Valentine's Day is only a couple of weeks away. We have a lot of products and floral designs that will make a perfect gift. Order soon to allow for shipping!
In the theme of Valentine's Day, I would like to share some wonderful photos shared by our customers. I just love receiving these photos! They mean so much to me. I do use pictures sent in on the listings and on the website Gallery page with customer permission. They bring me so much joy. Keep them coming!!
I started a horticulture therapist certificate program through the University of Florida (distance learning). It is going well. I am learning a lot! Otherwise, I am taking and filling orders. Everything outdoors is covered in a winter snow here. This is a great time for planning for me the coming spring and summer. I still take walks to the lavender fields and love seeing the mounds covered in snow.
The wildflower field was actually mowed down this year. The perennials needs to be reseeded once every 3 years as the flowers start to wane after this amount of time. I will be reseeding with a mix of native perennials wildflowers and annual wildflowers this spring. I also have two huge raised beds we purchased last fall. I am still working out what I am going to plant in them. We have everbearing strawberries cozy under their straw bedding in one raised bed. I am hopeful for a big crop of berries this year. I also tested over winter larkspur seed. They need cold stratification so we planted the bed in fall. I am hopeful we will have some larkspur in spring.
I will be taking a Facebook break on February 17th. I am giving up Facebook for Lent. I will not be updating our business Facebook page. I will still post on Instagram occasionally. I only have a business page there and don't spend a lot of time on Instagram. I usually just post when I want to share new pictures, a new product, or new reviews. Unfortunately, Facebook does not allow only a business pages without an attached personal account. Since I want a break from my personal Facebook, it means a break from the business Facebook too. I can share content from Instagram over to Facebook and will continue to do so. I will still be checking messages through our website's contact page. I have done some messaging through Facebook, but honestly it's not my main mode of contact with clients. You may also reach me through our Etsy shop (messaging) or email at email@example.com. I believe our phone number is out there on some sites here and there but I prefer no cold calling as my business and personal phone are the same at the moment.
I hope you enjoy the pictures - there are some real stunners in there. Happy Valentine's day.
I hope everyone had a great New Year! We spend the week between Christmas and New Year at our cabin in Northern Michigan. We were so thrilled to have a bit of time to just to unwind and relax. The Christmas season was super busy, which is a good thing. I have included a slideshow of photos in the winter wonderland that is Up North Michigan and of our cabin. Our cabin was built around 1867. The heat is by propane and wood burning stove. We love it. It's rustic little two bedroom cabin on about an acre completely surrounded by Huron National Forest. We aren't far from Mio Pond and the Au Sable river. I get to do one of my most enjoyed hobbies, which is nature photography.
Speaking of another interest of mine, which is helping people who have disabilities or other struggles such as addiction or mental health issues. For those who don't know, I am the mother of wonderful 22-year-old son who was diagnosed with high functioning autism (PDD NOS) when he was about 4 years of age. We have done all kinds of different therapy over the years such as music therapy, Playtime/Floortime therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, speech therapy, social therapy... and more therapy! . My son has now graduated from high school and is holding a job full-time and we are very proud of his accomplishments.
So when I heard about something called horticulture therapy, I thought what a great way to marry two things I love to do - horticulture and helping people with disabilities and other conditions.
What is horticulture therapy?
Horticultural therapy is defined by the American Horticultural Therapy Association as the engagement of a person in gardening and plant-based activities, facilitated by a trained therapist, to achieve specific therapeutic treatment goals. Wikipedia
So let's dig a little deeper. Horticulture therapy is a professional practice that uses plants and gardening to improve mental and physical health. Who does a horticulture therapist help? A horticulture therapist works with any group that can benefit from interaction with plants, including veterans, children, the elderly and those dealing with addiction and mental health problems.
I began to explore career training a bit but I hadn't had any luck finding a program in my area. Distance learning was available at select few universities and most had waitlists. I applied in in summer 2020 for that fall, but the class was full. However, I am happy to announce I have officially been accepted to the University of Florida Distance learning Horticulture Therapy Program beginning next week. I am very excited to learn this discipline.
When my certification is finished, I will begin adding horticulture therapy classes to my business at Lavender Rose Farms, LLC. Exactly how that will look is to be determined. I may offer some therapy on site on my property since I do have pretty expansive raised beds, the lavender field, and a wildflower meadow. I may also contract out to other organizations such nursing homes, non-profts, or other organization to teach some classes. I may do or a combination of both types.
Does this mean I am leaving lavender farming, floral design, and my Etsy and e-commerce shop? No, not at this time. In the next 5-10 years I will probably start to wind down the farm as my husband I would like to retire and hopefully that would be up at our cabin We want to simplify life. We love Northern Michigan - yes even the winters.
The therapy certificate is something I can still do after my lavender farming time is done.
I am very excited about this new direction for me and Lavender Rose Farms. LLC!
It's been crazy busy for the past month and I have not been able to jump on and blog recently. Just wanted to touch base and wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
A few business items to take care of: The Etsy shop is currently closed (on and off) . What's happening? Well we are working behind the scenes filling all your Christmas and other orders. With the COVID pandemic, we have seen a huge uptick in online ordering and it's necessary for me to shut down to new orders on Etsy to keep up. Our e-commerce store is still open though on this website.
SHIPPING NEWS! I am shipping DAILY. Quite literally, I have postal pickups and couriers dropping off packages daily as well!
First, let me say I apologize for the shipping carrier delays! I feel your pain. As sellers, it frustrates us as well. Here it is in a nutshell from my Etsy Homepage Announcement discussing recent issues.
Last updated on Dec 16, 2020
We will be back online again soon. We are working behind the scenes filling and packing your orders. We are working on all Christmas/Holiday orders and they should be shipped by the end of this week. You will receive a tracking number shortly!
Shipping Updates: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all items in the post are currently being delayed. All items will arrive, albeit a little later than usual. USPS has stated the only class of mail guaranteed to arrive in the stated time is USPS Priority Express. You may request a shipping upgrade or select it from the listing for new orders. FedEx and UPS are also experiencing shipping delays. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Honestly, my dear friends and customers, there isn't much, if anything, I can do on this end. I am at the mercy of the shipping carriers as much as you are!
Refunds? I do understand the frustration of having a package delayed but as long as we meet our processing time, we honestly cannot be responsible for carrier delays which are totally beyond our control. I cannot provide a refund for a package that is not lost but still in transit. I have added this to our shop policies on our Etsy Shop.
I know people are anxious for their items to arrive. I believe your gift intendeds will be understanding of the delays. As I said, most people are aware of the shipping issue that we have faced all year with COVID.
Please follow the tracking number I have sent you and you can at least see where in the process the package is. I am getting a message via USPS that the package is NOT LOST, but will be arriving late when I search tracking.
I did do a search for a customer and the postal service from New York (where the package was going) called me within just a few hours and explained the package is NOT lost they are just behind and there is nothing they can do either. All carriers are simply overwhelmed.
For those so inclined, please pray for our postal workers. Yes, I know it's hard, but I have had a lot of interaction with my postal carriers in person and with those on the phone. They are working so hard. This is not a normal Christmas season. I hope we can all show each other a bit of grace at this difficult time. Let's not shoot the messenger - the seller or the postal carrier wearily at your door delivering.
SPRING BRIDES: Before you know it we will start getting orders for bridal bouquets and wedding parties for spring and summer wedding. Again, folks, ordering early is key!!!! Not only does it give me time to get flowers and produce your made to order floral designs, but it also allows for glitches like above mentioned shipping delays. I try to send out wedding orders 3 weeks before event to avoid any issues. But last minute orders means I cannot accommodate for possible shipping delays. So if possible try to order early. This goes for Mother's Day as well, which is another very busy time.
Well I am headed back to work - feeling like one of Santa's little hardworking elves this year! I know it's been a rough one on all of us. I do hope we all have a wonderful holiday and it's certainly gotten me thinking more about what the season is really about - Christ's birth. Merry Christmas - Stay happy, healthy, and safe. Many prayers to any of you or your family or friends who have been touched by COVID and illness this year.
Its no secret, I love fall! It's my favorite time of the year. As a lifelong Michigander, I have always loved the change of season. Yes, even winter, although around late February to March it can get a bit old! I am a cold weather person. I have been told I thrive in the cold weather.
We have purchased an old log cabin built in 1876 in Northern Michigan. It's just under 900 square feet. We just LOVE it. The previous owners were such nice people and left us most of the furnishings. Of course, I have started to do my some of my own decorating and adding my own personal touch. I have found some great finds in antique stores around the area. We also would like to fix things up a bit to make it possible for full time living, such as adding a washer/dryer (which is lacks currently) and new metal roof and new flooring. The cabin is heated by propane and a wood stove and it gets toasty in there once it gets going! The cabin is surrounded by National Forest for miles! It's beautiful all the time, but I love the fall and winter up there best!
LABOR DAY SALE: Look out for it Labor Day weekend. We will have 15% off everything in our shop when you spend $35.00. Currently, we have 10% off select items. Both our e-commerce store on this website and our Etsy shop carry these sales!
NEW PRODUCTS: In the spirit of fall, I have introduced some scented putka pods (mini pumpkins). I am smelling them right now in my home. The scent of cinnamon is filling the air. My college aged son even took a bowl up to his bedroom!
The scents I have available are cinnamon stick, autumn apple orchard, and orange spice. The color of the pods are burgundy and orange mixed. Each package come 4 cups to a bag and are tied with a decorative ribbon. Use them for Harvest/Halloween decor or parties or just place them in a bowl like I have and smell the wonderful scent in your home. They also make a great gift!
NEW CANDLES: I will have the same scents as listed for the putka pods - that is autumn apple orchard, cinnamon stick, and orange spice. I will be listing these very soon! Coming soon also are Peppermint candles and Peppermint soap! Look for those as winter approaches.
IN THE GARDEN: Lots and lots of tomatoes and peppers. Perfect for making salsa and so that's what I have done. I usually make fresh salsa and it's eaten up pretty quickly. It's so much better than store bought using fresh from the vine tomatoes. I also would really like to do some canning of jellies and jams. Love blackberry jam!! I have also make lavender blackberry and lavender strawberry. I just have not found the time to do it yet this summer!. Because of food laws, I cannot sell my jellies and jams online. However, if and when I get them ready, I probably will place an announcement online and use Facebook Marketplace as well. Face-to-face sales are required. So local peeps can come out to the farm or we can arrange to meet. Will post soon!
I have a raised bed growing Ever-bearing strawberries this year. Next, season I am hopeful for a bumper crop of strawberries. I hope to add a blackberry and raspberry patch next year as well. I love berrries!
FLORAL DESIGN: As I am finishing up the floral design orders I took before I decided to take a break from wedding party design, I have not gotten to rest my hands as much as I should. Still I am wearing braces to sleep in and the flare up is getting better. Hoping to have a return to a full line of floral design in the new year. A few bouquets are listed. They are mostly lavender bundles or mixed with a few simple flowers.
We still have our line of home decor floral designs up - bud bases, mason jar vases, farmhouse grater arrangement, milk jug/church arrangements, wreath etc. Our Sunflower and Lavender Grater Arrangement is NEW for fall!
That's it for now. THINK FALL!! Sorry summer lovers! I am just tickled that it's almost time for my favorite time of the year with a cool down (hopeful) soon.
Want to see some photos of the outside of our cabin? Check out our Gallery below. All photos are copyrighted Lavender Rose Farms, LLC. There is also some photos of our new scented putka pods, our sunflower and lavender farmhouse grater!
I have carpal tunnel syndrome. I have spoken to my doctor, and I am having a bad flare since I did our lavender harvest and bundling this year. I am in wrist splints and on steroids to calm it down. However, I most likely will be having a consultation with a hand/wrist specialist and possible surgery if not controlled by other treatment. I do, however, need to rest my rest my wrists for the immediate future. So I am scaling back on floral designs.
For now, I have taken down our wedding bouquets except simple lavender and lavender and baby's breath bouquets - as those sell out I will also be removing those listings. Our more detailed wedding bouquets are no longer listed on our store website or Etsy. I will be finishing any orders for weddings I have already taken. So be assured if I have taken an order already, I will complete it.
My hope is to reintroduce the floral design after the holidays at the latest for spring weddings 2021, as I hope to have resolution to the wrist issue (surgery or not) by then.
Our shop will still provide lavender products, natural gifts and some new offerings as well. I will be expanding our floral/botanical candles with some new autum themed scents!
I can make bulk candles, lotions, and other products and have them last for quite awhile so it's easier to stock up and not be constantly remaking products weekly. Floral designs are bit more difficult. I have left up our container type arrangements (bud vases, mason jars, grater arrangements etc). Having the container is easier on my wrists to do designs. Also, usually these orders are for 1 or 2 at time while wedding parties are often much larger and more work (and more strain on my wrists).
I will revisit the floral bouquets again for next spring pending on my outcome with Carpal tunnel.
New Product - Lavender hand salve. Gardener's Salve. Lavender Balm!!
This Lavender Salve is made using Michigan grown, cut, and hand dried lavender at our lavender farm and then combined with Organic Lavender Essential Oil and Pure, Raw Beeswax, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. This salve is sweetly fragrant and smells like fresh cut Lavender.
This is a great salve for year round use. Uplifting and soothing in the dark winter months and helps to heal dry, cracked winter skin. Wonderful for gardener, farmers or anyone working with their hands who suffers from dry, cracked skin.
Can also be used as migraine/headache relief or relaxation purposes by simply dabbing on your temples.
There are a few changes to our shop and our web page. I am no longer doing consultation for lavender growi. There has not been a high demand plus there are some free resources, which I myself have used. I might just post a separate blog about that topic coming up soon.
Our floral designs are seeing major changes. I have removed all but our most popular bouquets. For those designs, I am ONLY offering bridal sizes for the more elaborate bouquets. One some of the bouquets I am still offering medium and large size. I am a one-person operation for the floral designs. The larger wedding parties are becoming a bit much for me to handle alone additionally the designs are very time intensive. I will no longer to do any custom designs either. The bouquets that I have listed is what I will provide in the size listed A simple change out of flower color or ribbon is fine. Extensive customization is no longer available
I have removed our Save-the-Date page due to the fact I do not intend to do large wedding parties any longer.
I also have been seeing an increase in the flare of my carpal tunnel syndrome. I was a medical transcriptionist for 18 plus years and now with the fine work of wedding parties I am seeing a lot of increase of symptoms and pain.
I have decided to take the shop more in a direction of home decor type of floral dried arrangements and increasing our line of natural gifts, candles and other items. I have been inspired by time at our cabin to start increasing our primitive and rustic designs.
Also as another notice or reminder. We are a non-traditional lavender farm. We do not have public hours. I get a lot of inquiries about that. There are multiple reasons for this. One is we are still working on our fields still. We had some losses of plants the winter before last and just replanted this season. Another is we have neighbors as we in a semi-rural area right on the outskirt of Monroe. We technically are in Frenchtown, but use a Monroe address/postal code. We decided we do not want the liability of public visits, but we are open doing some events that are scheduled for specific weekends including garden tours, selling of our products on sight, and plant sales. These would begin hopefully next season (summer 2021). I will post updates.
Thank you~ Hope everyone is having a great summer so far! Here are some pictures of some of our home decor type arrangements and some of our new products.
The last of the French lavender harvest is in and boy did we get a bumper crop this year. The plants are at maturity and really produced! I have hundreds of lavender bundles available and they are up and listed on our shop currently!
You may purchase online for nationwide shipping or we are doing LOCAL PICKUP at our farm in Monroe Mi of both English and French bundles and other products. Place an order from our eCommerce store and select PICKUP option. If ordering via Etsy please message me so I can create a listing minus shipping OR simply send me am message here via our contact page, Facebook page, or firstname.lastname@example.org and you can pay cash when you pickup, which is the easiet option!
We also can invoice via Venmo or Paypal.
I am at our cabin in Northern Michigan right now, but will be back on Monday the 27th for pickup and shipping options.
We also have English Lavender Bundles - please see previous blog on the English lavender harvest and pictures.
I have included a gallery below of some harvest pictures!
PUBLIC FARM HOURS UPDATES: We do not have public hours currently. However, if you contact me, I can arrange a pick up time for all our products. Pickup is by appointment only. We are working on possible garden tours next season. Since I am a one-woman operation keeping up with orders, the fields, and other business aspects is more than a full-time job. My hubby works a regular full-time job and helps with heavier lifting for the outside work, as do my sons when they are off work. So, therefore, it has taken a bit longer than planned to have any kind of public visitation to our place. We have decided garden tours with our property set up will be the best avenue rather than regular business hours onsite. We are on just the outskirts of Monroe in Frenchtown Township. We are closer to town than many people think. We live near Munson Park and are about 5-7 minutes drive to Downtown Monroe! We really have the best of both worlds having a little farm right on the outskirts of town. Also, it makes it really it easy for local people to do a pick up of products and save the shipping. We look forward to some scheduled tours to come visit the fields, see the wildflower gardens, and purchase products. We hope to have a PLANT sale next summer. We have several different varieties of both French and English Lavender. Join our newsletter for updates on the Contact US page.
Harvest 2020 is is on! I have already harvested and dried our Hidocote English lavender. Yesterday, I harvested our Melissa English lavender. Hidcote is a bit shorter and a deep purple color. Melissa has sturdier less delicate stems and are a light lavender color. I love the two mixed together in a bouquet as it makes a unique two-toned lavender bouquet. We also have a few Munstead plants which are a deep purple. Grosso and Phenomenal are our intermediate varieties. They are longer stemmed than English lavender and have a more French lavender look. I will often use these in our more elaborate flower design bouquets, as they length of stem and bud stands out. However, more and more, I am starting to incorporate move English lavender into designs as I love the deep color. Our English lavender and baby's breath bouquets are very popular. We also use our English lavender buds for culinary lavender for teas and recipes.
The veggie garden/raised beds area is coming along. Our new strawberry raised bed is starting to produce greenery and flowering after a few short weeks of being planted (bare-root plants). Shout out to Indiana Berry, where I purchased plants online. I have been pinching off the flowers as instructed for the first year to not allow berries to go to fruit this year. Apparently, waiting until the second year to allow fruit produces stronger plants and more fruit the second year. We have some lettuce and peppers forming. Tomato plants are getting larger. The rest of garden looks great.
We also harvested our rose petals in June! We got a bumper crop this year and they have already been air dried and are up for sale on our website e-commerce and Etsy stores. They smell so sweet! We use rose petals here in our sachets and also in our lavender-rose botanical soy candles.
Our wildflower garden is growing well. I have planted a new larger section of direct sowing. It's up in the air right now how well it took. We will just have to wait a bit further into summer to see if it succeeded. The part of the bed in it's third year is growing well and full of daisies and other wildflowers. It appears that deer have taken to bedding down in the middle of the field at night. It look a bit "squashed" in the center, but the garden is meeting it's intention which is to provide habitat for wildlife and a naturalized area in the garden. It is full of bees, butterflies (including Monarchs) and also rabbit and deer enjoy hiding in the garden. Another critter named Murphy (our beagle mix) loves the field. He makes a bee-line straight for it smell and walk among the flowers. I do believe we have a hedgehog that is quite large. I have seen him once or twice by the veggie garden and it appears he uprooted a few strawberry plants. We will have to plaace some Repel All, which is a repellent for rabbit and such critters. We sprinkle it around the perimeter of the garden and the smells deters them away.
My Granddaughter and I have put our Fairy Garden/ homes. This is a wonderful activity to do with the child in your life (or even for adults). I really enjoy doing it and our granddaughter loves it too. We purchased the little wooden doors and windows for our trees through another Etsy seller based in Novia Scotia last year. He does wonderful hand-crafted work. Emma and I designs our Fairy homes a small grove of two Eastern White Pine trees. We used gravel from our driveway to create a walking path and a solar powered garden lamp for lighting. We used marigolds and pine cones for shrubs and flowers. We also have a fairy home at our log cabin in Northern Michigan. Great project to do with children!
We packed a lot activity into May and June! My blog has turned into more of a monthly or quarterly newsletter of sort. I find I just don't have time to blog weekly. I have begun sign up on our contact page for a newsletter. My plan is to send this content via email list and other updates. I will still also post it on our blog. However, some people do prefer to just have updates to their inbox, which I can appreciate. Take Care!
Slide show of our 2020 Harvest and grounds.
VACATION NOTICE: July 3rd-6th. No orders will be shipped during this time.
HARVEST 2020 NEWS: First batch of English Lavender 2020 Harvest is dried and we are still harvesting more! Grosso, long-stemmed, will be a ready later in July.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - SHIPPING DELAYS/MATERIAL DELAYS: Due to COVID-19 and increased demand for certain products/materials and increased online ordering shipping for ALL CARRIERS are delayed. Please allow extra time when ordering. I send most items USPS Priority mail 1-4 days. However, the carriers are NOT always keeping to these timeline. We will send a tracking number so you can watch the progress of the item in transit. On our end, creation of products is also being delayed due to supply chain issues. Many items such as spray bottle, hand soap bottles, and other items are just out of stock due to the increased demand.
Large approximately 16 length x 10-12 wide.
Medium bouquet approximately 12-14 length x 7.5-8 wide
Small/flower girl is about 10 inches and 4-6 wide
- These are approximates. Cottage Garden bouquet is slightly larger than other designs
Currently we are out of ammobium - small daisy like white and yellow flower used in our flower designs. This is on order with a supplier (our zone is too cold to grow this variety). I should have shipment in Mid-July to End-of-July. I am also out of Nigella pods. Again, not in bloom quite yet. I have been subbing these flowers for others.
Finally! Finally! Our replacement plants have arrived! We lost about 70 plants last year with our polar vortex winter/super wet spring. I really wanted to switch those Phenomenal plants - by far they were the largest variety to die - with more English lavender. While I love intermediate because of the long stems for floral design, my true love is for the English lavender, which are shorter stemmed but they are generally more vibrant in color. I will post some pictures of English vs. Intermediate Lavender at the end of the post.
We still have quite a few Grosso plants (intermediate) which I do like. It's odd because I have always been told Phenomenal is hardy to zone 3 and handles winter better than most intermediates. I found the opposite to be true last year. I salvaged most of the Grosso and some of the Phenomenal. I decided to not replace the Phenomenal plants and replace with English lavender instead. Almost all of our English lavender survived the poor weather last year.
I do usually purchase plants in state or locally if possible. However, I wanted a very particular type of lavender - Royal Velvet- that I have had difficulty finding around here. Some other lavender farms have it in Michigan, but because of the number of plants I needed to purchase I wanted a wholesale price. Back in the fall 2019 I pre-ordered plants from Victor's lavender. If ordering frin Victor's, it does usually require advance ordering for larger wholesale orders. If you want plants for fall planting, you should order now. If you want plants for next spring order in early fall. Plants were shipped and they arrived in wonderful condition. I am already so impressed with the look of Royal Velvet! I have always had a good experience ordering from Victor's in the past.
There is a new perennial greenhouse in Carleton, Michigan called Perennial Beginnings. They have a lot of Munstead (English lavender) they recently posted for sale. I believe my first lavender plant was a Munstead and they are VERY hardy and great culinary lavender too. I purchased some yarrow and some other perennials from Perennial Beginnings. They are very responsive on their business page and the plants are nice.
Another options for larger orders for those looking is Telly's in Shelby Township. When we started our lavender field at our new house in Frenchtown Twp in 2017, we ordered over 300 plants from Telly's and picked them up. They were very good quality and price.
Last shout out was to Diaz Greenhouse on Exeter Road in Carleton. This year was my first time shopping with them. I went out to pick up curbside online orders from them a few weeks ago. They sell most annuals, baskets, flats, and also veggies. I ordered all my annual needs from baskets, to flats to our vegetable plants for our rasied beds this year through them. Excellent service. Check out Diaz Greenhouse. It was a great experience and honestly preferred it to hitting the larger, more crowded garden centers at big box or larger greenhouses.
There a lot of other greenhouses here in Monroe County. We have also used Parrans in Monroe and Ida locations. They have a great mix of perennials, annual, baskets, and veggies. I got all my vegetables from them last year and they were great plants. We also have showed Schwartz greenhouse in the past, which always has good quality and a mix of perennial, annual, roses, veggies etc. I have gotten Lavender also from both Parrans and Schwartz.
I am drinking coffee and then getting ready to start planting these guys. Have a great day!
Royal Velvet Plants
English Lavender Vs. Intermediate Lavender
The shop has been bustling! Things have been really picking up and I have been working 7 days to keep up with Mother's Day Orders! Just a few quick announcement and reminders.
Mother's Day Shipping: Last day to ship for Mother's day is early morning of Wednesday, May 6th. I will be out of town May 6th through May 10th.
SHIPPING DELAYS DUE COVID-19 - Shipping carriers such as USPS, UPS, and FedEx are experiencing delays. This can affect shipping times from our end as well as delay supplies reaching us. Please allow additional time for your order to arrive.
I may be shutting down the shop on Monday to get caught up on orders before going out of town. I will see how caught up I am after the weekend and go from there.
Farm News: It's been fairly quiet. Our weather has been back and forth and not really suitable for planting yet. We passed our last frost date on April 30th. I have some Sweet Annie plants to get into the ground and some Bee Balm. I am getting our Royal Velvet lavender replacement plants later this month. We have over 70 plants coming. The rest of the lavender looks good this year. It's greening up. I should be planting seed soon for our cutting garden and getting our raised beds prepped. May is a great month for planting here in Michigan.
I am hoping to get some other flowers planted for the cutting garden this year and continue with our veggies and lavender! Beyond that, I have put on hold any other expansion plans as I have my plate full where we are!
Still praying for all those fighting COVID-19. We have been hit hard here in Michigan. We have been practicing social distancing and honestly I have been so busy filing orders here at the farm/home that I have not ventured out very much. We have been doing mail pick ups rather than taking anything to the postal carriers. I usually have every other day pick ups so that is usually 3-4 times a week. . Please stay safe and hopefully we will be on the other side soon.
Here are some products and designs I have been working on this month. Enjoy!