Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's Lavender Time

Although the lavender in England was not in bloom, it was when we first came home and as my wont I preserve lavender for the winter. I preserve it three ways . . .

One for the linen closet, one for the kitchen and the third to stick in vases around the house to scent the room.

Lavender wands or bottles. Stems of lavender turned upside down and woven with ribbon (I prefer lavender) to keep in the lavender buds. These are given as gifts (great to tie one into the ribbon of a package) and used among Linderhof's sheets (for sheets should smell of sun and lavender!)
Lavender to be used in scones, shortbread and poundcake or cupcakes. The jar bought a long time ago from Williams-Sonoma and once emptied it's perfect for my kitchen lavender. It holds the perfect amount that I use in the winter.

Once those harvests are done, I cut the rest of the stems and let them dry -- to be used in vases (for if you don't have real flowers -- dried flowers will do) and some of the flower buds I'll save and sew into sachet bags to tuck among the undies and nightware.

It's Friday and I'm joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.


Rettabug said...

How pretty, Martha! Those lavender wands are just beautiful. I would love to receive a package with such a thoughtful & fragrant touch.

I do hope you try my Greek Spinach & Olive Pasta salad. It is really, REALLY good, especially if you like garlic!

Happy 4th

Pondside said...

I'd like to learn to make the wands. There is a lavender farm not far from here and I think they have a festival in mid-July, so perhaps there will be lessons. Like you, I like my bed linen to smell like sunshine and lavender.

Cass @ That Old House said...

I have one valiant lavender plant, and its blooming up a storm right now. Is this the time to "harvest" it or do I wait till it's drying up?

O Garden Guru, please let me know! I am totally clueless with this.

Those lavender wands are gorgeous!

Now I also need a clothesline. So many projects . . . .

Martha said...

Cass -- The optimum time is time is just when they are beginning to flower -- but I'll do it when all the flowers are open as well because sometimes you just can't get to it when you should.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

All great ways to use lavendar. Weaving the wands looks interesting. Very natural but very feminine too.

Maggie said...

Thanks for sharing your ways of drying the lavender to use around the home.
The wands are especially pretty, perhaps you'd create a tutorial for those of us who'd like to try our hand at making them ourselves?
Hope your holiday weekend is great!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What wonderful ways to use lavender, Martha. You've inspired me. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

Heaven's Walk said...

There is NOTHING as wonderful as lavender! :)

xoxo laurie