True love and lavender… a happy customer’s story

ImageWe are not really in the shipping lavender business, but when I got a plea to help make a bride’s wish come true, how could I say no! So I wanted to share the warm thankyou I received from the groom’s sister, who had tracked us down via this blog and organized a bouquet to be fedexed to Michigan.

“I wanted to forward a picture of the [happy couple]. I guess you get the bonus of my grandmother too.
I presented Rachel with the bouquet about an hour before the ceremony. She cried tears of joy. She later said on the way out of the reception that it did calm her throughout the evening. I have scooped up all the little nodes that dropped while assembling the bouquet and the ones that fell on the table at the wedding. I’ve already started on a sachet that I will mail to her soon.
Thank you so much for all your help. You were lovely.

This brought tears to my eyes too Val! And you’re so welcome! Ahhh… another lavender lover happy!


Honey honey honey… Makes me funny

Honey honey honey... Makes me funny

We’re in love with our real lavender honey! Harvested by hand and completely raw – we don’t use any heat to extract! Leave a comment or visit us on facebook to be notified when we have honey available! Local pick up is preferred to ensure the honey doesn’t get heated in transit, plus local honey is always better for you!


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Thought of the day

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams” Henry David Thoreau


My favorite Lavender Resources

I frequently get asked to share resources on lavender, everything from upcoming festivals to recipes to how to grow tips. So I’ve put together this list of my favorites. The fun thing about this list is that you can vote on your favorites and they’ll rise to the top! Plus you can suggest things to add! I’d love to know what you think!

Essential Oil Now Available Online! Free Shipping with Code Sherwood12!!! Thanks in advance for supporting our farm!

Essential oil starting to come over in our distillation workshop at the farm in July 2012

We’re super excited to announce that our 2012 distillation of our Lavandula intermedia essential oil is available online at the Apothecary Shoppe:
5-ml Lavandin Lavandula intermedia essential oil from Sherwood Lavender Farm
10-ml Lavandin Lavandula intermedia essential oil from Sherwood Lavender Farm

Plus, use the code Sherwood12 at checkout for free ground shipping of your Apothecary Shoppe order for $25 or more when you include our Lavandula intermedia essential oil in your selections!!!

We have very limited quantities available and we’ll post a notice when its sold out. We don’t substitute imported oil when we sell out folks! We will also have limited quantities of honey available shortly!

Want to know more about Lavandin Essential Oil?

Remember that Lavandin Lavandula intermedia essential oil is from a hybrid cross of true lavender Lavandula angustifolia and spike lavender Lavandula spica. Different varieties have different aromas, with our varieties (grosso, abrialis) bred for essential oil production.

It is not interchangeable for true Lavender, or Lavandula angustifolia essential oil for use on burns. The two smell very similar to most folks, but Lavandin is higher in camphor, making it wonderful for respiratory health in a winter blends. It also repels moths and I’ve had success using it on insect bites. Do not use it on burns, as it does not contain the active constituent Linalyl acetate, found in Lavandula angustifolia, that helps burns.

Mind Green describes Lavandin as “Fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous” in the book Natural Perfumes and it is a favorite oil of Aromatherapy Expert (and my own dear Mum!) Dorene Petersen, Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council and President of It is considered a top to middle note, so can be used to make up the bulk of an essential oil blend and blends well with bergamot, cinnamon, cypress, clary sage, geranium, lime, mandarin, patchouli, pine, rosemary, and thyme.

Thank you so much in advance for supporting our small local lavender farm!!!


Had a ball today doing watercolor artist Jacqueline Newbold’s beginning watercolor class in Bend Oregon! I was thrilled to finally get beyond stick figures! I love Jacqueline’s poppy pictures and use of color – it helps she also loves Provence, Greece, Lavender and flowers in general! She also does amazing watercolor travel journals and even has a DVD on how to do one of those, along with a painting travel kit available through Daniel Smith Art supplies.

I’m hoping to get her to come and teach a weekend class here at Sherwood Lavender Farm in 2013! Let me know if you’d like more info! 

For more info on Jacqueline’s classes, visit her blog at
Theres an artist in all of us.  Mine is just hiding. Deep!