Baby Lavenders

I love lavender.

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I used to have some lavender plants in the front garden a long, long time ago. It seemed to take them forever to flower, too, but they did finally flower, and I harvested some nice lavender flower stalks and brought them into the house. Nice room deodorizer.

I haven’t had lavender plants for many, many years now. So the other day I ordered some online – small young plants, and they arrived a week or so ago. They are above and below.

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I mainly took these photos in order to gauge how fast they are growing. I will take more photos in a week or so and compare them. I’m afraid to plant them outside in the big wide cruel world of the garden for fear I will lose them, so I’m keeping them inside for now and hoping that they will be happy and content and will grow for me here. (I do plan to transfer them to the front garden area eventually but that may have to wait until next spring.)

Five little lavender plants. I want more than five, in the end, but I wanted to see how these did before I invest in more. These cost me $4.99 each, plus shipping of course. I probably should have bought seeds and grown my own from seed, but I am impatient and wanted to be able to smell the lavender right away. I can only smell the lavender from these little guys if I stick my nose right into them. They don’t perfume the whole kitchen, yet. And probably never will. That is why I keep lavender essential oil in a little bottle on the windowsill…(see blue arrow pointing to lavender oil bottle):

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I use that oil each day on my sponge in the sink. Every morning when I boil my water for coffee, I pour boiling water over the kitchen sponge, to kill off germs, and then I drop about 6-8 drops of lavender essential oil onto the hot sponge and let the perfume permeate thru the sponge. Then the next time I use it, I get a beautiful aroma of lavender all around this area.

At that, I’ll say good morning to you now. I’ll leave with one parting shot of my boy Kip, doing what he does best…

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… snoozing upside down on the sofa…

Have a good Thursday, kids, and play together nicely while I’m gone.

Cheers,

Bex

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9 Responses to Baby Lavenders

  1. mz. em says:

    I don’t have any lavender but one of my favorites is rosemary. Loved your post.

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  2. Irene Bean says:

    I like the earthy scent of lavender – pure and simple and unfettered with sweet additives.

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  3. nina says:

    Lavender actually is not *very* hardy — some types will do well down to Zone 3, but most hover between 4 and 5. With global warming, we’ve moved up to zone 4 in recent years. Most of my lavenders now do winter over, but I do lose an occasional one. Covering them with branches would help, but I have too many so I let it go. I haven’t had luck growing it indoors though. Not enough sustained sunlight: for me, they get spindly.
    Good luck though! I also LOVE lavender!

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  4. Sandy from Iowa says:

    WOW…going to try washing my sink that way …THANKS and the plants are so sweet in window

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  5. Bex says:

    And Bonnie, one tip – if you have a stainless steel sink – is to use oil to clean it down once you’ve scrubbed the food etc from it. Do a final wipe-down with oil (lavender would be excellent but Baby Oil is fab too) and you won’t believe how it shines – just like new!

    Click here for some info of lavender in cleaning.

    …and an even BETTER site is here…

    …and more here.

    Lavender oil has antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties and is another favorite for cleaning products. It has a soothing, woody aroma. Avoid using lavender in areas where you need to stay alert and awake (such as in your car) since the calming effect of the aroma may cause drowsiness.

    Lavender essential oil also repels a variety of insects including flies, fleas, mosquitos and moths.
    – from HERE.

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  6. Bex says:

    TT: Well, though we don’t like to admit it, yes, the lobsters have increased in number but only slightly, not overly so, at least for Paul. He fishes single traps only, no trawls, and does not pull in hundreds a day like a lot of lobstermen who fish in much deeper waters. He fishes close to the shoreline and if he gets 80-100 lobsters, he’s had a very good day. Some guys come back to the float in the harbor from way out there with 800-1000 lobsters to unload! Not us…

    But the big thing is not that lobsters are a little more plentiful, the big news is that the wholesalers are paying crap to the lobstermen for them per pound. It’s really low right now and they hate even going out because the money they pay each day for expenses does not even EQUAL what they are getting paid for their “bugs” in the end! It’s a very hard way to earn a living.

    Also, yes, the plants might do OK for a while but winter is a-comin’ soon and they are tiny… we could get buried out there with snow until next March or April for all we know, and I think I’d rather keep a motherly eye on my little babies over the winter inside. I do plan to repot them after a while so they can stretch their legs a bit in a bigger pot of soil…

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  7. TopsyTurvy says:

    I think your lavender would do just fine outside, Bex. It’s very hardy.

    BTW, I was just reading a supposed article on Yahoo saying that availability of lobster has boomed. Has Paul found that to be true?

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  8. Bex says:

    Bonnie: Once you squeeze the water thru the sponge, and then rinse it under water a few times, the oil dissipates a lot but the perfume remains. And a little lavender oil on stuff isn’t a bad thing. It is edible, after all.

    I use a lavender spray cleaner and paper towels to wipe down my counters every day and not the sponge. That is only there for Paul to rinse off the dishes before going into the dishwasher and to wash the pots and pans each night after supper. I haven’t noticed those items being “oily” at all.

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  9. Bonnie says:

    I never thought of using an oil in a sponge. Does it not leave a film of oil on whatever you wipe with it?

    My sister refused to use sponges in her house for anything. Don’t remember how she cleaned sinks and tub. Oh wait she had a lady come in to do that.

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