Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Summer Heat and Sweet Fragrance
If you are reading this, you are probably a blogger, so will understand how frustrating it can be when you cannot blog! Our Internet service has been sporadic, at most, for the past week. Computer usage has been limited to things that don't require the Internet. Late this afternoon the problem seems to have been corrected. Maybe, just maybe, blogging can continue as normal. One can always hope!
Our weather has been very hot, and this year's lavender is done with it's first bloom. Most of the lavender stalks have been cut and dried on large sheets on the floor of the living room. The house has smelled tranquil and soothing. I've been relaxing by rubbing dried lavender stems over a large screen that's set on a Rubbermaid bin so that the lavender bud falls off and through the mesh of the screen and into the tub. I've mixed all varieties this year to make a blend that's beautiful in shades of purple, lavender, pink, and white. It still requires one more screening through a smaller mesh, but the lavender bud will keep indefinitely at this point. Some people say that lavender simply improves with age, the fragrance becoming more pronounced with time.
Most of the lavender has been trimmed into pretty little mounds. After the weather cools some most of the will bloom again for one last, although smaller, hurrah before snow flies!