Thursday, October 13, 2022

Lavender Harvesting


I have a very old lavender bush in my garden.  I am ashamed to say that it survives with not much care at all from me.  It desperately needs a good prune.  But it still provides the goods every single year.  

The bees visit it for many weeks and it brings me much joy to see them enjoying the blooms.  During that time I carefully cut some to preserve whilst ensuring that there are plenty left for the bees to enjoy.

Isn’t it just the prettiest shade of purple ?  

I leave it sitting on the kitchen bench for a little while so I can enjoy it’s beauty but then I hang it to dry to enjoy in many ways including fragrant sachets, room spray and even for decorating gifts.  When This latest batch becomes dry I will show you how I prepare it for later use.

To dry the blooms I simply tie it up in small bunches with jute string and then hang upside down in the dark garden shed.  It’s important not to expose it to too much light as the blooms will fade and the essential oils won’t be as concentrated.

This year I have left some of the old blooms on to dry out so that I can try to gather some seeds.  I figure that this mother plant is so hardy and can tolerate neglect that I may be able to replicate it.  I have taken cuttings in the past but they were a huge fail.  So fingers crossed the seeds give me some more plants.

Obviously sewing seeds work as this little volunteer appeared this year self sown from the mother plant.  It is growing between the path and the garden edge so it may not survive if I try to move it but it worked so hard to grow that I am just going to leave it where it is. 

My little wander around the garden each day never ceases to amaze me.  There is always a new bloom to make me smile.  This is a Sparaxis.  Isn’t it pretty ?

There are some beautiful poppies blooming at the moment in lots of different colours.

Thank you for all of your lovely comments.  It feels like I am wearing an old comfortable pair of jeans. The ones that fit you just right.  And it feels good.

Love and Hugs,

Fee xx 


Lin said...

Beautiful variety of lavender with those gorgeous purple ears/wings. And such a pretty self seeded flower. xx

terricheney said...

my goodness the SIZE of that poppy! Lovely!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Very envious of your lavender abundance. ;-)
It just won't grow well in our climate, though I have tried and tried.