A morning at the Lavender field

The first day of summer has come and gone so that means its time to start crossing off things from my summer bucket list.

One of the top things on the list was the Lavender Farm. First of all, I have lived in Northern Virginia for my entire life and I had absolutely no idea there was a little lavender farm tucked away here. 
After discovering it online I realized that people usually find the place through word of mouth.
I’ve never picked lavender, so this is something that I was really excited to do. I love the smell because it’s so relaxing.
Blooming Hill Lavender Farm is a charming farmlet tucked away on a dirt road in Purcellville. There are over 1,000 Lavender plants in over 100 varieties.

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I went this past Saturday morning, right after a night of relentless rain. It was cloudy and cool, which is perfect for me because I do not like picking flowers in the heat. 
There is a beautiful labyrinth on the property that I fell in love with. I can honestly say I’ve never seen a labyrinth before! It looked so pretty and wasn’t flooded from all the rain.
I checked out the gift shop first, It smells like heaven. There is so much dried lavender hanging from the ceiling. I had to take a picture of it! In the shop you can find lots of hand made soaps, candles, dried lavender, art, etc. It was so cute!!
The field was beautiful and smelled so good. I do have to warn you that there were a lot of bees. I am not afraid of bees nor am I allergic to them, but there were just so many that it was making me a bit nervous. Nothing would ruin this summer bucket list trip more than a bee sting. We just did our best to be extremely careful around the bees and it was honestly a lot of fun observing them at work.

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Lavender is .15 cents per stem for those who are picking their own. It was more expensive than I had anticipated but I have never picked lavender before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. 
The girls and I took a lot of different varieties until we had a cute little boquet. I had to count each stem for when it was time to pay, and this costs us a little over $10. I was told to hang it upside to dry when I get home but I’m still not quite sure what I’m going to do with it once it is dry. 
I plan on making at least one more trip to Blooming Hill this summer, so I can take some more photos and maybe have a picnic. It was a delightful trip for a Saturday morning and the kids and I really enjoyed it! If you are reading this and you live in my area I suggest you visit, you will love it.
Next on the list for us is Sunflower picking!
What should I do with my dried Lavender? Let me know in the comments because I seriously have no clue what to do with it.


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