Old Sweetwater

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Laid Out in Lavender

We grew lavender in our Georgian back yard. In fact, it thrived in its sunny location. Though I adored the way it looked, I never particularly cared for the scent though many of my friends loved it. In fact the phrase, "laid out in lavender," refers to the old custom of using it in burials.
This week we finally had a day over 50 degrees and my mind wandered back to those beautiful plants. Here are a few examples of lavender in different shades and applications. Any lavender lovers? Anyone growing lavender in their gardens or have it in their homes? Photos: Lavender and white bedroom; Lavender Willow plate; Lavender chandelier; Field of Lavender; Lavender and Sweetpea wreath; Lavender bag; Lavender Cupcakes; Lavender ballet flats and Lavender cat.



















45 comments:

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Such pretty pictures! I love lavender, fresh and dried, for its color, scent and looks ... Those cupcakes/chocolates are amazingly gorgeous!
Have a wonderful Wednesday

Julie said...

I love the pastel color of lavendar. It always reminds me of Easter time for some reason... I don't praticularly care for the scent either. a little strong, and yet I love gardenia which other people don't like...so go figure...
I adore the last pic with the cat in it, and those cupcakes look yummy! Reaching in to get one...
Lavendar is lovely to see all bundled up and hanging... Thanks again for a wonderful morning post.

Tennis Girl said...

Awwww, Janean, I love the kitty in the leaves. She or he looks like my cat I had at home, Greta Garbo. I found her under a trailor in a nearby town, her Mother had been killed by a car. She was about as big as a mouse. I took her home and we fed her with a toy bottle. She lived to be 21. Alot of the time she, "vanted to be alone..." hence her name. Thanks for another memories with your posts.
Your pal,
Robin

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

That is so funny~ when I saw the name of the post, I thought about funerals! LOL....LOVE lavender, the color and the plant. I had a lavender bathroom when we first got married. Those cupcakes are unbelievable!!

Dianna said...

Love the wreath! So refreshing! I enjoy the scent when it is used sparingly. I just bought a hand lotion for at the kitchen sink that is a mixture of lavender and vanilla. It smells a lot like baby lotion...love it...again, when used sparingly. I also have a lavender linen spray which is really helpful for the relaxing of my muscles and allows a good night's sleep. The bedspread on our bed is a combination of lavender and pastel green...the shams are lavender and the sheets! I'm beginning to realize just how much I like lavender...both color and scent! ~wink~

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I love the color lavender. And yet nowhere in my house do I have any! Love the pictures you posted, very nice.

Andrea said...

Beautiful, as always! Thanks for always brightening my day.
Hugs, andrea

1 Funky Woman said...

I can smell it now, lavender is a very calming relaxing smell. I love the color purple, I am carrying a big purple purse that can practically fit the kitchen sink in! Such a great color. I have to say I love that light. I think it would look neat above the tub!

maurakeith said...

Hi Janean....I LOVE lavender! I don't have any here at the farm yet but I plan on planting some this year. Just a whiff of the stuff brings back memories of my grandmother who used to keep it in a little wicker basket in her underwear drawer. I love the pictures...makes me want to use it in my home. I hope you have a wonderful day...take care. Maura

katie said...

Oh my gosh those pictures are wonderful. The lavender field to just amazing.
I have never grown any but I might just try it this year if I can find a source.
I look forward to your blog each morning.
Have a beautiful day.

Suz said...

Loved the chandelier,the fields,the kitty, the wreath
where do I get them!
so pretty
keep those cupcakes though...
speaking of funeral..nasty color for frosting

Deb said...

I use to not like the scent of lavender...and now I do...strange isn't how over the years our tastes and smells change...love your photos..very springy..

Darlene said...

I am actually ordering some lavender plants to try and grow this year! The last picture is sooooo sweet. I adore ALL kitties!!

GardenofDaisies said...

I LOVE lavender! Both the color and the scent. I grow a pot of lavender. I just found a lavender sachet at a thrift shop that had never been opened... MMMMmmmm delightful!

Parsley said...

That just made me smile. I'm a 'pink' girl but all the lovely purple is so calming and beautiful.

Donna said...

I adore lavender! I made quite a few lavender sachets every year too. We have to leave our HUGE lavender bed at our former home. We'll be planting at our new place as soon as we get settled!

FILIGREE MOON said...

Lavender in all forms and shades is just the dreamiest. Your collection of images here is wonderful! A great way to start the day! ~ Angela

Pondside said...

I love, love, love lavendar. I have a spray bottle beside my bed and every night before I turn on the bedside lamp I give the bulb a spray of lavendar water. Sometimes I spray my pillow too. I swear it encourages a better sleep.

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

I love lavender - the plants, the scents, and the color. And yes, I have several lavender plants growing in MY Georgia yard!

I also have my guest room decorated in lavender, sage, white and a bit of purple. I call it my 'grandma's room', partly because I have so many momentos of both of my grandmothers in there, and partly because the decor is so grandmother-y.

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Oh yes, love lavender and the scent. Have a hard time growing it here, but I try every year. Too hot, I think.
Enjoyed your pictures of Lavender. Many of my granddaughters pick that as their favorite color (purple, actually). Those cupcakes would be perfect for Easter. Yummmm

It's me said...

Only the smell...............and the color wonderful !!

Nice cupcakes....yammie .........

Hugs Ria

Lily´s nya... said...

Lovely!!! I just love lavender - the color and plants
Lily

Frau said...

I love lavender! I want that bedroom, plate and ballet flats!! Lavender reminds me of warm days.

Julie Harward said...

I LOVE lavender...the color, the smell..it's all I bath in. North of us about 1 1/2 hours is a HUGE lavender farm, I love to go there. I like to grow it too..nothing more fun than to be out weeding and bump into it...the smell is so rewarding! Come say hi :D

Frau said...

I love lavender! I want that bedroom, plate and ballet flats!! Lavender reminds me of warm days.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

I love lavender, but it's so hard to grow in central Texas due to the humidity. Every year I buy a new plant and treat it like an annual!
I've never seen the Lavender Willow china, it is simply beautiful!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the delicate scent of lavender and the color is all over my world! My house is even lavender! Love this post! Did you make it just for me? Thanks! ♥

Kelli said...

I had lavender in my flower bed out front, but the bees became such an issue I had to pull it all out! :( Think I'll find another spot, far from where the kids play, and plant some more of it. It is so pretty.

My guest room is painted lavender. :) One of my favorite rooms in the house. :)

Rita said...

My mother used to buy me lavendar soap to bathe in when I was a young girl. I can still remember the lovely scent and think of her when I do.

Kristin said...

Lavender is beautiful! Love the bedroom and the chandelier! I was in Italy last summer and they had lots of lavender outside of our room. It smelled (and looked) wonderful!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

I really love these colours, I love lavender, but cannot grow it myself, thanks for the eye candy.

fairfieldhouse said...

Yes indeed. I have an entire bed designated to lavender. Love the look and the scent.

Beautiful, inspirational photographs (as always).

Deborah

Karen said...

Love the purse! I would definitely use that! Pretty color, but don't have it around.

June said...

Janean I love, love, love this lavender post. I have a thing for the color and the plant. Beautiful post my friend.
hugs

Ticking and Toile said...

Oh my gosh, I am dying for those shoes!!!! Where did you find those? Love all the lavender pictures! I actually love the smell...yummmmmmmmy......it can be kind of strong at times, however. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Yes this Joann's has linen but sporadically. They are just so charming there...ha ha ha....:)

Shellagh

Jemm said...

Oh, I love lavender. My husband and I did our internship in college on a cut flower farm in Oregon, right on the coast and they had the most beautiful lavender fields. That one picture reminds me of it. LOVE the fragrance too ;) Those flats with the ruffly flowers are fab!

Shelia said...

I love that beautiful colors and what gorgeous pictures you've shown. I can smell it too and it's heavenly!
Thanks for much for popping in to see me. Well, we can sing a duet! It would be fun!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kerrie said...

I adore Lavendar! It is so soothing and beautiful! Kerrie

voiceofpendergrass said...

oh, yea I forgot to say.... I LOVE the Lavender cat! I need one of those!!

voiceofpendergrass said...

Love Lavender! Guess because it's the sister to pink and I love pink. My dear friend Heather is passionate about lavender(purple). So when I see these photos I think of her. In fact, the bedroom looks much like her bedroom looked when we were young girls. Except her bed was a canopy, but the fabric was the same.

I can't wear lavender, but I love to see lavender. A happy, spring time color.

Relyn said...

I am a lavender lover and boy do I want those shoes!

Just Breathe said...

Those shoes looks so comfy. I love lavender. I don't decorate with it. We do have some forms of lavender growing outside.

Technodoll said...

We have a few lilac trees on our property... is that like lavender? Because the smell is divine!

I love my lavender bath salts and pillow spray, sooo relaxing and fresh... mmm :-)

Marla said...

These pictures are amazing! I love the smell of lavendar and think I might try growing some in my garden this year.

becca said...

where did those ballet flats come from? i need them in my life. great blog, by the way!