Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lavender harvest

This was last summer's lavender harvest. It is pretty hard work, as you have to cut them right down, for them to grow beautifully back the next year. I had a friend over, who loves lavender and so it was good fun despite. We had 30 bushes to cut, some of them were enormous.

The task ahead:

and many more in the back garden...

It was a hot and sunny day, so I decided to wear a straw hat. The Twilly added instant chic and my head stayed cool.

My preferred way to scent the house is to throw a freshly cut bunch into a basket and leave in a room, then move it on to another!

After all this hard work, we deserved a little break! I made Apricot Pie and we had some pink wine...seeing this now, all the pain in the back and hands is forgotten, I loooong for this year's harvest.

The brown rings you see on the table are made from wine cuttings. They are not difficult to make and can be used as a base for making all kinds of wreaths, lavender, rosemary, name it!

And finally lavender wreaths!! I love to hang them on the wall in my dressing room, in the hall or prop them on the mantelpiece of the fireplace...

It was such a lovely day and making something out of nothing gives such a happy, satisfied feeling. Looking forward to the next harvest!

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