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Old 06-13-2010, 02:55 PM
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Lavender Fields of Texas

This weekend was the annual Lavender festival in Texas....and I nearly forgot it- so I got hubby to drive me out- turns out most of the farms are within about 15 miles of my house!

I got this shot to prove it was in Texas, not Provence!
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:58 PM
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The second farm had a peach orchard next door- so of course we bought peaches!
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:01 PM
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And a couple more.... I guarantee we did the world's fastest tour of 2 lavender farms....and did not buy lavender-anything or even look! Taking my hubby along has it's advantages and disadvantages!
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Beautiful pics, Linda!!!! I really like the one with the adirondack chairs!! I notice the one place had a store. . I bet they sold lavender for cooking? I have a lavender shortbread recipe that is DIVINE.
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Old 06-13-2010, 04:44 PM
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Brenda- both of the places we went were selling things- but I did not even glance at the sales- hubby was along and in a hurry....but lavender also is very popular to make soaps, as aromatherapy, for bath products, etc. I saw people munching on food items though, that likely did have lavender in it! I had no idea people cooked with lavender!
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Re: Lavender Fields of Texas

Lovely photos Linda, I was surprised how green it was. I always picture Texas as an arid area.

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Old 06-13-2010, 05:53 PM
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Doug- we had a severe drought for 6 years, and finally got some decent rainfall this spring! So the wildflowers and such were gorgeous! Temps are already in the upper 90's though! And in west Texas, it is indeed very arid and dessert-like! These pictures are in the Texas Hill country, central Texas region. There were also irrigation hoses set up in these fields, as well as for the peaches!
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Beautiful, Linda. I wonder how they keep their lavendar shrubs so well groomed; mine see to spread out all over the place - not a very nice habit for such an admired plant. Can't believe you're getting peaches already. We won't be buying fresh Oregon grown peaches until August!

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Carole- I have no clue how they groom them! The July peaches here are supposed to be better than the June ones, but I can't imagine much better tasting ones than what we bought yesterday!
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It could just be that what you're growing is a different cultivar, Carole. My mom has one that grows in a nicely contained clump like that.

Mmmmmm peaches... lovely pics Linda
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Esther- one place had a huge number of different lavender species in a garden, with them labeled....so that makes sense that it might be a different type! Oh, the peaches are heavenly!
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