Friday, August 16, 2013

Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia)

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" unframed 

I used to have huge bushes of lavender in my garden, my favourite being the English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia (formerly L. officinalis), as it is a strongly aromatic shrub growing to 1–2m tall, the leaves are evergreen, and the flowers are a pinkish-purple (lavender-coloured), produced on spikes 2–8 cm long at the top of slender, leafless stems 10–30 cm long, and they make wonderful little displays in narrow vases or as dried bunches. The name is misleading, as it is not native to England at all, but native to the western Mediterranean region.

Lavender, sweet lavender; 
come and buy my lavender, 
hide it in your trousseau, lady fair. 
Let its lovely fragrance flow 
Over you from head to toe, 
lighting on your eyes, your cheek, your hair." 
- Cumberkand Clark Flower Song Book 1929

Item ID : LavenderLavendulaAugustifolia

Price : R350.00 including postage

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