Lately, the urge to create a more 'homely' environment is verging on obsessive. My old way of doing this was to buy the odd candle and occasionally hoover around the house, but lately I cant stop looking at more ways to better the house, the feeling, the ambiance, even the feng shui (is that still a thing?) my latest obsession is Lavender. I feel a little sorry for both the smell and look of lavender, often considered to be 'an old ladies' thing, lavender has gone through the years just as it is, and for me, I consider it more timeless. We all know and possibly love the fact that lavender is well known for allowing us to sleep just that little bit more soundly.
More recently it has become more documented that lavender has both healing and calming properties and I think that is ultimately what has drawn me to this more classic scent and now I want to grow my own. I have been looking into growing my own lavender plants but after 2 failed attempts (I can barely grow weeds) I have decided to cheat and buy ready-grown lavender plants - that's ok right? Two varieties of lavender that are good for using to dry are Royal Purple and Imperial Gem - these two are mainly grown to be dried, whereas Maillette and Grosso produce good lavender oil.
You can buy lavender plants from alot of good garden centres and so far I am on the search. So why do I want to grow my own lavender? For me, I used to realise the village fetes that used to sell the lavender sachets that my mum used to tell me to place into my knicker drawer, and I still remember the humble sent that used to disperse every time I opened the drawer - it's a simple, but classic smell that makes me instantly feel more happy and calm, it reminds me of childhood, of home, of my parents and mostly of simplicity - to me, lavender is an almost clean scent.
There are so many different projects I want to complete: lavender sachets, lavender eye masks, lavender bath salts - the list is endless, and most of all it is relatively easy to complete. Obviously many more people out there create anything from body creams to chocolate and after reading a past edition of Country Living magazine I have found the website 'Welsh Lavender' which is stocked from a lavender farm is Wales - their website is worth taking a look at if not just for their beautiful pictures. If you're not quite at the stage of tending to your own lavender plants, here are a selection of my favourite lavender buys.
Are you a lavender fan?