Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Lovely Lavender


My mom has some beautiful plants and flowers in the backyard, including lots of lavender. I've been trying to get some of it for years. I was over my parents for my father's birthday last night and my mom gave me this beautiful lavender plant!

The scent is out of this world! My mom dug it up, roots and all, so I can plant it. I got home late last night and wasn't going to do any gardening, so I rinsed off the roots, did a little trimming here and there, then put it in a vase with some water. This morning the leaves had perked up and it looks wonderful. I'm tempted to leave it in the vase. I might cut off a piece and leave it in a vase and plant the rest. What a great plant. I just read that it's part of the mint family. Who knew? You learn something new everyday.


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26 comments:

starry nights said...

Lovely lavender indeed.I have some growing in my backyard and the smell is awesome.You can dry the flowers ,place them in a sachet thats what I like to do.

Asha said...

I even use Lavender soap Anali!:))
I love it and it's easy to grow and hardy too.Lasts fir yrs.Enjoy.
They say that smell of lavender makes you sleep better.Place some dried under the pillow!

something from me said...

Lavender blue dilly dilly
Lavender Green
When I am king dilly dilly
You can be queen

Tera said...

Looks gorgeous! You must plant some so that you can enjoy it even more!

amisha said...

that lavender is lovely. it's one of my favorite scents... i have tried to grow it here in the hot sticky south to no avail! ah well, soon perhaps i'll have it on a little window ledge :)

Jeseem said...

nice looking plant. now all it needs is a little care from u :)

Nina said...

I love the smell of lavender too. I tried to grow some last summer in my back yard and the dogs ate it all. Maybe I'll try an inside plant next time.

Suldog said...

Huh. I had no idea it was part of the mint family. I love lavender and I love all kinds of mint. Now I know there's a connection. Thank you!

Jac said...

Means, I must try it !

CapCity said...

I LOVE Lavender! Wish I had a green thumb - that gene was given to ONE of my siblings...the rest of us enjoy vicariously:-). I've learned to leave most plants where I find them - have killed more than i'm proud of...but have a couple of tough buggers that aren't as interesting as lavendar...
thanx for sharing!

pom d'api said...

I love the smell of lavender too. But I am allergique au pollen.

catalyst0527 said...

It's really good to raise some plants. :)
Your picture reminds me the time when I raise a haricot.

kaylee said...

Lovely lavendar!They smell so good I love those plants:-)

Lisa Francisco aka AVIANA said...

Hi,

you know what chicki?..i'm sorry but the lavender stuff did not get me excited....but your food stuff always does albeit i don't cook...i do know how to cook though...i'm caribbean..my mom says...all caribbean women must know how to cook...seems backwards doesn't it..but i find myself saying it...oh well

thanks for the post on beautiful blog! i really appreciate it cuz i've been contemplating for awhile about adding a left side bar too and was freaking out on how everything would be messed up.....

:)

by!

Nina said...

Just a little side note...
Hawaiian Bread is a really sweet tasting bread that can be found occasionaly in the grocery store. It's sold in a round loaf or as buns. I really don't see it too much any more (my mom used to buy it a lot when I was young) so when I do, I always buy some.

David Sullivan said...

I love lavender!

My lilacs only lasted like three days this year :(

Sharon said...

I love lavender too that's why I have several plants in my yard. Thanks for the inspiration... I think I'm going to make a lavender arrangement this weekend.

Anali said...

starry nights - The smell is almost hypnotic it's so calming!

asha - I started cutting it into smaller pieces. I want to have some all over my apartment! And that's so true about the scent being good for sleeping, I have some lavender + vanilla aromotherapy pillow mist. It's wonderful!

something from me - How sweet! ; ) Is that a common rhyme? I've never heard it before.

tera - Thank you! I'm definitely going to plant some!

amisha - That's interesting. I never really thought about the climate that it grows in. I hope that your experiment by your window works!

jeseem - Thanks! You're right!

nina - I wonder if your dogs's breath smelled like lavender after!

suldog - You're welcome!

jac - I'm sure you'll love it!

Anali said...

capcity - You're welcome! I'm pretty good with most plants, but I can't seem to keep an African Violet alive. My mom has the same problem with them and she can grow anything!

pom d'api - It's definitely allergy season. I've been sniffling away. I think oak causes me the most trouble.

catalyst0527 - I agree. I feel more connected to the earth when I have things growing around me. Were you growing beans? I know that haricot verts are green beans from some soup that I made.

kaylee - Yes they do! ; )

lisa francisco aka aviana - LOL! You are hilarious! Well, I just put up another food post, so I hope you'll like that one!

nina - Thanks for the info!

david sullivan - Oh I love lilacs too! I haven't seen any for a while. The smell is intoxicating!

sharon - Welcome! Thank you for stopping by and I'm glad that I inspired you! I'm sure your arrangements will be beautiful.

Nance said...

anali--lavender is one of my favorite herbs. i cook with its blossoms all the time. it's lovely with chicken and terrific with chocolate. i also make a very nice lavender shortbread cookie. when you plant it, just make sure you use a loose perlite or sandy soil and keep its feet dry most of the time. it likes full sun and is very heat tolerant.

Lotus Reads said...

I'm not terribly crazy about the scent of Lavender Anali...but I have used the oil of lavender from time to time to induce sleep and it's good for burns too. I have a bunches of it growing in my backyard and it looks oh so pretty alongside the sage and other herbs I have growing there.

Anali said...

nance - I was thinking that it would be nice to cook with too. I still haven't planted it yet. I have to buy some more soil, so thanks for the advice.

lotus reads - I love sage! It smells amazing too!

barkfoot said...

I love lavender. I used to look after a large old fashioned estate garden and the lawn edges were marked with mini hedges of lavender, they were a joy to trim.
Not far from where I live they occasionally plant Lavender commercially, it's an amazing sight, especially when dotted with wild poppies as well.
Try adding lavender when making jams, it's yummy!

Anali said...

barkfoot - Welcome! I'm really intrigued by the thought of using lavender in food. The jam sounds wonderful! Any recipe you would like to share? ; )

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love lavander! It is great in lemonade! yum!

Anali said...

jenndz - the leftover queen - Welcome! That sounds really good! Thanks!

 
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