As a Celtic, Druid, Pagan, Christian or other faith, it is wonderful to talk about Lavender. Lavender can be used by sacred events, used at home, used by the kitchen, and in the garden (or balcony in a city). I love lavender. They’re ancient English plants, are good herbs, are good for sacred wonders, are greatly fragrantly etc, and the 1849 lyrics by James Halliwell was used when I was (about 1961) a primary school boy, and song was, “Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, lavender’s green; When am I king, dilly, dilly; you shall be queen…” etc. Though some parts of the lyrics weren’t ‘completed’ used.
However, the Lavender (Angustifolia Hidcote) is doing well now by me, and it is loved by the bees. My front of the garden has a lovely Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum), and grass, and ivy). If you’re able to buy lavender or anything similar, please do what you can to suggest for bees – they need it.
Do use Lavender it at other sacred (isn’t everything so) events, and use it at home, in your garden (how about buying one this week) or at a city balcony.
- Botanical name: Lavender angustifolia
- Temperate Zones: 5-8
- Blooming times: June to August
- Height: 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90cm)
- Flower colours: Lavender in deep blue-purple, light pink, or white.
For working for the kitchen, Lavender buds, it is said, are best when harvested right before they fully open (if you know when this is), and
- Immerse some dried lavender buds in a jar of sugar, and you may sugar for baking and in desserts.
- Add some flower buds to preserves or fruit compotes.
- Chop fresh buds and add to add them as a cake batter or sweet pastry dough.
- Use some fresh lavender to infuse teas and other beverages.
- Sprinkle bits of fresh lavender on a salad as a part of a garnish.
- Use chopped lavender buds and leaves to flavour roast lamb, chicken, or rabbit etc.
Some believe, spiritually, that lavender as an unction promotes peace, cleanliness, and love.
Poem From Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’
And now you ask in your heart,
“How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?”
Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,
But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee.
For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life,
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,
And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
People of Orphalese, be in your pleasures like the flowers and the bees.
Conclusion: There is a wonderful fragrance from Lavenders at this time of the year. And, if you haven’t got a Lavender, my suggestion buy one plant of it this summer. I love Lavender, and have about thirty of of them in the front garden. Yes, I love them.