This crazy beast was getting far too large for the tiny garden attempting to contain it. So I spent a day cutting it right back and repotting it. The bees stayed away only and exactly when necessary, when I picked the whole thing up and shuffled it around. We worked harmoniously around one another. As I cut it back I cut the stems with flowers on and left them in piles a) to keep the bees happy elsewhere away from me and b) because there were so many flowers I couldn't bare to just get rid of them.
So now I have a ton of lavender waiting for something exciting to happen to it. I love lavender bags / cushions and have several around the house. But I have no inclination to start making any myself, so I needed other ideas. A quick search of lavender recipes unearthed lots of possibilities. It seems lavender honey, biscuits and scones are popular. But my favourite one was something a little different. Here's what I'm going to try:
Lavender Lemonade. I can't explain why but somehow drinking it seems more 'right' than eating it. Here's what to do:
- 5 cups of water
- 1.5 cups of sugar
- 12 stems or about 1 cup of fresh lavender
- 2.25 cups lemon juice
And serve. With lavender flowers, lemon, or mint garnish. And maybe ice. Possibly a straw. Hell go for a cocktail umbrella if you want. It would look nice in a pimms jug type arrangement. Should be enough for about 8 drinks (perfect picnic slurping then).
If, however, you prefer your lavender in a bag or cushion I do very much recommend you try Paperfish's lavender cushions and Pouch's lavender animals. Also if you happen to know where those bees live let me know, I want to eat the honey from my lavender!