Lavender Love

Lavender bee

Lavender bee

What a great hardy and useful plant the humble Lavender shrub is. In season now many species of the Genus Lavendula are flowering profusely and Lavender farms around the country are madly harvesting blooms for the ever popular Lavender oils and a multitude of lavender products. Lavender oil is the most widely used essential oil around the world. The Lavender Industry in Australia was first established by the Bridestowe estate in Tasmania back in 1921 and is still operating today. I visited this farm many years ago and it was an incredible view to see the mounds of compact shrubs row after row all in a purple haze of blooms down acres of rolling hills. Tasmania has always proudly lead the way in Lavender products and I must admit during my visit I had the pleasure of tasting lavender infused cheese and I was hooked on the use of Lavender for culinary delights not just medicinal purposes or landscaping appeal.
Summer is the time for the good old robust English Lavender, Lavendula angustifolia which flowers profusely in January and is one of the hardiest plants in the garden. They are tough, water wise and really don’t care how poor the soil conditions are. They love a position that’s hot and dry and a Lavender plant not placed in such a position will often suffer from fungal problems and not produce the flowers it should. Trimming back your Lavender after flowering once a year is all the maintenance you need to undertake. English lavender is a great addition to the garden growing to around 75cm. Plant Growers Australia have a signature breeding program producing a collection of plants call, Lavender Lace. The collection includes Lavender Lace, Winter Lace and Violet Lace which begin flowering at the start of winter and really bring the winter garden to life with rich colours and large wing presentations on each floral stem. Plant your Lavenders near the vegetable garden as they are worth their weight in gold when it comes to attracting pollinators for your fruit and vegetables. If you’re after a small variety of Lavender for a garden path, mini border or pots then you can’t look past the Lavender ‘Hidcote’. The shrub is a tight compact bun shape with small but very dark purple blooms. Dried or fresh they are beautiful flowers to pick. Lavenders are evergreen, meaning you can enjoy the aromatic leaves all year round. The flowers can be used fresh or dried in cooking to flavour cakes, jams, teas and more. There is something for everyone. If you don’t like the purple flowers you can also get white or pink to enhance your garden. Having a combination of English, French and Italian lavenders planted together has great landscaping appeal. It’s a very interesting feature when you see the difference in the floral structure between the varieties and it means the flowering times are staggered throughout the year so you can relax and enjoy your Lavender for longer. I think i shall go now nad make a batch of Lavender scones, i just made myself hungary for some devonshire tea just talking about this delightful plant of so many uses.

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2 thoughts on “Lavender Love

  1. I love lavender and have tried twice to grow it. It does grow here in Japan but I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Perhaps fussing over it way too much. I think I tend to over-water. Your post inspired me to try again this year.

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