July 25, 2010

Vacation Friday in Sequim

Vacation Friday took a turn. No trip to the movies, but instead a wonderful visit with my dear friends in Sequim, WA, where the lavender is in full bloom everywhere. Last years shots were a bit later in the season and many places had already sheared their plants. Love those shapes but it was fun to see all the color this season and OH MY the scents. There was much more to the day that I will be posting, but here is a taste of the late afternoon at this garden. 


Basket gal said...

Beautiful photo and I'm glad you got a fun vacation day, too!

Teresa Evangeline said...

Oh how I love lavender. The sight, the smell, and there's a small cafe in Arroyo Seco NM, just north of Taos, that makes the best homemade lavendar ice cream. I miss it. Lovely image.

Anonymous said...

I do like your photo of the lavender. We have only one plant of it in our garden space. We planted it last year and we did not think it took, but this spring it flourished. (Sage to Meadow, Jack Matthews)

Sea Mist and Sunsets said...

Thanks much, it was a really good day. Haven't been able to make that journey very often in the years since they moved. Best intentions are often swept away by fast moving must do's. Life.

I stopped to see your baskets Sunday morning after errands. How amazing they are in workmanship, design and color. And they looked perfect in the garden and vineyard setting.

I too love lavender and couldn't resist bringing a few bunches home to continue the affair. I put them in front of the fans we have spread around the house to offset our higher temps. Truly a treat and I can't imagine why I didn't think to do this years ago.

I believe I know the cafe you mentioned though I haven't had their lavender ice. BUT, we were discussing lavender ice Friday as we enjoyed a yummy lunch. I've had some and loved it. My friend, who through the years has prepared some of the most amazing meals I've eaten, used to make a grapefruit ice. I remember it as magic.

Thank you. I was pleased with the photo too, taken from the side of the road through the open car window. It was late and the farm was closed. But, the timing allowed for long shadows.

Some of the lavender fields up in Sequim have plants that have been in the ground for quite a while, though the farm in this photo is relatively new.

When we grew lavender here at home, we experienced much the same thing you describe. They looked like goners the first year, then came on stronger as they aged. Ours finally gave out following a hard, wet winter.

Sequim on the other hand, sits in what is known as the "Banana Belt". A strip of NW WA that gets very little rain and a good deal of sun. More like Eastern WA.

Taos Sunflower said...

This must have been just heavenly. Wish I could have been there, too!

tiedyejudy said...

Your pictures are fabulous! I have a friend who lives in Sequim, and she sends me pix of her garden every year... I am envious! Thanks for sharing your wonderful work!

Sea Mist and Sunsets said...

It really was and if I could instantly transport you to it, I would. Catching it in bloom is a time dance for my schedule and I'm so happy it worked out this year.

I'm awfully glad you are enjoying the photos and thank you for your very kind words. When you drive around up in Sequim, it's clear there are a number of folks taking advantage of that good garden growing climate. With limited rainfall and a fast growing population, I'm guessing water is going to be a big issue. Happily the lavender crops don't need much water. Thanks for stopping by!

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