Published on August 05, 2022 at 10:01 am
Lavender is cultivated for its enchanting scent, its melliferous flowers that are highly prized by insects, its repellent power against mosquitoes and its ease of cultivation.. Resistant to drought and dust, it is very suitable in the garden, on the balcony and on the floor and not only in the gardens of the south of France. OF COURSE. fr gives you some tips for growing it, keeping it for many years and using its dried flowers with DIY projects.
When to plant lavender?
If you want to decorate your garden with some branches of lavender, Plant all year round except for frost and hot weather. This evergreen tree, whose silver leaves you can enjoy 365 days of the year, will do well in a soil is generally poor. Don’t forget to show it in full sun because this beautiful Provençal respects the heat to develop and is not afraid of drought.
When the pot is bought, water it in a bowl of water to soak the roots. Now, dig a hole in the bed or fill the pot with special potting soil. Open the bucket and then place the clod and fill in the gaps. Cover the skin thoroughly and then water thoroughly. Here is your lavender infused for many years. In addition to blooming profusely, it is a natural source of nectar for bees, bumblebees and other pollinators. Buds of purple, blue or white flowers attract insects.
Where to put lavender in the garden?
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There is this small fragrant tree in the garden. Work scent borders who follows the path or path and enjoys the fragrance of your paths. In a rock gardenLavender grows next to cistus, sedums and perennial geraniums. In a loving gardenadd some plants with roses or clematis to play with colors and scents. In a field of wild grasssome red prints color the waves of stipas and pennisetums. In the orchard, plant them separately or in a small area to bring flowers and especially feed the pollinating insects to eat the nectar. To create more flowers, combine perennials with lavender that bloom for many months. In a corner of the garden, combine with herbs such as sage, rosemary or thyme to enhance the aromas.
On the porchgive the pot or the plant for proper stability and long flowering
For your compositions, Don’t forget lavender comes in purple, blue but also white.
How to cut lavender?
Lavender needs little maintenance and watering during the first year of planting.. The main character is the size. When and how to cut lavender in order to enjoy its flowers for a long time? This cut is important to maintain the silhouette of the tuft. Do this pruning after flowering in the spring, from March to April. Start by removing any dry, dead or diseased roots. With pruning shears or scissors, about the size of a foot, cut off all dead flower stems and shorten the others until the first buds you see. This action allows the foot to become more difficult and therefore you will benefit from this aromatic plant with aromatic flowers.
During this season, take care of the healthy trees to make the cuts and increase your favorite style. Cut them 15 to 20 cm and remove the leaves in the lower half. In the pot, put them in, then water a lot. Keep the pot outside until the beginning of winter and then separate it in cold weather. Rooting begins when next spring, you will see young leaves emerging from the cuttings. Take them out in the shade and water only if the soil is dry.
Note: if you grow plants of lavender, add pruning intervals to delay flowering. With pre-harvest and post-harvest, you’ll benefit from long-lasting scents.
Everything you need to know about potted lavender
On the table in the yard, in a corner of the terrace or patio, you can grow lavender in pots. For planting, choose a model with holes in the bottom and place a water bed made of pebbles, pebbles or clay pebbles. Then, fill the potting soil and plant the foot. Place a saucer, water well the first year, make sure the soil dries between two waterings, then place the plants in the sun. It is about the size of a foot of soil.
For information: you know that lavender has a relaxing effect so do not hesitate to put a container of lavender in your room to sleep well.
How to dry lavender?
Lavenders are at their peak all summer long. This is the best time to pick flowers that have the most fragrance. Follow these steps to collect and dry :
- take scissors or scissors to cut flower stems;
- take the stalks long enough to create small lavender flowers;
- tie bouquets with string;
- put the flowers in a cool and dark room. This is the best way to preserve the color and fragrance of the flowers;
- allow a month for the bouquets to dry completely;
- sow them just to keep the flowers.
- When completely dry, store the lavender flowers. You can use dried flowers to make a bouquet and other DIY ideas, detailed below.
What to do with dried lavender?
Lavender is one of the most commonly used dried flowers at home. Here are some things you can do yourself with dried lavender in the summer :
- of the Homemade bath salts : make a mixture of Epsom, Himalayan or Dead Sea, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and dried lavender flowers. Mix everything well and put a hand in your bath. Store them in a jar or container. Use its cooling power;
- of the perfume bags : When the flowers are dry, put them in bags and close them with string or tape. Use them in closets to scare away moths and smell your laundry;
- of the the potpourri : by mixing roses, mint leaves, dried citrus fruits and dried lavender flowers, bring fragrance into your interior. Make your mixture of fruit spices or spices and place them in a tray placed on top of the furniture. Enhance the scent with a few drops of the right essential oil;
- of the lavender drivers : these threads are made with new threads. Once the leaves are removed, wrap the ribbon around the stems to attach the flowers inside. Seal with tape and place these scents in all the rooms of the house;
- of the cyanotypes : a monochrome photograph created by insolation to create beautiful blue works of lavender flowers.