Do you know anything about growing and drying lavender? Good, I need your help. I have a lavender plant in the front but I’m not quite sure what it will look like when it’s ready to cut. The sources I’ve found (and, ok, I haven’t been to the library yet) say to cut it either before the first bud opens or before the first flower opens. So I’m going to ask you: Is my lavender ready to cut? If you can tell please let me know: notmarthaATgmailDOTcom, my huge thanks.
Too soon? Do I want to wait for one of those little purple tubes to pop open into a flower and then hack all the stuff off? Do I want it to look more like the lavender in the picture on this page? Some places said the lavender will continue to open as it dries so I didn’t want to wait too long.
Lavender related pages I’ve found so far: How to dry lavender at Cat Smith, Culinary uses for lavender at The Master Gardeners, some ABC News article Lavender Libations with recipes for lavender lemonade and bath stuff. Martha Stewart pages say to cut when about a third of the buds have opened, and HGTV on making lavender wands.