Our lavender is flowering...


Just about every plant in my garden has been planted with wildlife in mind, but there is one that is there just for me, me, me. What can be more calming than the scent of lavender as you walk up to your door… In fact, what is more typical of an English Country Garden than traditional English lavender? Right now just as the flowers are opening the perfume is at it’s strongest. Nowadays we know a huge amount about the benefits of lavender – it it de-stresses and has a calming effect. I know that my granny would always have a bit of lavender oil ready for cuts and burns as it’s antiseptic too. For the next few months you a proper bath tie up a bunch of lavender with a sprig of rosemary and hang it under your taps – the steam will set off the aroma… By the way the name Lavender comes from the Latin “lavare” which means “to wash” and this is just what the romans used it for too. Of course, what good is all this if growing it is difficult? Well, the good news it’s very easy. It needs lots of sun, and it needs good drainage, so if you have a heavy soil adding some gravel and sand will really help your plants flourish. Apart from that it will stand most anything – wind, sun, rain and drought! Your initial investment will be rewarded with plants that spread up to 60cm across with a lifespan of 20 – 30 years. It looks wonderful, and smells gorgeous., and although it’s a self indulgent plant for humans, - it is the absolute “bees knees” for bees too!


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