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!
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!