Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Well we woke up to 30 mph gusts and snow flurries.  Yes snow it is unusual for Mother's Day even in this part of New York.
We had a work party yesterday to get ready for our planting of our 700 new plants coming from Oregon and Stonegate Lavender.  Sarah Bader has been such a resource for all things lavender for us.  If you haven't seen her videos on Youtube  just search for Stonegate Lavender or Sarah and see the videos she has produced.  I have ordered from her for the past 3 years and her plants are always strong and vibrant and take off well once planted.  This year we have carved out of the land a labyrinth,  54 feet across it was relatively easy but time consuming to make.  We used string on a stick, spray paint and a tiller to create it and it took an afternoon.  Yesterday we laid out the weed fabric, and next week we will fill it with "Folgate" variety of lavender. Then the balance of our plants will go in rows behind what we planted last year.  A busy spring but it is so great watching everything come back to life after the long winter.  We are also getting ready for the farm markets ordering things for our displays and making some things as well.  One of the things I am making are the plant signs you see in French flower markets.  Little chalkboard signs which are durable and very useful.  I am making them out of 1/4 inch thick plywood, chalkboard paint, aluminum bar stock and pop rivits.  A fun rainy day project.  This will look great with our product and give our booth a little "je ne sais quoi".

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