So Succulent Gardens

  (Columbia Station, Ohio)

Lavender Wands, Lavender Syrup, Lavender Lemonade / Tea

Lavender in many parts of the country will be bursting in full bloom, so go to the local craft store, grab yourself some 1/4 inch ribbon in colors, make yourself some lavender lemonade (recipe below) and do some crafting for christmas stocking stuffers. If you do not own any of these fragrant gems click here to order yourself a lavender lovers herb garden.

Lavender Wands
To make these you will need at least 13 (use an odd number) long stems of lavender, freshly picked from your garden on a dry day, and about 3 feet of pastel colored 1/4-inch ribbon. Make a bunch, lining up the base of the flower heads. Leave an 8 inch length of ribbon free at one end, then tie the stems together just below the heads. Gently bend back each stem until the flower heads are enclosed by the stems. Take the length of ribbon you saved and weave it under and over each stem, traveling around the bundle several times until the flower heads are covered with ribbon. Tuck in the short end of the ribbon and tie a bow with the other end. Trim the stalks and the ribbon.

2 cups water
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh or dried lavender blossoms
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large, stainless steel saucepan. Remove from heat and allow to steep 30 minutes.
Strain, chill and refrigerate, tightly covered. Use to sweeten hot or cold drinks. Delicious in ice tea or lemonade.

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