Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Why Lavender?

Besides the fact that I like the colour of lavender, this herbal plant has many therapeutic properties. Traditionally it has been used to treat headaches, insomnia, motion sickness,various skin ailments and as an insect repellent.
Dried lavender can be used for an aromatic room air freshener, it's wonderful to cook and bake with and makes a soothing cup of tea or lemonade.
Originating from the Mediterranean region lavender likes a hot dry location in the sun with good drainage. Through trial and error, the best mulch I've found to use for lavender is stone, pea gravel or crushed brick which holds the heat in and at the same time, enough moisture for the long roots.
Before the Postage Act of 1765 in England which assigned numbers to houses, it was customary to name your home for visitors to find it. Drawing on this quaint idea, our home was named Lavender Cottage and subsequently my gardening business from home as well.
There is a lavender hedge along the front by the house and another in the back bordering the arbour leading to the gazebo. Strategically placed, guests walking along the path to the back will brush against the lavender, releasing its heady scent. Lavender is in the butterfly garden along the driveway too because it is a nectar source for many varieties.

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