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: http://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. :-)