Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
What a beautiful colour this lavender water turned out to be. Lavender has been used throughout the centuries for cleaning and purifying, as anyone who has ever smelled the fresh scent of the blooms would be able to guess. This lavender water was made from this season’s first blooms. To learn a simple way of making lavender water, you can use the same method as I described in my Rose Water post of May 30, 2010. Besides all the lovely things you can do with the water, I’d want to make it just because it's so decorative when poured into a pretty container. But just to review, you can also use it to spray on linens, sheets, curtains, clothes or anything else you'd like to be ever so-lightly scented. Put into a spray bottle you can mist your hair with it or your face to refresh on a hot summer's day. Or wash your face in it at the end of a long day to cleanse and restore your spirits. The uses of lavender are endless. Stay tuned for more ideas over the coming days!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Last year I wrote about attending Art in the Garden at Kiwi Gardens. Well, I went back again this year for the event. Kiwi Gardens is a lovely nursery with rambling grounds that lends a perfect setting for the featured artists. As you meander along the curving paths that lead visitors through the various areas, you come across the varied artwork on display for this one weekend in June. Many of the exhibitors were the same as last year's, but there were a few new participants.
If you manage to reach the end without buying any garden art, most gardeners aren't able to hold strong faced with all the plant stock lying in wait at the end. Just how can one resist buying some of the plants that are for sale? With so many interesting and healthy specimens, the only thing you can do is grab a cart and start loading!