Hey everybody! We have been busy this August. We just had a second harvest of our lavender. English lavender tends to produce a harvest in June and then again in late summer. So I was out in the fields this past weekend doing a harvest. We have been working on weeding and some repair of the lavender fields. We still have some empty spots for replacement lavender. I have been waiting on getting the Royal Velvet lavender to replace the Phenomenal plants we lost earlier this year. As I mentioned previously, we are going to grown more English lavender in our fields as we find it's more hardy for our growing zone. However, we still have quite a few Grosso and Phenomenal plants and those actually gave a bit of a second harvest as well in August.
The Pollinator Garden (wildflower fields) are also looking amazing. The annual zinnas and cosmos I intermixed with the perennial wildflower are blooming and look gorgeous. There are just so many pollinators coming to the garden.
A short announcement regarding our retail stores. After much thought, we have decided to stay with one retail location, which is Honeycomb Creative in Monroe at 415 N. Monroe Street, Monroe Mi. I found maintaining products and stocking two stores too time consuming for the return. This past year was our first foray into retail locations. As a vendor there is upkeep, stocking, changing out products for seasonal items etc. We have decided to stick with just one hometown location and concentrate on our online shop which is bulk of our business.
Since Honeycomb Creative is quite literally less than 3 miles from my home and in our hometown, it's easier of the two for upkeep and restocking. We love Dayna and her family! They have such a cute store housed in an old historic house that was renovated in the Downtown Monroe corridor. They also offer classes upstairs and one of the few locations that carry Fusion Mineral Paint. Follow them on Facebook for updates.
We enjoyed and love The Vintage Market Home in Wyandotte. I want to wish them luck on their new location and expansion. They are moving to a new location (just down the block) in September. We love Rina and Angie - the owners! They have been very helpful to us in this past year and they did such lovely displays with our lavender products and floral designs. However, August is our last month with them. The distance is really the main factor in this decision. As we are not residing Downriver any longer and we are really only up in the area once a week for church, we decided to withdraw from the store.
I have been asked many times for floral crowns, wall swags, and more wreaths. I am working on those. Here is the delay: Spring through summer into fall is our busiest season, especially for floral design and weddings. Doing floral designs for wedding parties is time consuming. I am doing multiple weddings per week as an average plus all the field work that is required and harvesting. So, as summer winds down and we start to slow down, you will start to see more of the new products cropping up on our shop later this fall. I also will post them on social media and our blog.
I did have have a chance recently to do one fall wreath which is listed on our shop! It's the Fall Meadow Wreath. It has Sweet Annie, safflower, sunflower, oats, flax, and daisy. I love it and it smells WONDERFUL! Also included in our gallery are some English lavender and baby's breath bouquets and boutonnieres for a local wedding and a bud vase arrangement in the Summer Festival Style.