Lavender grows along the front of our deck, creating a dense wall of flowers. Now that the plants are established they grow up and over on the deck. The flowers are graceful in the wind and fragrant beyond belief and they attract bees to our garden. Flower perfection.
Last week I decided to experiment with sunflowers in pots along the top edge of the deck, so I unceremoniously pruned back a handful of lavender, and set it in the garage for drying. I needed the narrow space on the edge of the deck to maximize full sun exposure while maintaining a clear path.
I’ve been dreaming of a wall of sunflowers this summer, so if all goes well, we’ll have a row of yellow and orange sunflowers with lavender blooms draped around the stalks. I’m giddy just writing about it.
Eventually I gathered the lavender in a loose bunch with some string and hung it in the garage to dry. Our garage smells like a Crabtree and Evelyn shop! Seriously, why didn’t I think of this sooner? I’m ready to dry lavender in every room in the house, though my men-folk may feel otherwise.
Can’t you just smell it?
Ladies fair, I bring to you
lavender with spikes of blue;
sweeter plant was never found
growing on our English ground.
by Caryl Battersby