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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Just One Lavender Plant

Today I'm excited about sharing with you another ONE of my true loves. 
I love Lavender.
I have one plant and last week it was harvest time.  Oh My Gosh!!!  What fun to pick and have a wonderful scent floating up as I clipped away.  I did have a visitor or two.  The BIG BLACK BEES.  
I would love to show you what I did with Just One Lavender Plant.

'Grosso' Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' A bushy and round plant with green foliage.  Long stems bear long dense spikes with flowers of violet blue and darker violet calyces.  An all purpose Lavender.  Full sun Zone 6 36"tallx32"wide. (I just copied this info from the tag when I bought this plant).

When the stems are wet I bundle them into 20 stem bundles. And, hang upside down on a rod in the plastic tub. As they dry some of the buds fall off into the bottom of the tub.   And, I save them for other uses.

When the bundles are dry, I tie the bundles with raffia, put in plastic bags and tie with a Lavender ribbon.  This basket is a great place to store them.  Even a small tap on the basket and the buds come falling down.

Yesterday was soooo beautiful in my garden.  I have a small children's picnic table the granddaughters use when we have family get togethers.  I love how it's getting a real aged look. And, the old wooden box  I've had forever. It was just a joy to showcase my Lavender projects in such a fun way.

 I love my Lavender books.  What great resources.  Ideas for uses of Lavender and also the other wonderful world of Herbs.  Great reading!!!!

I have only made a few Lavender Fire stick Bundles.  A big bag of stems is waiting for me to gather together and tie with raffia.  As I mentioned yesterday in my blog post, the Lavender Fire stick bundles can be thrown in the fireplace to make great aroma or put into the grill for a gourmet smoke that brings a whole new taste to your cooking.

 Lavender sachets are fun to make.  Do you recognize the Martha Stewart tablecloth pattern that was so popular a few years ago? I love to utilize fabric for another good purpose.

Tub Teas and small bags of Lavender are a great way to use Lavender buds.  The recipe for Tub Teas will be in a later post.  I give a bundle of Lavender, one small Lavender sachet and one Tub Tea as a hostess gift when invited as a guest.  The Tub Tea can hang from the faucet just like a tea bag.


Small Lavender sachets are a natural insect repellent.  Very natural.  Great to hang in a closet or put in a dresser drawer.

I love Tub Tea!!!!!

My Lavender eye mask is so relaxing to my eyes.

I was suprised when my daughter and granddaughters gave me this precious tea pot for my birthday in June.  The Lavender on the tea pot is a beautiful color. And, I love Lavender and Mint tea.  It can be made Hot or Cold.

Lavender Water
Designs by Gollum has a great recipe to make Lavender Water. Click HERE.

The loose Lavender buds I keep to use for more projects that I'm going to be posting about in the future.  FUN........
The Lavender wand is made with fresh picked Lavender.  It's a fun gift to give with some beautiful paper napkins as a hostess gift.

 Have you enjoyed your visit about the uses of
 Just One Lavender Plant? 

I'm so happy I could share with you and I'm also sharing with

Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday

Coloradolady for Vintage thingie Thursday

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

Bargain Hunting with Laurie for a few of my Favorite things Saturday
and

The Tablescaper for Summer Sundays

Please leave a comment and become a follower

Betty
xoxo


44 comments:

  1. What a great variety of lovely thnigs you shared today. I enjoyed seeing all of them and learning about the Lavender plant.

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  2. The aroma comes right through from your pictures. Now I need to go outside and pick some to help me rest tonight.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I too love lavender but my plants had it tough so I don't have the harvest I'm use to.

    Happy VTT!

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  4. Betty, Your plant is obviously thriving and you're definitely making the most of it. I LOVED this post - such beautiful pictures, great ideas, and I can almost smell the lavender. I have made lemon bars with lavender. I might try the lavender water. Thanks for sharing the link.
    Blessings, Beth

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  5. Beautiful....I thought for a moment, I could smell the wonderful goodness....too bad I could not! Have a great VTT!

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  6. I love lavender too. Love these pics..nice to meet you!

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  7. I can almost smell the lavender. It is all so wonderful.

    Janet

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  8. Yep, I'm smelling it through the screen too! Wonderful photos and info about lavender!

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  9. What a sweet old fashioned fragrance. Great pictures.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  10. Loved your posts about lavender! Very informative! Thanks!

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  11. Oh girl I could almost smell it...nothing smells better...Hope you have a GREAT week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  12. oh i LOVE lavender & i so loved reading your delightful post mmmmmmmm i can smell it too!! thanks also for all the fab hints on the uses of lavender :) x

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  13. Hi Betty... Your lavender is just a little ahead of mine! I can hardley wait! I am going to a lavender festival for the first time on the 17th of this month is Sequim, Wa... Seeing the festival you visited has me so excited!!
    Thanks so much for sharing:-)
    Bella

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  14. I have gotten hooked on your blog..enjoyed meeting you at the Anniversary party.

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  15. wow! i love lavender and I can imagine the smells of lovely lavender lingers in your garden and home.. smells so good! thanks for sharing. Happy VTT

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  16. This was fascinating and inspiring. I have already bookmarked it - hey, I put a shortcut to this on my desk top. I want to be able to come back and visit regularly.
    (I'm really bad about looking at my readers.)

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  17. I love the aroma of lavender. You have such a pretty display of it in the sachets.

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  18. I love lavender, but our summer is too short for it and winter too cold for it.

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  19. Your lavender is so lovely! I can almost smell it. I make soap and lavender is always my best seller :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  20. What wonderful things you have created with just one plant! Lavender is a perennial favorite!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  21. Such a lovely post! I love lavender and I'm so amazed what you were able to with just one plant. I think a trip to the nursery is in order! :)

    Happy VTT!
    Sally

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  22. Beautiful lavendar images. Thanks for sharing them. ♣olive

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  23. I too love lavender and you've inspired me to go out and get some of my own to plant and harvest.
    Lovely photos and the bags of lavender look like fabulous hostess gifts.

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  24. Oh my goodness your photos are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for all the gorgeous eye candy, I can almost smell the lavender. I can go to bed relaxed now.

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  25. Your photos are gorgeous! I love the smell of lavender and it is so pretty in the bundles.

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  26. I can just smell all the wonderful lavender!! Wow....this is inspiring!

    LEGEND OF MARY'S BEAN is my Friday blog.

    Have a great weekend.

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  27. Thank you for sharing the ideas for using lavender! Your blog is very sweet. LOVE your pics!
    I am a new follower.
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  28. Betty - what great ideas for lavender! Who would'ave thought you could create so many beautiful things and use it in so many ways? Thanks for sharing this today. Now....time to go prune my lavender! lol!

    Happily following!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

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  29. Great post and very informative! I love lavendar ... thanks for sharing.

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  30. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ways to use lavender! I LOVE it and have some growing in my garden, too.
    I'm came over via Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home.
    Have a wonderful day!
    ~ Jo :)

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  31. Oh, everything looks just wonderful!
    Thank you for sharing~
    Have a great weekend~
    Leticia
    www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

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  32. These are all wonderful lavender things. I have a couple of plants. I used to have a large bed of lavender when we lived on the farm.

    Beautiful post.

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  33. Oh! It is all so beautiful! Love the ways you present your lavender. How beautiful those little bundles are in the basket, and the sachets and tub tea look like a gorgeous indulgence in those pretty fabrics. Thank you so much for linking all of this lavender beauty to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

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  34. Thank you Betty, for stopping by. Your lavendar pics are just beautiful.

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  35. What a gorgeous post...each time I'd scroll to one picture, I'd then go back and look at the previous one again. I love lavender also, it's so calming and simply beautiful! Your little picnic table for the grand children is just adorable!

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  36. Oh I can almost smell it. Great pics and super post. You do have some lovely ideas. Hugs, Marty

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  37. Oh, I too love lavender! I spray some on my pillows to help induce sleep. I am a real herb lover in general. And lavender is certainly one of my favorites. I also love the mints, lemon balm and lemon verbena.
    Brenda

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  38. I can practically smell it right now. There is nothing more relaxing than lavendar. I had one lone plant forever, but it never produced that much lavendar, then it died. What a fun and inspiring post. I think I will plant one again next year.

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  39. Envy, envy, your lovely lavender! Jacqueline

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  40. Wonderful! I've had fun with my plants but so far I've only made sachets, Herbs de Provence and use it in the vacuum as an air freshener.
    Do you cut yours back to a mound each year?

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  41. What a beautiful post! I have never heard of the lavender fire sticks. Awesome!

    Donna

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  42. I'm in love with lavender too! Last year I went to this lovely lavender farm where you could assist in gathering or just enjoy the entertainment. I ate lavender infused gelato and bought lavender cream, soaps and salts and I cannot wait to go back. I did post pictures of the lavender farm on my blog, if you are interested at http://goodgirlgoneaverage.blogspot.com/2010/05/sunday-images.html

    Have a lovely rest of your day!

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  43. Oh such lovely lavender! All of it!

    Thanks so much for being a part of Summer Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

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