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Lavender

Lavender

Seeing row after row of lavender stretching out in front of you in a soft purple haze is a beautiful sight. The fragrance hangs in the air and seems to soothe and tranquilize ones senses.

It is thought that the name of the plant comes from the Latin "lavare", to wash, since the Romans used to bathe in lavender-scented water. They found it refreshing, and it was in this role that the herb was to be valued for many centuries to come. A dab of lavender water on the temples was considered the ideal treatment for the vapors.

Legend tells us, that lavender was brought to Britain by the Romans. It was a highly valued plant due to its healing, soothing and insect repelling properties. Lavender oil was also used for massage.
Records show that monasteries used lavender medicinally and it was listed as such, as far back as 1301. The Lady of the Manor used lavender for culinary and medicinal purposes and kept a still-room for preparation for use by family and staff.
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Throughout history there have been many uses for lavender, the fragrant floral herb native to the Mediterranean region. It was popular with the Greeks and the Romans for scenting their soaps and bathing water. Lavender was also used for embalming, for repelling insects, and for cooking. At times it was believed to be an aphrodisiac for attracting lovers. It was even thought that lavender could repel lovers by sprinkling lavender water on the head.
More recently, in the early 20th century, lavender was a favorite for curing headaches and disinfecting sick rooms. It was popular for soothing sore throats and calming nerves. It was used for toothaches, muscle aches and stomach aches. In short, there were very few situations where lavender was not a part of the recommended cure.
Today we use lavender for many of the same reasons. Lavender is known to be a mild sedative. It has healing properties proven by scientific studies. Its sweet fragrance and lasting aroma has uses from the kitchen to the barnyard, from home decorating to practical home-remedies.
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The easiest way of perfuming a room, is to place it in pots or vases, either loose or in bunches. Also you can hang bunches of lavender. Put some bags of lavender on a few door handles, and they give of a beautiful scent as you enter the rooms.

Hanged up in houses,
it doth very well attemper the aire,
coole and make fresh the place to the delight
and comfort of such as are therein.
~~By John Gerard, 1597.~~
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No bought pot-pourri is so pleasant as that made from one's own garden,
for the petals of the flowers one has gathered at home
hold the sunshine and memories of summer,
and of past summers only the sunny days should be remembered.
~~By Eleanor Sinclair-Rhode. 1920.~~


I judge that the flowers of lavender quilted in a cap
and worne are good for all diseases of the head
that come from a cold cause
and that they comfort the braine very well.
~~By William Turner. 1551.~~
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shazbot3
I LOVE Lavender. Thank you for posting them Smile

Elena
All of the pictures of lavender fields that I found were in France. I had never realized that they grow so much of it there. I wonder if there are many lavender growers here in the U.S. who do it on a large scale.

shazbot3
I know there are a few here. I have spent the last several years trying to find some that would overwinter well here, and I hink I've finally found two that do. One of them is Spanish lavender, the other is Hidcote. They both came back for me this past spring, and I was so happy I literally jumped for joy Smile

Elena
I have tried at least 4 kinds and haven't been successful at all. Let me know if you find even one that can make it and I may try again. I love lavender too.

shazbot3
Well, hopefully, mine will come back again next spring. I didn't touch it this year. I usually cut the bloom stems off for drying, but decided to give it one more growing season before I touched it.

If and when it does come back(o,please let it!), I could divide them both and send you some, ok?

Elena
Well, if you are successful, I certainly won't turn you down on that offer. By the way, did your black bamboo live? Spring was the wrong time of year to dig it so it might have died. I will dig another for you if that one died. Let me know because this is the time of year to dig it.

shazbot3
No, it didn't make it. I boo-hooed because I had babied it so much, and begged it to live, but it just snubbed me! If you could spare another one, that would be great Smile

Btw, here's the pic of that antique duck you asked me to post. Isn't it beautiful?? I'm so afraid the kids or the kitties will break it, tho. I'm going to wrap it, and pack it away in my oldest DD's dowery, lol.

Elena
What a beauty that duck is. You will have to hide it from me if I ever get over your way. I raised mallard ducks for over 20 years and I have a real love for them.

I was afraid you wouldn't be able to keep that bamboo alive and I think I told you that at the time. I will get another one ready for you. A huge limb fell and broke down several during that last storm but there should still be one that I can dig.

shazbot3
Oh yay! Thank you so much. I've wanted black bamboo forever, and was so happy when you sent me that one. And then it died. I was afraid to tell you, afraid you'd get mad at me for killing it...

Elena
Since you hadn't shown me pictures of the live plant, I was beginning to suspect the little thing hadn't survived. That is ok because it is as I suspected.... so don't sweat it. When I get back from Roundup, I will send you a new one.

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