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Lavender Harvest

As the trees are starting to turn. I’m finally accepting that Summer has ended and Autumn has begun. As we’ve had a couple of fine days, I decided to harvest my lavender.

I know that lavender isn’t loved by all, but I can honestly say it’s one of my favourite plants. I love it because I find it incredibly useful; in different forms, I’ve eaten it, bathed with it, and used it when I’ve had a headache. Mark says he finds the smell really comforting. I’ve harvested from one of my plants for the last 3 years with fantastic results. All I do to dry it is put them in a paper bag and leave them in the airing cupboard.

I hope to use my harvest from last year to make lavender pillows to sell at my craft stall in November. I’ve found this lovely website with loads of lavender stuff called everything lavender.

Mr Bumblebee on my lavender plant

This year's harvest freshly cut

Last years harvest dried and ready for use


Lavender cupcakes, just what the Dr ordered!

Recently, I have not managed to see my friend as often as I would like to. Some of you may know this friend as the TheGoodDr. On Tuesday I went over to her house for a coffee and a chat. (usually about anything and everything, she is one of the few people who listens to my nonsense and gives sound advice) She’d asked me on Sunday, over dinner which her husband had kindly made, what little treat I would like her to bake. I replied Lavender cupcakes! She said, why am I not surprised.

TheGoodDr is a cupcake fanatic, and on two occasions I have missed out on trying her lavender ones. Firstly at her daughter’s garden party. I took two home and then stayed with my mum for a week following her having surgery, forgetting that they were in our cake tin. Secondly at my daughter’s baptism. They all went in about 10 minutes.

I was determined to try some. I think the thing that intrigued me, is that lavender is not commonly used as an ingredient. You wouldn’t see it with the other live herbs in the vegetable section at the supermarket. I grow lots of different varieties in my garden and harvest it at the end of the summer to make bath salts. I love that this plant is so versatile. It is used in the perfume industry, aromatherapy,  wound care and the home as it works as an effective and safe antibacterial.

Mr Bumblebee on my lavender plant

Before trying them she made me aware that these were a variation on a recipe that she had tried several times. I’d tried lavender ice-cream before so I had an idea of what to expect. However, I’ve never really been a fan of cupcakes as I’ve often found them to be a little bit dry or undercooked. This was very different. It was baked to perfection. It consisted of a vanilla cupcake with lavender frosting.  The light and fluffy vanilla was perfectly balanced with the gently infused lavender frosting. Not easy to pull off with two very fragrant flavours but it was a triumph. An English summer in a cupcake.  It was worth the wait and I’m looking forward to my next cupcake fix!

Lavender cupcake minus small bit of frosting that I licked!