Thursday, June 17, 2010

Harvesting Lavender

My favorite part of growing lavender is the harvesting.  You have a row of beautiful budding purple that you grab by the handful and, using a serrated Japanese sickle, you saw it off by the handful, bundle it and begin again.  What you leave behind are these beautiful mounds of green, ready to grow and bloom anew.  When the bundling is done you hang it to dry and for us, that is in the top of our carriage barn where we have wires strung across the rafters with wire hooks to hang the bundles to dry.   The sight and smell of that carriage barn is unbelievable and there are no words to do it justice. And to top it off, after an evening harvesting your hands smell so wonderful for the rest of the night.

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