This is the time of year when there is no money coming in but it is hemorrhaging out of my account. Dahlia tubers, cardboard boxes, and today an order to put in for dried lavender.
I only buy organic lavender - I feel that if I am committed to growing everything here using organic methods then I should be equally committed to buying organic despite the price differential.
I have contacted my supplier and I have 2 different lavenders to chose from.
Lavandula ssp - this is a grey purple, the buds are sharply pointed and the scent is herby, quite mentholy in many ways. It is grown in Spain and is strong. I have had a lavender bag with this in it for over 2 years and it is still as scented as ever.
The alternative is Lavandula angustifolia - more purple in colour with soft almost fluffy bulbs. The scent is very soft and sweet with no herby kick. It is a mixed crop grown in France and Bulgaria. It is approximately twice the price of the lavandula ssp.
But it isn't just a question of price - if I was chosing lavender to put in an open bowl I would chose the angustifolia without any hesitation. It would scent a room without any of that invasive lavenderiness you get with room sprays.
At the moment though I am buying lavender though to put into bags, hearts, doorstops - some of it will be mixed with wheat so that it can be warmed to disperse the scent. Will the augustifolia be too subtle?
Oh I just don't know what to do.