THE GARDENER'S LAVENDER FARM
Need some Lavender for December?
Please call ahead if you missed our recent open day...our Farm number is 250-474-5767
We still have lots of Lavender treats left plus a dozen or so seasonal wreaths made from greens off the farm, some with variegated holly too!
For dried Lavender-on-the-stem bundles there is a reasonable stash in a variety of Blues; traditional Munstead & slender Maillette, plus a small amount of silvery-white Melissa and silvery-blue Ashdown Forest. Sadly no Hidcote purple bundles left: they always sell out first.
Our loose dried Lavender variety is all Sweet angustifolia "Hidcote purple"and can be used for crafts or baking. Have you tried my classic Lavender Shortbread yet? A taste of Summer in Winter!
Happy Valley Lavender Shortbread...Set oven at 325° F.
Use food processor to blend chilled butter (not room temperature) plus Lavender flowers, icing sugar & cornstarch. Add half the flour amount and Lavender tea*. Pulse gently until roughly cut into a “crumbly” texture. Blend in remainder of flour until it “balls” into a smooth dough. Roll in a wax paper log like frozen cookie dough. CHILL 30 MINUTES. Cut into 1/2 inch rings, bake on ungreased cookie sheet until just golden on the bottom. Aprox 20 minutes. Cool before handling. Makes aprox 30. Store in tight tin.
To make your * Lavender Tea...Use 4 teaspoons of fresh Lavender or 1 Tbsp. dried. Place in a mug & pour 1/4 cup of boiling water over the Lavender. Use a saucer as a lid & steep 5 minutes. Stain & measure tea as a flavour booster, drink remainder as you wait for cookies! Dough can be frozen in two logs, labelled & baked later. (This way you can make the dough rolls in fresh season & bake for Christmas!) Please ~ thaw before slicing so dough does not crack.
PS In June try fragrant Rugosa Rose petals instead of Lavender flowers with homemade Rose "Tea"/water .
Do wait until Spring 2014 to purchase or plant more Lavender plants. The ground is too cold & frozen now. Brrr
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…..........Our Sweet Lavender plant choice for 2013 was "Violet Intrigue". This variety of winter hardy Lavandula angustifolia was everyone's favourite in the new cutting field planted June 2012. "Violet Intrigue" is not blue, not purple...a great true Violet colour with an elegant longer bloom head on a mid sized plant with great scent and taste! I have a good selection of 3 inch pots for $4 each. A 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.
Come wander our Nursery to see what else we have grown this season! Choose your perennial Herbs, Roses and Lavenders, lots in gallons right now. Our next selection of baby 4 inch Lavenders ready the end of May. Lots of veggie starts & baby Tomatoes! We are continuing to divide and pot up specialty Herb plants from our display gardens as we tidy... Please call for special 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>
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 varieties we planted for this year...
Sorry we do not ship plants...Farm sales only.
In the dried Lavender department: Look for Harvest 2013 bundles & loose by the pound! Call to set aside your order...
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!
Bonus Lavender recipe: Each February look for true Seville Oranges to try: Lynda's Lavender Marmalade!
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