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It’s easy to get carried away by the virtues of lavender. Here are the somber reasons to plant it: Drought tolerant Deer resistant Easy care (cut back once a year) There are lots of fun reasons too: Fragrant Flowers come in colors from white to deep purple Graceful stems that brush your ankles as you walk by Don’t forget the useful reasons: As Linnie shows in our video you can make lavender wands and wreaths. It’s essential as part of Herbes de Provence, and also a novel addition…
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Video Transcript
Hello I'm Linnie I'm the nursery manager at Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden supply and i'm here to tell you today about one of my most favorite plants lavender.

Lavender is wonderful plant to use in the home garden it has culinary uses has medicinal uses its drought tolerant it's deer resistant it's a beautiful beautiful beautiful plant great flowers very fragrant its a joy to have in your garden. There are three different types of lavender this one right here is spanish lavender or lavender stoechas uh it attract beneficial insects. Lavandula dentata or french lavender will grow year-round in mild climates or indoors. This is lavendula angusifolia and this particular variety is hidcote this is my most favorite lavender it has this really deep purple.

Lavender is a really easy plant to grow it only requires two things. One is full sun and the other is well drained soil in fact overhead watering is not a very good thing and can cause problems drip irrigation is the best way to go.

One of the most fun things you can do with your english lavender is to make these victorian lavender wands. Their really easy to make all you need are a bunch of tall english lavender some scissors about three feet of ribbon floral wire and a rubber band. To begin with your going to need eighteen stems of lavender long lavender and about an inch and a half of floral wire. Your going to want to lineup all of your stems so that all of the bottom of the flowers are even and your going to need to take off any litter thats on the stem off so that their blank stems like this and this is pretty important to keep all of your stems lined up like this this is an important first step. You'll take the wire, the floral wire and you'll wrap it around and then you're gonna twist it a few times and then you're going to cut off any excess wire so you have about half an inch of wire sticking out like that Were going to cut about three feet of ribbon pierce the ribbon onto the wire and wrap it around three times. Then your going to turn all of the flowers upside down you're going to hold onto the flowers with one hand and in a circle you're going to gently push down the stems around the top of the ribbon you wanna keep the uh tops of the stems even with the ribbon. Now your going to begin weaving over and and under so every two stems your going to go over and then your going to go under and you just keep going around working in a circle over two and under two. To finish your going to wrap the end of your ribbon around and then you're going to touch it up with a piece of hot glue right here a little bead of it. Then on the bottoms your going to cut the stems off till there all one length and add your rubber band on that will hold the stems together and then you have a finished wand and if you like you can embellish it with a nicely tied bow on it. These are wonderful to use in closets to help repel moths you can put them all in a grouping in a vase and they smell really nice for a year to come. Thanks for joining me i hope you have fun making your lavender wands and grow organic for life.

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Barbara Lowell Says:
Jun 26th, 2011 at 4:55 am

I just wanted to say thank you for your weekly videos via email.  I have found each and every one so useful and beautifully presented.  No hype, no selling, just help and support for this wonderful field or organic gardening.  May you be blessed in return with much health and prosperity.  Thank you for your kindness and support in doing these videos.  Namaste and Aloha!

Donna Shipley Says:
Jun 26th, 2011 at 6:31 am

Just want to echo what Barbara said, I really love these weekly videos and appreciate you for making them.  Thanks you for your kindness and support.  Peace and Light:)

Jon Brousseau Says:
Jun 26th, 2011 at 7:43 am

Great info.I like the video’s too.Thank you all.Have a great day smile

John Phillips Says:
Jun 26th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

We have a lavender farm nearby and they sell these wonderful lavender wands and other lavender products. Lavender seems like a good fit for our market garden, and I’ve been trialing a few varieties to see which do best. I appreciate all the weekly videos from Peaceful Valley, but especially this one. It was nicely done, lots of information, all of it helpful and succinct. Now I’m ready to try making some lavender wands. I’m sure my 12 yr. old daughter, who loves both lavender and crafts, will take this on with gusto!  Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work - and yes, we agree, grow organic for life!

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Jul 7th, 2011 at 10:58 am

Barbara, Donna, Jon and John, Thank you all for your kind words. We’re so happy you’re enjoying the videos and finding them useful. That’s why we make them! Please let us know topics you’d like us to cover in the future.

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