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Lavender Fields Forever

Lavender remains one of the most popular perennials in the home garden, and one of my personal favorites.  Many areas of our country are fortunate to have the proper climate necessary to grow this beautiful perennial.  Florida unfortunately isn’t one of them.  That’s why I love this time of year when our garden shops begin carrying Lavender again for the season.

There are over 200 different varieties of lavender in the world.  The two most popular varieties of lavender grown are English lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) and French lavender (Lavendula dentata).  English lavender is favored for culinary use, perfumes and aromatherapy. The fragrance is sweet and floral.  French lavender leaves have a lacy edging and is largely used for decorative purposes

Whatever variety you choose, there are numerous way to enjoy lavender in your home and garden.  These are just a small sampling:

  • Decorative wreaths, bouquets and floral arrangements
  • Scented lavender candles add light, fragrance, and ambience
  • Lavender bags or sachets (containing lavender buds and lavender essential oil) can be added to the dryer to give clothes a wonderful scent
  • Lavender is used in soaps, hand lotions, bath oils, and bath salts
  • Lavender essential oil is used for a number of health conditions: to soothe the skin, for digestion, for headaches and insomnia, for nervousness and anxiety, for depressive feelings, and for stress relief
  • Lavender cookies and lavender ice cream are favorites
  • Lavender tea is a favorite for both its flavor and its healing, stress-relieving properties

If you’d like to see more lovely lavender inspiration, you can visit my Pinterest page (just click this link).

Thanks so much for taking time to visit with me friends.  I hope you enjoyed yourself and will come back to see me again.  Feel free to bring a friend or two when you come.

“Ladies fair, I bring to you lavender with spikes of blue; sweeter plant was never found growing on our English ground.”

Caryl Battersby

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2 Comments

  1. The first picture is absolutely gorgeous! There is a Lavender farm near where I live (Southwestern end of the state of Virginia) that has gotten a bit of newspaper press. I have no experience with Lavender, but respect anyone who tries to make the process work.

    • Thanks so much for the comment Joe. I would love to live near a lavender farm, they’d have a hard time keeping me away I think. Much too hot and humid here in Florida to grow other than as potted perrenials. But, at least we can enjoy them for part of the year down here. Hope you’ll come back to visit again.

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