Lavender – The Romantic Herb

Growing Lavender plants is easy. Lavender is best grown in well drained, dry soil. It does best in Zones 5-8 and can survive Zone 4 if planted in a protected area. French or Spanish lavender is the easiest to grow. English Lavender can be a bit touchy because it doesn’t tolerate hot humid heat.

This perennial blooms all summer long and reaches from 1 to 3 feet in height, depending upon the variety. You can wait till the flowers stop blooming before you harvest the flower buds… which is the end of August or the first of September.

Lavender is know for it’s romantic fragrance and is used in potpourris, sachets, and soap. The flowers are lovely in dried floral arrangements and wreaths. Lavender holds it’s fragrance for a long time and can be easily refreshed with a bit of Essential Lavender oil. Even the leaves are fragrant… so don’t worry if the stems and leaves end up in your potpourris and sachets.

I love to walk by my lavender bed and smell the fresh clean scent.

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. Last spring, the clean up crew I hired cut my Lavender back to the nubbins and I was frantic. I was afraid I wasn’t going to get any blooms. It was probably one of the best things that could have happened… it bloomed like crazy…as you can tell by the photo. I’ve enjoyed my fragrant Lavender plants all summer long.


Making Lavender Sachet Gifts

Making fragrant Lavender Sachet bags for gifts is easy. Don’t worry if your don’t grow your own lavender because there are several places where you can purchase lavender flower buds at a very reasonable price… along with the lavender oil, and sachet bags. It makes a lovely inexpensive gift. And… we’re going to give you free gift tags.

The project is so easy, your kids can help.

Harvest the Lavender in late August or early September… when there are no blooms left… only the flower. buds. Or, you can purchase your Lavender at Mountain Rose Herb Co. or San Francisco Herb Company. Both carry lovely products including the Lavender Oil and bags.

Cut the stems long on the Lavender and allow it to dry up to a week. Late in the season, it doesn’t take long for it to dry out.

When I begin to make my Lavender Sachet I spread out a lot of work paper on my table because the lavender will shed it’s buds immediately when you begin to work with it.

You’ll need: 1.Your own dried Lavender or purchased Lavender buds. 2. You’ll need Lavender Essential oil.

You’ll need: 1. Muslin bags (I use 2X5 inch) or small organza bags (3×4 inch). 2. A small scoop or spoon. 3. A Lavender designed rubber stamp and a rubber stamp ink pad.

Remove all of the flower buds from the stems.. but don’t worry if some of the stems and leaves fall into the mixture because they’re fragrant too.

Add Lavender Oil to the mix. I use about 1/4 oz to 8 oz of the buds. Essential Oils are very strong. The large package you see is 8 oz. It takes a lot of buds to make a pound. I use a medicine dropper to drop in smaller amounts of oil. You have to be the judge on this.

Put the Lavender buds into a plastic bag and seal up for about a week. Store it in a dark dry place. After a few days, you may want to check on it to see if you need to add a few more drops of oil.

Stamp the muslin bag with the Rubber stamp.

After the Lavender has seasoned, scoop the buds into the stamped muslin or organza bags.

Place the gift tag on the bags with a bit of ribbon or twine and place them in a cute basket. Or put a couple of the bags in a clear Cello bag with a little tinsel and tie the bag shut with ribbon or twine. Don’t forget to add your tag.

Give them away to friends…but make sure you keep a few for yourself… they make your drawers and lingerie smell heavenly.

Have a good time with this project!

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

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