May 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

First of all I have a confession to make…I’m addicted to shopping, plant shopping that is. I drool over seed catalogues and rarely leave empty handed when I venture to one of the big box store’s with the hubby for his random building supplies. It seems like this spring, the one plant I keep bringing more and more of home is Lavender. It’s one of my all time favorite smells and it’s a gorgeous plant to have around the house and in the garden. I don’t quite have the patience to grow lavender from seed yet so I’ve been stock piling different varieties and this fall we can take cuttings to root and have more lavender in the spring. {Who doesn’t want more lavender?} One of my favorites I’ve found is the fern leaf lavender. It’s got amazing silvery leaves and it’s totally different from the more common lavender.

Last night on our walk home from the garden, I cut back some of our already well established lavender plants. There are lots of flowers on them, some at their full ripeness and other baby buds. I had to resist the urge to cut them all and walk home with a gigantic bundle of lavender. I trimmed the older buds and left the little ones. The birds, bees, and butterflies love them so I wanted to leave some for our fellow friends. Trimming the lavender’s older flowers will also help the plant’s energy go towards new blooms and make the plant more bushy and full.

So what to do with those fresh and lovely smelling flowers? Dry them of course, for future crafts and projects. When I first started learning about plants and herbs and how to dry them I was told to hang them upside down in a paper bag away from light. Well, that might be a great way to do it, and I did try that several years ago, but honestly, I want to see and enjoy them. Hanging herbs and flowers bring so much beauty to wherever they are and help my inspiration stir around what I want to use them for when they are ready.

I looked through my yarn stash and pulled some gold cotton thread that I love to use for embroidery and wrapped it several times around the lavender and then hung it in my kitchen window. Some of the projects I already have in mind are flax and lavender eye pillows, using the flowers when wrapping presents, lavender oatmeal bread, and lavender infused oils for baking and for body lotions.

Now I just wait for the lavender to dry and dream of my other flowers in the greenhouse and garden that I can also craft and create with. I’m so looking forward to our bounty of zinnias, calendula, celosias, poppies, false indigo, sunflowers and many more. I plan to use them all for crafts, medicine and dye plants for fabric, and even play with paper making with the dried flowers so the paper can be planted and grow new life.


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