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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.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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