I spent most of my weekend pottering around the garden, looking after my veggies and collecting seed pods.
One plant I never need to bother about is my Lavender bush. It was here when we moved in and it thrives in about 2 inches of stony soil. I'm going to have to prune it when it stops flowering this year as it's become somewhat unruly, but for now it's in full bloom, much to my, and the bees' enjoyment.
So this year for the first time I started to cut my lavender. It started off as something to decorate the table with at a barbecue we had, but then of course the more flowers you cut the more fresh blooms that grow.
So I thought I'd cut as much as I can and dry it to eventually make some lavender hearts. May as well make the most of the things you have at hand right? I grew up in a lavender scented house but my mother preferred burning oil to fresh lavender so I'm learning as I go.
But it seems to be going well - I have a bit zip lock bag full of dried buds so far and the bush looks untouched. I'm just waiting for the rain to ease off so that I can go out and cut some more. I'm trying not to cut them all at once as the bees wouldn't be very happy about that! But there are plenty of fresh buds appearing daily. And in the mean time my house smells heavenly. Happy Days!