A few weeks ago, like most of the UK blogging / Instagram community it would seem, we went to a lavender farm to pick lavender and try to take some photos of the kids. We went to our nearest spot, Hitchin Lavender in Hertfordshire.
Charlotte from She Sees has an amazing photo of her daughter Betsy amongst the Hitchin Lavender on her sitting room wall. I was desperate to create something similar! I had an inkling that hoards of other visitors wouldn’t make for a great backdrop so we hotfooted up there as soon as term was out as we finished a few days before other schools.
About Hitchin Lavender
Hitchin Lavender is about an hour’s drive from us in north London. It has around 25 miles of lavender rows which you can walk through and pick your own fresh flowers from. They also grow sunflowers and have a wildflower area. There also a cafe and shop inside their 17th century barn.
It didn’t start well! It was raining. I had got to bed at 1am after a night out with school mums. The girls just wanted a pyjama day. I said they could travel there in pyjamas, listen to stories on Audible and we could get cake there too. On our journey the rain and wind got progressively worse, a warning message came on in the car and I had to pull over once to allow Imogen to finish a tantrum.
When we arrived the rain had reduced to drizzle. We went to the cafe for cake and coffee for me to wait for it to stop. The cake selection is amazing. We had honey and lavender cake (Imogen), coffee cake (Seren) and I had lavender shortbread.
In the Lavender Fields
And phew, the rain stopped! We were given a bag and scissors to collect lavender and Imogen led us through a path of lavender. She went v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y to avoid the snails that had all come out.
You have to go so far into the field before you are allowed to start cutting. We walked that far (Seren wanted to walk much further but we were going at a snail’s pace (sorry). So, we stopped there for 5 minutes of windy photos before picking our lavender and two poppies that the girls were excited to see.
We got the empty space we wanted and I love the photos! You can tell it was cold and windy in them but I just love the expanse of purple and the kids’ faces.
Then it was back to the cafe for hot chocolate to defrost before heading home in a beautifully, calming scented car.
More details about Hitchin Lavender
Hitchin Lavender is open from the end of June to the beginning of September. As the lavender is constantly being picked, I would head there sooner rather than later to get beautiful purple hazed photos. Though, I saw photos on Instagram of a visit yesterday (totally forgot whose they were!) and the lavender still looked good.
See their website for more opening details – www.hitchinlavender.com
Other UK Lavender Farms
Katy from Hot Pink Wellingtons has written a post this week on where to find lavender fields in the UK. There might be one near you!