IT’S LOCAL: LAVENDER HARVEST IN BENNETT, N.C.

By |2014-06-15T12:41:56-04:00June 15, 2014|It's Local|

This place and its story are so good that I am writing about it a second time, two years later.

We went back to
Bluebird Hill Farm
where Norma Burns invites everyone to come and help harvest her fields of lavender. Once again, it was a picture perfect day for North Carolina: not too hot or humid and a nice breeze all day.

IMG_0639_wm We parked here: nice first view for the day!

 I had written about our visit two years ago and put a slide show on the post. Hmmm. The slide show has disappeared with my move over to WordPress last December!
One of my followers in England, Deborah Lawrenson, had seen the post and immediately started to compare the lavender harvest here in the U.S. to that in Provence where she also lives. The result was her post
“Bluebird Hill Farm”.
Take a look and you will see just how international, and yet small, the blogging world is.

I took many, many pictures today but thought that, once again, the best way to show a selection was with a slide show. You can almost smell the lavender! 

This is what I brought home. I will let it dry, but in the meantime I get to […]

BLUEBIRD HILL FARM GOES INTERNATIONAL

By |2014-06-14T18:08:39-04:00June 8, 2012|It's Local|

A few days ago (four to be exact) I posted about the “lavender harvest” in North Carolina at Bluebird Hill Farm.
The next day I received an email from one of my blogging friends, Deborah Lawrenson. Deborah writes one of my favorite blogs, and I featured her latest book, “The Lantern” on my blog.
DO go buy the book: it is W O N D E R F U L!!   We were discussing another subject, when she also asked me if it would be ok if she did a post on this lavender harvest in the U.S., and did I think Norma at Bluebird Hill Farm would be alright with it.
Fine with me, of course!
I wrote Norma who was delighted.
This morning Deborah posted, “Bluebird Hill Farm”.
The entire experience has been EXACTLY why I blog! We are all connected. We make new, totally unexpected, friends through these connections. Norma grows lavender but has never been to Provence. Perhaps she will go someday soon, and maybe, just maybe she will meet up with Deborah!
And it all started with Our State magazine featuring the story on Norma, and me being eager to investigate.
Happy Weekend everyone: […]

LAVENDER HARVEST IN NORTH CAROLINA

By |2014-06-14T18:06:23-04:00June 3, 2012|Garden, It's Local|

What a FABULOUS day it was!
We headed  off to Bennett, North Carolina which is just about in the middle of the state, which is also about an hour southwest of where I live.
The weather was perfect: low humidity, sunny with high, wispy clouds, very comfortable temperature… all the ingredients for a perfect day in the lavender fields!
The story that attracted us was from Our State magazine.
“The Lavender Plan:  “On a back-road farm in Bennett, Norma Burns finds strength in a field of purple plants”. 

I urge you to read the story and to read about this amazingly strong woman (who is, I might add, smart, energetic, attractive, knowledgeable.. and the list goes on!).

You can find Norma at: Bluebird Hill Farm

So off we went to the lavender harvest here in North Carolina.
I was curious as to why it is so early when in Provence it takes place the end
of July. Norma enlightened me. She grows only “Grosso” lavender as it can
take the humidity of the South, and it is always harvested in June.
Norma’s house (she was an architect in her previous life) as seen from the fields
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