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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

THE MAYFIELD LAVENDER

by:  MisS VictoriA DaviD
 

Gardens are an area where we grow and nurture varieties of plants; flowering and fruit-bearing. Most of the houses in England have their own front and rear garden, usually, the owners grow flowers in front of the house and at the back is the fruit-bearing and vegetable area .

Lavender is one of the 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family. The scent gives fresh fragrance and deters moths. The plant produces flowers which are collected to form a kind of confetti for the bride's special day.
 

Mayfield Lavender is located on the Surrey Downs, at the junction between Croydon Lane and Carshalton Road. This field is less than 15 miles from Central London. It measures 25 acres and is the home of the English Lavender. It is often confused with a small allotment project locally and is often referred as Carshalton Lavender, Mitcham Lavender or Surrey Lavender as it is located in the heart where lavender was grown in the 18th and 19th century.

The 25 acre Lavender field is own by a passionate couple, Brendan and Lorna. The couple's commitment not to use pesticides or herbicides on the plants make it a good source of some of the finest oil. And, nothing but organic matter is used in the field!
 

The fragrant flowers are not just for vases that are placed in the living room, as it is has a few functions too. Its flower has a fresh and relaxing flavour when added to drinking tea. The oil extracted from its buds is an ingredient in many perfumes, balms and cosmetic applications. And, it is also used in making facial and bath soaps that are ideal fragrant gift for your loved-ones or as a keepsake for your friends and visitors. Some people place the soap in their undies draw!

The lavender plant is abundant in the United Kingdom. It grows in April or May as it needs dry and sunny conditions to thrive and produce its fragrant flowers. When it produces flowers, it is a sure sign that summer is underway, and the cold days of Christmas are memories' best forgotten.

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