Flower of the Day – August 31, 2012

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Flower of the Day – August 31, 2012

“That inspiration comes, does not depend on me. The only thing I can do is make sure it catches me working.”
Pablo Picasso

Basket of Fire,” Dahlias, Hillsboro, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images. © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

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Flower of the Day – August 20, 2012

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Flower of the Day – August 20, 2012

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey

“Scarlet Tipped Dahlia,” Hillsboro, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images. © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Flower of the Day – August 6, 2012

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Flower of the Day – August 6, 2012

“Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.”
Bertolt Brecht

Blue Spurs,” Orenco Station Farmers Market, Hillsboro, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the Photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images, © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

 

Flower of the Day – August 4, 2012

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Flower of the Day – August 4, 2012

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
~ Russell Baker

Big Red,” Lily, Hillsboro, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer, Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images, © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

 

Flower of the Day – August 3, 2012

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Flower of the Day – August 3, 2012

“All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.”
~ Orison Swett Marden

A Wisp of Pink,” Dahlia. Orenco Station Farmers Market, Hillsboro, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

It’s Lavender Time!


The Fields of Helvatia Lavender Farms

It is lavender time in Portland and with it the wondrous scent of lavender. From the lush fields of lavender, to the gardens, to the markets, lavender is in the air. Lloyd and I are fortunate to live in a city that is so close to the agricultural areas of the Willamette Valley. As such, we are privy to an array of fresh fruits, vegetables, nursery stock plants of all kinds, and the best of all – they all end up among other places at the local markets and festivals in the area. We are fortunate also to live blocks from one such local market at Orenco Station, where fresh produce and fresh flowers and nursery plants are sold, among other local artisan goods.

July marks the arrival of lavender with it comes an array of festivals at many of the local lavender farms around Portland.  A short drive for us, and we found our way to  Helvetia Lavender Farms, nestled in the hills overlooking the beautiful Willamette Valley.  Here the farm grows 60 varieties of lavender in their lush gardens and cutting fields. Visitors are welcome to wander through the gardens, and when they are through can enjoy teatime in their new pavilion, and relax amid the scent of lavender. They also distill our own lavender oil and carry a great selection of lavender products available for sale. Their property is amazing and the lavender fields breathtaking. Here we found lavender as far as the eye could see. The moment the door of the car opened the air around was filled with the strong and wondrous scent of fresh lavender. Wonderful. I was amazed by how many varieties of lavender there is. It not only grows in the lavender farms but it is found simply  everywhere around Portland, even in our own backyard garden. Here are some wonderful photos from our local market to the fields and beyond. Enjoy!

For purchase by the ounce…

To delicate sprigs…

To lavender fields…

To the garden plumes…

To that which surrounds a chair…..

To signs warning it’s here…

To the those of which bare ears …

To a bee drawn by its lofty scent….

To the tiny bee….

To Mr. Bumble bee….

The delicate sprigs of Lavender is in the air, indicating summer is finally here.

Cheers!

L&L

Flower of the Day – August 2, 2012

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Flower of the Day – August 2, 2012

“Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.”
~ Lydia M. Child

Candy Canes in the Summer

Candy Canes in the Summer,” Dahlia. Orenco Station Farmers Market, Hillsboro, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images. © 2012 All rights reserved.