We moved into our home four years ago. My husband and I really like living in the country, and our home suits us just right. The yard was more or less a blank canvas for us, except for the established lavender garden. What a treat! Lavender! So pretty to look at, and a scent to match that beauty!
Our first summer here, one of my sisters-in-law suggested I dry the lavender. I’ve been drying it and finding different things to do with it ever since. I have really grown to love it. It is so fragrant that I don’t even need to brush past it to enjoy the scent; it is already wafting in the air. It truly is a relaxing fragrance too.
Someone with so much lavender in their yard surely has to do something creative with it! I surprised myself last year with the number of lavender wands I made. The colors of the ribbons I used to weave the lavender were so pretty to work with.
I shouldn’t forget the wreath, either. I was really delighted with how it came out. This year I just haven’t had the time to spend on crafts, unfortunately. That is a huge unfortunately, because I really enjoy making things with my hands.
There is still a bit of time left to work with the lavender, so I just might get something made. This past week I have been cutting some of it to dry for bouquets. (All is definitely not lost!)
If you would like to try your hand at making lavender wands, you can have a look at my post from last year: https://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/lavender-wands-my-first-lavender-wreath/
Even after working long days, it has been so wonderful to go into the garden and cut lavender. The lavender I just planted last year was the first in need of cutting. I can’t believe how much it grew! Lavandula angustifolia Lavender. It was just a bit bluer than my established lavender, and the blooms were a bit thinner, too. But still beautiful.
I bet you didn’t think I could pose this many pictures of lavender, now did you? Even the different times of day give it a different appearance!
I loved how the lavender gave some pretty color to our fruit and vegetable garden. I was sad to cut the color away…
And that is the story of my lavender this season! I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of my pictures. I wish I could share the beautiful scent with you too! Maybe one day we’ll have the technology to do that. 🙂
what a lovely post! I love seeing your garden and your views. Do you own the potato fields? I’m going to go out to cut some lavender to dry right now!
Hi Michele, (I thought I’d commented on this but I can’t find it!) No, we don’t own the fields, we just get to enjoy the views! Thanks for your lovely comment. I hope you enjoyed your “harvesting” of lavender experience! Dana
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Hi Len, Thanks for that! I keep doing what I love. 🙂
Great photos. I keep trying every year with Lavender but I have a hard time with them unfortunately.
Hi Nomadnurpu! Thanks for visiting. I remember you saying lavender doesn’t grow well where you live. I’m surprised it does well here as I would think we’d get too much rain for it. But I think the saving grace might be well drained soil. What about catnip? It looks really similar to lavender but maybe it isn’t as fussy? I’m going to try growing some for our cat (to entice him away from other parts of my garden!). Good luck! Dana