Lavender

 One of my favorite flowers is lavender.

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Lavender has been used to promote a sense of calmness for centuries.Lavender plants are one of the few flowering plants that require minimal care and maintenance.Lavender requires good drainage and prefers at least 6 hours of direct sun a day.Try to plant from spring until early summer. 

 

Pruning can be done either in spring or fall.  Simply cut back anything un-shapely.  Pruning is done in order to maintain the shape an appearance of the plant. This cutting often causes another round of flower blooms and more lovely Lavender!Start harvesting lavender when the flowers become vivid in color. Harvest early in the morning after the dew has dried. Harvested lavender has many uses; you can make fresh or dried arrangements or wreaths, or process it to use in soaps, candles, and cosmetics.Lavender is a very special herbal tisane which has calming effects that helps relieve stress, fatigue, headache and insomnia. Drinking a cup of Lavender tea before going to bed is known to promote restful sleep.

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Queen Elizabeth I, who loved lavender, used it in tea to treat her frequent migraines and also as a perfume.Queen Victoria was also a great enthusiast in the use of lavender. Fresh lavender was dried and put into muslin bags for wardrobes, used to wash walls and furniture and lavender bags were stuffed between sheets in linen presses. You can also use Lavender to cook with in “sweet” and “savory” meals.