It’s not atypical for me to find a new project and throw myself into it full force. Whether it’s researching and trial-running the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe to reading through a book series to major overhaul on the closets, I like to vary what I do with any downtime I make for myself. During this strange time, I have found that my list of things to try, to do or to make have increased tenfold. And I’m perfectly fine with my range of side-projects. Sand and paint a side table? Check. Tie-dye shirts and masks with the kids? Check. Figure out the best chocolate cake recipe? Done. Grow lavender. Yesssssss!
This has been so much fun for me. Two years ago I bought two different lavender plants, talked up the local greenhouse owner on how to care for them and read so much online and watched so many videos, I was smelling the fresh lavender before it even bloomed. And bloom it did this summer!
Mother Nature really came through this season with these two plants, as if she knew what sort of project I needed. Truthfully, there wasn’t too much to it in the end. Weeding near the base of the plants, watering, and making sure water was draining well and patience. Patience paid off and the beauty these plants gave me was priceless.
I was able to set aside time to grow these plants, harvest the stems and flowers to bundle and hang on our porch, encouraged my kids to help take the dried flowers off the stems and made lavender-filled sachets to give as gifts to friends and family.
Mother Nature wins.