Very soon after I'd been living in France and several weekly visits
to the local markets, bringing back home the wonderful selection
of fresh fruit and vegetables in plastic carrier bags.
I realized I needed the right shopping bag, so I bought my French
style market basket, which as you can see is well worn
as it's been to many markets.
But early this morning before the sun had come up I used it
along with my well used flat basket
to carry the freshly cut Lavender from my garden.
I gathered it by the hand-full and tied each bunch with string, to hang
and leave to dry in a dark room hoping it will keep it's lovely blue colour.
During the day I moved the bunches around the terrace
so that I could enjoy the beautiful aroma.
Each time I touched the flower heads, they release their oil so the scent
began to float around the terrace, reminding me of my visit to the Provence.
I left a bouquet on the day bed.
Tomorrow I'll be cutting some more
and making some Lavender and ribbon posies.
I'll also be replacing this lavender from last year
and using it to fill some small cotton bags I've made
to hang in the guest bedrooms.
I love this time of the year the days are long,
and the garden is full of
wonderful perfume from the many different plants.
I'd love to know what you do with your Lavender.
I have a good crop this year so I need lots of new ideas, let me know.
Look forward to your ideas.