Ben Lomond Lavender - Blog News October 2018 2018-10-23 2018-10-23 14:02:00 Shane <p>Summer is upon us, and we have opened the Lavender Farm for the 18/19 season. We look forward to welcoming you all!<br />The Lavender will begin to flower in December. During October &amp; November, our homestead garden has a lovely array of spring flowers and rhododendrons for you to enjoy during your visit.</p> <p>Our shop is open and hosts a selection of our organically grown lavender oil and cosmetic products.</p> <p>Our focus this season is to expand the size of our lavender fields, as well as building a dedicated wedding ceremony area set amongst a backdrop of Lavender and Queenstown's spectacular mountain ranges.<br /><br />Visits to the farm are $5 per adult, and our opening hours are from 10-4pm most days.<br />We invite you to call to make an appointment to visit the Lavender Farm - +64 0275688715.</p> February 2018 2018-02-01 2018-02-01 12:12:17 Clive <p>We have just had the hottest January in 150 years of recorded temperatures. Today, the 1st of February, we have torrential rain breaking a long drought. The increasing demand for our oils has meant we have harvested our entire lavender field. Though we still have areas of lavender in our display gardens for the keen photographer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our shop has seen record numbers passing through from all corners of the world and it is a pleasure to meet so many returning customers.</p> <p>We are open from 10am to 4pm. Monday to Saturday.&nbsp;</p> September 2017 2017-09-10 2017-09-10 16:22:37 Shane <p>Winter is officially over but you wouldn't know it these last few days. The late arrival has been wonderful for skiing at Coronet Peak and the Remarkables. but a reality check for all the spring flowers appearing in our display gardens.</p> <p>It is a busy time getting our shop stocked for the coming season, seeds sown and cuttings potted for the gardens. We look forward to providing cut flowers for weddings in Queenstown and photo shoots in the lavender fields.</p> <p>Our shop and farm visits will start in October and it advisable to ring to arrange a time.</p> <p>Ring Shane on 027 568 875</p> Summer and Autumn 2017 at Ben Lomond Lavender. 2017-03-31 2017-03-31 14:52:07 Clive <p>It has been an eventful summer at Ben Lomond Lavender. Plenty of rain showers throughout spring ensured a record harvest of lavender. Finding a window in the weather to harvest was problematic but eventually successful and we were pleasantly surprised by the high percentage of oil the crop distilled.</p> <p>The shop has benefited from the tremendous increase in tourism. Asian visitors love our gardens and the lavender field. The views, fragrances of the garden ,&nbsp;fresh air and clear skies are only a dream for many people and we feel privileged to show our visitors a beautiful place in New Zealand.</p> <p>We are open until Easter. Shane is away from the 3rd March until the 18th. Hopefully&nbsp;I can answer any enquiries</p> November 2016 2016-11-04 2016-11-04 14:28:00 Shane <p>Spring is proving to be mostly a warm one which is great for the growth of lavender. If we get through without a late frost frost affecting the angustifolia flowers we should have a great harvest for our lavender oil production.</p> <p>Our large display gardens are looking a picture with blossoms, tulips and rhododendrons all in full flower. Queenstown is enjoying an increase in tourist numbers and it gives us great pleasure to provide an attractive option for visitors to experience our scenery and quality lavender products in our shop.</p> July 2016 2016-07-05 2016-07-05 11:45:04 Shane Manners Wood <p>After a stunning Central Otago autumn,&nbsp;we were looking forward to lots of snow on Coronet Peak unfortunately the snow gods have failed to listen and the lack of cold temperatures and snow has forced Coronet&nbsp;to close. However the warm days have been perfect for gardening and preparing stock for the shop.</p> <p>During the summer we created another water feature and further plantings which greatly enhance the gardens. Having taken sometime away we have closed the shop&nbsp;until spring. We continue to supply online and&nbsp;you can call me on my phone 027 568 8715.</p> 21st March 2016 2016-03-22 2016-03-22 16:14:05 Shane <p>It has been a wonderful summer at Ben Lomond Lavender. We have had weeks of temperatures in the high twenties and low thirties. The large garden called for many hours of moving sprinklers to keep the plants alive. But the warm nights were very pleasant for outdoor dining and entertaining.&nbsp;</p> <p>The lavender plants have had a difficult season with late frost effecting the flowering of the angustifolia.&nbsp;&nbsp;With uneven maturity of flowers the yield was down from our record highs last year.</p> <p>Having had a wonderful skiing trip to Niseko in Japan, it was straight back to harvesting of lavender and opening the shop for the awaiting customers. There was another increase in Chinese visitors, wedding photo shoots and supplying lavender flowers, dahlias and foliage for weddings.</p> <p>Now the autumn tidy up begins.</p> November 2015 2015-11-23 2015-11-23 11:15:51 Shane <p>We are enjoying the joys of spring at Ben Lomond Lavender. The rhododendrons have been flowering since August and will continue for another month. Our lavender plants are selling well and wedding flowers and foliage are in demand.</p> <p>Our farm shop is open most days and we enjoy meeting and sharing our love of lavender with our visitors. We will be closing the shop from christmas &nbsp;to the 10th of January as we are going on a family holiday.</p> Winter 2015 2015-08-18 2015-08-18 14:04:39 Shane <p>The 2015 winter is proving to be a good one for our local ski fields Coronet peak and the Remarkables. We have had good snow falls of powder snow and also beautifully groomed slopes for everyone to enjoy. The Winter Games are about to start bringing in world class athletes competing in many alpine sports with festivities down town as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile it is time to start the pruning and preparations for spring. There was a lot of mulching and trimming in the autumn with some new plantings in the woodland area of rhododendrons so we look forward to the joys of spring. It was great to get our friend Angus Watson to paint a picture of our farm at harvest time.After several months of construction of a new addition to the house it will be nice to have the tranquility of the garden and smells of lavender to relax before we open to the public in the spring.</p> March 2015 2015-03-11 2015-03-11 13:07:35 Shane Manners Wood <p>We have been enjoying a great summer at Ben Lomond Lavender with record yields from our essential oil distillation and increased visitor numbers to the farm shop. Also there has been strong demand for wedding flowers &nbsp;along with a lot of lavender flowers. We have been doing dahlias which have been a stunning addition to our supply for the wedding market. The display gardens are still in full bloom with interesting plantings which are greatly admired.&nbsp;</p> <p>We have worked on new packaging for our essential oils and are now available in stylish boxes.</p> <p>Queenstown is booming with record visitor numbers and we look forward to seeing the golfing enthusiasts &nbsp;in town for the BMW New Zealand Open.</p> November 2014 2014-12-20 2014-12-20 14:57:26 Shane <p>Once again our spring was a challenging one with wet and cold temperatures to deal with. It made for good transplanting weather which we made the most of in the display gardens. The lavender has been slower to bud up this season due to the cold, so no doubt we will in for a 2-3 week delay in harvesting for oil. We have replaced some older Angustifolia plants with young ones under weed mat. It is satisfying to have great demand for our oils and pleased to have been chosen as a food ingredient on the airlines.</p> <p>Hopefully the summer is shaping up to a hot one. We look forward to our visitors to the farm shop.</p> August 2014 2014-08-07 2014-08-07 13:49:42 Shane <p>The winter has been relatively mild with above average temperatures. It has been good for bit of gardening and pruning but skiing conditions have been variable. Although we have had some wonderful early sunrise starts up the mountain on clear days and great skiing.</p> <p>The garden is feeling like spring with snowdrops and winter roses coming out.There are various rain episodes which are good for inside jobs of rubbing dried lavender and making products.</p> <p>We are pleased to see the photo shoot at Ben Lomond Lavender in the July issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. With winter officially being another three weeks, we look forward to a little more skiing and preparing&nbsp;for a busy spring.</p> April 2014 2014-06-01 2014-06-01 14:24:53 Shane <p>Autumn is&nbsp;about to finish after another spectacular display of brilliant reds and yellow leaves and berries. We have been lucky to have had warm days with clear skies mostly but also a decent snow fall in late May that reminds us winter is very close. It brings to an end another busy season at the lavender farm with record visitor numbers to the shop as well as photo shoots for weddings and magazines. We have added new plantings of angustifolia lavenders as well as replacing some of the older plants.</p> <p>With some hard frosts hitting us now we look forward to Queenstown's winter wonderland and time to prepare for a busy spring.Orders are available through our website as our shop is closed till Labour weekend - October 25.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> February 2014 2014-02-19 2014-02-19 16:26:03 Shane <p>After a wet and cold January, summer has finally arrived. We managed to get good conditions for the harvest of our angustifolia and were relieved to finally have the flower stems in the distilling shed. The remaining lavandin rows have been looking fantastic. Visitors to the shop love walking in the field and taking stunning photos of the lavender with the spectacular backdrop of the mountains and blue skies.</p> <p>We have noticed a large increase in Chinese visitors, more so with the Chinese New Year and they very much enjoy the gardens and Lavender products. Tourist numbers have been strong this year, with increasing demand for wedding photo shoots and the upcoming New Zealand Golf Open.&nbsp;</p> <p>We look forward to sharing the 'lavender experience' with one and all.</p> Busy Spring November 2013 2013-11-13 2013-11-13 16:57:07 Shane <p>Springtime has been very busy at Ben Lomond Lavender with a lot of preparation required for the planting of new L.angustifolia plants. We are planting around 600 Pacific Blue under weed mat, so it has been helpful to have our engineer son home to get the calculations correct and take control of the rotary hoe.</p> <p>Queenstown has experienced a changeable spring once again with 28 degrees and snow showers to cope with but stunningly beautiful with it. We have seen a few Malaysians and Chinese in the shop, along with the locals and golfing tourists.</p> <p>Our Chinese wedding shoot was done in rain showers which was a shame but they got good shots round the garden.</p> <p>There is huge growth in the garden, weeds included at this time of year and we look forward to a lavender filled summer.</p> <p>.<img src="/Users/Clive/Pictures/iPhoto Library.photolibrary/Masters/2013/11/14/20131114-104705/IMG_1861.JPG" style="text-align: right;" alt="Spring planting" width="200" height="150" /></p> AUGUST 2013 2013-08-26 2013-08-26 11:56:41 Shane <p>The 2013 winter has been unusually warm with spring like conditions throughout August. Coronet Peak had good early snow for the opening of the Queenstown Winter Festival in June and looked to be a season for the record books. Unfortunately, after a few good frosts in July, the cold spell didn&rsquo;t last. It feels like spring, so a lot of pruning of fruit tree and roses has been done and we are also preparing ground for new plantings of L.angustifolia. We have a wedding photo shoot booked in October, unfortunately too early for lavender flowers but all the spring bulbs and shrubs will be flowering,</p> <p>We are looking forward to the joys of spring and continue to supply products to our customers from the website.</p> <p>&nbsp;In June we had the pleasure to host the re-union of the McDonald/Cockburn family who owned the Ben Lomond Station from 1929- 1950. The picture shows members of the family sitting on the&nbsp;steps of the homestead.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="360" /></p> Autumn 2013 2013-05-21 2013-05-21 16:47:14 Clive <p>We are enjoying a stunning autumn with brilliant colours from flame red of the maples and berberis to bright <br />yellows of the sycamores. There is a lot to do &ldquo;putting the garden to bed&rdquo; and making sure the lavender is in <br />good shape going into the winter.</p> <p>Our harvest was a great success, with a record volume of oil. The weather conditions were good for flower production in the spring, with lots of moisture and then the heat of the hot dry summer was perfect.</p> <p>Our shop has been frequented by a diverse range of countries including China, Russia and Oman. Lavender <br />is popular worldwide.</p> <p>We are closed now for winter and reopen in October. In the meantime we have our fingers crossed hoping for <br />a great ski season at Coronet Peak.</p> <p>If you have any inquiries don&rsquo;t hesitate to contact us and we are open by appointment.</p> Summer 2013 2013-01-23 2013-01-23 11:20:05 Clive <p>We are well into summer and after a wet spring the lavender looks superb with lots of bright blue flower heads on the Pacific Blue. There have been some very hot days over early summer and some cold southerlies bringing snow to the mountain tops.</p> <p>Our shop is frequented by people from all over the world who are passionate about lavender and enjoy the aroma in the gardens and in the shop. They love walking in the fields and taking lots of photos.</p> <p>We are looking forward to our harvest which should be coming up in a couple of weeks, weather permitting.</p> Spring has sprung 2012-11-07 2012-11-07 16:00:07 Ben Lomond <p>Spring has sprung and we now getting a lot of growth on the lavender with the bushes looking very lush. We have had a very changeable spring with some lovely hot days and then snow falling on the mountains to make for stunningly beautiful days. Our rhododendrons have been beautiful and the gardens are continually changing with azaleas, blossoms and flowering shrubs in abundance. We look forward to all the peonies putting on a show and the roses have a lot of buds about to open.</p> <p>Shane has had a fall from a horse and broken her ankle but is on a walking plaster and will be all go in a couple of weeks. We continue to supply our regular customers and look forward to new visitors to the farm. We are open most days from 10 &ndash; 4 and if you want to double check please give us a call on 034411500 or 0275688715. We look forward to seeing you.</p>