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A waft of lavender on the breeze…

September 20, 2012

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Paycocke’s annual lavender harvest signals the coming of Autumn. The garden has been looking its best this summer after the hard work of our volunteer gardener Graham and his team.

During the roof project the old lavender plants were removed and the beds were covered in scaffolding. Once the scaffolding was dismantled the volunteer gardening team set about planting the fresh young plants grown-on specially for us by a Norfolk nursery and paid for by legacy money. Our visitors always comment on the lavender and once its cut the house is filled with a glorious aroma. When you visit you’ll see the bunches of lavender drying in the Garden room and under the writing shelter ready to top up the lavender bowls around the house. The only challenge is to hold some back and not sell all of it as we’ve had many visitors asking to buy a bunch to take home as a memento!

In the past the lavender beds would have been for more than just smell and colour in the garden. You would have probably seen bed sheets and clothing draped over the lavender bushes drying in the sun. The bees are busily collecting the remaining nectar which will produce a wonderful honey. Let’s hope Grange Barn’s bees pay us a visit!

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