Lavandula angustifolia...oh how I love the smell. And that vibrant color!
Jason had the good fortune this week to be out on location building a movie set at a really nice lady's home. Turns out she loves to garden and had some extra plantings of lavendar. In her kindness, she urged him to bring some home to me today and needless to say, I am overjoyed. I could not thank her enough.
Lavendar is just one of those gardening treasures that seems to be fool-proof. You can plant it in just about any soil as long as it can enjoy a good amount of sunlight and proper water drainage. What I particularly like about it is you can plant it and with minimal care bring about a bounty of blossoms. Drying and arranging long stems is my favorite use of lavendar. My sister swears by its calming effect when she has trouble sleeping, and my mom puts lavendar sachets in her linen closet and folded clothes drawer for a fresh, clean scent. You can even use it in cooking and baking such as sauces or scones.
The best time of day for harvesting lavendar is in the morning hours when its oil is most abundant. One thing to keep in mind, since it is a perenial plant, is to prune back the dead stems throughout the summer to the fall and cover with mulch during the cold, winter months. Protect this little beauty so you can have years of enjoyment.