Summer is lavender season in these parts. My lavender bushes (?) have been peaking in mid June, which is why I was excited to see this lavender farm in Sonoma County outside of Santa Rosa.
A while ago, I stumbled upon an older article online about the lavender field located inside Matanzas Creek Winery. There are a few of these lavender fields in Northern California, but unlike Matanzas Creek they don't allow people to show up unannounced and instead open up their fields during a weekend festival. One of these fields is in Kenwood, California (also in Sonoma County), which holds a 2-day Lavender Festival (not free) every year.
June is a busy month for me. Schedule is very tight. This year I managed to find a free weekend to visit the farm. I was hoping that I wasn't too late with the peak season, especially since my own plants were blooming for weeks already.
The drive through the wine country is scenic. I never get tire of it.
Summer sees a lot of fresh fruit stand popping on the roadside.
The location is a bit remote, but the curvy road offers nice views of rural California.
There it is.
Unfortunately, the lavender plants were just starting their blooms. How could that be when my plants have been going at it for weeks? I have no idea. We seemed to be at least 2 weeks too early. I learned later on that the winery was hosting a special event at the end of June, the peak of blooming season.
Despite the lack of blooms, the garden is nice and inviting. There are chairs and tables for picnics, bring your food. We saw people doing that. But be careful of bees. They were everywhere, and they were plentiful.
Saw quail in the garden, which is a very nice sighting.
OUR WORLD TUESDAY.