There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.
I touch the blooms every morning before I leave for work and every evening when I return from work. I brush my fingers across my nostrils to inhale the sweet, calming perfume which floods my body with a sense of serenity and pride… that I actually have a little hedge of lavender plants right in my front yard! Had I known of the deep pleasure from this simple act, I would have planted lavender 10 years ago!
Gardening in Canada has been quite a challenge for me. It took me almost 10 years to understand the difference between annuals and perennials! It was not the meaning of the words that challenged me but my brain would simply not make the natural connection between planting flowers and vegetables during various seasons, thinking though plants which needed full sunlight, shade and partial sunlight and the illogical sense that delicate plants could survive the freezing winters and pop up the following year!
I grew up on the island of Saint Lucia where we do not have to ever pay attention to seasons of the year. There are 365 beautiful sunny days and we don’t have to think about annuals and perennials. We planted flowers and vegetable and they grew and bloomed – although we did pay attention to the moon! Small things like our approach to gardening can demonstrate many differences in cross cultural communication. It took me ten years to make gardening in Canada a natural part of my life and to have a deeper appreciation for what should be planted during the various seasons of the year.
Anyway, I started gardening a bit more purposefully two summers ago and I am pleasantly surprised by some of the plants which I have discovered such as Lavender. I have always loved the fragrance of lavender. When I planted it, I almost did not expect it to grow – it seemed to be a bit too sophisticated for my yard. I was so pleasantly surprised to see the plants bloom this spring and even more surprised to learn (by watching many you tube videos), that lavender grows very well in dry soil. It does not require heavy maintenance except for pruning at the right time, to facilitate better growth for the following year.
These photos show the growth for this year. I am looking forward to pruning the flowers and making little lavender sachets with them!
The journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step! Imagine the possibilities of a lavender hedge…and the beautiful fragrance of lavender all over my yard!
Have a blessed day!