Lavender Harvesting In New Zealand

The weather was very up and down this summer season – rain, cold, then finally we received some welcome heat from the sun. The heat, with a bit of rain here and there, sped up the lavender quite quickly for the upcoming harvest. You could almost see the changes daily...

The Year Of The Pig

Welcome to 2019, the year of the Pig – A year of Fortune and Luck! That’s something to look forward too. Stu was born in the year of the Pig, so he is a Boar and I am an Ox. What has happened so far this month at our lavender farm? We have finished our 8th year...

A Year At The Lavender Farm In New Zealand

I have many things to be grateful and hugely lucky for in my 2018 year of lavender. December 2017 – January 2018 Our pick your own lavender events started two weeks earlier than usual, so in Dec 2017, we opened the gates to over 700 people for that weekend. The next...

The Lavender Fairy

While in Provence, we came across this story of the fairy, Lavender. I had to share it with you: The fairy ‘Lavender’ A very beautiful fairy, with long blonde hair and blue eyes, called Lavandula, was probably born in the middle of the Montagne de Lure’s wild...

Bees And Lavender

Lavender Abbeys’ 2018 harvest started early in a couple of ways. Firstly, we harvested three weeks early due to the amazing summer many areas of New Zealand had. Secondly, we were able to commence the harvest at 8am, as there was no dew. With the early start, we...

Lavender In Provence

Hasn’t the time flown by! Last time I wrote was January 2018 after our hugely successful picking season, we were rapt with all the support we got from all the lavender lovers out there and we both thank you. Believe it or not, we attended 48 markets in the...

Lavender Picking Over For Another Year

Our seventh ‘Pick your own Lavender’ is over for another year. The time comes around so fast and then it is gone in the blink of an eye. We were open three weekends this year, instead of the usual two, due to summer arriving early, very hot temperatures and occasional...

The 2017 Lavender Harvest

I cannot believe it is September and I am only just writing this now. This year we had a very enthusiastic couple volunteer to help us with the lavender harvest. For seven years Stu and I have harvested the lavender ourselves, so it was great to have some help. It was...

Lavender & Headaches

Essential Oil is the concentrated essence of a plant, the part which gives the plant its distinct scent. Lavender Oil is just that: the distilled product of Lavender. Lavender Essential Oil can assist with headaches and has many other uses. Using Lavender Essential...