As we come to the end of another glorious Summer I thought how could I have overlooked the one flower we have here in abundance, Lavender! Most local gardens will have this hardy plant featuring somewhere along pathways, gates and fences, just waiting to be brushed against, setting free it's memory igniting fragrance. We even have it next to our trusty Hills Hoist, cleverly perfuming our linen as it dries in the breeze.
Though Lavender has a tendency to lend itself to sensible house keeping tips handed down by Nanna, I know I have lavender muslin bags and linen hangers to keep my closet fresh. But once you see it growing in the field, great swathes of vivid purple, it definitely packs some majestic punch of it's own.
My own personal struggle with Francophilia, has meant dealing with hedonistic dreams of lavender fields, Peter Mayle style lazy lunches and a few too many cheeky chablis. So it was with great excitement that we moved to Daylesford to be spoilt with two Lavender farms, Sault Restaurant and Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, both serving food and wine and me free to saunter about in my Breton stripes.
Now though, I am the proud owner of two of my very own Lavender rows, albeit in my garden, there'll be more in years to come, but it's a start! So until they become photo ready I'll share a few more ideas of how to use and enjoy this handy little bloom...
Honey Lavender Macarons, recipe via www.hintofvanillablog.com
Simple but beautiful centrepieces, via www.whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com
The most stunning wedding details from June Bug Weddings, for more click HERE it's a must see!
Blueberry Lavender Fizz, recipe via www.beardandbonnet.com what's not to love
For more ideas on how to use Lavender you can check out our Pinterest page by clicking HERE.
Keep a look out for our upcoming feature on Sault Restaurant, Daylesford on the blog, it's such a local stunner, not to be missed!