Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2014 Long Stemmed Lavender Varieties Ready to Harvest (Instructions on Drying Lavender Included)

Lavendula x intermedia 'Grosso'.
The principle of drying flowers is to 
remove the moisture from them while 
retaining their original shape and color.

Five long-stemmed lavender varieties, Lavendula x intermedia 'Grosso', 'Gros Bleu', 'Edelweiss', 'Impress Purple', and 'Super' are ready to be harvested.  U-pick is $5/bundle; I-pick is $8/bundle (a bundle is 125 stems).   We also are offering an English lavender, Lavendula angustifolia' Purple Bouquet.  This lavender is beautiful in wreaths.  All six of these lavenders hang dry well. 

Still Waters Lavender is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10a-6p. 

Please provide your own cutting utensil.
"Flowers of lavender quilted in a cap, comfort the brain very well."
-William Turner, written in 1551-

Lavendula x intermedia 'Gros Blue".
Good air circulation will ensure that your flowers dry as quickly as possible, 
which will result in better color preservation and cut down on the possible growth of mold.   

Lavendula x intermedia 'Edelweiss'.
Cut the full length of the stem.
Strip all leaves from stems.
Lavendula x intermedia 'Impress Purple'
 Gather lavender into small bunches,
fasten each bunch at the end with a rubber band

Lavendula x intermedia 'Super'.
Hang the bunches so that air can pass between them.
Lavendula angustifolia 'Purple Bouquet'.
Hang the bunches away from direct light.

 L.ang 'Purple Bouquet''.
If there is too much light, cover each bunch with a paper bag,
tying the open top of the bag around the stems with string.
It takes approximately two weeks for lavender to dry.

"Nothing is ever wasted if it makes a happy memory."

Monday, August 11, 2014

... The Weapons of a Farmer are Mighty...

Did you know that one knapweed plant can produce up to 25,000 seeds per year?  I read that little tidbit in a pamphlet I picked up at the Deschutes County Fair this year.  Along with knapweed, we have some other nasty noxious invaders that are a scourge to us as well as to our animals.  Internet searching, reading everything we can get our hands on, talking to various agencies and scratching our heads for answers on how to get rid of the weeds is a constant war for my husband and I and we plan on winning.  Not only do weeds threaten our plants economically, they threaten our land ecologically.  Also, weeding  is time consuming and we needed a victory yesterday.

Earlier this spring my husband and I saw a YouTube video of a weeder, found on a FaceBook Page devoted to lavender farmers.  He called the lavender farmer in Washington State who had one of these machines and then called the company who made the machine.  The company, located in Quebec, Canada, answered speaking French...oops!  Thank heaven the fellow on the other end could speak and understand American English.  He told my husband of a distributor in the USA--Oregon, to be exact, and the third call my husband made was to the Oregon company.  They had one left; we said "sold" and the next day were on our way to Woodburn, saw it, asked questions (one important question for us was whether it could be used with drip irrigation), and, in about a week, it was home.  
daughter driving/husband's "dry run" on weeder

it's working?  it's working--whew!  It is working!

Easy to attach/easy to use

Good visibility  for seeing drip irrigation

.....SO FAR, SO GOOD....  One more weapon in our arsenal to defeat this enemy!

Monday, August 4, 2014

We No Longer Have Crafting Lavender for Sale

We currently have six varieties of English Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) ready for harvest: 'True Hidcote', 'Melissa', 'Sachet', 'French Fields', 'Croxton's Wild' and 'Peter Pan'. English lavender has a sweet fragrance and  these six varieties were planted especially for crafters. Each variety (cultivar) has a unique aroma and we invite you to come and walk the field and experience the different sweet fragrances for yourself. Note that these six varieties were planted in 2013, came through -32 degrees weather this last winter along with the 90 degree weather we're having now and they still have two more years of growth before being considered mature plants.  Still Waters Lavender is located at 3990 NE 33rd Street; Redmond, Oregon 97756. We are open Wednesday-Saturday, 10a-6p. Price for one (1) bunch: U-pick is $5; I-pick is $8. (A bunch is considered 125 stems). Please bring your own cutting utensil.   

'True Hidcote', med. purple
'True Hidcote', popular in lavender lemonade

'Melissa', pink flowers (buds are white)

Melissa is also used in culinary; adds a "peppery" flavor.

'Sachet', lt. purple

'Sachet', prized for its sweet fragrance used in filling of pillows

'French Fields', med. purple
'French Fields', so named because of its resemblance to the lavender fields in France

'Croxton's Wild', buds are white; flowers are purple

'Croxton's Wild', beautiful plant; please do not feel obligated to do anything with them.

'Peter Pan', med. purple

'Peter Pan', compact; good for patio

Thank you for visiting our website.  We hope to see you soon.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Welcome Friends, and Stay Awhile... Rest Your Weary Feet

Welcome friends, and stay awhile
Rest your weary feet;
Gaze upon the purple hues
And breathe the fragrance sweet.
We hope to make you welcome, friend
and want the best for you;
Faith, hope, charity,
Still waters and green pastures, too.


thanks all the visitors

to its

Very First

One of a Kind, Uniquely Relaxing

Grand Opening Festival held on 

July 12-13, 2014