This was a fun project that I wasn't sure would turn out as well as it did. Since I travel a great deal I wasn't home when the beautiful lavender in my garden was in bloom. I missed seeing the pretty flowers, but early last December while clipping back perennials for the winter, I stood holding beautifully smelling stems and leaves.
Generally, lavender flowers are the best to dry to use in sachets or elsewhere, but I just couldn't put these stems and leaves into the compost bin. So, I bunched them together, secured them with a rubber band, and hung them upside down in my garden shed to dry. My husband and I then left town for ten weeks to return in March just as the weather in Cincinnati began to warm.
When I opened my garden shed door in March I was greeted by the most wonderful aroma. Great! I carefully took the bunch of stems and leaves down. That was easy because I had strung them up there with a slip knot in a piece of string that I had slipped through the center of the bunch under the rubber band when I hung it in the shed ten weeks before. While taking them down, I carefully slipped them into an old pillowcase.
I took the pillowcase over to a table on the patio where I rolled it up to crush the contents. I then carefully put the crushed leaves into a plastic container.
So, there you have it. It's not hard to do and it certainly is fun to have dried lavender. Yes, the flowers are the best for this but I am so very happy with these leaves and stems that I will never let them go to waste when drying lavender flowers in the future. I'll just make two batches: one of flowers, one of leaves and stems.
If you don't have dried lavender, I'll explain how to make your sachet a different way so you can still give one or more of them for Mother's Day next month.