Monday, August 3, 2015

LAVANDULA

A weekend visit to a local Lavender farm.

Let's make our way to the fields...



Dan found a spot to relax while I clicked away taking pics!

 You are invited to cut your own if you like.  They sell cut bundles but it's a lot cheaper if you do it yourself however the bees made me think otherwise!


That's the little store up on the hill...you know I'm going there!


The black landscape fabric helps control the weeds.  There are no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers used.  They sell lavender for a variety of uses along with food items so they are safe to use. There was a fair amount of winter kill this year which is why some of the plants look so woody.  One of the gals said they had taken the approach to see what would come up.  The plants will get trimmed down to about 2" in the fall.



I had seen feature on the local news channel a few days before about Lavender Hills Farm so I made plans to go there on the weekend since the reporter said the lavender was at peak.  I'm guessing the story had been previously recorded because it really was just past peak.... so I did the best I could to take photos of interest.  At least there was a pleasant smell of lavender all around.


Sunflowers and lavender....


There was a lot of bee actively so we didn't wander too closely to the plants.

 There was a nice gentle wind keeping us cool...

A bit of free form art...
I think it's supposed to be a basket with a handle.

If you follow me you know I have a fairy garden.  I spotted this and was tickled to see another garden cottage like mine.


How about a spot of lavender tea!

Of course I couldn't miss taking a picture of this... red geraniums and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly!

 Bits of white lavender, hydrangeas and garden art...

Had to take a close up...I see a ceramic bread basket upside down as the base, a painted flower pot, blue cobalt glass vase and then the tea pot!  I'm sure it's all bonded together with some hi-tech glue.

I was going to close with this soft image but...

As we left the little shop with our purchase I noticed all these people had appeared on the hill and I had to snap more pictures.  
Seeing this little one playfully running with delight made my day! 
(I used PicMonkey "focal soften" to enhance the picture)


Interesting note: This little lavender farm is located along the outskirts of Boyne City off of Horton Bay Road.  It is also near the area that Ernest Hemingway visited often as a very young man and married his first wife.  I'm including a link in case you'd like to check it out

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sunshine and Breakfast!

Join me for breakfast....the sun is greeting us!

I cut some of my Annabelle Hydrangeas, added in some daisies and foxtail fern from my garden and placed them in my cherry pitcher. 

I found the tablecloth on Ebay... 
Moda Vintage Style - "Fruit Cocktail"
It's very much like the one I used "here" on my tablescape Cheery Cherry Blue from a year ago!

The white bowl is part of my new everyday dishes called Antique White by Mikasa

Bees abuzz building their honeycombs...
Mason mugs from Younker's can be used for hot or cold beverage. 
The bowls are great for some cubed pieces of fruit like cantaloupe which is my favorite!

Red checked gingham napkins with bric-a-brac trim
Pier 1

The cherry pitcher has the same pattern as the square platter.  We like to fill the platter with the breakfast food to serve from.  The flowers are easily relocated.

Teddy is never far away... always making sure I know he's around!

Perfect time to eat- let's dig in!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Kitchen Table

I've set the kitchen dining table up with a vintage style tablecloth and some flowers I collected from the garden.
Summer heat has finally caught up with us hovering in the low 90's.  
These white flowers seem cool and fresh which is always welcome in the good ole' summertime!

I snipped a few of my Annabelle hydreangea's and these daisies are still going strong from last week's arrangement.  I added a few pieces of the foxtail ferns for color and teture.

The cherry's are in season here and are for sale everywhere.  I collected this platter and pitcher from a local store a few years ago.  They seemed perfect to be paired with this vintage style tablecloth.  I'll be featuring it with a tablescape on Thursday.

 Hope your week is going great! 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Happy Friday!

 Come on over to my garden blog and visit for a bit!
I just did a new post and you can click the link below to see it!

I'd love it if you'd leave a comment on my garden blog to let me know you visited!

Have a wonderful weekend!
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Gift of Summer Flowers

 July is a big month for my flowers out in the garden beds.
I went out in the morning and cut these for my floral centerpiece.


 Floral melamine plates, stemware and napkin rings- Pier 1.  Milky white swirl glass plates T.J.Maxx.  Yellow placemats Kohl's.  Flatware Horchow.  Napkins from a local boutique shop.

Cast of characters...Cone Flowers, Day Lilies, Butterfly Weed, Shasta Daisies and Veronica!




We'll pretend we're sitting outside on a large covered porch at a lovely 
white wicker dining set....

The gift of my own summer flowers brings happiness to me!

How about an afternoon lunch...

Ahh... let's pour the wine and dine!

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