Last week we harvested lavender bushes from our garden and turned it into potpourri. It was simple enough to do, but its laborious work and the smell is intoxicating. So be prepared for your home to smell to high heaven of lavender!
We bought the lavender from a nursery in Massachusetts which carries locally grown plants. It is nice to look at, smells wonderful, attracts honey bees, its low maintenance and drought resistant. It’s also an annual so it grows back year after year.
Our cat seemed to turn a little mental while the process was underway, which made me freak out and I Googled to see whether Lavender is harmful to cats. A post on thenest.com said that it’s not listed on ASPCA and Animal Planet as poisonous to cats, but I checked on ASPCA and it says that it is toxic to cats. To be safe we kept it all out of her reach and hoovered the floors after we were done. I think that she was finding the smell to be a little much; she seemed perfectly fine the day after. She’s back to her usual level of strangeness.
After harvesting the lavender, it was out on a table to air dry for a couple of days.
Once dried, taking handfuls of the stalks and then rubbing them between the palms of our hands until the buds fell off. It took a good couple of hours for Tarek and me to dismantle the flowers.
The lavender flowers and the stalks were separated onto two plates and then the flowers were then scooped into organza bags.
From six bushes we filled twenty bags and still had a huge amount left over.
Sweet smelling lavender! Gifts for guests visiting or wedding favors.