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.
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.
After its haircut, the lavender looked a lot better, albeit a lot shorter as well. Hopefully new growth comes in soon.
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.
Do you harvest your lavender? If so, what do you do with it?