Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Lavender Blue, Dilly Dilly...Lavender Green, You will be King, Dilly Dilly, I will be Queen"

After writing my last post about the gardens and gazebo at 1922 Starkey House Bed & Breakfast I realized that I love a lot of different kinds of flowers. Lavender is one of them. I have always wanted to grow Lavender but you need to buy slightly mature plants in order to have them bloom sooner. Some plants can be costly so I waited for the right time to start.
Have you ever had the chance to walk through a Lavender garden in full bloom? It is unforgettable!

Lavender is a fragrant flower that can be used dried for potpourris and the oil essences are used in soaps, shampoos, and massage oils. I came across Lockwood Farm, located in Skaneateles, here in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.  Lockwood grows Lavender and also raises sheep for natural fibers. Not only that, but they are beekeepers and produce Lavender honey from their bees! My kind of place!  Their site is full of beautiful pictures and a step by step preview about the steps to taking care of bees and honey production. I have never seen as much great information in one place.

I will most likely recommend a trip to Lockwood Farm to my guests.
 Take notice that the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival will take place this July at their location. Check it out and be sure to look us up at 1922 Starkey House Bed & Breakfast to reserve a place to stay on your way there!