LAVENDER HILL FARM

OF NILES, MICHIGAN LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI

 269-684-0123

 

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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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Posted 10/31/2018 8:43pm 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,

Just a quick note to let you know we will be a vendor at the Fernwood Botanic Garden Holiday Market this Saturday, November 3rd from 10 am to 5 pm, (13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Michigan 49120).  They have a great lineup of vendors: 

Please consider coming out to support Fernwood and all these great vendors! 

2018 Holiday Market Vendors

Alpacas of Chambana 
Alpaca fur stuffed animals, alpaca socks, alpaca vests.
www.alpacasofchambana.com

Amy Greely Studio
Jewelry crafted from sterling silver, copper, and gold.
www.amygreely.com

Bendix Coffee
Brewed coffee and bags of coffee.
www.bendixcoffee.com

BlackTree Studio Pottery
Contemporary sculpted & functional stoneware.

www.facebook.com/BlackTreeStudio

Bobbi Kahn Design 
Funky, chunky, fabulously hip statement jewelry.

www.bobbikahndesign.com

Cathy Brown Designs 
Lampwork glass jewelry, Lake Michigan beach glass and beach stone jewelry.

www.cathybrown-designs.blogspot.com

Cyndy Callog Studio
Mini pictures featuring original watercolors, notecards, notebooks, and felted pillows.

www.cyndycallog.com

Dawning Art 
Small paintings, drawings, ornaments.

www.dawningart.com

Don Hiatt 
Turned wooden bowls of varying wood.

Drifted Art & Design 
Driftwood Christmas trees, driftwood ornaments, driftwood home decor.
www.driftedartdesign.com

Forever Young 
Hand-formed, kiln-fired clay tiles and animals showcased in shadow boxes and barn wood frames, clay animal themed ornaments with beaded wire hangers, mixed media wall art and haiku poems hand-lettered around the frame.


Glasgow Greenhouse 
Plants and topiaries.

www.keeler-glasgow.com

GrownUp KidStuff 
Chocolate sauces, caramel sauces, gift boxes of products.

www.grownupkidstuff.com

Hands On Clay 
Handcrafted stoneware potter, garden and nature related.


Hawksglen Carvings 
Realistic carvings of songbirds, shorebirds, and fish that are native to Michiana.

www.hawksglencarvings.com

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles 
Lavender bath & home products, culinary lavender products, decorative dried lavender products.

www.thelavenderhill.com

Lynne Tan 
Porcelain jewelry and functional pottery.

www.lynnetan.com

The Pewter Shop
Pewter vases, wall pieces, pewter ornaments.

www.pewtershop.com 

s.a.l.t. sisters 
All natural, unrefined salts & seasonings.
www.saltsistersonline.com

Shoreline Fairy 
Stone jewelry.
www.shorelinefairy.com

The Seasoned Artisan 
Custom kitchen knives, walking sticks, and wooden kitchen utensils.

www.theseasonedartisan.com

The Vintage Sheep 
Handwoven items, up cycled sweater items, and fiber creations.

www.facebook.com/TheVintageSheep

Tiddleywink Toffee 
www.tiddleywinktoffee.com

Treasureology 
Handcrafted Steampunk jewelry, upcycled vintage jewelry.

www.megtruesdell.com

TroyerBaskets 
Picnic baskets with lids, backpack baskets, storage basket checkerboard.

www.etsy.com/shop/TroyersBaskets

Warm Glass Wonder 
Botanically inspired fused glass panels, fused glass ornaments, and fused glass night lights. 
www.warmglasswonder.com 

 

 

 

 





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI  LLC , 2018

Posted 9/6/2018 4:09pm 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 Hill Friends,

Our Lavender Hill Farm gift shop is open on Labor Day, 10 am to 4 pm.

After Labor Day our Fall hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm through December 22nd. (closed on Thanksgiving). 

Summer may be coming to a close, but the good news is, our fresh, 2018 Lavender Honey is back in stock! If you've had our honey before, you know its delicious sweet-floral-tangy flavor is unlike any other honey.  You can purchase it in our Farm gift shop, or on our website ecommerce store here: http://thelavenderhill.com/store/food-items

September Wreath-making Classes:

We are offering more Lavender Wreath-making classes on the following dates in September:  

Saturday Sept. 22nd from 12 pm to 2 pm

Saturday Sept. 29th from 12 pm to 2 pm

Class size is limited to 6 people, so please call ahead to reserve your spot! 269-684-0123

Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and a great Fall!

Thank you all for your patronage.

Martha

 

 

 

 





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Posted 5/29/2018 4:02pm 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,

It's time to announce: 

Summer hours: (June-August) Monday - Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.  

This year we will be offering Classes in early June:

Wreath-making Classes:

We are offering drop-in wreath-making classes the 1st 3 weeks of June  on Mondays and Fridays from 2 pm to 4 pm.  You should allow at least an hour to make a wreath, so please come by 3 pm if you want to participate.  The cost will be $18 each and include all materials (dried lavender, wreath base and ribbon and wire) and personal instruction.  We will hold the classes outside if the weather is nice. If it looks like rain, please call ahead, as limited space for classes is available in our shop.

Lavender Plant Care Class:

1st 3 weeks of June: Tuesday and Saturday Mornings from 10 to 11 am. Martha will lead you on a walk through the field explaining and demonstrating how we care for our lavender plants. Bring your questions. There is no cost, but she may ask you to pull a few weeds:)

U-pick Lavender Season: 

U-Pick begins Monday, June 25th and continues during our regular hours through the end of July (or whenever the lavender flowers fade.) Cost: $5 per bunch

This is our 8th season of U-pick lavender!  If you are new to this, it is a spectacular lavender flower show. It begins with our English Lavender varieties in bloom, followed in July by three varieties of hybrid lavender that bloom in sequence (with some overlap) from early to late July. During this time, for the price of $5 per bunch you are able to wander through the field and cut your own bunch of lavender from the varieties ready at the time.  We provide scissors to cut the stems and a twist-tie to fasten and measure the bunch.  We also have chairs in the shade of an oak and hickory tree where you may sit, relax and enjoy the fragrance and scenery. Our gift shop is the perfect place to find all the fragrant, useful and decorative lavender items you need for gifting and self care.  

A frequently asked question is "when is the most lavender in bloom?" The answer is, there are two peaks of bloom. Our English lavender bloom is usually at its peak the last week of June. These varieties are the best for culinary (cooking & baking) use as well as for aromatherapy and decorative use.  English lavenders have shorter flower stems and sweeter scent than the hybrid lavender varieties that bloom in July. 

Our second peak is in mid-July (roughly the 9th to 15th) when we have some overlap between the three varieties of hybrid lavender we grow: 'Grosso' which usually starts blooming just after 4th of July, 'Super' which starts around the 10th of July, and 'Gros Bleu' which generally starts blooming around the 15th of July. Note: these dates may vary somewhat based on the weather conditions in any given year. Hybrid lavenders have long stems and strong, but pleasant scent. They are great for spectacular fresh or dried fragrant bouquets, potpourri, lavender sachets and decorative use. 

Hope to see you here this summer!

Martha

 

 small lavender wreath

 Small Lavender Wreath

 

 





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Posted 5/2/2018 8:53am 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

Lavender Hill Logo


Dear Friends,

I'm thankful Spring has finally sprung in Michigan!

Here is an update on our farm schedule for the next few months:

Lavender Plant Sales Begin May 10th!

Plant Sales: We will begin selling 5 varieties of lavender plants in 2.5 in. pots in May.  In June we will have larger plants in 3.5 in. pots available. We will have the following English Lavender varieties available:  Folgate and Royal Velvet, and the following hybrid lavendin varieties:  Grosso, Super, and Gros Bleu.  These plant were all propagated from cuttings of our field plants, and rooted and maintained in our greenhouse over the winter. 

May Farm Shop Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Summer Hours (June-August):  The farm is open Monday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.    

U-pick Lavender Season: Starts Monday June 25th and is open during regular business hours through the end of bloom (usually through the end of July depending on the season). 

Field Update:  Though this wasn't the worst winter in recent memory, conditions were definitely not ideal for lavender either. In easy winters the bushes emerge in Spring with green supple leaves in place, (that's why lavender is considered a semi-evergreen). Due to the temperature fluctuations causing frequent snow/thaw cycles this winter, many of our lavender leaves are sort of gray and crispy this spring. Most of these plants are still living and will sprout new leaves in the next couple of weeks.  There may be some branches that were killed over the winter and may need pruning out. Even if some of the branches need to be pruned, the plant may still sprout new leaves from the base of the plant, so don't pull the plants out too soon thinking they are dead. A gentle bending of individual branches will tell you whether the branch is living or not. If it is pliable its still alive, if it's brittle it's dead. If you need to replace your plants, we will have a good supply on hand this spring and summer. 

Photography:  Customers are welcome to take photos in the lavender field during our regular business hours only. Please be mindful of our other customers, many of whom are out here to enjoy the quiet ambiance, and the relaxing and calming effects of lavender.  

Thanks, and hope to see you out here soon!

 Martha

 





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Posted 3/31/2018 1:23pm 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,

The Lavender Hill Shop is now open, Fridays and Saturdays starting this weekend (March 30th) from 10 am to 4 pm. We've just finished some renovations and improvements in the shop that we're eager to show off.  If you can't make it this weekend, here is the schedule for this spring & Summer:

April: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm

May: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.

June-August: Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and occasional Sunday afternoons, check our Facebook page for those announcements: www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill

 Here is a sneek peak at changes in the gift shop:

 

 

 





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI  LLC , 2018

Posted 12/6/2017 4:41pm 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,

With less than 3 weeks left till Christmas, shopping time is running out! The Lavender Hill Shop is offering some specials (in-store only) in the three weeks before Christmas to make your shopping a little lighter. Our shop is open from 10 am to 4 pm on the specified days below.

Week 1: (Dec. 7th to 9th): All in-stock books are 25% off! We have several titles in stock featuring uses for lavender in cooking, gardening and lifestyle, and uses for other herbs and essential oils.  Everyone likes new books to read at Christmastime! 

Week 2: (Dec. 14th to 16th): 15% off select decorative items like dried arrangements, decoupage items, and jewelry. 

Week 3: (Dec. 21st and 22nd): 10% off select sachets, and our lavender water (hydrosol).  

Please note that Friday December 22nd will be our last open day in 2017. The shop re-opens on Saturdays starting in April. Our webstore is open year-round at  www.thelavenderhill.com

May you all have a blessed Holiday Season!

Martha

 

 





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Posted 10/28/2017 9:03pm 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,

It's hard to believe Holiday Season is fast approaching! Here are some events we will be participating in or hosting in November:  

Lavender Hill Farm will be vending at Fernwood's Holiday Market Friday evening and Saturday November 3rd and 4th:

Fernwood Botanic Garden & Nature Preserve's Holiday Preview Party:  Friday, November 3, 2017, 6 – 8pm.  Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and an exclusive opportunity to meet and shop from our vendors of the Holiday Market.  $30 per ticket ($50 per couple).  

Fernwood Botanic Garden & Nature Preserve's Holiday Market: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10am – 5pm.  Browse a wonderful blend of local artisans, specialty food vendors, growers of unique and artful plant material, and more. (no admission fee).

Fernwood Botanic Garden is located at 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Michigan 49120 (only about 5 miles from Lavender Hill Farm!)

 

Lavender Hill Farm Holiday Open House: Thursday, Friday, Saturday November 16th-18th, 10 am to 4 pm. Come out and browse all the unique lavender items we have available in our gift shop. We are working on new items all the time, plus old favorites will be stocked up, ready for your Christmas shopping needs. 

Our gift shop (1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI) will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays all Fall (except Thanksgiving). Our last open day this year is Friday December 22nd. 

We hope you all have a blessed holiday season! 

Martha





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