Leading you up the garden path. Lavender and …

A few years ago I began growing lavender at our spot and now we have an abundance.

Aside from the plant’s fragrance and its looks, it is water-wise, grows easily, and requires almost zero maintenance once established.

It attracts all sorts of insects, is a favourite of the bees, and the lavender planted at the front of the property is now a regular pit stop for the annual Caper White butterfly migration in January when tens of thousands of butterflies pass through our property on their way to Mozambique.

It also attracts more exotic butterflies such as this Colotis antevippe, the red tip.

I’ve harvested lavender for a  number of uses, including biscuits, but never tried using it to make lavender oil.

As I don’t have the equipment or the required quantities of lavender to make essential oil, I’m reasonably confident the ordinary lavender oil will do nicely, thank you very much.

Basket of lavender.

hung up to dry …

… and in a week or three when it is thoroughly dry I shall divide it in half, pop it in two jars, cover one in extra virgin olive oil and the other in coconut oil and leave to infuse for a month.

Afterwards, the contents will be  strained and the oil reserved.

As they say … watch this space.

Ark.

 

 


10 thoughts on “Leading you up the garden path. Lavender and …

    1. These are from a couple of seasons ago. Still be a month or three before we likely see either of them.
      Oh, and just to let you know: after my boasting yesterday the temp dropped a zillion degrees and the wind has been blowing a gale all perishing day and the chimes outside our window sound as if they’re being played by a percussionist on speed. The missus even chucked an extra blanket on the bed this evening.
      *sigh* Bloody global warming!

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  1. Lavender is a real favourite but I don’t seem able to keep it more that a couple of seasons. I do know why! I have it in pots and sometimes it dries out. We need to plant it up in a border though we won’t get the array of butterflies that you are lucky enough to get. 🙂

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    1. I take cuttings, scrape off the outer skin and plant them in potting soil/compost.
      ‘Survival’ rate is varied.
      I’ve found that keeping them pruned while in pots ( I use plastic 2ltr milk bottles which I cut in half) keeps them from getting too stringy. If they stay in pots for any length of time.
      We have them planted all over the place. The plantings at the front of the property get less attention / water than those at the back. and hence they dry out. We really need a longer hose if truth be told!

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        1. I should clarify. I only scrape off the bark from the bottom inch or so from where I took the cutting, then simply put it in the potting soil.
          If you use rooting hormone ( paint a bit on the exposed part of the cutting)this may also help.
          I haven’t tried it, but I’ve seen some people on Youtube use it for other cuttings. Rosemary for one.

          I don’t

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