Monday, September 15, 2014

Dried Lavender

   Lavender is one of my favorite plants to have around both outdoors and indoors. It is a hardy plant and smells wonderful and most importantly dries beautifully. Lavender plants will tolerate many growing conditions, but it thrives in warm, well-drained soil and full sun. Like many plants grown for their essential oils, a lean soil will encourage a higher concentration of oils. An alkaline and especially chalky soil will enhance lavenders fragrance.  Realistically you can expect to have Lavender plants that will do well when the weather cooperates and to experience the occasional loss of a plant or two after a severe winter or a wet, humid summer. I usually cut it from my plants in the yard and have it all around the house through the year and before the snow comes I make sure to get as much as possible and place it in vases and baskets around the house. It dries so pretty and has a great smell. This is a very economical way to keep flowers and fragrance around the house even in the winter months when flowers are very high priced in the stores. The Lavender will dry and keep some color in your home all winter long.
Lots of love, Kimberley
Antiques cheese graters make great ways to display flowers like I did here. I have it hung upside down.
More lavender in a basket on the door knob of our guest bathroom.
More lavender in a hanging wall basket in my dining room.

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