THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
can sometimes be born of the simplest of ideas. Patti Carew, homeowner and botanical lover, wanted to improve her yard with some pretty plants and gardens. Always intrigued with lavender, she decided to order a few specimens from a reputable grower and born was a field of fragrant, blooming lavender. Not one to stop there, she decided to hold annual lavender days, during which she could invite folks to visit and cut their own blooms and enjoy some of the products she creates with her colorful harvest.
When the lavender blooms in July, Patti opens her yard to lavender lovers from all over. She has vintage carriers and wood trays for gathering, such as this one stenciled with “Provence” on its side. Visitors clip bundles and Patti helps them to tie them off into bouquets.
1. Lavender devotees cut their own fresh stems.
2. Patti creates more even stems by layering the cuts in an organized bouquet.
3. Once neatly organized, Patti bundles the bouquet with twine to fashion a standing fragrant topiary that will dry nicely.