Lavender Digest (31/05/18)

Hello Hitchin Lavender fans!

This is another instalment of our Lavender Digest, where we update you on all things lavender. Our opening weekend was a roaring success, with our new product lines, new cakes and new styles of tea all going down a treat.

Although we still don’t have much lavender to speak of yet, we still have an awful lot of new bits and bobs to spoil yourself with.

Here is a rundown of the lavender for this coming week!

Next week (2/6/18-7/6/18) 

How will the lavender be looking? 

As with last week, we are still to early in our season for the lavender. In light of this, we are not charging entrance at the moment (and therefore not allowing picking in the fields.)

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We do have one or two wildflowers dotted around the farm and the views over Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are still there. So, if you did want to come for a cream tea and to have a little wander in nature, then you would be absolutely welcome!

And the sunflowers? 

Similarly, the sunflowers are not yet in bloom. It is slightly too early to tell when they will be ready, but we are anticipating to have them in mid-July/August.

What’s new?

Our brand new play area has been a hit with the kids and with lots of picnic benches surrounding the fort, the children can run around whilst the parents enjoy a brew (or something stronger!) It’s a win-win!

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We also have stacks of new plants ready to purchase in our new plant area. They are all looking lush at the moment and might be the perfect addition to your garden!

Events

We currently have a full workshop schedule, from knitting, to printing, to yoga for kids. Make sure to check on the following links for more information!

Thanks for reading!

Make sure to share with anyone who was hoping to this weekend!

 

Lavender Digest

Hello Hitchin Lavender fans!

Welcome back to our Lavender Digest posts – we hope you all had great winters. This is a weekly newsletter to update you on all things Hitchin Lavender, particularly how the fields of lavender and sunflowers will be looking.

We are ready and raring to go for our opening day tomorrow (26th May); we are all really looking forward to having you visit us throughout the summer.

Before you come, please have a read of this to inform your visit.

Next week (26/5/18-1/6/18) 

How will the lavender be looking? 

Although we will be opening tomorrow – from 10 until 5 in the evening – the lavender will not be in bloom. Our flowering starts in mid-June, when the early lavenders –  which accounts for about a third of the field – will start to flower. The main body of the field will be coming into bloom in mid-July.

As there is no lavender in the field, picking will not commence until the flowers have come up.

Early Season Shot
Taken 22/5/18

And the sunflowers? 

Similarly, the sunflowers are not yet in bloom. It is slightly too early to tell when they will be ready, but we are anticipating to have them in mid-July/August.

What’s new?

A lot has changed on the farm and we have been working hard all winter to make everyone’s visits as enjoyable as we possibly can.

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New this season! 

Brand new to this season – construction was finished on this this week, in fact – is our new child’s play area! So although we will not have lavender to come enjoy just yet, we will have our café up and running and the opportunity for the little ones to come have a go on our new play equipment!

Thanks for reading!

Make sure to share with anyone who was hoping to come this bank holiday weekend!

 

 

Lavender Digest (31/8/17)

Hello Hitchin Lavender fans!

This is the last week of our Lavender Digests as this is the last week of Hitchin Lavender being open. Our last day is 3rd September. 

Thank you all so much for coming to our farm and enjoying the lavender with us. Thanks as well to all of you who have been keeping me company on this blog. We will be carrying on during our off-season, keeping you abreast of upcoming events and a few about what we get up to over the winter.

This post is for all of you who may be thinking about coming before we close. If you know anyone who is thinking of coming, make sure you link this to them, so that they can be aware of how everything is looking..

 

Events 

Swing Night 

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We were wondering how best to sell them to you. We know that they’re great, they always sell out when they are here, but for those of you who have never come across them, have little look at them on YouTube:

Nearly half the tickets have already sold already, so book soon using the following link:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EMJKDI

Workshops

31st August – Toddler Tales (10.00-11.30 am)

https://billetto.co.uk/e/toddler-tales-move-tickets-207301

2nd September – Morning Meditation with John Harrigan (9.00-10.00 am)

https://billetto.co.uk/users/foolishpeople

Our Last Week (31/8/17 – 3/9/17) 

How will the lavender be looking? 

We are now out of season for our flowers right now. The field looks quite grey and we have begun our harvesting process.

As I mentioned last week, if you are thinking of coming and are expecting to have beautiful purple fields, then you may be disappointed, especially if you are coming from any distance at all. Please consider coming next season to avoid disappointment. 

If you do know anyone who is thinking of coming this week, with the hopes of catching a purple field, please refer them to this blog. 

And the sunflowers? 

Again, the sunflowers have been and gone.

For next season, for both the lavender and the sunflowers, please make sure to stay updated with Hitchin Lavender Blog.

Thanks so much for reading, we will be posting again in the next few weeks with more updates on the field.

 

Will

 

Lavender Digest (24/8/17)

Hello Hitchin Lavender fans!

Welcome to the second to last week of our opening season.

Without any ado, let’s get on with the digest!

Next week (24/8/17-30/8/17) 

How will the lavender be looking? 

We are out of season in terms of the flowering period for the lavender. The main field looks at its purple best from mid July to mid August, so it really has gone past its best right now and for the next week.

With that in mind, we have been suggesting that anyone thinking of coming for the bank holiday weekend – particularly if you are coming from any great distance at all – then we suggest considering coming for next season.

If you are local and wanting to pick a bunch of lavender to be dried, then there is still a lot there for the taking.

And the sunflowers? 

They have been and gone, I’m afraid. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on here next season to catch the lavender at its brilliant best!

Swing Night 

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Tickets are still available for our end of season bonanza! This West End Rat Pack tribute act are not to be missed. Playing all the old favourites, make sure to book soon, as the tickets always sell out!

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/393454

Workshops 

24th August – Toddler Tales (10.00-11.30 am)

https://billetto.co.uk/e/toddler-tales-move-tickets-207301

26th August – Morning Meditation with John Harrigan (9.00-10.00 am)

https://billetto.co.uk/users/foolishpeople

30th August – Ickledrama for Toddlers (10.30-11.30 am)

https://www.ickledrama.co.uk/

That’s all for this week.

Make sure to come back next week for our final lavender digest of the year!

Thanks for reading.

Will

 

 

Lavender Digest (17/08/17)

Hello lavender fans!

Welcome to the 8th week of our weekly newsletter, The Lavender Digest.

This week sees Sundown Cinema coming to the farm! We’ve already had two showings – The Matrix and Life of Brian – with another 4 to go!

If you have any questions about the showings, (ticket sales, policies, etc.) please go directly to www.sundowncinema.co.uk  who will be able to assist you!

Next Week… (17/8/17 – 23/8/17)

How will the lavender be looking? 

We are coming right to the very end of our natural flowering season and, though there is some purple in the field, it is not looking nearly as good as it has done previously this season.

With that in mind, we recommend that, if you are coming from a distance, that you consider postponing your visit until next season.

If you are local, or were wanting to come and pick the lavender, then come within the next week, to catch the last of the lavender.

And the sunflowers? 

Unfortunately the sunflowers have been and gone. As I mentioned last week, they flowered early and the horrible weather at the beginning of the month really wiped them out.

What’s on? 

Swing Night 

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We are proud to announce that The Definitive Rat Pack are coming back to the farm! Playing all the old favourites, this renowned West End tribute act, will get you grooving!

For more information and to book, go to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/393454

Workshops

19th August – Morning Meditation with John Harrigan (9.00-10.00 am)

https://billetto.co.uk/users/foolishpeople

22nd August – Easy Printmaking Workshop with Something Wonderful Design (10.00-12.30)

https://www.facebook.com/somethingwonderfuldesign/

23rd August – Ickledrama for Toddlers (10.30-11.30 am)

https://www.ickledrama.co.uk/

That’s all for this week.

See you next Thursday!

Will

Photo Competition (Post two of two)

Hello Lavender Fans!

Presenting the last round of entries from our recent photo competition! Thank you all so much for entering, I think you can agree that we have some really stunning entrants here.

Keep your eyes peeled on here… It has been so much fun doing this, that we may run another competition, so we can see all the enjoyment you guys have been having at the farm.

Enjoy!

Lavender Digest (10/08/17)

Hello Lavender Fans!

Welcome to the 7th week of our Lavender Digest.

We have had such a wet week! Apart from Sunday, which saw record numbers, a lot of the past seven days has been nothing but rain.

With that in mind, if you were still hoping to come down to our farm, please expect it to be very muddy, so bring appropriate footwear and be prepared for muddy conditions when parking and walking around.

I have had a lot of fun looking through everyone’s pictures for our low-key competition, so thank you everyone for entering! We may well run it again, so if you wanted to join please see the link for more info!

We had so many entries that we are having to do two posts. So join us again next Monday for another showing of our visitor’s shots!

On with the digest!

 

Next week… (10/8/2017 – 16/8/2017)

How will the Lavender be looking? 

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Taken 10/08/17

We still have lavender for you to come and have a look at, but we are coming to the end of our season. Some of our later blooming lavenders are coming into their own, but if you were wanting to come for the main body of the field, come within the next week to avoid disappointment!

Sunflowers? 

We are sorry to say that the sunflowers have really gone past their best, I’m afraid. They came a few weeks back, earlier than anticipated, and have gone past their two week bloom window.

Everything has just happened earlier this year and the rain we’ve had over the weeks has really meant that the flowers have suffered.

How busy will it be?

As mentioned before, Sunday was possibly our busiest day of the year. We are definitely expecting to be busy.

Please, bring appropriate footwear and be prepared for muddy car parks and queuing.

What’s on? 

Swing Night 

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We are proud to announce that The Definitive Rat Pack are coming back to the farm! Playing all the old favourites, this renowned West End tribute act, will get you grooving!

For more information and to book, go to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/393454

Workshops 

12th August – Morning Meditation with John Harrigan (9.00-10.00 am)

15th August – Knitting on the Farm with Susie Davies (19.00-21.00)

For more information go to http://www.hitchinlavender.co.uk/news.aspx.

That’s all for this week, come back on Monday for more from our photo competition!

See you next week!

Will

 

Lavender Competition (Post One of Two)

Hello Lavender Fans!

It has been my absolute privilege looking through all the different shots of the field. We had so many through, that we’ve had to do it in 2 posts!

Hope you all enjoy!

Thank you all so much for taking part. Anyone who sent in a shot to our email address before 7/8/17 will definitely have one of their shots included, either this week or next Monday – so don’t worry if you didn’t see yours.

If you didn’t take part watch this space! We may do this at least one more time before the season is over!

Have a great week!

Will

Lavender Digest (3/08/17)

Hello Lavender Fans!

Welcome to the 6th week of our Lavender Digest.

Where has our summer gone!

We have had an awful lot of rain again this week, so please be aware that we are very muddy in places, especially in the car parks and some areas of the field. If you need any extra assistance getting around this weekend please let us know and we’ll do what we can to help!

To all of you who have sent over pictures to be featured on our blog we will be displaying them all next Tuesday. Our deadline is midnight on Monday night.

Thanks to all of you have already done so, those who haven’t, or don’t know what I’m talking about, see this post for details!

Next week… (3/8/2017 – 9/8/2017)

How will the Lavender be looking? 

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Taken 29th July

We are still going strong. With the bad weather, some of the lavender is starting to turn, but we do have an area of lavender yet to come into full bloom! Keep your eyes peeled for that.

Sunflowers? 

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Taken 27th July

Yes! They are looking absolutely fab right now and this may be the last week that they look so good! Come soon to pick 50p a stem.

How busy will it be?

Always seems to get the weather predictions wrong at this point in the week, but we may well get some more rain over the weekend and into the week. Same as ever, if it’s not raining then we will be busy

The schools have now broken up, as you may be aware. If it is a sunny day, expect us to be very busy.

What’s on? 

Workshops 

Keep your eyes peeled on social media and hitchinlavender.com website for information on our workshops!

See you next week!

Will

 

A Little Request…

Hello lavender fans!

We are having a bit of a different post this week…

Competition

Instead of me telling you a little about the lavender, we would love to see a little of what you got. Please send over your favourite pictures to lavendercompetition@gmail.com, with your name, when you took it and maybe a little caption, for us to include in next week’s post.

Whether you’ve got some pictures of yourselves in the lavender or sunflowers, or some dramatic pictures of the fields themselves – as long as you’d be happy for us to share it – we would love to include it!

No winners or losers here, just a chance to share your experiences of Hitchin Lavender!

Thanks!

Will