History brings us artfully layered garden crafts like making lavender wands. They encase the fragrant flowers in a green woven basket of their own stems, and create artful wands that could ornament closets and drawers to perfume clothes, lingerie and bedding. Science reinforces what our ancestors already understood; that lavender infused a calming perfume that also kept moths and bedbugs at bay.
To make your own lavender wand, gather the longest stems of fresh lavender. Secure them tightly just below the flower heads with fine ribbon and bend the stems back over the flowers like a cage. Use the same ribbon ends to weave back through in opposite directions (in order to leave flowers exposed in a checkerboard pattern): over and under, over and under, until the flowers are encased and you can use the remainder of the ribbon to fashion the handle of the wand.
It’s a great craft to share with kids…and of course, there is a little magic in every wand.
Such a wonderful treat … you just roll it between your hands when you need a pick-me-up and oooohhh … it is heavenly.
You have a garden? You need bees You like to eat FOOD? You need bees. You like beautiful sweet honey? You need bees. You like wild flowers stop’n soil erosion. You need bees. You want the world as we know it to survive? You need bees.
In the industrial ‘development’ I work in, they spray toxins on the grass and bushes quite often. I find bees all the time walking circles and I know they are neurologically damaged and will die.
The poisoning of this planet MUST STOP.
Note from a bee lover:
Just this year, not a single bee – and we used to be swarming with them every year. Planting will not help dead bees. Have to prevent all the ways they are being killed, which may include, uh, ‘geoengineering’ the sky.