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June 5th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Welcome back to the fields and gardens of Jardin du Soleil.
The sun is out, the weather is warming, and our fields of lavender are putting on shades of purple!
But what is that white foamy stuff on my plants??
Spittle bugs will appear in early spring on your lavender plants and are detected by the white foamy spittle, which is emitted as camouflage! Your plants may appear unsightly but the damage is minimal. Damage may result in twisting or deformation of the leaves and stems. Washing the spittle bugs off the lavender plants may only be a temporary solution, and could result in too much moisture in and around your lavender plant.
We don’t worry about them in our fields, because as the weather warms the spittle bugs will disappear before the flowers bloom.
So relax about the white foamy stuff and look forward to the lavender season to come!
June 4th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Come join the fun with Sequim’s 14th Annual Lavender Festival!
Lavender Fest started with only about 8 lavender farms in Sequim, planted between 1995-1998. At that time Sequim was in danger of loosing its historical farmland to further housing and commercial development. Since then, more than 30 lavender farms have been established, thus aiding to the farmland preservation in Sequim. Cultivation of lavender in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley has grown into a strong, environmentally friendly, community minded agricultural business. It’s beauty provides a richness to our surroundings which attracts many many visitors each year. Come see what its all about!
Read more about Sequim’s Lavender Festival here, and here.
Look for lodging in Sequim, 20 miles away in Port Angeles, or 25 miles away in Port Townsend.
Sequim makes for a great destination for those looking for a day trip, with even more to offer during Lavender Fest.
We look forward to seeing you very soon! Click here for directions…
May 30th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
May is almost over and with that comes the end of
Jardin du Soleil’s online promotion of
FREE SHIPPING on all online orders of $50 or more…
So place your orders soon and have a great Memorial Day!
May 25th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
It is the final week to take advantage of Jardin du Soleil’s promotional offer of FREE SHIPPING on online orders of $50 or more through May 31, 2010!
Now is the time to stock up on soap! Have you seen how many types of soap Jardin du Soleil has? All of them are made with Jardin du Soleil’s Lavender essential oil, so they clean and nourish your skin.
Enjoy Jardin du Soleil’s handmade artisan French-milled soaps made with shea butter, and a larger Lavender Verbena!Not sure what to get? Try the Soap Sampler containing all four fragrances!
Perhaps you prefer the softness of handcrafted soaps.
Jardin du Soleil offers five different fragrances to choose from; six if you include the Lavender Pomegranate Gift Set.
Jardin du Soleil also carries a liquid Hand and Body Wash line in Lavender, Lavender Vanilla, Lavender Verbena, and Lavender Pomegranate. These are great moisture rich soaps for the kitchen as well! All of these soaps have a matching lotion.
Jardin du Soleil has soap to help the fight against cancer. Hearts for Hope and the Lavender Pomegranate Gift Set offer a portion of their proceeds to select organizations.
That means you will feel as good as your skin will!
May 21st, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
“Add the subtle scent of lavender to aromatic jasmine rice and you get a new side dish fit for company- and easy enough for quick weeknight meals. Take your choice of mushrooms. Cremini and Shiitake are especially good. I like to prepare the pilaf in a rice cooker. If you don’t have one, use a covered 2-quart casserole dish and bake the rice at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes.”
1 tbls. dried Jardin du Soleil Certified Organic Culinary Lavender
2 tsp. mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
2 tbls. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 lb. mixed mushrooms, diced
1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
1/2 cup finely diced shallot
1/2 cup finely diced green onions
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
Combine the lavender, mustard seeds, and fennel seeds in the spice grinder. Pulse until finely ground.
Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute` for 7 minutes, or until golden and the liquid released my the mushrooms evaporates. Add the rice, shallot, green onions, salt, pepper, and lavender mixture.
Transfer to the rice cooker and add the chicken broth. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
This recipe is taken from page 136 of Sharon Shipley’s The Lavender Cookbook,available here.
May 14th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Come see what Sequim’s Lavender is all about! Join Jardin du Soleil this year in celebrating the 14th Annual Sequim Lavender Festival! Take a look at the festival’s web page and mark your calendars!
Need Directions? Click here.
Accommodations? Better book now. Click here for were to look!
Take a look at Jardin du Soleil’s Lavender Festival info. Come enjoy great food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, watch the distillation process, learn about caring for lavender, and more! Last year was such a success and so much fun for the whole family, we can’t hardly wait for this years!
This festival is a big part of the preservation of Sequim’s farm land, and we are so thankful for your support!
See you soon!
May 13th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Hello from the gardens of Jardin du Soleil!
Spring is really working it’s magic out here! Our lavender fields are greening up nicely, the weeding requires much persistence, and the mowing is every few days!
You may remember we recently started perennial seedlings in our greenhouse. They have since sprouted and are adding to our garden perennial boarders nicely! With that in mind perhaps you are interested in growing your lavender from seed. If so, be sure to visit our Lavender Plants category online and pick up Lavender Seeds.
Be sure to take advantage of our online promo going on through May 31, 2010, and receive FREE SHIPPING on all online orders of $50 or more.
May 10th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Spring Fling for the month of May!
Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm is continuing our online promo for the entire month of May!
Free shipping on online orders of $50 or more through May 31, 2010!
Take advantage of our free shipping offer and stock up on Jardin du Soleil favorites like certified organic Lavender Essential Oils, our moisture rich Lavender Shea Butter, and our soothing buttery smooth Lavender Lip Balms in a variety of flavors.
May 7th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
With Mother’s Day only two days away, why not make plans to visit Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm and Gift Shop? Bring Mom with you, enjoy some tea, and stroll together around the gardens and the lavender fields. We are open 10am-5pm, daily!
Also, be sure to take advantage of our Mother’s Day Promo! FREE SHIPPING WITH ONLINE ORDERS OF $50.00 OR MORE through May 9, 2010 .
With so many choices like:
Pomegranate Lavender Gift Set- the gift that gives back.
Frequent Flier Pack- for the mom who travels!
Lavender to Go- Lavender necessities in a purse friendly size!
Jardin du Soleil makes it easy to find something your mother will love!
May 6th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Mom always in the kitchen? This Mother’s Day give her gifts she’ll love to use! Spice up her pantry with Jardin du Soleil’s certified organic Culinary Lavender, Lavender Pepper, and Herbs de Provence.Refresh her recipe collection with The Lavender Cookbook by Sharon Shipley.
Help pretty up her market fresh groceries with our ecoSilk reusable grocery bag.
Start Mother’s Day off with a batch of our Lavender Apricot Scones with White Chocolate, and watch Mom tell you how perfect her day is!
Place your order online now to take advantage of our Mother’s Day special offer of FREE SHIPPING WITH ONLINE ORDERS OF $50.00 OR MORE through May 9, 2010.
May 5th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
For the mother who is always taking care of her loved ones and seldom takes time for her self, A Day at the Spa, from Jardin du Soleil, is the perfect gift! She’ll pamper her skin in the nourishing essential oils from Jardin du Soleil’s certified organic lavender. Her skin will surge with deep moisture from Jardin du Soleil’s Body Lotion and Shea Butter. And she’ll soothe her cares away with our Lavender Peppermint Foot Lotion. With the refreshing aromatherapy from the the included lavender votive candles we know Mom will appreciate your thoughtfulness and the convenience of a spa experience at home.
FREE SHIPPING WITH ONLINE ORDERS OF $50.00 OR MORE through May 9, 2010.
Don’t forget to make Mom some scones from our recipe below. Mmm…
May 1st, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Show Mom your appreciation, and bake up some of these delicious homemade lavender scones! If you’re a stranger to the kitchen this easy-to-follow recipe is the right place to start. With a little culinary lavender everyone will marvel at your delectable thoughtfulness.
2 1/2 cups self rising flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon certified organic Jardin du Soleil Culinary Lavender
6 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup & 1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 white chocolate chips
Sift and measure the flour.
Re-sift flour with sugar.
Work shortening with flour and sugar with fingers.
Add Apricots, White Chocolate Chips, and Lavender; mix thoroughly.
Add milk to mixture and form into a ball.
Note: if you prefer smaller scones, divide mixture into two smaller pieces.
Turn out on to a floured board, pat into a round, and cut into wedge shaped pieces.
Bake about 15 minutes at 450 degrees on an ungreased baking sheet.
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April 28th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Now is the time to get your lavender ready for summer blooms.
If you didn’t prune your plants last year, it’s probably too late now, so just cut off the dead flowers. Our weeds seem to be growing and greening up faster than our plants so we had to get our gardener to help in the fields. Thanks Boo!
Boo also wants to invite everyone out to Jardin du Soleil this Mother’s Day for tea and a stroll through his gardens.
See you soon!
April 25th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Did you know that April is Cancer Awareness Month?
Need an idea for Mother’s Day? Give a gift to mom while showing your support to Ovarian Cancer Research. With a portion of our proceeds going to benefit ovarian cancer research, our refreshing Pomegranate Lavender Gift set will be sure to please your mother even more this Mother’s Day, by knowing your gift helped woman everywhere.
FREE SHIPPING WITH ONLINE ORDERS OF $50.00 OR MORE through May 9, 2010 .
April 23rd, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Indulge Mom on Mother’s Day and ‘give back’ with our Pomegranate & Lavender Gift Set. The refreshing fragrance of pomegranate and soothing lavender have been blended in our Body Lotion, Hand and Body Wash, and Bath Soap. All three have been put together for a special Mother’s Day gift with complimentary gift wrapping.
This gift ‘gives back’ by donating a percentage of the proceeds from all sales to ovarian cancer research. Moms everywhere are battling ovarian cancer, including a very special mom in our Jardin du Soleil Family. So the more you indulge in our Pomegranate & Lavender products the more these moms will benefit.
For Mother’s Day we are offering FREE SHIPPING WITH ONLINE ORDERS OF $50.00 OR MORE through May 9, 2010 .
April 17th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
To celebrate Earth Day
, and to thank you for your support of our organic farm, all online orders of $30 or more will receive Lavender Flower Seeds
compliments of Jardin du Soleil! Offer valid through Earth Day, April 22nd, 2010.
April 16th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Jardin du Soleil Lavender celebrates Earth Day, April 22,2010. Purchase something certified organic and support an organic farm.
Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm has made a commitment to preserve agriculture in our area, and to protect and sustain the natural environment and habitats. We use best practices in organic farming. We are a certified organic lavender farm and certified organic lavender essential oil producer.
Order our new EcoSilk Shopping Bag, which can be filled with all sorts of organic products. Made from parachute silk, it holds up to 30 lbs! Take time out on Earth Day and sip a cup of our certified organic Provence or Herbal Teas. Or drop a few drops of our certified organic Lavender Essential Oil in the bath and relax, knowing you have done your part to protect the Plant
April 15th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
This week we’ve been cooking a lot with lavender. We’ve used Jardin du Soleil Certified Organic Culinary Lavender flowers tossed in almost every salad, or mixed with a combo of vinegar, honey, mustard, salad oil , salt and pepper for our own dressings. We also added our Culinary Lavender to a savory potato soup. I baked scones using fresh ground lavender, white chocolate and apricot [shown in picture]. It’s easy to add Jardin du Soleil Certified Organic Culinary Lavender into your every day meals. Savory dishes that usually have sage, thyme, rosemary, or basil can benefit greatly from culinary lavender, and you’ll be praised for your innovative palette pleasing idea.
Sweet dishes, with our lavender added, seem to take on a “comfort food” kind of appeal, even if you didn’t grow up with using lavender in food.
So explore our posted lavender recipes, follow our blog weekly for added recipes, and have fun incorporating Jardin du Soleil Certified Organic Culinary Lavender into your home cooking. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!
April 9th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Spring is here and with the temperatures getting milder, it is time to plant your lavender garden or start your lavender seed. Jardin du Soleil Lavender has just what you need. We have two of our favorite Lavender Plants available for as of April 1, 2010. Enjoy the dark purple of the blooms and the fragrance of ‘Grosso’ and ‘Hidcote’ lavenders.
And we have added Lavender Seeds and Lavender “Blooms in a Bag” Kits to make starting from scratch so easy! Visit our Growing Lavender page for information on planting and maintaining your lavender.
LAVENDER PLANTS CAN BE SHIPPED AS OF APRIL 1, 2010.
April 2nd, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm opens for the season Friday April 2nd. That means we are open DAILY 10am-5pm!!The lavender fields are not blooming yet, but the farm is scattered with spring time flowers.
First time out to the lavender farm? We are located 4 miles north of Sequim, Washington; only a few hours west of Seattle.
Join us Easter weekend and receive 10% off your shopping experience! Can’t make it to the farm? Shop online and receive a 10% discount April 2nd, 2010 through April 4th, 2010! Use coupon code SPRING.
March 30th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Hello all, Boo here…
If you are ever in the garden this time of year, you know as well as I do that the Spring time brings on business. At Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm I’ve been weeding, pruning, stuffing hanging baskets, potting, planting, raking, light watering and even spreading cow manure… yep I said cow manure.
All of this is in preparation for our up coming season, which begins April 2nd, 2010. So come wonder through our gardens and enjoy the spring time blooms!
Boo @ Jardin du Soleil
March 30th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
It’s a beautiful spring day here at Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm.
The sun is playing hide and seek, and our spring blooms are turning up everywhere! I started thinking about how many of them are edible, and prepared ourselves plate! Have you ever enjoyed a salad with edible flowers fresh from your garden? Some are peppery, some are sweet, others, like Jardin du Soleil’s culinary lavender, are very herbal in flavor. Spring flowers can bring beauty and flavor to any table, but remember to only eat flowers that you are positive are edible.
And also, edible flowers are only safe to eat when organically grown, and free from pesticides.
March 26th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
The recipes at Jardin du Soleil are meant to be played with. We love trying new things and hope you do too. Don’t be afraid of changing the ingredients or making substitutions… We would love to hear what you did, if you changed anything, and what you thought!
On that note, here is a great recipe for a Lavender Chai Tea. Try it with Jardin du Soleil Culinary Lavender, or use our Lavender Honey (2 ingredients in one!), or even try using our Lavender Earl Grey Tea. Short on time? Jardin Du Soleil Lavender Chai Tea makes homemade chai effortless!
-3 black tea bags (orange pekoe, or Assam)
-1 stick of cinnamon
-around 8 cloves
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-2 cups water
-about 3/4 cups* honey
-about 3/4 cups* sugar
-teaspoon Jardin du Soleil Culinary Lavender**
*total sweetener equals about 1 1/2 cups, more or less to taste.
**Lavender can be finely ground in a spice grinder or in a throughly cleaned coffee grinder.
Drop tea bags, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla extract, ginger, and nutmeg into 2cups of boiling water. Boil until the mixture is a rich reddish brown. Mix in sweeteners; and strain out large ingredients. Pour Chai concentrate into glass or mug 1/3 full. Fill the remainder of the glass with milk or water… serve hot or cold. Refrigerate brewed Lavender Chai Tea for later use. Stores up to seven days, serves 3-5.
March 19th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Interested in cooking with lavender? Add Jardin du Soleil certified organic culinary lavender in your spice rack and start exploring the flavor of lavender in a wide variety of foods, ranging from desserts to roasted vegetables! Check back to this blog weekly for added recipes. Use our Lavender Recipes or purchase “The Lavender Cookbook” by Sharon Shipley.
Simple ingredients full of flavor is what this salad has to offer! The rich goat cheese calms the flavors of basil and onion, while the baby greens and nectarine offer a bright refreshed flavor. Try it for your own lunch on a sunny spring afternoon, or multiply the recipe to serve the whole family at dinner. The dressing contains Jardin du Soleil’s culinary lavender.
Ingredients (1 serving)
1 nectarine – pipped and sliced
a handful of baby lettuce leaves
a few young basil leaves
thin sliced red onion to taste
2 thin slices of goat’s cheese
2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp Salad Oil
a pinch of minced Jardin du Soleil Culinary Lavender
a pinch of sugar
chopped mint leaf to taste
March 18th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil
Jardin du Soleil Lavender is ready to welcome back spring! With this in mind we’re featuring the bright and floral scents of Jardin du Soleil’s Lavender Verbena Products. Enhanced with our own certified organic lavender essential oil and fused with the fresh citrus scent of verbena, you will experience a burst of spring with each use!
Products include Shea Butter, French milled Bar Soap, Body Lotion, and Hand & Body Wash.
Try the entire line and think SPRING!