How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Looking for some additional ways to use our lavender flowers, I came across several pictures of lavender lemonade!  Lavender makes such a pretty drink!  So, I did some research on how to make the lavender syrup.  The lavender color of the syrup is enhanced with the addition of a few blueberries.

The simple syrup is so easy to make.  This recipe uses fresh lavender buds but dried lavender buds could be used, too.  (You can purchase these from Amazon by clicking on the link.  We will receive a small portion of any sale at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting our website.)  You would probably want to substitute 1 teaspoon of the dried lavender.  This recipe makes lemonade with just a hint of lavender.  You can add more but there is a fine line between a lovely subtle hint of lavender and a taste reminiscent of a fine milled soap!How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

With the addition of the lavender and the blueberries, it makes this drink extra special.  Anyone can do this.  Just imagine this lovely lavender lemonade at a tea party or for a bridal shower.

 

 

Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Pour 1 cup fresh lemon juice into a pitcher.

Mix in 1/2 cup lavender syrup.*

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Add 2 cups of club soda and stir well.

Pour into glasses filled with ice.

                                                                Garnish with lemon slices, lavender sprigs, or lavender ice cubes.**

 

If you want to increase the quantity, the proportions are – 4 parts soda, 2 parts lemon juice, and 1 part lavender syrup.   Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more of the syrup.

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*How To Make Lavender Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 Tblsp. fresh lavender buds

2 Tblsp. Fresh blueberries (for color)

 Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com Mash the blueberries with a spoon.

Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 1o minutes.

Switch the heat off and allow to cool.

 

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Pour the syrup, lavender, and blueberries into a sieve over a bowl.  Gently press the berries and lavender to release any remaining liquid.  Discard the berry skins and lavender captured in the sieve.How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com   Little pieces from the lavender buds will still remain.

To filter out the small pieces, pour the syrup into a glass container fitted with a coffee filter.

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After the lavender syrup had been filtered, a little bit of gel food coloring was mixed into it creating a deep lavender color.  This can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

 

You can also use this lavender syrup to make a beautiful Lavender Martini.  A recipe for that cocktail can be found here ►from Vianney at Sweet Life.

Lavender Ice Cubes

For these ice cubes, you will need an ice cube stick tray, distilled water, and fresh lavender stems with flowers.  (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sale at no cost to you if purchased from this link.  Thanks for supporting this site!)

The lavender flower buds and stems were simply placed in the ice cube stick tray and distilled water***(see below) was poured over them filling the openings half full.  Then, they were placed in the freezer and allowed to freeze.  More water was poured over the frozen flower and cube sticks, filling the cavities.

Be forewarned, these silicone trays are very pliable, which means on your way to the freezer, you may spill half of the water!  Place a tray or something solid underneath the silicone tray to save yourself a cleanup!

***Well, I knew that distilled water makes clear ice cubes.  Water from the faucet usually makes cloudier ice cubes.  After checking the lavender ice cubes I made, a little more research was done and the “all knowing” says to boil the distilled water, too!  Seems I remember using distilled water for ice cubes before and not having to do that…  Anyway, if you want your cubes really crystal clear, boil the distilled water first!  I will be doing that next time.

How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade easy, beautiful, and delicious!

 

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How To Make A Lavender Wand

How To Make A Lavender Wand

  Lovely Lavender

The lavender is blooming right now and I thought it would be nice to share how to make a lavender wand.  

 

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The Victorian Age was such an era of opulence and I have always had a fascination for this period in our history.  They made everyday items so beautiful.  In one of the books that I read long ago, there were instructions on how to make a lavender wand.  I had never even heard of such a thing but decided to make one with the lavender in our garden.

These lavender wands were also referred to as lavender batons or bottles.  You can understand why when you look at the shapes.

The picture below shows the first lavender wand I made.  Believe it or not, this wand is over thirty years old!  Surprisingly, if you pinch the wand, a lovely lavender scent is still released!

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  How To Make A Lavender Wand

 

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Supplies Needed:

Lavender stems

1/4 ” or 1/8″ Satin ribbon

Scissors

                                                                        Large blunt needle

   Cut an uneven number of stems. Seventeen stems were used for the smaller wand above. Thirty-four were used for the one shown in the featured picture at the top and the following directions, seventeen were encased in another ‘cage’ of seventeen.

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    The first thing to do is to remove all of the leaves from the stems of the lavender.

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    Gather seventeen of the stems together just below the flower heads and tie securely with a ribbon.  Cut the ribbon tails off close to the knot.  Secure the bottom of the stems with a rubber band.  (This will make it easier to discern which stems to be used when the remaining seventeen stems are added.  It is the voice of experience speaking here!)

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   Place the remaining seventeen flower stems and position evenly around the flower bundle.  Tie another ribbon securely around the base of the flower heads, knot, and trim.

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 Carefully bend and fold the loose stems down over the flower heads encasing them.  Try to position them evenly around the flower heads.  (I found that placing my thumb or finger right where the stem would bend and bending the stem gently over it helped bend it without breaking it.)

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   Secure those seventeen stems with another ribbon, tied, knotted, and trimmed.  This will form a cage containing the flower heads.

Now, remove the rubber band at the base of the reserved seventeen stems and bend them over top of the stems forming the cage.  These will be the stems used to weave ribbon over and under.

Cut a length of ribbon about 54″ long.  Leave a tail about 12″ long and begin to weave the ribbon over and under the loose stems.  Weave the ribbon somewhat tight and flat against the stems.  The weave should not be loose since the flowers and stems will dry and shrink a little.

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When the first row of ribbon has been woven all the way around the top and the second row begins, the ribbon should be woven the opposite, (either over or under), of the first weave.  If the ribbon is under the stem on the first row, the ribbon should now be over the stem on the second row.  Otherwise, it will not hold together.  That is why you use an uneven number of stems.  Check the picture above.  Continue weaving the ribbon over and under taking care to keep the stems straight.

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   Continue weaving until the flower heads are completely encased in the woven stems.  Thread a large blunt needle with the 12″ satin ribbon tail left at the top of the wand and thread underneath the woven ribbons down to the base next to the end of the ribbon at the base.

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   Wrap and secure with a knot.  Continue wrapping the ribbon around the stems an additional inch and tie into a pretty bow.How To Make A Lavender Wand on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

    These can be used to scent drawers or nestle among your linens.  Hang in a clothes closet to repel moths.  Isn’t this gorgeous?  I love the plumper shape of this wand.

Now, you know how to make a lavender wand – another reason to grow lavender!

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Spring Gardening Ideas And Color Inspiration

Spring Gardening Ideas And Color Inspiration

May 4, 2017

  Spring Gardening Ideas and Color Inspiration are in my thoughts at this time of year.  I can’t believe the first few days of May are here and the flowers in the garden are blooming!  Yes, you will probably see roses blooming this early at the local nurseries, but in the garden?  This is the first time I can remember having roses this early!
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   These pastel irises are blooming now, too!  You can see the deeper purple irises behind them.  I love the combination of the pale periwinkle blue iris alongside the deeper purple irises.

 

   This past weekend, Dave and I ventured out to one of the local nurseries, Kinman Farms in Burlington, Ky.,  for some garden inspiration.  When we first walked into the greenhouse, I immediately noticed this lime green colored plant.  I had never seen it before.

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   ‘Limelight’ Helichrysum Petiolare, have you ever seen or grown these before?  They were so striking potted with these ‘Amore Queen of Hearts’ petunias.  Look at those petunias!  They do look like little hearts all around the petal edge, don’t they?Spring Gardening Ideas And Color Inspiration on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   The Helichrysum, also known as “Licorice Plant” is a low grower, only 6 – 8 inches tall, and spreads to about 12 – inches. This is actually a tender perennial evergreen shrub, but it is usually treated as an annual.   The tag indicated they like full sun.  A little investigating concluded that these plants also benefits from being cut back a few times over the summer, which encourages new growth.

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Nemesia, is perfect for planting in hanging pots, in containers, and even planting as a low border.  Aren’t these adorable?  They look like tiny Snapdragons.  Nemesia grows 6 – 10 inches high and spread 8 – 12 inches wide.  They bloom spring through fall.

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   In stark contrast, these purple petunias looked so pretty nestled among the ‘Cascadias Indian Summer Petunia’ at the nursery.  The Cascadia Indian Summer Petunia opens a bright yellow or orange and matures to a Salmon pink color.  You can see the variety of color on these in the picture below.  The velvety blossoms are lightly ruffled.  This is a mounding, trailing petunia and it is self-cleaning!  Don’t you love that?

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   The contrast of the deep purple with these Cascadias Indian Summer Petunia was beautiful, but the idea of adding the Deep Purple Calibrachoa seemed like a good choice.  I liked the idea of having the miniature flowers in contrast to the larger petunias and bought a few of those.

 

   This gorgeous “Starsister Yellow Stripes” dahlia looked like it needed to be photographed!   What better way to photograph it than as it’s growing in my garden all summer long?  So, this little beauty came home with us, too.  This one is supposed to grow 12 -24 inches tall and about 15 inches wide.  This little plant looks healthy and has lots of buds on it.Yellow Striped Dahlia - Spring Gardening Ideas and Color Inspiration on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   Three little Ranunculus made their way onto our cart, too.  The three are just so beautiful in bright yellow, red orange, and pink.  These have multiple layers of crepe paper thin petals.  I couldn’t resist!  These need part shade so I’m thinking they will be planted in some pots, too.
    Having had no experience with these flowers, I am going to have to do a little research.  It seems the Ranunculus like cooler weather and doesn’t like wet soil.  So, pots would probably be the best home for these.

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   These beautiful pink and white verbena caught my eye.  I love the little blue Lobelia flowers with the pink petunias, too.  Not exactly sure where these will end up, but I love this combination.

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   Back to our flowering plants right now, the Azalea have been blooming and are almost done.  They made a beautiful show this year though.    

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   The rhododendron has just begun to bloom.  It is loaded with buds this year.  It looks like such a tropical flower doesn’t it?  

   These bushes are striking from the street at a distance, especially when they are loaded with blossoms.  But, seriously, look how beautiful they are up close!

 

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   It has been a very busy past few weeks with family and other commitments but the time for gardening is right now.  These little beauties need to be planted and we will definitely be needing another trip to the local nursery.  I love this time of year!

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Peek In The Garden and See Big Beautiful Rose Blooms!

Peek In The Garden and See Big Beautiful Rose Blooms!

August 2, 2016

Rose Blooms

     Take a Peek In The Garden and You’ll See Big Beautiful Rose Blooms!  The irises are long gone.  The last of the lilies are blooming and yet the beautiful roses continue to bud and open up into gorgeous fragrant rose blooms. Fortunately, the roses will continue to bloom until we have a heavy frost.  I can’t even think of Fall!  Where has the summer gone?

   This is the red climber, “Don Juan”.  The rosebuds are gorgeous, but the blossoms are equally beautiful, especially in the early morning!  With the sunshine on them, they look a little lighter.  In the shade, the petals almost look like deep red velvet.  They are gorgeous!

    The morning sun on the petals of “Don Juan”, showing off little drops of the rain from the night before, makes a beautiful picture.

  The morning sun on the petals of “Don Juan”, showing off little drops of the rain from the night before, makes a beautiful picture.

   Although the Climbing Rose “Blaze” is blooming now, I love this picture of the blooms from earlier in the season.  So, I chose to share it with you.  You can see that it has blossomed in big clumps.  They are gorgeous!  The red is not as vibrant as the ‘Don Juan’, but they are beautiful in those big clumps!

  This beautiful “Peace ” Hybrid Tea Rose is doing well and blooming in the garden.  If you remember, Dave gave this to me for Mother’s Day this year.  The way the lower petals have pink on the edges seems to remind me of a petticoat, soft and pretty.

  Another hybrid tea rose, “Love” was given to me by my oldest daughter, one year on Mother’s Day.  You can see the contrasting white and red velvety petals on this beautiful rose.

    The beautiful “Joseph’s Coat” climbing rose is growing like crazy and these beautiful blossoms have so much color in them.   The description on the tag with this rose said “orange flowers with red edges”. 

 

 

 

   Yes, there is that on some of the blossoms, but it seems to me that there is a lot of yellow, peach, and pink in some of these, too!  Yes, these three were on the same plant, the same day!  They certainly do seem to have ‘coats of many colors’.

     On the north side of the house, is a curved walk made of pavers.  It winds around the corner of the house.  Visitors walk through a metal arbor, which supports the red climbing roses.  The positioning of this walk and arbor was intentional.  Since the path isn’t completely revealed, there is a little mystery!   I wanted to create a vignette, which would draw people into the garden and backyard.

    One of my daughters informed me that a neighbor that she had met, had told her that she had always wanted to see the rest of my backyard.  I guess the plan was successful.

   These yellow rose blossoms are on the “Sunny Knock Out” rose bush, which greets visitors along that walk to the backyard.  It has dark foliage in contrast to the bright yellow blossoms and is winter hardy to Zone 4.  It needs at least 5 hours of direct sunlight a day.

    The “Sunny Knock Out” rose is pretty carefree, but those nasty Japanese Beatles love the pale blossoms.  Right now, I am fighting them and can’t wait until they are gone!

    Don’t you love this time of year?  Right now, you can Peek In The Garden and See Big Beautiful Rose Blooms!

 

 

 

Hostas To Consider For Your Garden

Hostas To Consider For Your Garden

July 25, 2016

Hostas

    Don’t you love hostas?  There are so many varieties from small to large.  In this post, there are some Simple Hostas To Consider For Your Garden. 

 

   Hostas tolerate both sun and shade, but the colors of the leaves show best if they’re planted in shade.  Here in northern Kentucky in the full sun, the sun scorches the leaves in the heat of the summer.  My experience has been that the hostas do better in shade.  When you have a newly built home, shade is not always possible.

    There are three different varieties around the pond next to the patio, which you can see in the picture above from a year or so ago.  (You can also see the fish tower in the lower pond.  Click here► for the directions to make your own!  Yes, they actually swim up into the tower!)

 

   On one of our trips to visit Dave’s family in northern Wisconsin, we stopped at an antique shop close to Ladysmith.  The family had a couple of old buildings filled with all kinds of interesting things, but the path between the buildings and the house led to a backyard filled with monstrous hostas.  They circled around the trees and I can remember thinking what a beautiful picture they made.

 

   Until that day, I had not recognized the beauty of the humble hosta.  Since that day, I have had it in my mind to create a similar look!  Yes, they sure do have a beauty all their own.  While the lily-like blossoms are pretty, they are not the reason for planting hostas.  The beauty is definitely in the gorgeous leaves!

    After almost twenty years, we finally have some pretty good shade from the Red Maple and the Crabtree. Under the trees, I have tried to create a large ‘S’- shaped swirl of hostas.  Some of the plants under the trees have been rescued from other flower beds where the sun took a toll on the leaves.  It’s a work in progress.

 

   In retrospect, I wish I had planted the largest plants in the middle, planting a smaller variety on each side, then a smaller variety on each side of those, and continue that to the very smallest.  That would have created a swirl progressing from small to large and then back to small on the other end.  Why didn’t I think of that before?  

 

   One day, I might get industrious and actually transplant those hostas to do just that, but not today!  

    The Hosta ‘Albo-picta’ is a large sized plant growing 18-24″ tall and 24-36″ wide.  In the spring this hosta’s leaves are a bright cream color in the center and then in the summer, the cream turns a green color similar to the darker green of the edges.

 

    The Hosta ‘Aurea’ is a large sized hosta growing 18-24 inches tall and 12-24″ wide.  It grows best in part shade.  The pale lavender flowers bloom in late summer.  The bright glossy yellow variegated lance-shaped leaves of spring turn to chartreuse by mid-summer.  This little fellow was suffering in the sun where he was planted and he has been moved under the trees.  His leaves are looking better and by next year, he should be a larger and a better-looking plant.

   The name of this hosta is a mystery to me.  I have tried to record each plant after planting them in the garden, but somehow this one was missed.  The leaves are more lance-shaped and they have a creamy white margin.

  

   The Hosta ‘Frances Williams’ has large puckered blue-green leaves with a wide yellow margin. The margins become wider as the plant matures.  These plants grow 22″ tall and spread 48″ wide.   In mid-summer, white lily-like flowers are displayed on 30″ scapes.

 

   The Hosta ‘Moerheim‘ grows up to 30″ tall and 36″ wide.  It has beautiful heart-shaped green leaves with a silver-white edge.  Lavender lily-like flowers on spikes bloom in mid-summer

   Hosta ‘Sagae’ grows 28″ tall and 24-36″ wide.  The large frosty green leaves have yellow margins and prominent veins.  Pale lavender flowers bloom in mid-summer.

 

    The Hosta ‘Patriot’ grows in a mound 12″ tall and 30″ wide.  The dark green leaves are edged with bright white margins.  

◄ Lavender bell-shaped blossoms open up in July.  The ‘Patriot’ is one of my favorite hostas because of the bright white margins.

 

   The day after most of these pictures were taken, a deer, or a couple of deer, ambled through the backyard and nibbled most of the leaves from a couple of these plants.  They ate mostly the Sagae variety and nibbled a leaf or two from some of the other varieties.  Fortunately, they haven’t been back!

 

   Hostas are such a beautiful plant to fill in and around your other perennials, but they can make a huge statement on their own, too.  Maybe this post will inspire you to find some Simple Hostas To Consider For Your Garden.