Monday, March 28, 2016

Lavender dreams ~

For the past two years, in the far back reaches of the garden where things are a bit rugged and the plantings are very casual, I have been trying to make a lavender walk.

I love lavender, for its appearance in the garden and for its makes a wonderful  addition to bouquets and of course dries beautifully. I like to combine lavender, rosemary and a few roses to make dried bouquets; tied up with a ribbon they look so pretty. I also tuck bunches in my closet to thwart insects and odors. 

Butterscotch rose on the gazebo

But although some Lavenders do well for us I have had a little difficulty getting them established and I have come to the conclusion that in my garden they must be planted before it gets hot. Frequent irrigation will simply cause them to rot.

So I was very happy to walk into the garden shop a few weeks ago and see a nice selection of Lavender in gallon containers, available and ready to plant before summer arrives.

Below is the area where I put them. We were blessed with a nice rain the day after I planted them; plants always seem to do better if they get some rain right after planting. So far they are doing quite well and if they make it through the summer I am hoping that by next year both sides of the path will be completely filled in.

Gardening is so much fun!

Thank you for visiting. 
I hope you have a fragrance-filled day.


  1. So so pretty! I love your garden.

  2. So so pretty! I love your garden.

  3. Good luck with the lavender! I haven't planted any in this garden, but had a lovely collection at Pondside House.
    I enjoyed the photos of the path and will add them to my collection, as your garden is really my inspiration for the one I am planning here.

  4. What a delightful thing for you to say. You are so fortunate to live in a gardening paradise, I would love to have your climate and beautiful surroundings. I am sure the garden you are planning is going to be wonderful, I can hardly wait to see some photos.

  5. I share your love of Lavender, it's timeless fragrance intoxicatingly delicious.
    The pictures of your garden are a delight, I could idle away the hours most easily there.

  6. A lavender walk will be so wonderful. I hope your planting goes well and the new additions are able to take hold before summer heat strikes. I look forward to lots of pictures of your lavender bunches and the walkway.

  7. The path looks so good and it will spectacular when the lavender will have grown in. I have lots of lavender in my garden as well, and the Spanish lavender is already blooming. The bees are so happy. I have a very natural garden, nothing is formal here, and this seems to be something that attracts bees, birds and butterflies - and neighbor's cat as well!

  8. I could honestly live in your garden. Just toss me a sleeping bag and I would be a happy girl. You have made your garden so interesting with the many areas you have created. If I was younger I would totally tear up my garden and copy you Adrienne :) I love this space where you are planting the lavender. It will be beautiful!
    It's weird that lavender does so well for me here, because it is supposed to be zoned for 5 and up and I am zone 4, but because of the arid air here it does really well. I do have trouble with some varieties over wintering and the one I have the best luck with is Hidcote.
    sending hugs your way...

  9. I'm catching up with some blog posts that seem to have slipped by me! I love your lavender walk. Lavender is a favorite of mine. I used to have it along my front walk but had to take it out when I was teaching piano lessons. The bees loved it so much they were a problem for my students! I have some planted here and there and that doesn't seem to be a problem.

  10. You sure know how to bring smiles to you audience here.


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