The Fundamentals of Growing Gorgeous Lavender

Growing tips for this fragrant, easy-care plant that thrives in sunny locations Lavender, an herb with many culinary uses, also makes a stunning addition to borders and perennial gardens, providing sweeping drifts of color from early summer into fall. With its silvery-green foliage, upright flower spikes and compact shrub-like form, lavender is ideal for creating … Continue reading The Fundamentals of Growing Gorgeous Lavender

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Growing Lavender

Propagation Lavender can be propagated by seed, layering or stem cuttings.  We recommend using stem cuttings or layering because you can guarantee your new plants will not be a hybrid version caused by cross-pollinating. By Stem Cutting.  To propagate by stem cutting, first prepare a container with well-draining, sandy soil.  Then harvest a 2-3 inch healthy … Continue reading Growing Lavender

Lovely Lavender for the Nervous System

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia and other species) There are many species of lavender, and any aromatic species can be used. I grow Lavandula angustifolia in my garden for harvesting and usually grow a few different varieties to experiment with. Lavender is not a herb that grows wild in the northeastern United States. Lovely lavender calms the … Continue reading Lovely Lavender for the Nervous System

What Is Lavender?

A whiff of lavender oil can trigger various sensations, and its sweet fragrance brings to mind rows and rows of beautiful blue-violet flowers under the summer sky. But if you look beyond lavender oil's aroma, you'll find that there's more to it than meets the eye – or your sense of smell. WHAT IS LAVENDER? … Continue reading What Is Lavender?

Which Lavenders Are The Most Fragrant For My Garden?

A lot will depend on the weather, how much sun and rain the plants receive, how harsh the winter is, the type of soil that the plants are grown in when the lavender is harvested, and how soon after harvest you process it. Here on the farm, we grow mostly English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) which are typically the most fragrant.  The … Continue reading Which Lavenders Are The Most Fragrant For My Garden?

A Few of Our Favorite Old-Fashioned Lavender Ideas for the Home

Sweet Scented Armchair In one of my favorite old books Pot Pourri from a Surrey Garden {1900}, by Mrs. C.W. Earle described a delightfully fragrant household idea: 'On the backs of my armchairs are thin Liberty oblong bags, like miniature saddle-bags, filled with dried Lavender, Sweet Verbena and Sweet Geranium leaves. This mixture is much more fragrant than … Continue reading A Few of Our Favorite Old-Fashioned Lavender Ideas for the Home

A Story of Lavender

Lavender was once a virtual medicine chest in every home. It was used for everything: as a nerve stimulant and restorative, for the relief of muscular aches and pains and sprains, to induce peaceful slumber and ease the ache of rheumatism and nervous headaches, to promote the appetite following illness, and to relieve flatulence. Merck said … Continue reading A Story of Lavender

Lavender and Aromatherapy

Lavender is one of those scents that have the power to evoke the senses.  Most notably, feelings of relaxation and well-being.  In fact, it was long believed that Cleopatra's secret weapon, in love, was Lavender. Calm and refreshing it’s not surprising the word Lavender in Latin (Lavoie) means for wash or bathe.  Because of its … Continue reading Lavender and Aromatherapy