Life & Lavender

Growing Lavender

Throughout my life in this house (13 years) I have tried to grow lavender in several places.

First, I grew it in the front yard, but then when I cut it, the front looked bare and lonely.

Cutting Lavender

Two years ago, we gave up a section of our garden that was for vine plants and turned it into a flower garden.

Right place, but I missed the timing of cutting the lavender before it dried out too much.

Drying Lavender

But this year, I managed to get the timing right.  I went out with my basket, cut the lavender and brought it inside in a basket.  I tied it in bunches with twine and hung it from a ladder in the dining room for about two weeks.

Drying Lavender

This time.  I got it right.

And it smells amazing.

Drying Lavender in Bunches

All this had me thinking about life.

How so much is about where you are and when you are there.

And sometimes, it takes a few tries to get it right.

Lavender Drying

Sometimes you have to just go on Faith and keep trying.

Sometimes you have to realize that just because it doesn’t work at first, doesn’t mean it won’t work the next time.

Or the time after that.

Dried Lavender

 And just because it does work this time, it may not work next time.

But either way, you just gotta keep trying!

Whether it is bringing lavender in to dry or anything you are facing in your life.

You just have to keep trying.

And if I don’t say it enough, I so appreciate every single one of you who visit here.  It is a pleasure to share our projects, thoughts and journey with you.

Thank you.

Wishing you a great day and thank you so much for reading.

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  1. Laura I have always dreamed of having fields of lavender. I do have the room, and this year I managed to have at least two really big planters growing. So, now I know it will grow here and next year will really go for it. Isn’t it great to watch it grow into beautiful vibrant stalks and then cut it to use in a vase, or I even cut some stalks and clothes-pinned it to a gift to my sister. Lavender just looks great any way you use it! And really, there is nothing like the heady fragrance, just nothing…. Thanks for sharing your story and photos, they have inspired me to put the plan on my calendar for next early spring! This community of bloggers sharing their stories and struggles is really heartwarming and inspiring and I enjoy all your posts so much!

  2. I so glad the lavender worked out for you it looks lovely. I have lavender by my back door and I just love the smell. Thanks for the words of encouragement to just keep trying. Sometimes I can be my worst enemy by over thinking and talking myself out of things, so just thanks.
    Have a great weekend.
    Susan

  3. Laura I love lavender. it is one of my favorite flowers. I love how it looks and it’s unique smell. I have a very small patch of it growing in my front flower bed. From that small little patch I was able to cut a nice size bundle of its fragrant flowering stalks. I wrapped the stalks in twine and have them sitting on an old tool box on our kitchen table. I’m not sure why I’m so proud of that little bundle but I am. I think I may use some when I try making the soap you posted awhile back.
    I really enjoying reading your blog. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

  4. we can’t grow lavender in our part of the country…but i still buy it at the nursery every year they have it and have one plant! when we moved into our last house i rescued a dried up abandoned orchid from behind the brick grill build. it never bloomed so when we moved again i brought it with us and we tied it to a tree with some others. a few years later it bloomed! huge, pure white corsage type cattleya orchids! every homecoming and prom thereafter it bloomed i multiplies so i would cut them & take them to the florist to be made into corsages for our son’s dates. taught me the same lessons your lavender is teaching you 🙂

  5. The lavender is so beautiful. I have never thought to try and grow it and not sure it would grow here in FL actually but it is beautiful nonetheless. I love your story, as always. Life lessons are always learned in these every day moments.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Claire

  6. Love the dried lavender! It truly does smell amazing and you are so right….sometimes life is just about the trying.

    Happy day to you and your lavender filled home.
    karianne

  7. Oh my gosh, I bet it does smell amazing in your home. I have never tried growing it, not much of a green thumb, but love the smell. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. ~M

  8. Amen friend! Beautiful post in so many ways. I was just telling my husband that I thought we needed to take out the lavender in our front yard because it doesn’t seem to be doing well. Maybe we just need to move it and try again! I know I’ve had to do that in my life too!
    Blessings to you,
    Vanessa

  9. This is the second year I have tried to grow lavender & it just didn’t take, but you have inspired me to keep trying! 🙂

  10. Laura, I really just love this post!!! First of all, it has one of my favorite loves, Lavender, and second it was and is so inspiring. Thanks you so much for this post. I can just imagine the smell in your dining room too. A slice of Heaven!!

    Cynthia

  11. Looooove Lavender. My wish when we moved into our home was that I wanted to grow it. From 5 teeny little plants a couple of years ago now my whole front entry by the steps is overflowing. Even tho it is a LITTLE overgrown, I love to see it and smell it. I definitely do NOT have a green thumb but they are so easy to grow.

  12. Laura,

    Your lavender looks absolutely amazing! Unfortunately, we live in a rental property, WITH NO GARDEN! Can you believe it! NO garden just a big giant empty lawn, not even a tree in sight! I hope soon I can have lovely lavender growning like you – even if it is just hanging in a basket on the fence!

    Stopping by from Parties For Pennies! Heidi was right, you have an awesome blog!

    Danielle @ Glitter Bug

  13. Thank you for this post Laura! Your words are a blessing in my life and I am grateful to you for taking the time to write them 🙂 THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! Brings needed encouragement for my life right now, in more ways than one! Big Hugs girlie!!!
    Love, Trisha

  14. I love lavender and just reading this post makes me want to go out and grow some. I’ll give it a try next year. It was nice meeting you briefly at Haven and I am glad to know there is another NY blogger out there. Have a great rest of the week. Off to explore more of your blog. I am loving it!

  15. Well, here I am just discovering your blog thanks to sweet Tara and I stumble across a lavender post! Lavender is one of my favorite earthly delights! We moved to a small farm a year ago, and I’ve been dreaming of growing a bunch of lavender, but I have no idea if I can grow it here in Franklin, Tennessee! About time to do some research!