THE GARDENER'S LAVENDER FARM
The Farm opens weekends 10am-5pm starting Saturday April the 4th & Sunday the 5th... Sorry we will not be open Easter Monday April 6th.
For special requests: please call ahead @ 250-474-5767 OR email your request: email@example.com
PS: Fresh 2015 Lavender will be July sometime: Dried bundles & loose Sweet Lavender will be available August 2015. Sadly, all my 2014 dried Lavender stock is sold out...
Here is a recipe for Easter that does not require Chocolate but of course does require Lavender!
...AND easy enough for little kitchen helpers to proudly make.
Lavender Coconut Ice Squares
3 1/2 cups flaked coconut (approx. 425 grams)
2 cups icing sugar (approx. 250 grams)
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tin condensed milk (300grams)
2 TBSP dried sweet Lavender flowers
2-6 drops food colouring optional...
Line an 8 inch cake pan with baking parchment paper.
Do weigh your dry ingredients~
Place all dry ingredients into a medium bowl, including the Lavender.
Pour in the condensed milk & blend until a smooth paste is formed.
Remove half & press into the bottom layer in your cake pan. This makes a white layer.
To the remainder add your food colouring, I used red to equal "spring pink'!
Gently spoon & press evenly over the white layer.
Refrigerate 3 hours. Lift paper liner onto a cutting board to cut into small squares.
I stored extra pieces in the fridge in a container...and they disappeared!
In season, we carry a wide selection of Lavender plants, Herbs, Vegetable starts, Edible flower plants and our favourite Rugosa Roses ...plus an array of exotic plants including Scented Geraniums, Lemon Verbena, Pineapple Sage, Gentian Sage, Stachys Hildago & many more temptations. Please call/email for special plant requests @ 250-474-5767
Lavender still holds the farm stage, front & center~ with varieties that grow best in Victoria's climate and most of all: smell heavenly! Traditional Lavandula angustifolia varieties smell the best...remembering for the Chef: Scent equals Taste! Other varieties are chosen for looks and performance. Most Lavenders begin to bloom in July, the exception is the range of Spanish or "Butterfly" bloom Lavenders that start in April through October. They make great patio Lavenders, keep dead headed for continuous blooms.
2015 is going to be the year of classic Sweet Lavenders: Hidcote purple, Munstead blue~ even a variety we call "Happy Valley" grown from our own eclectic seeds. Small pots are $4 each/ gallons which are 2 year olds are $10. A timely reminder: do plant all Lavenders in full sun with good drainage to handle our West Coast winter-wet as Lavenders will get root rot if they sit in soggy soils any length of time. See our Lavender propagation list 2015
Our Herb plant selections always include a traditional range of Cooking herbs for the professional Chef or at home; herbs for Teas, herbs for simple Medicinal recipes or home cosmetics not forgetting a selection of herbs for Bees & Butterflies!
Check out what tomato varieties we plan for this year ...
Check out our year round Lavender products & treats here ~ Farm made Lavender products from teas to cooking blends; sachets to bath salts, lovely soaps, Lavender essential oil and more~ Not forgetting *GIFT CARDS* for plants & product...you name the amount!
For information about the Happy Valley Croquet Club, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check our ongoing collection of Metchosin Muse gardening articles. February's Muse Article..."How to fall in Love with your Garden~ Again"...posted now!
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