The beginning of a new lavender season!

April 2022

Sometimes there are weeks that feel like months and months that feel like years.  Anyone else feeling that way?  March seemed like a gloomy eternity, both with the easing out of winter and the tragic world events of the last month. It's hard to know what to do to help since the suffering seems so immense.  But I guess every little bit helps.  When I'm feeling overwhelmed, my husband reminds me that all we really have control over is what's in our back yard -- the people and causes in our community that we love. I know he's right, but don't you wish you could be in charge of the world for a day and set things right?  

On a lighter note, April is the month of rebirth!  Our field is waking up (as you can see in the above photo), which makes me extremely happy because that means I didn't kill all of my plants.  I'll lose a few, as I normally do, but I'm seeing a lot of green out there right now, so I'm very optimistic. I've started cleaning up, weeding and pruning the plants I didn't get to in the fall.  It feels so great to be out in the field again, soaking up the sunshine. Mother Nature is so healing, so good for my soul.  I hope you're able to get outside this month and enjoy the beauty around you. 

As always, if you should need any lavender products this month, I hope you'll take a look at our online store or our downtown Newberg shop!  For a little calming, a little beauty. Products made with love. 

Have a wonderful month!

Lavender Breakfast

Looking for something a little different for breakfast?  Here are a few ideas...


Lavender Honey Yogurt

with Fresh Berries and Toasted Almonds


  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 3 tbsp lavender honey (see recipe below)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • blackberries
  • strawberries 
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds


  • Stir the lavender honey and vanilla extract into the yogurt until blended and smooth. Taste it. Does it have the right sweetness for you? If not, either add more honey, or drizzle some on top with the berries.
  • Slice up the strawberries, and place those and the blackberries in a bowl. Pour over the lavender honey yogurt. Top with the toasted almonds, and drizzle a little more honey on top. Enjoy!

(Recipe and photo by fifteenspatulas.com)

Lavender Honey

1 cup local honey

1/4 cup dried culinary lavender buds

Add honey and lavender to a 16 oz mason jar.  Put lid on and set on a sunny window for about a week, turning the jar at least once a day to keep the buds covered with honey.  

After a week, filter the honey using a fine strainer into a clean jar.  Discard lavender.  Cover and store at room temperature. 


Auberge French Lavender Pancakes

with Lavender Honey


  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon finely ground dried culinary lavender buds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted and allowed to cool slightly
  • cooking spray or butter
  • lavender honey, cream, and butter, to serve


  • In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients together.
  • Add the milk, eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until well combined.
  • Whisk in the melted butter until the batter is thick and very smooth.
  • Heat frying pan or griddle over medium heat, and spray with cooking oil spray or grease with a knob of butter.
  • Spoon the pancake batter onto the griddle in equal amounts and cook until bubbles come to the surface of the batter and the edges start to curl up.
  • Flip pancakes with a spatula, and cook for a few seconds more on the second side.
  • Check underneath for a golden brown color– if they are too pale, keep cooking them a bit longer.
  • When they are done, remove them from the griddle/frying pan and put on a large heat-proof plate in the oven to keep warm and continue until all the batter is used.
  • Makes about a dozen pancakes.
  • Top with Lavender honey and cream, or butter and Lavender honey.
  • Great with fruit also!

(Photo and adapted recipe from French Tart) 

Lavendula Stoechas


Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas) is an early blooming lavender that grows well in containers and in the garden.  These lavenders add a nice pop of color in the spring and attract beneficial insects and pollinators to your garden. Their distinct “bunny ears” at the top of each bloom set them apart from other lavenders. Like other lavender, they need full sun and are drought tolerant. This is a very hardy lavender that propagates readily in some parts of the world -- sometimes to the point of becoming invasive.  In fact, in Australia they're considered an invasive species and a weed. (How dare they!)

Spanish lavenders are not as well known for their fragrance as the English lavenders.  They aren't used for culinary or for essential oil, but the blooms can be dried and used for potpourri. They also make nice table centerpieces and nice gifts.  The variety above is called "Pretty Polly" and is one of my very favorite Spanish lavenders. 

Growing Lavender in Containers


Lavender takes well to growing in containers and requires minimal upkeep so this is a great option if you are wanting to add a little extra beauty and elegance to your patio or deck.   And with a variety of sizes and colors, lavender can fit in nicely to just about any color scheme or style.  There a few easy requirements if your lavender is going to thrive in containers though, so here are a few important steps in setting it all up for success.

  1. Select a large container with good drainage.  Lavender’s roots are as big or bigger than the plant so think about how big your lavender plant will get and then find a container that’s about the same size.  Because lavender is susceptible to root rot, it is also important to find a pot that has good drainage – so no attached saucer and a container with multiple holes would be best.
  2. Add a 2 inch layer of rocks or gravel to the bottom of the pot to help with drainage. 
  3. The soil mixture should be very loose and porous.  A half/half mix of potting soil and either sand, pumice, or perlite will give your plant the nutrients it needs along with drainage.
  4. Once you’ve planted your lavender, move it to a spot that receives full sun for at least 8 hours per day.  (If you live in an extremely hot area of the country, filtered sunlight works well.)
  5. Water every two weeks if there has been no rainfall.
  6. As with your lavender plants in the ground, be sure to prune in the  spring or in the fall after blooming. 

The nice thing about lavender in containers is that the containers can be brought inside to add the same elegance and beauty to the inside of your house during colder months -- or just because!

You can find more examples of lavender in various containers​ on our website!

I hope you've enjoyed our April newsletter! Feel free to forward our newsletter to any lavender-loving friends who you think might enjoy it!