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Flowers 101: Lavender

The other day my sister told me how she had been to a wine tasting and they were giving away free bunches of lavender. I was incredibly jealous because 1) I didn't partake in the wine tasting and 2) I didn't have a fragrant bouquet of lavender in my room. Lavender or lavandula as it's scientifically known, is considered to be one of the most versatile flowers in the world and is used in everything from foods to medicines to aromatic/essential oils. Lavender is characterized by gray-green foliage with thin spikes of purple flowers on long stems. One of the oldest plants, lavender grows wildly all over the earth. Lavender blooms in the full summer sun and requires plenty of water at regular intervals - allowing time in between for the soil to dry. To encourage stronger root production, cut off the first year buds and protect the blooms from wind. Wonderful in gardens, lavender can be planted in containers, flowerbed borders, and used as ground cover. Lavender pairs nicely with sage and is one of the only flowers that retains its fragrance after drying.

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uptowngirl1999 uptowngirl1999 9 years
when i was planning my wedding last year--a neat idea i saw was tossing lavender instead of bird seed or rice. but we didn't go for the idea because of a couple of reasons. :-)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I had some lavendar plants that did beautifully the year I planted them... but sadly they never came back
Performita Performita 9 years
Nothing heals my headache as the massage with ethereal lavender oil. Island of my childhood Hvar has huge plantages of "Lavanda" as we call it in Croatian language.
Mimisugar Mimisugar 9 years
I love the smell of Lavender!!!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
Supposedly, if you hang lavender by your door it will keep the flies out of your house. Alternatively you can rub lavender oil around the doorway.
Luv4quest Luv4quest 9 years
Fresh favorite scent in the world...
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 9 years
Lavender vodka is easy to make too- just pour a bottle of vodka into a mason jar with about a quarter cup of lavender flowers. Be sure to check it often so the taste doesn't get overwhelming, I think my infusion only took a couple of hours. I've used it to make cocktails at a bridal shower, but it could be lovely in all sorts of settings. Weird story, non-vodka related: when I was pregnant, I didn't crave food that much, but I craved scents. The scent of lavender was one of my main cravings, I had to have lavender flowers near my bed so I could inhale deeply at any moment!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Its very beautiful.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
MMMM. That lavender cosmo sounds soooo good.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
bouquet of lavender as a gift? totally!!!
cs cs 9 years
I love lavender in food! There's a restaurant where I live that has a lavender cosmo. The rim is sugared in a super fine sugar with lavender bits, and it is divine!
cageyme cageyme 9 years
I love lavender in general, but the smell reminds me of my granny's house.
girlboy girlboy 9 years
i hate picking lavendar
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
I planted some lavendar last year in my flower garden last year, it's huge now!
Food Food 9 years
Am I the only gal on the planet that can't stand the stuff? There's something about the smell that drives me crazy. It is lovely in lemonade and frostings, but I'd rather have it without.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
that sounds marv mwmsjuly! I want to try!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I grow lavender all over my garden. You can use it in food, too. I've made lavender cupcakes and lavender lemonade. You make the sugar for the lemonade by adding lavender buds (and some lemon or orange zest) to sugar and letting it sit in an airtight container. It's great in tea, too!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I love the smell of Lavender, and...esp....Yardley's Lavender Soap!!! Has anyone smelled it before? Its what they use at Outback Steakhouse's Ladies room! also, i had some yardley lavender bath salts given to me when i was little and it ia scent i have hooked onto.
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