Monday, May 05, 2008

Ojai Valley Visit

Last Friday I had the opportunity to visit Ojai Valley Lavender and Roses Farm with a friend. Our purpose was not necessarily to tour the rose gardens but when Alisa the lovely owner offered a tour, well, we couldn't pass up this chance to see a truly wonderful organic rose farm.





There is really not much I need to write. Just gaze at the photos and you will be as enchanted as I was. The Ojai Valley is nestled in the mountains above Ventura, California and you can see the mountains in the background towering above the farm.




Acres and acres of roses and lavender are grown for sale to various markets.













Lavender and roses--my two favorite flowers. The ladybugs and bees agree.

19 comments:

ellen b. said...

Oh how very lovely! Great lavender shot with the bee and lady bug!!

Vanessa said...

Beautiful pictures; I could almost smell them! :-)

I have some garden pictures up at my Welcome to Williamsburg blog; you might like those.

Vanessa

Flower said...

The roses and lavender is truly beautiful!! What a treat to get the tour!!

M.KATE said...

I am drooling as i look at them. You know we dont have most of them here, some roses here and there from the highlands, but lavendar? oh...I want to see, feel and smell it!! never seen them except in packaging of powder :( you have a great week ahead :)

Tracy said...

OH, I can almost smell those roses! A delicious post, Willow...such a delight for the senses are roses...Happy Day ((HUGS))

Laurie said...

How beautiful! I've never had any luck with lavender.

artgirlATL said...

WOW! so pretty. By the way I love my post card. Thanks so much.

Knitting Linguist said...

Gorgeous pictures! And what a perfect day you had -- isn't Ojai lovely?

Bethany Hissong said...

Beautiful! I was curious about how they keep the roses from being eaten by bugs. Is it partly the ladybugs that eat the aphids? And does the lavender help? I love that more and more farms are turning to organic practices!

nikkipolani said...

A terrific pairing, Willow. I saw in some areas of Paris, however, where lavender and roses were planted in too much proximity and the lavender smothered the roses. Isn't it wonderful to see healthy roses blooming in profusion?!

Barbara said...

I can smell the roses and the lavender, beautiful.

Mama Mia said...

Beautiful! I can't imagine how great it smelled just walking down those rows! mmmmm

miss you! hugs!

Jane said...

Heaven, particularly the scented roses. Jane x

Mama Mia said...

Yea, it would be interesting summer reading for you. Just bear in mind that Ghali's book has some inappropriate parts. I'll bring them with me when I visit you next! :o)

Caroline said...

I have pleasant memories of driving through Ojai on the way to Santa Barbara when my family would drive from Taft to Ojai on Hwy 33.

Didn't Stee Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man come from Ojai? (LOL)

Bethany Hissong said...

I just came back again to look at your pretty photos!

Knitting Linguist said...

I've been meaning to add, wish The Professor luck with his grading for me; he has my deepest sympathies (or is it empathies?)!

Elizabeth said...

How glorious - and I was very happy to see the picture of the BEE.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Now that's my kind of farm! I just love how roses and lavender are such great partners in the garden together. The David Austen roses are just gorgeous. I have one in my garden--the Abraham Darby. I don't know if the purple one is a David Austen... I bought it at Walmart as a bareroot a few years ago. I don't think they sell anything that fancy. Any clues you find in your book would be VERY helpful!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage