Decorate: Lavender Wallpaper

July 18, 2013 Comments Off on Decorate: Lavender Wallpaper

Is this week leaving you with an overwhelming desire to put lavender everywhere in your home? Well you’re in luck, because you can do so with these lavender themed wallpapers. I fully intended to start this post by saying ”  the commitment phobe that I am, I could never play with wallpaper”, but  looking through all the beautiful wallpaper out there has me thinking maybe I could just do a bathroom, or half a bathroom, or at minimum frame a large piece of wallpaper for the bathroom…

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Bellacor

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Timothy Sue (Removable Wallpaper!)

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DIY: Lavender Room Spray

July 17, 2013 Comments Off on DIY: Lavender Room Spray

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I would love nothing more than a house that smelled like nothing. The kind of absence of smell that makes you think your house is clean. However in a house with two big dogs, that just doesn’t happen. So I resort to this easy solution for deodorizing.

DIY Room Spray

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part alcohol( I use a  cheap high proof vodka)
  • Approximately 1 Tbsp of baking soda per 2/3 cups of water ( you want it to dissolve)
  • Essential Lavender oil (for a small  spray bottle I use 40 drops)

If you have a more refined olfactory pallet, you can mix scents with lemon, bergamote, rose, or geranium. I have even mixed with citronella, but that is really a more acquired smell.

Happy Mixing!

Know Thy Plant: Fern-Leaf Lavender

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Know Thy Plant: Fern-Leaf Lavender

Fun Lavender fact:  The name Lavender is derived from the latin lavo or lavandus meaning to wash, since the herb was so commonly used during bathing.

Today, in this third ode to lavender, we highlight the fern leaf lavender. I am unsure of the variety it could be  ‘multifida’  or ‘minutolli’.  Multifida has more of a lavender scent, while minutolli has flashy blooms and a pungent smell. Think this is a sign I need to keep track of my tags? I fortunately have learned my lesson on this one!

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This interesting Lavender, like most other varieties, prefers well drained soil and once established, needs only occasional watering.  I will admit that I may have put mine in a not well drained raised bed and over watered this spring , resulting in yellowing leaves. However it has flushed out a bit with the dryer summer months.

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This variety is VERY fragrant. The ‘multifida’ has been traditionally cultivated for oils, for its strong lavender scent.  The variety I have is reminiscent of citronella, and I crush it between my hands and rub on my legs to keep mosquitoes away, to varying degrees of effectiveness. This could mean it is ‘minutolli’, the mystery continues.

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The biggest surprise of this cultivar, is that is has been long blooming for me. I completely expected to get one good bloom out of it, but with deadheading it has had consistent blooms since I planted it in May (greenhouse forced I’m sure). The blooms are long, and often form a  beautifully shaped trident.

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Regardless of variety the growing conditions are very similar:

Zones: 8-11(some places as high as 14) I’ve noticed mine can really take the heat well, however I’ll have to see how it winters over in zone 7. This may have to be an annual for me.

Soil: Well drained

Water: Drought tolerant once established.

Size: Up to 2 ft tall(40 inches with blooms) and around 3-4 ft wide.

Deer Resistance: Yes

Blooming Now: French Lavender

July 15, 2013 Comments Off on Blooming Now: French Lavender

I believe this variety is ‘grosso’ or ‘hidcote’ but I can’t quite remember…

Did you know that lavender has been used  for over 2500 years for fragrance and medicinal purposes?

Lavender in Art

July 14, 2013 § 1 Comment

This week will be the  ode to lavender…

I know I throw around the word obsessed a lot when talking about plants, but when it comes to lavender this  is not an overstatement.  I have three types of lavender, just in my front yard. Heck,  I would go all out lavender field in my back yard if I had the resources. I use home made lavender room spray and lavender body lotions, it quite honestly, is the only scent I don’t tire of eventually.

So, we begin this week by looking at lavender broadly, as a color in art.

 

 

Cool Product: Nourishmat

July 10, 2013 § 1 Comment

I believe that gardening is for the people, and the more accessible the better. That’s why I love ideas like nourishmat which creates an easy way for urbanites and first time gardeners to get started growing their own food. The kit includes built in irrigation, pre-cut labeled mat, and 82 pre-planted seed balls. Plus the mat acts as a weed barrier!   I don’t have much use for them because I have gone full on raised beds, but will definitely keep this on my gift list.

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Blooming Now: Gladiolus

July 8, 2013 § 2 Comments

I remember entering gladiolus in the county fair when I was kid, and while I can’t remember if I won or not, I still have a soft spot for this bulb. While pink wouldn’t be my first choice ( I prefer the red), these were an inheritance  from my home’s previous owner. Since I’m a sucker for the idea that our actions echo over time, I can’t seem to part with them, although I did transplant them last year so I could have a better placement in my garden.pink and white gladiolus

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