LAVENDER HILL FARM

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Posted 8/2/2020 3:54pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.


Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

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Dear lavender friends,

The Lavender Hill Farm Shop will continue to be open to the public Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm through August. We will also take appointments for the shop through email or facebook message preferably. While our field is not blooming now, we will be busy pruning plants, weeding and continuing to install drip irrigation this month. We hope to begin planting our expansion area, up the hill to the north of our existing field, later this month and into September.   If anyone is interested in volunteering to help with planting activities, please reply to this email to be put on a volunteer list. 

Activities at the farm:

Keep an eye on our  "Classes" page on our website:   http://www.thelavenderhill.com/store/classes 

At this time we have the following two classes scheduled:

Lavender Wreath-making, Friday August 7th from 10 am to 12 pm. This class will be taught by Sarah, our in-house master crafter.

Watercolor painting with Sheila Reed, Tuesday August 11th from    1 pm to 3:30 pm with Sheila Reed. This has been a very popular class this summer!

 

Plant sales are on-going at the farm.

You can find our current inventory on our webstore: www.thelavenderhill.com/store then click on the "Plants for Sale" tab to see what we currently have available.  Please note, we do not ship plants, they must be picked up at the farm by appointment or on our regular open days. Lavender can be safely planted anytime through September, but make sure they are planted in full sun (at least 6 hours a day), with good soil drainage, or on a slope, so they won't be in waterlogged soil. It's also important that they don't dry out too much while they are getting established in the first month or two in the ground. Lavender is a drought tolerant plant, but must develop a good root system before it can withstand prolonged hot dry conditions without watering.  

Hope you all have a safe rest of the summer!

 Martha

 

 

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Posted 6/16/2020 9:00pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.


Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill

www.instagram.com/thelavenderhill


Dear lavender friends, The Lavender Hill Farm Shop is finally open to the public. Our regular hours this summer are Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm.  We will also take appointments through email or facebook message preferably. We do have a couple of restrictions on entering the gift shop due to Covid19, including limiting the number of customers in the shop at one time to 4 and requiring masks be worn in the shop. We also have a hand sanitizer station at the door. 

Plant sales are on-going at the farm and we have a good supply of these extremely hardy English lavender varieties: Folgate, Loddon Blue & Royal Purple in 2.5 in pots for $3.75, and a few flats of Grosso in 3.5 x 5 in. deep pots for $5.75. It's also possible to order plants from our website for pickup at the farm. Just go to our webstore: www.thelavenderhill.com/store and click on the "Plants for pickup at the farm" tab to see what we currently have available. If you want larger pot sizes, there will be some available in the next few weeks as we get room to repot smaller plants. You can plant lavender anytime up through September, but just need to make sure they are planted in full sun, with good soil drainage, or on a slope so they won't be in waterlogged soil, and that they don't dry out too much as they are getting established. Lavender is a drought tolerant plant, but must develop a good root system before it can withstand hot dry conditions without watering.  

I know the question on everyone's minds has been will we have U-pick available this summer.  Unfortunately our large Folgate English lavender field required some heavy pruning this spring and since the hot dry weather has set in it appears they will not have many blooms this summer. So it doesn't look likely we will be able to have U-pick this year. You are still welcome to come out to the farm during open hours and walk around and see the new plants we planted last Fall the ones we just planted in late May.   

Keep an eye on our Facebook  page: www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill  for events (classes) we are scheduling, or the "Classes" page on our website:   http://www.thelavenderhill.com/store/classes , as we plan to have some crafting classes this summer.  In the past some of our most popular classes have been lavender wreath-making and lavender cross-making classes, and lavender decoupage vases. We also have a new class offering this year on beginning watercolor painting. Please feel free to send me some feedback on what types of classes or learning opportunities you would be interested in. If you and a group of friends would like to have a private class, we will work with you on date and time, but generally Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays between 10 and 4 are our best times. A minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 10 is necessary to hold a class. 

Hope you all have a safe and happy summer!

 Martha

 

 

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Posted 5/15/2020 8:27pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 Dear Lavender Friends,

In spite of all the craziness in the world right now, things are plugging along at the farm. We recently took the row covers off of the lavender plants we put in the ground back in September, and 98% of them are green and growing. Currently we are pruning back our mature English lavender plants to encourage new growth, so we expect to have a good harvest from them in late June and early July. Unfortunately almost all of our July blooming hybrid lavenders had to be pulled out last year and the young ones won't bloom this year, so it will be a short harvest season. More on that in a later newsletter. 

As many of you know, we propagate our own lavender plants on the farm and the greenhouse is full. We have the plants that are currently ready to sell listed in our webstore here: plants for sale  As we move plants out of the greenhouse more will be potted up.

Currently our gift shop is not open, but we are taking product and plant orders on our webstore and are offering "curbside pickup" at the farm shop. We offer shipping on all of our in stock products but We do not ship plants.  We will start regular hours at the shop for order pickups starting May 6th, until further notice.  After you get your order confirmation, please reply by email to let me know when you plan to pick up your order so that I can have it ready.

Order Pickup Times at the Farm Shop:

Wednesday: 10 am - 2 pm

Thursday: 2 pm - 6pm

Friday: 10 am -2 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm

If the listed hours don't work for you, please contact me by calling the shop during open hours, or emailing me for an appointment. Thanks.

I wish you all the best, 

Martha Wilczynski

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI

info@thelavenderhill.com

Shop: 269-684-0123

www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill

 

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Posted 3/20/2020 11:14am by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120, 

269-240-0319 cell 269-684-0123 shop

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 

Dear Lavender Friends,

Each year brings new blessings and challenges. 

As far as challenges, what we face now with the Covid19 epidemic will have all sorts of far-reaching effects on families and businesses.  Like many others, we have decided to delay the opening of our gift shop for the next couple of months or so, but will continue to fulfill phone and webstore orders for our products.

Customers using our webstore (www.thelavenderhill.com/store) may choose to have their order shipped with our $6.99 standard shipping rate (slightly more for heavy orders) or to pick up their order at the shop by using the "pickup" code in the coupon field at checkout. Simply call or email to schedule a pickup time. If you prefer to place an order over the phone, please note the phone numbers at the top of this email.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page as well, as new updates may be found there. 

As for blessings, we are very relieved so far with the mild winter we have had this year. We took the precaution of putting row covers over our newly planted lavender back in December to protect them from extreme cold this winter. Although we haven't experienced any below zero temperatures, the covers have protected the plants from the cold winds, and abundant deer we have in our area.  Though the deer don't prefer lavender, they sometimes uproot young plants before discovering they don't like the taste. 

At this point we anticipate a harvest from the mature English lavender plants that survived the winter last year.  So as spring progresses, I will update on the possibility of some U-pick this summer.  In addition we plan to have potted small lavender plants for sale in mid to late May.

I will keep you updated and wish you all a healthy spring! 

Martha

 

 New lavender with protective winter covers.

 Protective fabric over our new lavender plants.

 

 

 





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Posted 12/12/2019 1:14pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 Hello Lavender Friends!

The year is winding down, and soon we will be ringing in 2020, can you believe it?  It seems like yesterday we were in the 1990's! If it feels like time is slipping by too fast, maybe you are looking for something to help you relax and enjoy the present... like lavender perhaps?   

Well, you're in luck because we can help you with that!  In fact a number of our products are on sale now at 20% off.  This includes a growing list of our most popular items like our lavender 4 oz. & 8 oz. lotion, bath salts, luxe lavender & lemongrass soap, liquid shower/bath & hand soap, our 4 oz and 8 oz. lavender water sizes, rose-lavender water, peppermint-lavender water, all our books and hand-painted porcelain items. These discounts are available in-store only, or you can call our shop and give us your order over the phone. 

The shop is open Thurs.-Sat. 10 am to 4 pm or by appointment through December 21st.  

Hope to see you!  

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all! 

 





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Posted 11/11/2019 9:28pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 Hello Lavender Friends!

Join us for a holiday open house at The Lavender Hill Farm Shop, Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 21st-23rd from 10 am to 4 pm. 

We will have Holiday discounts on certain items, and discounted gift combination bags and boxes available.  

Activities we are planning during the open house: 

  • A honey tasting showcasing our own honey alongside other varietal honeys 
  • Discussion of how to use lavender in foods and drinks.
  • A demonstration of the use lavender in baking: extract vs. dried buds vs. essential oil  

Hope to see you!

Until then, 

Martha

 

 





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Posted 10/29/2019 4:35pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 Hello Lavender Friends!

We've been busy stocking up our products this Fall and getting ready for the holiday season.

The leaves are finally turning color, so that means Holiday Markets are not far away!

We will be a vendor at the wonderful Fernwood Holiday Market on Saturday, November 2nd from 10 am to 5 pm. This market always has a great selection of vendors, with many new ones each year.  They also have an exclusive preview party the Friday evening before (tickets required).  Here is a link to their site for more information: 

http://www.fernwoodbotanical.org/events/holiday-market.html

It's been a busy fall at Lavender Hill Farm. In September we planted over 1100 new lavender plants of several varieties. We plan to plant another 1100 plants next Spring. So far the new plants look pretty happy! To protect them over the winter we are going to try at least a couple different methods.  Common methods include straw cover, burlap or white synthetic fabric row covers that are sold by many landscape supply companies. It's best not to cover them for winter too early though, or they may keep growing under the covering. Waiting till temperatures are consistently at or below 35 degrees and before temps dip down near single digits is a good guideline. Remember, winter damage occurs not just from extreme cold, but desiccation from cold winds can also cause damage to the top-growth. So wind breaks are also beneficial.

We are also planning some open houses at the farm later this fall, more on that soon.

Until then, Happy Fall!

Martha

 

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Posted 6/13/2019 12:45pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 Dear Lavender Friends:

As Spring is slowly turning into Summer our farm gift shop is now open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.  We are busy pruning winter damaged branches from our lavender plants and waiting patiently for the new growth to extend into buds on our English lavender plants. Our English lavender should flower lightly this summer but our hybrid lavenders were more devastated by the winter weather and will not bloom much this year.  We do not anticipate having enough blooms to hold an open U-pick period like we have in previous years. Instead we plan to hold some smaller crafting events that may include picking some lavender to use in a class such as lavender wand or wreath making. Please keep an eye on our facebook page for event listings, or on our "classes" page on our website here:  http://www.thelavenderhill.com/store/classes  for information and tickets to events/classes. We currently have some events posted utilizing dried lavender in wreaths and crosses, as well as lavender decoupage vases. Other classes will be posted soon.  

Additionally, we could use some help in the next few weeks cleaning up the prunings from our lavender maintenance activities as well as help with hand pruning and weeding. If anyone knows of someone (16 or older) who is interested in this type of work, have them contact me by email as soon as possible with a letter of interest.  

Folgate English Lavender field

 A mix of green and gray, dead branches this week in our Folgate area.

 A close-up of a newly pruned Folgate English Lavender plant. Note new growth from center of plant. 

 Bill pruning in our Folgate area with a brush-cutter blade.

 

Hand pruning dead branches out of a Royal Velvet English Lavender plant.


Removing these dead branches now will make harvesting flowers later much easier. 

I hope your lavender plants are showing some green by now. If not, we still have plenty of lavender plants, all our main varieties: Folgate, Royal Velvet, Grosso, Super and Gros Bleu, available for sale at the farm. 

If you are wondering how to keep your plants alive over the winter,  many growers use white, row cover fabric to protect their plants in winter.  In our area we have usually been able to rely on lake-effect snow to protect our plants when the extreme cold hits. Unfortunately that snow cover wasn't here when we needed it last winter.  We too may try row covers in the future to mitigate extreme weather conditions. 

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about our plant varieties or how to keep them thriving in your conditions. 

yours in lavender,

Martha

 

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Posted 5/16/2019 12:20pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


Happy Spring from Lavender Hill Farm!

Plant Sales/Shop Hours:

The farm shop will be open in May: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Our plant sales will begin Thursday May 9th at the farm and will continue into summer.  This year we will have our 5 main varieties available: English lavender varieties: 'Folgate' and 'Royal Velvet', Hybrid varieties: 'Super', 'Grosso', and 'Gros Bleu'.  These plants were all propagated from our field plants last fall, and rooted in our greenhouse over the winter. Plants will be available in 2.5 inch pots for $5 ea. Full flats of 32 plants will be discounted to $4.50 ea.

Lavender Field Update:

Farming is not easy! This past winter was a harsh one, such that we haven't seen since 2014 and 2015.  If you were at our farm those seasons, you may remember we had a lighter flowering than most years, and this year will be a light flowering year as well. This is caused by last winter's extreme cold and wind without adequate snow for insulation.

In easy winters lavender foliage stays green and the plants transition easily into Spring. But in hard winters like this past one, the leaves die, requiring the plants to sprout new leaves in Spring. If your plants look dead right now, be patient.  Lavender doesn't normally start sprouting new leaves until early to mid-May in our area, and this Spring has been cooler than any in the last 5 years. Plants will continue to sprout leaves along live branches and maybe some at the base of the plants too through the summer. If your plants are older and have lots of thin, bare stems, or brown leaves on top with green along at the base of the plant, they may benefit from a hard pruning this spring to encourage new growth from the base of the plant. This technique is most effective on the English lavenders. If your plants are older, and have thick woody stems, they may not survive a heavy pruning but you may want to try anyway. (See photos below).

HARD PRUNING RECOMMENDED: 

Green sprouts at base of plant, thin bare stems above. Prune off 3/4ths of bare stems.

 New sprouts at base of plant

TOP PRUNING RECOMMENDED:

Green growth mostly around perimeter. Prune off gray top growth. 

Green growth around perimeter of plant

 

NOT LIKELY TO BENEFIT FROM PRUNING.

Plant too woody, opened up in middle, probably time to replace.


Lavender Hill Renovation Plans:

In the coming months we will be pruning plants, pulling out older plants, and planting new ones. Every few years a portion of our older plants need to be removed and replaced with young ones to keep a healthy population of productive plants.  Older plants are more susceptible to winter damage, so having a mix of plant ages keeps our field at its most productive. 

We are planning to try some new things this year including new classes and activities at the farm this summer, more on that in a future newsletter. 

Thanks for your continued patronage!

Martha Wilczynski

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI

info@thelavenderhill.com




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Posted 11/8/2018 8:44pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 Dear Friends,

Please join us next Friday & Saturday, November 16th and 17th for our Holiday Open House at Lavender Hill Farm.  Besides our usual selection of fragrant and decorative lavender products, we will be showcasing the many ways to use lavender in cooking. Lavender is used in everything from drinks, to baked goods to savory recipes to lend a floral/herbal note. For instance, lavender pairs well with fruit and cheese or milk, it's marvelous with chocolate, and blends well with other herbs in savory dishes.  Lavender is available in many forms for cooking, including alcohol extracts, dried buds, or essential oil.  Learn how to use the different forms in cooking and try some samples while you shop.  You're certain to bring home ideas for your holiday entertaining!  

Hope to see you here!

Martha

 

 

 

 





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