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Posted 11/2/2016 9:19am 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, but despite the warm Fall weather, holiday time is just around the corner! Our elves have been busy filling our shelves with all the lavender products you love, and I want to take this time to inform and invite you to the holiday events we are participating and hosting this season.

Fernwood Holiday Market Preview event:  Friday evening, November 4, 6–8 pm
Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and an exclusive opportunity to meet and shop from vendors (including Lavender Hill). $40 per ticket ($75 per couple) 

Fernwood Holiday Market: Saturday November 5th, 10 am to 5 pm.

Find a good variety of local high end arts & crafts, botanicals and specialty food items, and of course Lavender! 

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI, Holiday Open House(s):  Thursday-Saturday, November 17th, 18th, & 19th, 10 am to 4 pm.  Find all your favorite products and gift bag or box combinations, as well as samples of some of our favorite recipes featured in our lavender & herb recipe cards.  

Chesterton's Mistletoe Market: 

Saturday, December 3rd: 9am – 3pm (Chicago time), 

Location: Westchester Intermediate School (1050 South Fifth Street, Chesterton, Indiana)

Chesterton’s European Market dresses up for the holidays! This extraordinary shopping experience has become a beloved holiday tradition for the European Market community. Many favorite Market merchants, artists and chefs come together during this special event to provide the perfect opportunity to gather favorite Market goodies for holiday gifting. Visitors are also treated to festive holiday music, plenty of scrumptious baked goods and photos with Santa for the kids.


As always, we appreciate your support, and wish you all a happy, healthy rest of 2016!

Martha

 

 
 

 





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI  LLC , 2016

Posted 8/18/2016 6:09pm 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 Friends of Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI

Our 2016 Lavender Honey is bottled and on our shop shelves!  Our honey is raw, and unfiltered.  It's a beautiful light, golden color and has a light floral flavor with a tangy finish.  We are sure you will enjoy its wonderful flavor and vibrancy. 

Our August Farm Shop hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. 

Beginning in September, our Fall hours are Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm through December 17th.  We will be closed on Labor Day. 

In case you didn't know, we also have an ecommerce store on our website: http://www.thelavenderhill.com/store/food-items

 As always thanks for your support!  Have a great remainder of the summer.

Martha

 

 

 





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI  LLC , 2014

Posted 6/18/2016 9:16pm 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, here is the latest news from our farm:

U-PICK LAVENDER SCHEDULE:

The 2016 U-Pick lavender season BEGINS Saturday, June 25th and CONTINUES during our regular summer hours, Monday -Saturday 10 am to 4 pm until the blooms have waned, usually around the end of July.

We expect the peak bloom to be around the first two weeks in July. We are open July 4th, from 10 am to 4 pm.

During U-pick season, for the cost of $5 a bunch, you are invited to cut your own lavender bunches using our scissors.  A bunch is measured by the amount you can fasten in the 6 in. twist-tie we provide. Because we have 8 different lavender varieties that bloom at different times (see variety descriptions below), we designate which areas to pick based upon availability and readiness.  

Plant Sales:

We still have a good supply of our hardy lavender plant varieties available. All plants are propagated by cuttings from our lavender field plants and grown in our farm greenhouse. They have all proven their ability to survive our Michigan winters over the last several years.

English Lavender varieties:(extremely winter hardy)

'Folgate':bright periwinkle flowers on stems up to 12 inches, blooms mid to late June, good for culinary use, oil, crafting, landscape plant.

'Loddon Blue': dark purple flowers on stems 6-10 inches, blooms mid-late June, nice, compact, symmetrical landscape plant, dried bunches.

'Imperial Gem': beautiful dark, velvety purple buds on stems 6 to 10 in. long, blooms mid-late June. Good for bunches, crafting.

'Royal Velvet': beautiful, dark purple buds on stems 10-15 in., blooms late June-early July, good for bunches, culinary, crafting.

'Royal Purple', medium purple buds, light purple flowers on stems 12-15 in., blooms late June-early July, good for landscape plant, fresh bouquets, crafting.

Hybrid Lavandin varieties:

'Grosso': medium purple blooms in early-mid July, on stems 15 to 24 in. long, good for bunches, potpourri, oil has nice, strong camphorous scent. 

'Super': pale lavender blooms in mid July on stems 15 to 36 in. long, good for bunches, potpourri, oil has nice scent, less camphor than 'Grosso'.

'Gros Bleu': dark blue-violet buds, purple flowers  in mid-late July on stems 15 to 24 in. long, nice for bunches, potpourri, sweeter scent, similar to the English Lavenders.

We are looking forward to a beautiful season, hope you are too!

Thanks so much for your patronage,

Martha Wilczynski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Posted 5/26/2016 9:22am 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 open this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 am-4 pm, (or by email appointment) for all your lavender plants & product needs. 

Starting JUNE 1st, SUMMER HOURS begin: MONDAY through SATURDAY 10 am to 4 pm through August.

Plant Sales:

Ready, Set, Go! Now that warm weather is upon us, and the soils are nice and moist, it's finally time to plant.

We still have a good supply of our hardy lavender varieties available. All plants are propagated from our lavender field plants and grown in our farm greenhouse. They have all proven their ability to survive our Michigan winters.  Plants are available in 2.5 inch square pots for $5 ea. or if you buy a flat of 32 plants (you may mix varieties) the price is $4.50 each.  The following varieties are available while supplies last:

Hybrid Lavandin varieties:

'Grosso': medium purple blooms in early July, on stems 15 to 24 in. long, good for bunches, potpourri, oil has nice, strong camphorous scent. 

'Super': pale lavender blooms in mid July on stems 15 to 36 in. long, good for bunches, potpourri, oil has nice scent, less camphor than 'Grosso'.

'Gros Bleu': dark blue-violet buds, purple flowers  in mid-late July on stems 15 to 24 in. long, nice for bunches, potpourri, sweeter scent, similar to the English Lavenders.

English Lavender varieties:(extremely winter hardy)

'Folgate':bright periwinkle flowers on stems up to 12 inches, blooms mid to late June, good for culinary use, oil, crafting, landscape plant.

'Loddon Blue': dark purple flowers on stems 6-10 inches, blooms mid-late June, nice, compact, symmetrical landscape plant, dried bunches.

'Imperial Gem': beautiful dark, velvety purple buds on stems 6 to 10 in. long, blooms mid-late June. Good for bunches, crafting.

'Royal Velvet': beautiful, dark purple buds on stems 10-15 in., blooms late June-early July, good for bunches, culinary, crafting.

'Royal Purple', medium purple buds, light purple flowers on stems 12-15 in., blooms late June-early July, good for landscape plant, fresh bouquets, crafting.

U-PICK LAVENDER SCHEDULE:

The 2016 U-Pick lavender season will be here soon and it promises to be spectacular!

U-pick season is scheduled to start Saturday June 25th and go as long as there are blooms to pick (usually through July).  During this time, for the cost of $5 a bunch, you are invited to cut your own lavender bunches using our scissors.  A bunch is measured by the amount you can fasten in the 6 in. twist-tie we provide. Because we have 8 different lavender varieties that bloom at different times (see variety descriptions above), we designate which areas to pick based upon availability and readiness.  

We are looking forward to a beautiful season, hope you are too!

Thanks so much for your patronage,

Martha Wilczynski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Posted 4/26/2016 2:23pm 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 open this week Friday and Saturday 10 am-4 pm, for all your lavender product needs.

Starting next week MAY HOURS begin: Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Plant Sales:

Spring has been heating up, and so has our greenhouse. On Thursday, May 5th,  we will begin lavender plant sales! All plants are propagated from our field plants and grown in our farm greenhouse. They are available in 2.5 inch square pots for $5 ea.  The following varieties are available while supplies last:

Hybrid lavandin varieties:

'Grosso', 'Super', and 'Gros Bleu'  

English Lavender varieties:

'Folgate', 'Royal Velvet', 'Royal Purple', 'Loddon Blue', 'Imperial Gem'

May is a great time for planting, but be sure to watch the forecast and cover any new greenhouse-grown plants (even species that are winter hardy, like lavender) if temperatures are forecasted to be below 40 deg. F. 

U-PICK LAVENDER SCHEDULE:

The 2016 U-Pick lavender season is scheduled to start Saturday June 25th and go as long as there are blooms to pick (usually through July).  During this time, for the cost of $5 a bunch, you are allowed to cut your own lavender bunches in designated areas using our scissors.  A bunch is measured by the amount you can fasten in the 6 in. twist-tie we provide.  Because we have 8 different lavender varieties that do not all bloom at the same time, we designate which areas to pick based upon availability and readiness. We also reserve certain areas for our own production needs.

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Customers are welcome to bring their cameras with them and take pictures in the field during our regular open hours. We require that you credit our farm, and location, when sharing or posting online or publishing any photo taken on our farm.   We ask you to be respectful of our other customers and our property, and we reserve the right to ask you to refrain from any activity that we believe is not in keeping with that policy or to ask you to leave. Permission to photograph our farm outside of our regular hours is determined on a case by case basis, and requires advance approval, and a fee will be charged. Our mission is to provide quality products and experiences to all of our customers.

Thanks so much for your patronage!

Martha Wilczynski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Posted 12/17/2015 10:52am 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,

This weekend is our season-ending celebration at the Lavender Hill Farm Shop and we will be open 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Saturday December 19th featuring in-shop specials each day.   Plus don't forget, most of our products are available for purchase on our website, and we ship year-round! http://www.thelavenderhill.com/store

If unique and local products and experiences are what you are looking for, please come out to the farm and bring your friends! 

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year, and as always thanks so much for your support!

Martha

 

 

 

 





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Posted 11/14/2015 7:18pm 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 that time of year again when we start thinking and planning for the Holidays.  So we invite you and your friends to our Holiday Open House at Lavender Hill Farm on Saturday, November 21st from 10 am to 4 pm at the Lavender Hill Shop. 

We will have a variety of combination gift bags and other specials which include discounted prices on some of our most popular products!   We will have tastes of some lavender and Herbes de Provence seasoned appetizers and dessert items for unique holiday entertaining.  We also have seasonal items such as our evergreen scented soaps, room sprays, bath salts and holiday wreaths and decorations using dried botanicals from our farm.

If unique and local products and experiences are what you are looking for, please come out to the farm and bring your friends! 

As always, thanks for your support!

Martha

PS. The Lavender Hill Shop is open this Fall, Thursday thru Saturday 10 am to 4 pm through Saturday, December 19th, (closed Thanksgiving Day). 

 

 

 





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI  LLC , 2015

Posted 9/20/2015 7:39am 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,

I am now ready to take orders for our "dig to order" Fall plant sales.  This year we will have a limited number of 1 year old 'Grosso' lavandin plants in 6.5 in. pots available for $12,  and some 2 year old 'Folgate' English lavender plants in 11.5 inch pots for $29.  These plants must be ordered ahead (please scroll down for ordering instructions).

We will also have some pre-dug "wild type" English lavender plants in various sizes (and prices) available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis as well. These plants are "volunteers" that have come up in our field. These "wild type" plants may exhibit characteristics that differ from the parent plant due to the fact that they were open-pollinated and established from seed rather than clones.

'Grosso' is one of the most hardy hybrid lavandin varieties. The "lavandins" are a hybrid of English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia), and have a pleasant, but more pungent, earthier (slightly camphorous) scent than the sweeter English lavender.  'Grosso', which starts blooming in early to mid-July,  has nice long flower stems, 15" to 24" in length when mature, and a nice medium purple flower color.

'Folgate' is one of our most hardy English lavender varieties. It has bright periwinkle blue flowers starting in mid-June and dries nicely to a rich blue color.   It is wonderful for use in wreaths and crafting, and has a very nice scent and flavor for use in cooking.  The shrub's mature size is about 2.5 ft. wide by 1.5 ft. high, with flower stems up to 12 in. long. 

Fall is a great time to plant lavender. In the cooler temperatures of fall, the plants will concentrate on developing a root system and preparing for winter.  Better flowering the first season may be achieved on plants installed in fall rather than spring.  

Orders will be filled in the order they are received.   Please email me at:  info@thelavenderhill.com with your order information including: name, phone no., variety and quantity desired. We will confirm the availability of your plants with an email or phone call (per your preference), and let you know when they will be ready for pickup. We do not ship plants.

Our current hours are Thursday-Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.    We will take orders through Friday October 9th or until the available number are sold, whichever is sooner.  If you cannot come during our regular hours, pickups may be arranged by appointment.

  

'Grosso' (on left) and 'Folgate' (on right)                                  'Folgate' in flower

English Lavender pot sizes.                     .

 

Thanks as always for your patronage!

Martha

 

 

 





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles,  MI  LLC, 2015

Posted 8/31/2015 4:08pm 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 Lovers,

It's that bittersweet time of year when we start to realize that summer is almost over. It's also time for us to think about shortening the Lavender Hill Shop hours. We are still open this week Mon.-Sat. 10 am to 4 pm, but we will be closed on Labor Day.  After Labor Day the shop will be open Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm until Christmas. 

Lavender Maintenance Pruning:

Many folks have asked when they should cut back their lavender plants. Right now is a good time to prune back the flowers stems on your lavender if you haven't done it already in this area (USDA zone 5b or 6).  By that I mean cut down just far enough that you don't see any "stem stubble". It will require pruning off some leaves, but not too many.

If you haven't given your lavender plants a heavy pruning in a few years this might be a good time to do that as well.  By "heavy pruning' I mean removing more than two inches of leafy growth.  A heavy pruning in late summer or very early fall will produce more flowers in the coming Spring. If you do this periodically, Spring pruning will only be necessary when we have had a hard winter that kills some branches.  

How do you know when your lavender plants need a heavy pruning?  One sign is when you start to see little "tufts" of green growth at the end of several inches of bare stems. Your plants may look green on top but when you part the branches and look down into the center of the plant, there is not much green on the stems. If the plant's stems are pencil thickness or less, you can safely cut off those tufts of green at the top of the stems now (do this no later than the first week of September for best results.  That will stimulate more shoots to sprout during the mild fall temperatures, and pave the way for more plentiful blooms next year.    Pruning too late in the fall in our cold climate, is a common mistake and may not give your plant enough time to prepare for winter, making it more likely that the plant will not survive frigid temperatures later. 

Regular Maintenance Keeps the Plants Blooming Vigorously. 

People often ask if they should prune their plants back once they have gotten very woody and have started "opening up in the middle", meaning they have few or no leaves on those very thick stems in the middle of the plant.  If the plants have stems 0.5 inch or more in diameter, the likelihood of that plant surviving a heavy pruning is much lower than if the stem diameter you are pruning is smaller.  If you are going to attempt a heavy pruning of an older, woodier plant, doing it in the spring gives it the best chance of success.

"Plants opening up in the middle" is a sign that the plants have not been maintained properly.  Proper maintenance on both English lavenders and the "hybrid lavandins"  includes at least a light annual pruning to remove all flower stems (preferably before the end of summer), and a heavier pruning as necessary every 2 to 4 years after the plant is mature size, (generally 3-5 years old).  This hard pruning should include removing the ends of any branches that have started rooting around the perimeter of the plant. These rooted stem tips may be cut from the main plant and replanted elsewhere if desired. 

Enjoy these last days of summer and lets hope for a sunny, warm Fall!

Best Regards,

Martha

 

 





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Posted 7/22/2015 8:28pm 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


 July, 2015

U-pick will likely extend well into August if wet conditions persist.

This has been a strange year! Most of our lavender flowered more lightly than usual due to the harsh winter and major pruning that was required this spring. With the cool, wet weather this summer our 'Royal Velvet' and "Royal Purple' English lavender in the big field are sending up new growth and some more flowers, which will allow for some bonus U-pick on these varieties.

We are currently  picking 'Grosso' and 'Super' hybrid lavandins (the longer stemmed varieties). As with the English lavender our hybrid plants will likely be sending up more blooms over the next month, as long as conditions allow, so U-pick season on those varieties will be extended as well.  Our new hybrid variety, 'Gros Bleu' is available now for purchase as pre-cut fresh or dried bunches. 'Gros Bleu' is an exceptionally dark colored, long-stem variety with a nice scent.   

New this year: Lavender Crafting Workshops!

We are now offering lavender crafting workshops for pre-reserved groups of up to 10 people. Email or call me if your group would like to come out during our business hours this summer (Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm)  for a  workshop on making fresh lavender wands or baskets. It's a fragrant and fun experience and you get to take your fragrant, everlasting work of art home!  

Price: $12 per person which covers crafting supplies and light lavender refreshments.

Please call or email with your reservation request! This event will be possible only as long as we have fresh lavender available.

 

lavender wand

 

Our summer farm hours including the Lavender Hill Shop, are Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 4 pm through the end of August.  Fall hours will be Thurs.-Sat. 10 am to 4 pm till Christmas.

Please share this email with anyone you think might be interested in visiting our beautiful farm.  We appreciate all your referrals!

yours in lavender,

Martha

 

 

 

 





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