In the back garden I have a small planting of lavender.
There are two varieties.
The taller plant is Lavandula, angustifolia 'Buena Vista.'
The shorter plant is Lavandula, intermedia 'Grosso.'
I am harvesting the Lavandula, intermedia 'Grosso.'
I am not an expert lavender harvester, but I've read that you want to harvest it before the blooms are completely open, and harvest when the humidity is low to avoid mildewing .
I used rubber bands to hold the bundles.
I slipped the rubber bands onto a wooden dowel and balanced the dowel on the plant stand in the family room which is cool and dry. The newspaper below the lavender will catch any blooms that fall off.
When the lavender is dry, I will pull off the blooms to use in sachets.
I did this last year and made two small sachets for the guest room closets. Those sachets still smell wonderful.
The plants have increased in size. I'm looking forward to getting more lavender blooms this year.
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