Summertime around here is not complete without a visit to Sequim, Washington the home of the largest area of lavender farms in North America. It is a beautiful trip, about two hours out of Seattle, winding along Highway 101 with every curve bringing beautiful images of the coast. (You can see the pictures here if you missed it.) My girlfriend and I took off with a picnic and my camera to spend one day in heaven on earth -a lavender farm.
This is a working farm, where lavender is grown as a crop, harvested and sold all over the world. You can see the bundles as they harvest the bouquets. They sell the harvested bouquets for $6.00, $5.00 if you cut your own. I was extravagant and bought both!
When you arrive at the farms, the smell of lavender greets you…
It really is a purple haze as you look out over the crops. When you walk among the flowers, you hear the bees. Thousands of bees are among the flowers. I didn’t see lavender honey for sale, but I am sure some of the farms sell it. We visited two large farms, they both had a little gift shop and sold all things lavender. One even had a lavender snack shop. I had been picking flowers in the fields and wanted something cool to drink so I tried their lavender iced tea. There was an older couple there eating lavender ice cream, and I ask them to take a picture of my gleanings from the field. (A purple skirt is essential when you visit a lavender farm!) Maybe I was just a little opinionated on how to hold the camera and what to take the picture of. The lady ask me if I was a teacher, I was surprised she knew my occupation and explained I was a nurse that taught home-care workers. She exclaimed, I knew it! Oh dear…maybe I was too opinionated? Well…she took a great picture and it is one of my favorites of the day!
Just a few more photo’s to let you really experience how this is heaven on earth…
This is a B & B they have on one of the farms. Oh yes…I could live here.
One of the farms was getting ready for a wedding that night. Can you imagine a bride in white among the fields?
When the workers who are harvesting the lavender need a drink, this is what they have set out for them. Where do I sign on to work here? This is the best break room I have every seen!
This is the very first posting of a new series I am calling Lavish Simplicity. I am really excited about it, and hope to post pictures of farms, (I just photographed another amazing farm today!) nature, seasons, and just projects around the house that show the lavish beauty of simplicity. Won’t you join me again here on Monday’s?
Linking up with Mosaic Monday and may I suggest you visit friends with the same theme this Monday?
Renee posting The Earth Laughs