On our recent trip to Santa Fe we took a little day trip to Albuquerque and visited the historical
Los Poblanos Lavender Farm. What a treat for me as I love lavender and anything too do with lavender! (Even Mr. Bloomers enjoyed visiting this historical farm)
The tree lined entrance is beautiful and is a lovely greeting to the farm. There is also a bed and breakfast and more extensive gardens that we found out you can tour by appointment, but the lavender farm and shop was open for visits.
The parking lot is lined with large mass plantings of lavender that form a heavenly hedge next to a lovely little sitting area.
The farm shop's aroma is intoxicating...even with the door open and little chickens running in and out the lavender perfumes the entire store!
I love the architecture of the building and while Mr. Bloomers chatted with the most friendly and informative lavender gardener, I snapped a few pictures of this charming old building. (with his permission of course)
He gave us lots of information about how lavender was brought to the area by the Spanish and was grown along the Rio Grande where the farm continues to grow "Grosso" lavender for the strongest essential oils.
I had to buy several gallon sized plants and he gave me growing tips as lavender likes well drained sandy soil..(in Oklahoma we have a more clay-like soil). I am going to grow my new little plants in a raised bed specially prepared just for lavender and use a pea gravel mulch.
There are sweet little animals too...chickens, ducks and goats were in little stalls next to the
Los Poblanos has a lavender festival every June and right after we were there he said they were expecting thousands to visit that next weekend..(kind of glad I got there when there were no crowds)
I enjoyed my visit and learning more about my favorite herb. I came home with soaps, lotion and essential oils from the plants grown right there on the farm. Such a simple luxury that I enjoy almost everyday!
Another view of the lavender field.
To learn more about lavender and the farm I've included the link:
I'm linking with Susan's Outdoor Wednesday and always enjoy seeing what everyone has to share.