Drying Lavender

After enjoying a few days of Summer and then what seems like a month of rainy days I’ve decided to bring some of the garden indoors; lavender.

I have lots of roses in my front garden that have been clearly loved and looked after for years, so I’ve been adding to the garden around them. I googled to find out the best companion plants for the roses, and lavender seemed to come up as a good option. It’s also got the added benefits of ground cover and a wonderful scent! I planted around 10 lavender plants last year to my garden border and this year they’re starting to fill out.

With all the rain we’ve had I haven’t even cut the grass around them for a couple of weeks and I’m waiting for a sunny day to tidy up around them and for a picture. I’ve been trying to find out how to dry some lavender to keep the smell and the purple flowers in a vase indoors.

Apparently the easiest way to dry them is to simply cut a bunch and hang them upside down in an airy space for a couple of weeks (not cutting into the woody bits of the stems or the lavender won’t grow). Seems straight forward, so I have a little bunch hanging on my mantelpiece until they’re dry enough for a vase!

Drying lavender

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