.
Toss Them:
I used olive oil, salt and of course our Herbs de Provence and tossed them in a bowl til well coated.
Bake them:
I set the oven to Broil and laid the potatoes out on a baking sheet. The trick to baking these is you have to flip them frequently.  The time it takes to bake the potatoes is determined on how thick you cut your fries. For me is was 15-20 min.
Eat them:
Once they are golden brown and sizzling they are done. 
The rosemary and lavender compliment the sweetness of the potato and makes a great addition to any meal. 
I am not a food photographer as you can see.  I actually barely got the chance to take a picture of the finished product.  They were getting eaten faster than I could set them aside for a picture. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lavender Hill Fairy

Meet our very own Lavender Hill Fairy.    
She has been asleep all winter.
Fairies are so small that they can detect 
little changes in the temperature.
It must be getting warmer because she has woken up 
and is ready for spring. 
As she sprinkles her fairy dust the snow will slowly begin to melt. 
Only 19 days til Spring. 

~ Grandchildren can be very enchanting ~

Willard Bay "Basket Daze" & Lavender Hill

 At Lavender Hill we always know when it is time to come out of hibernation and get things going when 
Willard Bay's "Basket Daze" is near.  
The lavender cabinet will be fully stocked and ready March 11 just in time for potting your basket.  
Look for our NEW products.

 Della writes:
It's "Basket Daze" again!
Come plant your Hanging Baskets with us!

Open Basket Planting Time;
9 am - 3 pm     Monday - Saturday
(we need you here by 3 pm so we can finish the days plantings by 5 pm)
March 11 - 26  or  the first 1000 baskets!

A Finished 14" Mocha Basket
Here's a great chance to get your hands dirty and beat that "Spring Fever"!  
Our Basket Daze is one of the most anticipated activities of the year.  You can choose your own plants to have the colors and textures you want for your gardens.  Yes, these are hanging baskets but they can also be re-potted into larger patio containers for an instant garden accent, ask us how and we'll show you.

Basket Pricing
choosing 7 plants for a 12" basket
Choose 7 plants for a 12" basket using tags, then you go get the plugs to plant.
12" baskets are $35.00 each
14" baskets are $45.00 each

TerraCotta & Mocha colors are available in both the 12" & 14" baskets.  Sorry but white is no longer available to us.
Price includes; basket and hanger, special potting soil, fertilizing, 7 plants in the 12" basket and 10 plants in the 14" basket and we care for them until the week of May 2nd. 

Now, if the weather is still very cold for the Wasatch Front we can keep them another week.  For Cache Valley, Ogden Valley, Park City areas, Wyoming and Idaho we can keep your baskets until the week of May 16.

Extra plants can be added for $1.50 to $3.50 per plant over the standard 7 or 10 plants. We only recommend this if you are using these baskets to later transplant into larger planters or containers.

Yes, we sell just the plugs to home gardeners, plugs are $1.50 each.

Payment is due at the time of planting.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash!   

For more information contact Willard Bay Gardens or follow them on Facebook