Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lavender Baskets

I have been immersed in the heady fragrance of lavender today.  The flowers from this bush are paler in color than the ones in the photo I posted earlier but they are much more fragrant.  I don't keep track of the kinds of lavender I plant but this is probably English lavender and the other may be a Hidcote.  It doesn't matter:  I love them all!
These come from one large bush that I would have cut two days ago except for the rain.  It's really too late to just hang the stems to dry (if the flowers are open they drop off) and I can hardly stand to waste these fragrant spikes that bring so much pleasure with their memory of summer in the dark days of winter.

I decided to make some lavender baskets.  They are a wonderful way to preserve the fragrance of the harvest...

... but they each take an hour or more to make.  Below is nearly a whole day's effort and activity!  Perhaps they will be gifts to others who love their fragrance as much as I do.

I like this little tribute to lavender written by William Shelstone in his poem, "The School Mistress."  (Mickle means "much, great.")

          And lavender, whose pikes of azure bloom
          Shall be, erewhile, in arid bundles bound,
          To lurk amidst the labours of her loom,
          And crown her kerchiefs clean with mickle rare perfume.

I hope you have lavender to smell!

--Nancy.
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2 comments:

  1. I really like your lavender baskets. I've never seen this done before. It's a lovely way to preserve the wonderful fragrance.

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  2. How pretty! So does the lavender dry inside the basket and continue to provide fragrance? We have a small lavender farm near us with a little store/classroom. I didn't realize that you could cook with this too. They often have samples of lavender cake or tea to try.

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