Thursday, August 28, 2008
Lavender Year Around!
I'm sure you know by now that I'm crazy about lavender! The Royal Velvet hybrid lavender shown in this picture is one of my favorites. Not only is it vibrant and pretty when fresh, but it dries nicely and retains it's color well. Lavender is one of those seasonal plants that you enjoy during the summer and look forward to during the winter. Little dried lavender bundles set in a vase or on a pretty doily have been the extent my lavender joy during the winter months. But it looks like that could change. The September issue of Better Homes and Gardens has a segment called "Reader Shopping" and there they share something new. A little hybrid called "Goodwin Creek Grey" has been developed that loves the indoors and will thrive as a houseplant in a sunny window. According to the magazine, it produces spikes of fragrant deep blue flowers above a lush mound of silver foliage. The lavender is sold in a 7" glazed pot. The one year old plant can be planted outside in the spring if desired. Shipped through October, the plants are available for $42.00 from White Flower Farm at 800/420/2852. Now that's something to think about!