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Lavender Field Photography Tips

Photo credit:marilynnlangstonimages Picture a lavender field, beautiful purple spikes dancing gently in the breeze, the intoxicating scent of lavender tickling your nose. The perfect setting for gorgeous selfies, or photos of your friends and family, and May is National Photography Month. Whether you are a ‘plan-ahead’ or an ‘in-the-moment’’ amateur photographer who loves using your smartphone to catch photos of day-to-day life, we have some tips to help make your photos in the lavender field spectacular. What Should I Wear? The lavender field in June is usually sunny and hot, so keep that in mind when choosing your outfit. Breathable fabrics, light and airy, rather than heavy layers or dark colors that absorb the heat work best. We recommend comfort...

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Spring Cleaning, Naturally

Spring is full of new beginnings and fresh starts, and there’s no better time to give your home a deep clean. It’s the perfect time to air out the winter and welcome in spring.  Natural cleaning products appeal to us, and it’s amazing what you can do with the simplest of ingredients to make your home squeaky clean. You may already love the soft, tranquil scent of lavender, but did you know before antiseptics, lavender essential oil was used in hospitals during WWII to disinfect floors and walls? The word lavender is derived from the word “Lavare” which means “to wash” in Latin. Lavender’s antimicrobial and antiviral properties gently tackle germs and odors, creating a natural way to make your...

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Culinary Lavender in the Kitchen

We love lavender…lavender in bath & body products, home decor, candles, and we love culinary lavender in many of our favorite recipes.  Lavender is an incredible, versatile herb in the kitchen. Flowers and leaves can be used fresh for garnishes, salads and desserts.  Dried lavender buds pair well with herbs such as oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, and savory, and add a pop of flavor to many savory dishes. Culinary lavender continues to delight our taste buds at Lavender Rhapsody. Culinary lavender is commonly cultivated from Lavandula angustifolia plants, commonly known as English or True Lavender.  True lavender has much less oil than the aromatic lavender used in making bath & body products.  Culinary lavender has a mild, peppery, floral flavor...

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To Cover or Not to Cover, that is the Question

Deciding whether to cover lavender for the winter, or not, is a question many lavender farmers ponder. Conferring with other growers in preparation for our first winter, the most important takeaway was in examining our microclimate. I’ve heard it said, “if you don’t like the weather in Missouri today, stick around, it will change.” So true! Our winters usually consist of dry-cold air from the northern plains and Canada, sometimes capable of producing ice, snow, fluctuating temperatures, and extreme precipitation events. Brrrrr! We decided to give our new lavender plants every possible opportunity to survive the winter. Our rationale, if Mother Nature’s wrath killed them, it wouldn’t be because we didn’t do all we could to aid them in survival...decision...

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We Passed Inspection!

We are so happy to say Lavender Rhapsody passed the Certified Naturally Grown on-site inspection for the second year! We don’t use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs, just like certified organic farmers. We strongly support natural and sustainable growing practices.CNG was founded by farmers dedicated to the original ideals of the organic movement – small-scale sustainable agriculture serving local communities. Certification involves peer inspections and strengthens the farming community by fostering local networks. Production standards are based on organic principles and are transparent for all to read on the CNG website. Our standards are high. We believe in creating natural lavender products our customers can trust. We are proud and grateful to be recognized as a Certified Naturally...

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