The Sweet Meadow


Lavandula Lavender Farm

living the sweet life, plantsAishe Besim
The air was fragrant with a thousand trodden aromatic herbs, with fields of lavender, and with the brightest roses blushing in tufts all over the meadows...
— Wiliam C. Bryant
lavender in basket

I've seen the beautiful Lavandula Lavender Farm in every season, but I think Autumn is when this place really shines (even though there's actually no lavender left in the fields!). 

I recently visited the farm during a quick trip to Daylesford to pick up a second-hand table for The Sweet Meadow. I often dream about retiring to the spa country one day, so I'll make any excuse to return to this area. There is something about this region of Victcoria - Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Kyneton, Trentham and surrounding villages - that mesmerises me. 

The people here care about how their food is grown, there are majestic forests and hills, and the towns are brimming with local art and antiques. I feel so inspired every time I visit Lavandula, it's sensory overload! Rolling fields of lavender, farm animals, vegetable patches, original stone buildings, antique furniture, and plants growing in everything from old tin kettles to wheelbarrows. 

I missed out on checking out a second-hand furniture store in Hepburn Springs so perhaps another trip is needed this weekend ;)


plants, inspiration, flowers, living the sweet lifeAishe Besim

I ticked an item off of my bucket list recently - a visit to the beautiful country garden Stonefields!

Designed by legendary landscape designer Paul Bangay, Stonefields is located in between Kyneton and Daylesford and boasts seven acres of lush gardens. I first heard of the garden after reading about Paul's vegetable patch in Edible Garden Design two years ago. I then purchased Paul's book about the creation of his entire garden and I was hooked. 

This was definitely the busiest open garden day I'd ever been to. I admit it was a struggle wading through the hundreds of people to explore the property, but if you're a green thumb I highly recommend visiting for yourself. I'm eying off a private tour with the man himself next time!