Dozens of bees hovered over the lavender patch moving swiftly from flower to flower. I knew I was inviting trouble but I really wanted to smell the blooms.
I was excited and overwhelmed by the expanse of lavender flowers (who said lavender had calming properties?) and hurried from one row to another convinced that the next row had even more blooms.
I could have stayed there all day.
If only my own lavender would bloom like that. Alas, few of my plants actually make it past six months. This Mediterranean plant hates our high humidity and frequent monsoon and torrential rains with a vengeance.
Why then do I keep trying? I guess it’s the stubborn streak in me that refuses to give up. Besides, I love all things lavender; their oils, gels, teas, lotions, and even candy and ice-cream. I even love the plant when it’s devoid of blooms.
Fortunately it more than makes up for that with its velvety silver leaves. Every time I touch the plant, I revel in the luxuriant feel of its highly aromatic leaves.
A few months ago, a friend convinced me to get a few more lavandula augustifolia plants. One was already in flower but past experience told me not to get my hopes up.
But I had underestimated the plant.
It budded again and again a couple of months later and surprised me with more blooms. Finally, I actually have some lavender flowers in the garden!
I know I will never have a hedge full of lavender flowers; not in our muggy tropical clime, but for once, I would love to be proven wrong.
Care and propagation (in wet, hot and humid, tropical conditions): Partial to full sun; well-drained soil; water sparingly, shield from rain. Propagate using cuttings or seeds.