September has been a very busy month for us. I couldn't resist posting a picture of my handsome son dressed for his homecoming dance. He is a senior this year so a year of a lot of "lasts"; last homecoming, last year of varsity swimming, and senior prom leading up to graduation. Conner is my youngest son, and I also have a 23 year-old son, Kyle.
I have done some late planting. I put some phenomenal lavender in the ground a couple of weeks ago and I have a few more plants coming. Phenomenal is very cold hardy - down to zone 4! Most lavender varieties are hardy to zone 5. This isn't an English lavender as most other cold hardy varieties Phenomenal is a hybrid lavender sometimes called a Lavandin. They generally flower in midsummer, a little later than the English types. Phenomenal forms a bushy mound of silver foliage, with long spikes of purple-blue flowers. They also are very tolerant to heat and humidity - a good choice for Michigan summers. Below is a picture of Phenomenal in bloom.
I posted a lot of new listings in September. Last blog I posted some fall bouquets - a Grosso lavender bouquet and a fall bouquet of Grosso lavender, larkspur, wheat, and blue star flowers. I've been a busy bee! I have created my first lavender wreath - a heart-shaped wreath. I will be posting this on the Etsy store soon. I will be only making a limited quantity of these wreaths. If you'd like to pre-order one send me a conversation on our Etsy shop or via Facebook message. The wreaths are a bit time intensive so I would approximate at least 5 days to make the wreath and a couple of days to ship - so please allow appropriate time. The dimensions are about 20 x 18 inches.
These wreaths are for indoors. I would not hang on exterior doors. Lavender wreaths should be kept out of direct sunlight. They do shed, but I am spraying them with a florist preserving spray to minimize shedding. Hairspray also works well to decrease shedding in case you were wondering what you might use at home. I am also starting to work on a circular wreath as well, which probably should be a breeze after tackling the heart-shaped! Pictures of wreaths are below.
I also have 12 burlap, lace, and cotton sachets that are new on the shop (see pics below). They are filled to the brim with 1 cup of fragrant lavender. These are super cute and rustic. They are 4 x 5 so bigger than the standard 3 x 4 size. This listing is already up on the Etsy store. Just click on Shop tab on our website and it will take your directly to our storefront.
I am truly looking forward to this wonderful fall season. We've already made a few trips to the apple orchard this year and imagine one more trip is in order. My dear husband and I also have a small fall weekend getaway coming up to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for the fall color tour in October. Hope everyone is well. Happy Autumn.
We have some new listings this month in our shop. We have some lovely Grosso bouquets. These are available on our Etsy shop available here:
Dried Grosso bundles are very long stemmed at 22 inches in length. They are highly aromatic and each bundle weighs approximately between 5-6 ounces.
Grosso lavender is a intermedia lavender, which is highly fragrant. The bundles comes wrapped with your choice of rustic twine, pink ribbon, or purple ribbon. These bouquets can be used as wedding bouquets, gifts for birthdays, Mother's Day, housewarming gifts, Valentine's Day. They are also excellent to use to decorate your home or office.
Looking forward to fall- happy Autumn!