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Mason Bee Condos!

March 24, 2015 by purplehazelavender

The other day I was finally able to place my mason bee condos outside for the first time. This is the first year I haven’t made my own mason bee homes and instead bought a commercially produced one from a local store.

photo of mason bee houses

Mason Bee Condos

In the past I’ve simply drilled holes in a block of wood and hung it on the south facing side of our house. This year though, we found some really neat bee homes that will be easy to clean and reusable from year to year.
With the decline of regular honey bees over the past several years, I began looking for alternative pollinators for our fruit trees here at Purple Haze. Typically, our trees blossom long before the honey bees are active so our pollination rate was very low. Mason bees, however, emerge from their cocoons in early spring and literally “throw” themselves into pollinating all available flowers and blossoms. While a honeybee will methodically place pollen on it’s legs for transport, the mason bee simply dives in, coating it’s entire underside with a healthy coating of pollen…this is why they are such prolific pollinators as they go from blossom to blossom, leaving a bit and taking a bit.
photo of bee

Red Mason Bee

While having these little bees around early is nice, they are also a gentle, solitary creature. It’s almost impossible to goad them into stinging and it’s a cool pastime to see them laying their eggs in your provided housing. These newly laid eggs will then provide one with future generations of mason bees in the years to come. The term “mason” is derived from the fact that after laying and egg and depositing some pollen for food, the female bee will then seal off the “birth” chamber with a wall of mud. She will then go out, gather more pollen, lay another egg with  pollen food included, and seal it off with more mud. This will go on for around 4-5 weeks when sadly, the bee will die. She will, hopefully, have left future generations of bees sealed up until the next spring when the entire process starts over again.

Mason bees are fun for the whole family. They’re harmless, hard working, can be observed up closely and will provide you with a bountiful fruit harvest year after year. For more information on raising mason bees try visiting www.crownbees.com …and have fun!

photo of be houses at farmhouse

Mason Bee Condos at Farmhouse

If you make it to Purple Haze Lavender Farm, feel free to visit our mason bee condominiums that are attached to the south side of the Farmhouse Vacation rental.

Come stay with us!

March 30, 2012 by purplehazelavender

Did you know that the Purple Haze Lavender farmhouse is a vacation rental? It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind…maybe on our wide open front porch where you can sit back and enjoy the views of the lavender fields or snuggle up by our stone fireplace with a good book! Great for families or a private weekend getaway!  And since we are located on the Olympic Peninsula there are lots of activities nearby which include biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, beach combing and even great shopping in downtown Sequim.   Book your stay during the end of June, July & August to take full advantage of the lavender in bloom! 

Purple Haze Lavender Farmhouse

Sequim Vacation Rental: Organic Vacation

February 12, 2009 by purplehazelavender

Just as the winter doldrums are setting in…do something that is gonna make you feel light again! Start planning a spring or summer vacation. Our Sequim vacation rental is available year-round and it is the perfect place to escape with your friends or family once our lavender starts blooming and the fields are perfumed with lovely, organic produce. We have a large porch with comfortable Adirondack chairs and a swinging bench.

Or, if the long nights of summer just seem too far away, why don’t make your escape right now!? Get a couple friends together and come to the Olympic Peninsula for some astounding beauty, delicious food

Come relax with us!

around town, endless trails through the forest and along the beach and maybe a little time in the steam room? Being in the steam room at our vacation rental is almost like being in the tropics!

At $275 a night (with a 2 night minimum), that ends up being an affordable way for a group of girlfriends, buddies or a family to get together for some R&R in front of our flat screen TV or in the luxurious hot tub.

Hope to see you soon!

Sequim Events

January 13, 2009 by purplehazelavender

Our community here on the Olympic Peninsula is richly diverse. Sure, we are no big apple, but with a little effort, you can come across some very lively entertainment and cultural diversions.

One such example of this is the Peninsula College’s Magic of Cinema College Film Series. As quoted from their web page:  “The series seeks to present the range of possibilities of film as an art form through screenings of classics from Art Cinema and Hollywood’s Golden Age, as well as contemporary foreign and independent features, and documentaries.” If that is not culture, I don’t know what is! The film this Friday looks very interesting; The Exiles, made in 1961, is said to be one of the most accurate portrayals of contemporary Native American life ever put to film.

The series runs through March, and includes such diverse titles as 1000 Journals, a documentary about lives

The Peninsula College by Night

The Peninsula College by Night

touched by travel journals as well as a double feature night dedicated to Paul Newman.

One of the reasons that we decided to start our Wholesale lavender business here in Sequim was because we felt the community was thriving and had much to offer its citizens. We hope that you will take the opportunity to come and visit us here in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula. We have a beautiful Sequim Vacation Rental here on the lavender farm we invite you to stay in while visiting the beautiful Dungeness Valley!

Our Vacation Rental: Why stay at a Farm?

December 5, 2008 by purplehazelavender

Did you know that Purple Haze Lavender has a most beautiful vacation rental house? Have you ever wanted to invite all your friends from Seattle up to beautiful Sequim? Or maybe you want to get away from it all with your friends, but you don’t want to deal with the cost of seven different hotel rooms? Our Sequim vacation rentals is the answer! We have lots of space, tons of amenities, and a scenic surrounding that is hard to beat.

When it comes to Washington Vacation Rentals, it is hard to imagine a more diverse location than here in the Dungeness Valley. Here in Sequim, you are 15 minutes from the sea and 10 minutes from the Dungeness river. Less than an hour away is Hurricane Ridge, which has amazing vistas and hiking trails as well as a snow park in the winter.

Our Vacation Rental Property in Sequim, Washington

Our Vacation Rental Property in Sequim, WA

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Video of Purple Haze Farm House Vacation Rental

October 6, 2008 by purplehazelavender

Purple Haze Lavender Farm is excited to bring you this two minute video featuring our vacation rental house and lavender farm. This promotional video was produced by Inn-Pictures and features our farm, vacation rental home, and owner Mike Reichner.