Giving the Lavender a Haircut

Everything is so dry right now that I have to run the sprinklers just to be able to weed without choking on the dust.  Yesterday, by the time I watered things down, thee was not a lot of time left to devote to garden chores.  I managed a quick weeding/thinning run through in my vegetable garden, but felt like I should tackle something else as well.

Looking over my To-Do List for the month, I realized I had the time to deadhead and trim my lavender, especially since I only have one pot of it.  This was especially convenient timing, because all the flowers had seemingly died on it overnight.  As you can see, it was looking quite sad.

Lavender with Dying Blooms

Lavender with Dying Blooms

 

I did not want to trim too much off, so at first I just pruned out the flower stems.  Yes, it still looked scruffy and sad.

Freshly Deadheaded Lavender

Freshly Deadheaded Lavender

 

After its haircut, the lavender looked a lot better, albeit a lot shorter as well.  Hopefully new growth comes in soon.

New Haircut

New Haircut

 

Next year, I want to do something with the blooms before they all die.  I have always thought that lavender was just used in crafts, but apparently it is used in a fair amount of recipes as well.

Some recipes I would like to try: Lavender Shortbread Cookies, Lavender Lemonade, and Lavender Ice Cream.

And, of course, some crafts: Lavender Fire Bundles and Lavender Dryer Bags.  I am not much of a cutesy cute person when it comes to crafts, but both of these crafts are as practical as they are easy.

Do you harvest your lavender?  If so, what do you do with it?

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8 Responses to Giving the Lavender a Haircut

  1. Wendy says:

    Lavender is one of my favorite smells AND flavors. I like the slightly perfume-y taste of culinary flowers in baking and in tea. A little bit goes a long way. I broke my ankle this summer and my garden looks like a jungle! The weeds and wildlife have taken over. I am hoping to do a little deadheading and weeding this weekend. This post and your August to-do list have inspired me to at least attempt some garden maintenance. 🙂

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      Inspiration is good! I hope your ankle heals fast so you can get out their again. It is crazy how fast the weeds come back!

  2. Mae says:

    Wow, I didn’t even realize you need to trim lavender back. I hope to have this in my garden some day.

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  4. Sara says:

    I loved seeing your to do list. It gave me so many things to think about. I will definitely try the coffee grounds to fertilize the houseplants! Thank you.

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