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Friday, June 17, 2016

Picking Lavender

I have four large lavender bushes along the side of the house
and this year I was reading that if you want them to continue
to grow, you need to cut the lavender, which is just the
same as pruning the bushes.  So this afternoon I did just that.







I picked enough for 10 bundles and hung them to dry in my studio.
Now, that was a fun little chore!  It looks charming and I felt for
about 30 minutes that I was living in the pages of
Country Living Magazine. haha.

59 comments:

  1. Oh oh I am in lavender heaven..sniff some for me Betsy:) I would love a vase of those beauties on my table!

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    1. No doubt my studio will be smelling lovely for weeks!

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    1. Isn't it? I really enjoyed doing that! :)

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  3. One of my most favorite plants, simply beautiful.
    Your photos are stunning.
    ~Jo

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    1. I've only had them for three years...they're finally big and full enough to start cutting...so fun!

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  4. So so nice. I often inhale lavender essential oil to unwind. You should be relaxed for quote some time! 😊 Very lovely!

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    1. I've heard that the fragrance is supposed to be relaxing!

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  5. So so nice. I often inhale lavender essential oil to unwind. You should be relaxed for quote some time! 😊 Very lovely!

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    1. You're repeating yourself...do you need to unwind right now? hahaha....

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  6. Each one of your lovely pictures is ready for a mat and frame.
    Oh my...it does look magazine beautiful. I think the bundles are perfect hanging there.

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    1. I like that, too....hope they dry well....I've never attempted this before!

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  7. I love, love, love lavender! Your hanging bunches are so charming!

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    1. It turned out better than I was expecting! I'll be enjoying that there for a long time. Very fun!

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  8. Lavender is one of my favorites. I'm getting ready to plant some along the side of the patio flower garden. Your photos are gorgeous! Your lavender is gorgeous! And it's really looking like a Country Living photo shoot up in your kitchen!

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    1. Hope yours does well! It seems to take care of itself. I used to have shasta daisies in that spot and they didn't get enough water under the eave of the house. Lavender must be drought resistant because it seems to be doing great!

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  9. I remember my grandmother letting us sleep with a pillow filled with lavender when we had a cold. Beautiful work.

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    1. Wow...isn't that interesting! It's become so popular now...even having the scent in bath wash for babies so they relax and sleep better!

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  10. Such gorgeous photos, Betsy.
    I use lavender to destress too - love the scent. A dear friend brought me back a beautiful cobalt blue bottle of lavender essential oil from France. Heavenly.
    I also use the sachets in my drawers and closet, and sometimes tucked in my pillow.

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    1. Ooh...what a wonderful gift! Love that.

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  11. Hi Betsy - looks amazing ... well done - what a great idea at decoration ...

    I'll be thinking of these today ... and believing I can smell the lavender ... gorgeous - Hilary

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  12. Oh lavander is so wonderful. The color is stunning.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice weekend

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    1. The color is much more intense that I thought it would be. I guess I was always looking
      at the buds that were dried and lighter!

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  13. I love lavender! Me too I do cut it then dry it (btw. I love how you did hand yours very pretty!) I use it later in the wardrobes for a fresh smell and to keep away any bugs. I have one bunch hanging in our bedroom, it looks beautiful and even dried it still smells lovely. Happy weekend Betsy! Ps: have you already tried lavender tea? oh so yummy but you need to use edible lavender for that!

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    1. How do you know if it's edible? I guess mine would be since it would be considered organic.

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    2. Normally it is said on the pot or the seeds when you buy it ... I am not sure that organic makes it edible ... it makes sense but double check :-)

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  14. Beautiful scent! You are so lucky to get to enjoy that.

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    1. Now to decide what to do with it! haha.

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  15. Lovely photos Betsy. You are a gal with many talents.

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  16. I love lavender for sleep and your photos of your little bouquets are lovely.

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    1. I hope they dry ok. I guess we'll find out! haha. So far so good!

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  17. Could make your own magazine
    There at your one woman scene
    Can sure do it all
    Nice how they hang all in sequence on the wall

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    1. You want to be my sales rep?
      I'll need someone with lots of pep.
      lol.

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  18. Love Lavender! We lost 3 large lavender plants this year. I didn't think we had a bad winter. Just replaced one with a lavender tree. I know it's not the same, but....
    I can smell yours hanging all the way here to Ontario, Canada

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    1. Oh, I'm sorry you lost them! I don't know what a lavender tree is! I'll have to look that up! It sounds lovely!

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  19. Beautiful! Love the fragrance of lavender!

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    1. Hi, Martha! :) I love it, too....can't wait to see if this drying thing works out!

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  20. The drying bundles look very nice. Wonder how long the scent will last?

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    1. It lasts forever...when it's dry, you can make sachets with it, etc....some people put it in their pillows!

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  21. So beautiful! My lavender plant recently died. While everything else is thriving. I don't seem to have much luck with them!

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    1. I guess if you don't cut the blooms (prune it) they don't last. Did you ever prune it? Might help...

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    1. It is a very pretty color! And I read that if you dry it out of the sunlight,
      it will stay dark!

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  23. I am sure you will fined many ways to use the dried lavender...
    Does it smell lovely?
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I haven't decided yet, but there are some really cute ideas on Pinterest!

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  24. I didn't know that about lavender. If I ever have any more I will be sure to trim it back for inside bouquets.
    :0)

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  25. You're so artistic - even your drying lavender looks exquisite.

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  26. I have lavender plants. I have not figured out everything,like why some plants just die & then some years you get a large plant & bumper crop of flowers. I do know that for a healthy plant, that you should cut the flowers, even if you let them flower out & die off. This has been a good year for my Lavender. It's nice to see your crop. :)

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  28. I only have one larger bush of lavender and I must remember to prune it back after it blooms this year. Thanks for the reminder.

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