“There’s a few things I’ve learned in life: always throw salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for good luck, and fall in love whenever you can.”
– Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
If you walked into my house right now, you would smell the essence of fresh lavender. In June my lavender blooms. I may be lucky with a few more waves of blooming in my climate, but June reminds me of a summer vacation in 2002 where we stopped in Sequim, Washington on our way to Vancouver, Canada. I fell in love with lavender that day.
We filled our baskets with flowering lavender, sipped sweet lavender lemonade while rocking on a porch swing, and gazed upon the perfectly purple rows. My daughter said she never wanted to leave and my son (who was 14 at the time) said, “I’ve got to admit, this is a pretty cool place.” It was a perfect day.
The variety that I harvest at home for lavender wands and culinary purposes is English Lavender.
The stems are long and strong enough for crafts and arrangements. Daughter and I made wands today and even hubby learned how to make wands. Tutorial here.
After drying a few trays of lavender buds in the dehydrator, store in jars to give and use throughout the year in recipes like ice cream, lemonade and herbes de provence. Of course, you can always use it in homemade soaps and sachets.
Ahh, yes, the calming essence of lavender. Words cannot describe the taste of lavender. You just have to try it!