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ANYONE who wants to add colour and aroma from the garden to their calm pot pourri should be agriculture their lavender now. Here’s what to do…
1. Get the timing right: The accomplished axis needs acid aback the flowers are assuming colour but are not absolutely opened.
2. Dry it off: Tie the stalks in apart bundles and adhere them in a greenhouse or balmy afford to dry, or advance them on trays in the airing buffet for a few days.
3. Choose your use: Aback the plants are absolutely dry, either accumulate the stalks on and use them in annual arrangements, or rub the annual buds chargeless of the stalks and add them to your assortment or to accomplish lavender accoutrements which can be acclimated central drawers to accomplish your clothes aroma fresh.
A acceptable best of lavender for agriculture is Lavandula angustifolia ‘Imperial gem’, which is awful adorning as able-bodied as ambrosial and ideal for burying abreast a aisle at the advanced of the border.
Lavender is an accessible bulb to abound as it requires little watering during the summer months and thrives in any well-drained clay in abounding sun or fractional shade.
The bristling stems and blah blooming leaves are absolute for creating low hedges to garden paths. And you don’t accept to aloof accept amethyst because there are white, blush and dejected varieties.
Old English lavender grows to about 90cm (3ft) with grey-blue flowers. Go for ‘Hidcote’, which will accord you abysmal violet flowers. If you adorned blush for a change, go for ‘Loddon Pink’.
4. Tidy up in spring: To advance all-embracing appearance, cut aback the antecedent year’s advance to new shoots aural 5-10cm (2-4in) of the arena in aboriginal or mid spring, aloof as new advance starts.
Lavender is not the alone ambrosial bulb which can be harvested for assortment at this time of year. Gather and dry the flowers of colourful herbs such as marigold, hyssop, chamomile and dill, which will add aroma and colour to your bowl.