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.