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Time to Harvest Lavender Flowers?

By August 21, 2006

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lavender pictureLavender flowers make for pleasing borders within a landscape design. The attraction in growing lavender, however, doesn't end there, since lavender flowers are aromatic and can be harvested and dried for indoor use. But to maximize aroma, you have to harvest lavender flowers at the right time; use these pictures as a guide. The pictures appear on a site that made Time.com's list of 50 Coolest Websites. I found that list only because I had navigated to Time.com from a Lifehacker entry by About.com's own Wendy Boswell. Oh, the wonders of the Web!

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August 22, 2006 at 11:41 am
(1) naturegirl says:

I love to grow and harvest lavender so I can enjoy all year round! I did a post about my first harvest..yes I get more than one!
I am waiting for my second harvest! In a zone 6 I have success with Munstead!

July 6, 2009 at 5:12 pm
(2) Lynn E. says:

Thanks so much for the info about when to Harvest LAvendar. Mine is actually halfway in flowers now, so I may be a little late. But the harvest on 2 of my plants is very wonderful.
Thanks!!!

October 27, 2009 at 12:55 am
(3) cjniya says:

Lavender got its name for its fragrance made Jesus Christís clothes sweet. For more than thousand years, this little purple plant is used to be condiment that could give our clothes nice smell. And nowadays, the essential oil of lavender after extract and purity is the best choice for the nervous people in the cities. Sometimes have a walk in the lavender field and let these little purple elves stay on your hem could be a great joy.
In this heaviest season, the owner of a large lavender farm in Banstead, UK, held a huge celebration for the heaviest of lavenders. Almost everywhere you could see is purple and everything you could smell is the sweet fragrance of lavenders. Everywhere you touch could leave the unforgettable and dreaming fragrance on your hands. Even the rubber wristbands they wear could get the fragrance of lavenders. I think this smell would not disappear quickly, so as they have touched hundreds of lavenders, the smell might last several weeks or even months. I hope that smell could last for a year and when I miss that purple paradise, I could smell the wristbands or just wear it.
A boring day could be changed by that sweet wristband which could call the bell of the Lavender Festival in my head. The memory of the huge lavender field which stretches as far as eye can see would be carried on the wristband. With the smell it lets out, the sky would be bluer than ever before, the tree would be nicer and even the birds would be cuter. The wind would blow up your hem, the fragrance of lavenders then surround you. It seems like your clothes would get that sweet smell and then turn into purple. I wish this fragrance would last till next Lavender Festival or I would miss them too much.

April 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm
(4) clara mills says:

I have a beautiful lbush that is in full bloom. It has also
spread, When should you trim lavendar?
Thanks for your help

April 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm
(5) landscaping says:

Clara,

I’m a bit lazy about pruning lavender, but I trim mine in early spring. Other people prune theirs both in early fall (after harvesting) and in early spring.

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