Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Great Harvest of 2009

It's amazing how much lavender one small bush produces! I probably have about 24 bushes now, dotted around the herb garden, so harvesting the flower stalks is quite labour intensive. I do wonder how the lavender-growers of Norfolk manage - surely they don't do it with scissors, stalk by stalk?
Cutting the costmary was an even bigger task, but my daughter preferred this one, as it didn't involve bees!
I am not sure how to set about drying the costmary - it has soft leaves and is wilting already. I do fear it might compost itself into mush if I don't dry it quite quickly.
But the lavender is everywhere! Every vase-like object in the house is filled with it - the smell is amazing!

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