Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lavender fields


I couldn't let summer pass by without a visit to a lavender farm. I can't even remember the last time I had fresh lavender in the house, so  I visited a local farm to pick some fresh blooms. 








We have several lavender farms in our area, but Scented Acres was only a few miles away so I decided to visit this charming  little farm. If you want to read more about it you can check here. Since we live on the outskirts of town we aren't far from the rural areas and lavender is in full season here in SW Washington.


Even though it's located on a busy street it still maintains that country feel. I love the vintage wagon and sign welcoming you to the farm. 


There is just a one lane gravel road to reach the farm, luckily for me there weren't any other visitors at the time.  I like the contrast of the little purple wagon next to the barn.


 They were having a Lavender festival on Saturday and since parking spaces are in such short supply I'm glad I was there on Friday, because I had the place mostly to myself. They sell all kinds of lavender lotions and herbs inside. 


You never know what treasures await you in a place like this. Right inside the entrance was this vintage Maytag washer. I did some checking online and found out that this model is a 1935 gasoline powered Maytag. It's in great condition and what a charming piece!


In addition to the lavender they have all kinds of flowers and plants for sale. 


They have a cute cement block hopscotch as you enter the garden.


You never know what kind of rustic decor you will find.




A rusty dragonfly sculpture...





and a charming water wheel blending in with the pretty flowers. 



As I was making my way around the garden I heard some squawking in the back, and there were a bunch of chickens to greet me. They were quite sociable and had lovely colored feathers. I have to admit I know very little about chickens and when I asked the owner if these were roosters, she had  a good laugh when she told me they were hens.  What can I say I don't know my poultry!



The white one is definitely a hybrid hen of some sort. Look at the feathers on it's legs!



Right outside of the hen house were these lovely succulents and beautiful purple flowers. I don't know the name of the flowers, but I love the contrast of the purple and white. 



I had already been there almost an hour and still hadn't gathered my lavender. I cut a small bundle trying to avoid all the bumblebees and honeybees in the lavender field. The goats were in the pen but would not look my way so I could get some pictures. 


Since I hadn't gathered that much lavender, I decided to create a few simple vignettes with my mason jars. 


I added the small metal basket to hold a few of my artificial  flowers. 



I made a simple little banner to decorate my crate.


I made it using my cardstock and stamps. I don't have many alphabet stamps so I used my transfer letters. 


Our  little dining area has a farmhouse cottage style look with the crate and lavender. 


 I think lavender is so pretty just displayed simply, without decoration.


I  also love the smell of fresh lavender. It really enhances your home with its beauty and fragrance. Something so sweet and simple can create such lovely memories.  Even though we live in the city I always feel like we're in the country, because the rural way of life isn't far away. Thanks for stopping by!






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32 comments:

  1. This is lovely!
    So funny- I did my latest post on lavender too- one of my favorite plants- but where I am it wasn't 100% in bloom- your table arrangement is delightful!

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  2. I have some lavender growing in my garden but a lavender farm is so beautiful. I like your display! Laura

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  3. So pretty! I love lavender. I have two bushes in my front yard and I love stepping out the door and smelling it in the air, especially after a rain.

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  4. How BEAUTIFUL! I would love to go to a lavender farm, I'm sure it smelled just wonderful! My parents have some lavender bushes in their garden and I hope to have some too one day! I love how you arranged the lavender in the jars, so simple and lovely!

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  5. I could almost, or I did! LOL feel your joy from the lavender, and they look absolutely stunning in their purity and simplicity in those jars with and without the lace! what a nice job you did, and love all the photos which look professional, at least to me lol....but beautiful post! I adore lavender and have only one dried bunch which still smells when squeezed.

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  6. Those lavender fields are soooo incredibly beautiful it makes me want to plant some fields like that myself!! Wow, love them... and what a cute little display crate of lavender on your kitchen table... another fab view:)

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  7. When I lived in Tasmania, loved seeing the fields of lavender there! Such a romantic sight! And your table arrangement of the lavender is magical!

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  8. Your photographs are wonderful. And the flower arrangements are excellent.

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  9. What a wonderful place! I am nuts about lavender too! I been using lavender bath wash and lotion to soothe my one-year old before he goes to sleep each night. It works like a charm! And then I dabble a little on myself too - so relaxing and the scent is unmistakable! Lovely pictures! Thank you for the lovely tour - am happy to be a new follower! :)

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  10. I pinned your table decoration-it was so pretty! I also would love to sit on that bench at the edge of the lavender field!! Heavenly scent!

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  11. Oh, I love lavender, and yours looks gorgeous! I'm glad you found me-thank you for your sweet comment! I'm happily following you back :)
    Susan

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  12. Love the lavender fields - I have never seen any up close and personal.

    Love the hopscotch stones at the lavender fields - how fun.

    Love the box with the garland you made - so cute!

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  13. Simply gorgeous! I bet the aroma is awesome there. This reminds me to go prune mine! Poor things have been neglected during these over 100 degree days. Prune yes, but when it's cooler!
    *hugs(deb

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  14. Sounds and looks like you are very lucky to live close to the farm. The aroma must be heavenly. Your pictures are beautiful andi

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  15. Oh how wonderful to be able to gather all that fresh lavender! You are so lucky to live close to a farm. I've never even heard of such a thing.

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  16. Oh, how I wish I had something like this near me! Lovely photos...make me think of Provence! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

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  17. I love lavender, both fresh and dried. I've never seen a lavender field -- wow, that is beautiful. I planted one bunch in our garden this year, and if it survives our scorcher summer, I plan to plant more.

    We lived in the Northwest, first Bremerton and then Portland, before moving way south to get out of the rain. There is so much beauty every where!

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  18. Oh, the lavender is so pretty and I think I can smell it. I've never seen a lavender farm and I'm sure it was fabulous! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  19. Very sweet post! Love the farm you visited. That washer is wonderful!!

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  20. A beautiful post and the lavender is stunning. how fun to visit a lovely place. Your banner is so pretty. Lavender is calming and I love the purple color. I will get through this mess. Your husband is right, Dante is a palm dog now.

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  21. You live near a lavender field??!!!!!!! Oh my goodness....how fabulous is that?!!!!
    I can only imagine the delightful aroma on the lavender farm. Mmmmmm.
    Thanks for giving a tour of the farm and all the pretty flowers there.
    And Diane...your vignette is lovely! The lavender is so artfully arranged. And I love the pretty lace collars you added to the jars. Just the extra touch. Plus I love the little banner you made for the crate too. Everything is just perfect. :)
    Blessings!

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  22. Lavender seems to resonate with so many of us in blogland. I just visited another blogger's post about lavender, also. :)

    You photos are wonderful, especially the last one.

    Judith

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  23. Scented Acres sounds like a wonderful place to spend a summer afternoon:) I love your lavender vignette in those mason jars wrapped in lace....looks so pretty! And the little banner in front of the crate is simply adorable! Thanks for sharing this beautiful post and for visiting me. Have a great week!Hugs,Poppy

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  24. What a lovely post! I've been trying to grow lavender myself..I can't wait till it starts to bloom. That chicken looks like it might be a Cochin (breed name) What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!


    ~L

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  25. What a great way to spend an afternoon! I would love to visit this place! The lavender looks beautiful in the mason jars and that crate. Your photos are lovely, too.

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  26. Mmmmm! I love lavender. Your little vignette is so pretty! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  27. Diane, I visited a Lavender farm in OR last year and loved it! Your crate with the little banner is so cute! Last weekend I visited my sis. She had an old Maytag ringer washer just being stored. I told her I would like it. Had no way of getting it home then, but can't wait! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  28. How amazing it must be to live near this farm! It is exquisite - I can just imagine how beautifully fragrant it is - I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  29. So so pretty!
    And thanks for taking us on a trip to that lovely farm!!
    xo,
    Anjana.

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  30. I love this look, the bunting is such a pretty finishing touch.

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  31. Absolutely beautiful pictures!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comment!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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