The lavender is in full bloom now, filling the air with its pungent fragrance. I bought six more to put in the secret garden and in the little nook under the dining room window. I love the deep blue of hidcote lavender. It is an English lavender with small little bells arrayed on a tall spike. I find that when I pick it, it continues to bloom all summer. This week it is perfect for picking. The flowers haven’t fully opened yet.
I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.