Last year, my oldest daughter saw a homemade sandwich shaped sign on the West side of the Historic Columbia River Highway just before you come to the Portland Women's Forum outlook over the Columbia River, inviting folks to stop and cut lavender. She did not stop last year, so this year she had a bee in her bonnet and was determined to visit the little farm.
Late Tuesday afternoon on the spur of the moment we headed out to see if there was any lavender left since we had heard that other places in the general area had already celebrated lavender festivals weeks before. As you can see, we found there was still some for us to cut! Delightful!
As we walked close to the lovely scented lavender we were startled to hear it buzzing! What? Lavender buzzes? Then we realized the lavender was buzzing with hundreds of bumble bees! Then we spotted the BEE-WARE sign. Hmmmmm...what to do?
My oldest granddaughter did not want to have anything to do with lavender after realizing there were
bees involved with it. It took some persuading before she was convinced the bees were not at all interested in her, but wanted to continue focusing on feasting on the lavender. She reluctantly posed for a photo that her mom wanted, and then kept her distance from the cutting process. We took the baby back to the car and I hung out with her while my daughter and her younger daughter cut some lavender. Both girls enjoyed holding the lavender bundle once they were safely in the car without any bees buzzing around :)
We plan to make some sachets and let the girls do their first stitching. It should be fun! Have you made any sort of sachets? [I know that Sarah one of my friends who is a gifted weaver and crafter has, because she sent me some filled with lovely lavender from her garden last year. They are still wonderful, Sarah. Thank you again :)]
PS. For a challenge click on the last photo of lavender to enlarge it. How many bees can you see?