keeping the prunings

Every time my lavender needs a prune, I tie up the prunings and hang them up in our porch to dry. Then, some months later when I have a spare hour, I pull the dried blooms off the stalks and add them to my lavender jar.

When I have enough lavender, I will make lavender sachets to tuck into drawers and inside pillow cases. I’d also like to try making bath bombs, sometime. My friend Melissa makes lovely lavender sachets with hand-printed linens. I think everything Melissa makes is beautiful.

I like being thrifty and so I get a kick out of turning prunings into something useful. It’s a process that (to me) is lovely at every stage – the lavender is beautiful on the bush while it’s growing, it’s attractive hanging to dry on the porch, it looks nice in a jar and it will be delicious in a sachet – the heady scent of the blooms living on long after the stems have turned to compost.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “keeping the prunings

  1. thank you helen! i wish i harvested my own lavender… my plants seem to be quite straggly so i have to rely on the farmer’s market. i agree with you- every stage of the lavender’s life is aesthetically pleasing.

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  2. If you had an open fire, maybe the stalks, dried, would make scented kindling? Ti kouka (cabbage tree) dried leaves, bound, make aesthetic kindling too.

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