Yesterday I planted my first seeds of the 2023 gardening season… English lavender and now I’m already thinking of all the different ways I’ll be able to use it.
I’ve made my own sachets, lavender hand scrub and bath salts before, but maybe this year I’ll try making a batch of lavender scented soap.
Here are a few fun facts I discovered about lavender.
Lavender is also renowned as being one of the best natural remedies to reduce stress and anxiety and improve mental well-being. Is there nothing Lavender can’t do?
Have you heard any of those fun facts before? Do you have any of your own to add? Is there a particular plant or herb item you’re just dying to know more about? I take requests!
I love my English lavender plants. I have three on the walkway to my front door so I can brush my hand over them when I walk by. I am curious, how are you cold stratifying your seeds? I am doing to milk jug winter sowing method this year, but last year did the fridge method with limited success.
I’ll buy your lavender soap!!! What a great idea.
Ellen in Clackamas says
I grew up in Sequim (a hundred years ago, haha) and there were no lavender farms. I think the first ones were planted in the mid 90’s. The weather has always been described as Mediterranean like …dry summers with little rain. Someone discovered the town sits on the same parallel as Provance France. Many farms there now and a big festival in July. Used to be dairy farm country but now there are fields of lavender instead of hay. Very pretty when in bloom.
My Aunt is know as the lavender lady in Sequim! I would imagine you’ve met 😀
Ellen in Clackamas says
Who’s your auntKelly? I don’t live there now and the town is much bigger now…but it’s a possibility!
One of the lavender growers told me that most people who have trouble growing it are “loving it to death”. In her words, it likes to be ignored, and not babied. I don’t know if it will grow in Florida, or if it is too hot here. It grows in Maui, though – there’s a famous farm there.
Let’s hear it for the BEST floral bushes that my deer never touch!!
I planted a row of about 25 plants last year. I’m hoping they make it through the winter. Thanks for the reminder, I’m going to get those seeds going this weekend.
Melonie K. says
I love lavender – one of my top herbs to work with. Here in Arizona we have a lavender festival coming up in June. https://redrockfarms.com/lavender-festival/
Cindy Brick says
For years, I had a lavender hedge on one side of our sidewalk, going down from the house to the street. It smelled absolutely wonderful, especially when it rained.
And the next owner ripped it out, as well as the boxwood hedge on the other side. Figures.
BUT — a friend and I went to High Tea at the Brown Palace in Denver last night. It’s known for its wonderful teas…and they’re great. But stay away from the lavender cookies. It was like chewing a mouthful of perfume. Obviously not the best ‘culinary lavender’ you could pick.
The funniest thing happened…we were with a group. The ladies acted very dignified during the tea — but the second it was over, various people were scavenging the goodies off our table!
Mavis Butterfield says
Lavender and boxwoods… Two of my favorite things! Also, if I ever go back to Denver, I’m adding High Tea at the Brown Palace to my list.