I've spent so much time harvesting lavender this month that I've hardly had time to write. We've also been busy with market days at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market and at Reynolda Village. From our amazing customers, I've heard some interesting, if not funny, stories including one about lavender as a natural mosquito repellent. I'll admit that I really enjoyed the story from the woman who overdosed her roast chicken with lavender, thinking it was rosemary. Botanically, lavender is a perennial with a lifespan of many years when cared for properly. I continue to be amazed at its versatility. Every part of the plant is useable, including the dried, de-budded stems which make for interesting floral arrangements or fragrant kindling for the grill or fireplace.
As a cut flower, fresh lavender can be short-lived. The stems last about 3 days in water. Refresh the water daily and snip the ends each time. Without water, the stems can be beautifully displayed indefinitely, and the fragrance remains just as long!
The 4th of July is coming up next week, and you can be sure lavender will be on our table in one form or another. My hope is that you'll be inspired to try lavender in your home, too.