Autumn Weddings: Falling in Love with Dried Lavender

HCF dried English lavenderI love this time of year. The signs of September are evident - our American beautyberry bushes are blinking purple berries along the driveway. Persimmons, showing a hint of orange, are beginning to ripen. Fall is also time for wedding bells...and dried lavender bouquets. This entry would not have happened had it not been for an inquisitive would-be bride looking for locally-sourced lavender. For some, there is a unique degree of beauty in dried flowers, especiallly in the fall. Lavender retains both its color and fragrance with drying, although the scent is quite possibly a little more herby. While I use raffia to tie up the bundles, this could easily be exchanged for fancy ribbon or lace. A limited number of dried bundles are available right now at the farm. Later this fall we'll be back at the farmers market with assorted dried flowers, ornamental grasses, and decorative foliage. See you soon!