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