Friday, May 26, 2017
I cut the stems of two little lavender plants this morning. Their fragrance fills the rooms of our home and it smells heavenly. I love all lavender but the flowers of this particular plant are luscious. They smell more beautiful, cleaner, and fresher than any I've grown before. I wish you could smell them, too.
I almost missed harvesting them. It rained yesterday and it must be dry to cut lavender. Thank goodness the sun was out this morning. If I hadn't cut the stems this morning the buds would have opened by tomorrow. When harvested after the flowers open they fall off the stems and are less fragrant after drying.
I stripped the leaves and sorted the stems by length. I was able to make five small bouquets to dry and two little lavender baskets. The baskets are shorties, just 4" long, the smallest I've ever made. I should have used narrower ribbon but I didn't have any.
Lavender season comes upon me all of a sudden. I see the plants as I pass them coming and going in and out of the driveway but they don't seem to give much notice that they'll be ready to be harvested. (Or maybe I don't pay close enough attention.) It seems that overnight they turn from green to purple and then I have to put aside everything else and take care of them. It creates a rush that belies the calmness lavender creates when one is preparing the stems for drying.
When I was cutting the lavender this morning there was another fragrance that was even stronger: the honeysuckle that grows behind the lavender. Its fragrance is sweet and strong. They are unruly plants but I love them, too, and sometimes cut the flowers and vines and bring them inside. Like lavender, their fragrance fills our home.
When people ask what my favorite flowers are I tell them lavender, honeysuckle, and lilac, all for the fragrance, plus columbine. Not your common favorites, I guess.
Do you grow lavender and/or honeysuckle? Do you love the fragrance of either or both? Do you have a favorite flower because of its fragrance?