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Lavender’s Blue, Dilly Dilly. Lavender Ridge Farms near Gainesville, Texas

by Shelly Kneupper Tucker on June 27, 2009©


“Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green,
When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen.
Who told you so, dilly, dilly, who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly, that told me so.” ~English folk song

Actually, “lavender” is “a pale to light purple to very light or very pale violet” but I’m not going to argue with an old English folk song. Those old English folks get testy.

The other day, I showed you a picture of myself and said I was running with scissors at Lavender Ridge Farms, near Gainesville. I only ran with the scissors when I saw the bees. Honeybees were everywhere in these lovely lavender fields. I kept hollering, “OK, kids! I’m coming in!” None of the bees paid any attention to me; they were too intent on their work.

Field of lavender at Lavender Ridge Farms

Field of lavender at Lavender Ridge Farms

Braving the bees to get that lavender.

Braving the bees to get that lavender.

I’d heard about this lavender farm down at my local coffee shop (my coffee addiction is good for something) and decided to take my spousal unit to visit it. The great outdoors isn’t exactly my husband’s idea of a great time, but he was a good sport.

You have to really want to go to Lavender Ridge Farms — the gravel road leading to it is a washboard. But, it’s worth the drive. Evidently I’m not the only person who thinks that, because at the end of May the farm hosted a Lavender Festival which was attended by more than 3,000 people.

Basket of lavender

Basket of lavender

Lavender Ridge is owned by Jane Dane and her brother, Jerry Ware, who decided to farm the land that has been in their family for 150 years. When they visited their grandfather’s farm in their younger days, they found that they never wanted to leave! So, when they inherited the land — they didn’t. They grow the lavender, as well as strawberries (which were peaking when we were there) and many other vegetables.

Handful of strawberries

Handful of strawberries

It doesn't smell like sweat and horse manure.

It doesn't smell like sweat and horse manure.

Although they have a small store with lavender related items, they haven’t put that store on-line, so you’ll have to drive out there to get the soaps, candles, wreaths, crafts, and seasonal plantings that they offer.

I had to laugh at one very “un-lavender” item they sold. “Genuine Cowboy” reputedly smells like leather. Quite frankly, I was leery of giving it a sniff.

I think you’d enjoy wandering around at Lavender Ridge Farm and dodging the swarming bees enjoying the great outdoors. Jane told me that they have an as yet “un-named” festival scheduled for October 9th, 10th, and 11th. They already have art/craft vendors scheduled to be there. The lavender will, of course, not be blooming and you won’t find strawberries. It will be interesting to see what they feature. Watch their website for more information if you would like to go and will be in my neck of the woods.

Even the oil wells were lavender!

Even the oil wells were lavender!

{ 3 comments }

Ellie June 27, 2009 at 8:04 am

All great! My favorite shirt! Your husband really loves you – you can see it in the beautiful pictures he took. Your hands are so gentle with the strawberries. Do you have oil wells in every backyard there :) Is this one only for decoration? So clean around it. Forgive my silly questions – I have no clue about how those things operate.
The photo where you pic lavender reminds me of the paintings of the old time artists depicting women harvesting crop and picking fruits and flowers. Such beautiful and timeless image!
.-= Ellie´s last blog ..Morning Coffee =-.

Patricia Reiser June 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I never knew such beautiful things existed in Gainsville, Tx. I have family there actually. Though I have not been there since 1981 I believe was the year.

Wishing you a scent-sational day!
Patty
.-= Patricia Reiser´s last blog ..{POTD} My strong Little Man =-.

Thorne June 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Oh I’m drooling. I L to the O to the VE lavender!!! I wonder if people would visit me here in the desert if I turned my place into a lavender farm? Hahaha! How sweet that would “bee”.
.-= Thorne´s last blog ..Cacti Colors =-.

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