FRESH to DRIED LAVENDER

lavender harvestFresh, cut lavender bunches can be put in a vase of water for 2-3 days. They will last up to 10 days in water, but if you want to dry the bunches, remove from water after 3 days, cut off brown parts of the stem and hang to dry.

Tie the stems together with a rubber band and hang them in a fairly dark room with dry, moving air. Sun will fade the color and moisture will spoil the flowers. This process will take about 10 days to two weeks. As the bunches dry, the blossoms will drop onto the floor. A brown paper bag can be tied around the flowers to prevent the buds from dropping onto the floor.

Display the dried bunch in an antique vase or quart jar. After you have tired of your dried flowers, you can strip the lavender off the stem, store in a muslin bag for fragrance. For a fun variety, store the dried buds in an old sock, tie it off with a ribbon and store wherever you want the fragrant scent of lavender. These sachets will last for years. Squeeze them from time to time and more lavender scent will be released…..ENJOY!

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