I love lavender and have planted loads of it in my garden. It smells so wonderful as I brush against it on my morning walks through the garden. When it's in flower, the bees are so busy with it that they don't take any notice of me. Pick the flowers early in the morning when the oils are more concentrated, which is also when the flowers smell the strongest. Bundle the flowers stems together and hang them in a ventilated spot. When they have lost their fragrance, save them in bundles by your fireplace and use them to start your fire when the weather cools off.
When it's time to prune lavender, cut back overgrown shrubs to half their height, which helps bring them back to their former beauty in a few weeks. Bundle those trimmings as well, and use in your fireplace. I've also brought a bunch of my bundled lavender as a hostess gift to friends who are thrilled to receive them, and use them in their own fireplaces.
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