W & N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
I used to have huge bushes of lavender in my garden (Tarlton, South Africa), my favourite being the English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia (formerly L. officinalis), as it is a strongly aromatic shrub growing to 1–2m tall, the leaves are evergreen, and the flowers are a pinkish-purple (lavender-coloured), produced on spikes 2–8 cm long at the top of slender, leafless stems 10–30 cm long, and they make wonderful little displays in narrow vases or as dried bunches. The name is misleading, as it is not native to England at all, but native to the western Mediterranean region.
This lovely herb is probably best known for its aromatic and relaxing fragrance used in soap and lotion making.
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