Lavender and Mt. Hood

I took this picture last weekend at a lavender farm in Hood River, Oregon, the dark purple is Grosso Lavender which is best known for oils. Grosso is a hybrid and must be started by propagation. It took 4 years to achieve this. If you stand still, you can hear the bees. They leave the lavender and go across the driveway to the pears. This is as close to heaven as I can get, Lavender and Mt Hood. I added the chair! Hood River is where the fruits for most of the mail order fruit companies grow, tons of orchards and only 2 lavender farms!

To get to Hood River, you drive through the Columbia Gorge. I have seen the lavender fields in Provence and they don't hold a candle to this one. Before relocating to Pacific NW, I lived in TN where you CANNOT grow lavender (too humid), so I am the happiest gardener in my small community. It grows like a weed and even has to be trimmed in fall. Just thought my gardening buddies would love this pix.

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By CJ Jones from Camas, WA

August 3, 20070 found this helpful

An absolutely beautiful picture! I've never been to Oregon but my Mother has and she said it was a beautiful state. I love the chair addition to your picture.

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August 3, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you for a lovely pleasure, that was so beautiful.

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August 3, 20070 found this helpful

What a great picture! I love the chair. THanks for sharing.

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August 3, 20070 found this helpful

How very pleasing!

Thank you!

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August 3, 20070 found this helpful

Just beautiful! I saved the photo on my desktop as the background picture. DH and I went to the Pacific Northwest probably a decade ago and one of the places we went to was Mt. Hood. The air was fresher/cleaner out there. (I just hated to see all of the clearcuts, though.)

I live in humid Northeastern Ohio and after amending the soil with sand I was finally able to grow lavender. (And I use it to make my scrumptious lavender shortbread cookies!)

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August 4, 20070 found this helpful

What an exquisite photo. I can see myself there, only I'd turn the chair around so I could see Mt. Hood.

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August 4, 20070 found this helpful

Your wonderful photo really made my day! Thanks!

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August 4, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, turning the chair around would be the thing to do!

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August 4, 20070 found this helpful

The chair was "eye candy" .....a photo prop I couldnt resist. I have been in the PacNW for a total of 8 yrs (once in the 80's and back in 2004 for good) and I have never gotten used to the beauty and majesty of Mt Hood. In Hood River where the pix was taken..when driving you can see Mt Hood in your front thru the windshield and Mt Adams in your side mirror. The rain never bothers me -- I wake up looking at Mt St Helens which is usually steaming..it just doesnt get in better in my book...cj in camas, wa

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The chair was a prop...I never get used to seeing Mt Hood and it's majesty. In the car driving to Hood River, you have Mt Hood in front and Mt Adams in the side mirror! OR has it all - mountains, desert, the coast, the Columbia Gorge -- you wonder what Lewis & Clark thought when they arrived. I live in Camas, WA (across the river from Portland) and wake up to Mt St Helens every morning. We are in the city but you still can hear the coyotes at night and deer are everywhere...the PacNW has it all going on...cj in camas, wa

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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

What a beautiful picture. I have saved it as well as used it as a desktop photo... I wish I could make it bigger. Thanks so much

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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

What a wonderful contrast the chair makes in the lavender field! I live in Ohio, but visited Skamania Lodge on a business trip 3 years ago. You leave in a beautiful part of the country.

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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

My daughter recently moved to Edmonds, WA. Is it near Camas? I would appreciate knowing all about Edmonds if you can contribute info. Thanks.

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August 10, 20070 found this helpful

Janet, Edmonds is on the Puget Sound. I am about 3 hrs south on the Columbia River - just across the river from Portland OR. I've never been to Edmonds but it's in a beautiful area. cj in camas

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August 10, 20070 found this helpful

For those who love this picture. Here is the website for the farm. They have a beautiful gift shop w/ reasonable prices and do accept Paypal.

http://www.lavendervalley.com/events.htm

If anyone is looking for lavender wands, pls contact me and I will give you the email of a lady in LA who makes the most beautiful ones I have ever seen for 6.00 ea. thnx cj in camas

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August 10, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, this is about Edmonds. It is just north of Seattle on the water (Puget Sound) and is close enough to be considered a suburb of Seattle (or a "bedroom" community) I grew up in south Seattle so never went to Edmonds very often unless I was taking the ferry. It is a very desirable area, with the water and views and all but anything near Seattle is getting too expensive for me and the traffic is bad too. When you visit your daughter, be sure to take the ferry over to the peninsula. It is a cheap and fun thing to do. Here is a website that talks about such a trip:

http://www.seattledaytrips.com/2005/05/29/edmonds-ferry-to-kingston/

I live in Hillsboro, OR and I will have to drive over to see the lavender. Hood River is such a cute town. We went for a "Day out with Thomas" for the kids once and they also have dinner trains that run through the countryside. These are very popular in the fall. When I drove over from Boston, we stopped in Hood River, thinking that we had arrived in Portland. Well, sort of. I think it still took us 2 hours to get to our new apartment.

Jess

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February 25, 20080 found this helpful

Great Shot! There is another lavender farm closer to mt.hood...I think they are certified organic too. Here's a picture from their website: www.hoodriverlavender.com

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