Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Collecting Lavender Seeds

Walking through the garden the other day, I accidently noticed that my Lavender had gone to seed!
I have to say that, besides the Cleome, this Lavender was by far the easiest to identify and to collect seeds from. I find identifying seed heads plants very stressful. I'm getting better at it but it is not that easy for me to determine what is trash and what is seed. I also never know if it's time to collect the seeds or not. I am frequently bent over staring at a dead flower trying to spot something that will scream "I'M A SEED - COLLECT ME". With these, it was simple.

I saw this (see picture above) and got very excited. "Maybe there are seeds in there!" So, I cut off abunch of these and brought them in the house to take a look. Indeed, just inside the pod there is a nice little roundish black seed. Perfect! This is the easiest kind for me. I hate having to sift though all the trash to try to identify what is a seed and what is isnt, like with the Rudbeckia whose seeds look only slightly different from the garbage.

These Lavender plants were the ones I ordered online and when I received them I was so mad at myself for paying 15 bucks for 3 microscopic plants. Not only that, but they did absolutely nothing in the area of growing for a couple of months. Then, one day, they took off and started blooming. I can't wait to try to grow this from seed and I'll definately be sharing these seedlings (hopefully I can make them grow) with GB who lost a ton of Lavender plants this year. Big shout-out to my good friend B who reads my blog from time to time. Want some Lavender, B?

I was also mesmerized by the strong scent of lavender that surrounded me while I was collecting seeds but by the end of this, I had a headache from being emersed in the smell of lavender for so long. It's gotten me thinking about what I can make with this dried lavender. So, please pass on your suggestions or tell me what you do with your dried lavender and I'll get to work!

5 comments:

  1. The easiest thing to do with dried lavender (the leaves usually) is to make a sachet of them. Put about a tablespoon of crushed dried lavender in the middle of a circle of netting and make a little bag tied with a ribbon. Makes a good mini-present for Christmas. Lavender is supposed to repel moths that eat clothes. Even if it doesn't it makes your clothes smell good when you pull them out of the drawer.

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  4. I'm going out into my lavender patch today to do just what you did... thanks for the encouragement... I feel very similarly-- what is lavender seed and what isn't? When I brought dry lavender in as a bouquet it dropped what looked like seeds all over the counter... teeny tiny little orbs, like amaranth-size, maybe smaller. I'm thinking those are seeds and, if so, I too will be planting lots this coming Spring... I see a yard full of lavender coming up-- "drifts and drifts" as I have heard it described. Maybe over the septic field if the roots are not too long-- wouldn't that be cool?

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  5. Just found this site while looking for info regarding collecting seeds.....and read your post about lavender. Just wanted to that we use long cotton sport tube socks to fill with a mix of white rice, flax seed and dried lavender flowers to make "rice socks". Fill sock to a level...sew across the top, twice, 1/4 inch from first row of stitches (I leave the cuff and fold it over the end). These can be heated in the microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds and used as heating pads. They keep you warm all night if placed in your bed and are good for sore backs and necks from gardening!

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