SINCE moving with her husband from Sydney to a property in Young in southwest NSW three years ago, Rohini Iyer has become a lavender producer, with about half a hectare under cultivation, encompassing five varieties. “We chose English lavender because of its fragrance and when in full bloom, from the end of November to January, there are few things that can beat the magnificence of the sea of purple and the hum of armies of bees at work,” she says. “The lavender is harvested and hung in a large drying chamber at the end of January; the seeds are collected, sifted to remove residual debris and bagged for sale in 500gm bags.” Iyer also produces “gourmet garlic” from thirdgeneration heirloom seeds, but it’s lavender that forms the core of her online store. White linen drawstring sachets and pillows are handembroidered, and lavender-filled hearts, ideal as Valentine’s Day gifts, come in blue, purple and mauve ($15). Also in the Lavender Patch Young Range are wardrobe sachets (three-pack, $18) in batik fabrics made by women in Malawi as part of the Mayamiko Trust’s community-based projects. More: facebook.com/lavenderpatchyoung.