Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Lavender - everywhere....


Wow - the lavender beds we planted last year are flowering and oh boy! it's everywhere!

Whilst visiting a lavender farm recently the owner was telling one of the visitors, and I was subtly eves dropping,  to remember 'eights'. He went on to explain that the best way to care for lavender is that on the 8th August you should cut the plant down by an eighth below the flowering spike - this will apparently, give you a healthy compact plant each year.

So dutifully on the 8th August at around eight o'clock (well I thought I'd keep to the theme!) I cut my lavender down (below the flowering spike) by an 8th!

Now I have a house full of lavender - what to do with it?..............

 

I tied it into bunches and sold some over the weekend to walkers rambling past our cottage....


Managed to sell some honey as well.....


Some of the bunches I hung up to dry around the house......


I popped some flowering spikes into jars of sugar to flavour custards and baking during the winter.....

And lastly I made up a massive, free standing, bunch to give as a house warming present to a friend....