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I'm sure I can never get enough of the beauty and fragrant soothing power of Lavender. The front entrance to our home is graced with French lavender and I keep finding new spots in our garden for more touches of English, Spanish and French lavender which fortunately, for me, it grows well here in the Arizona desert.
Lavender is a hardy perennial native to the Mediterranean and one of the most popular herbs grown. It soothes my soul, clears my mind and puts a smile on my face.
Lavender has a way of soothing the soul. Taken in deeply, it clears the mind of clutter and clarifies what is important. Lavender is a God-connector to me. I think of its beauty and I think of God and how much He must love me to place such a gift across my pathway.
What connects you to God?

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Comment by Karen Kumar on November 3, 2009 at 9:43pm
I have grown both French and Spanish Lavender very successfully for the past 5 years. This summer was SO hot, however, that one of my Lavenders dried out. It's still alive and is coming back!! Your beautiful photos are inspiring. I think I will add to my lavenders! For me, I find God out-of-doors, especially hiking. My favorite hiking place is in the Grand Canyon.
Comment by Michael and Lylah Ledner on October 29, 2009 at 7:46pm
Thanks Kristi....I LOVE geraniums too....enjoy!
Comment by Kristi on October 29, 2009 at 2:33pm
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures and heartfelt words. God sure reveals himself to us in his creation doesn't he? How awesome and majestic are his ways! What is for me like your lavendar is to you is geraniums. I plant them all over my yard in the fall and enjoy them for many months. As a matter of fact I'm heading to the Nursery today to pick up some more!
Comment by Michael and Lylah Ledner on October 22, 2009 at 10:12pm
Also, I take pictures in the morning hours and it ALWAYS makes my pics look brighter - good lighting.
Comment by Michael and Lylah Ledner on October 22, 2009 at 10:10pm
Gosh girls, I thought I'd responded but looks like it didn't show up. So sorry - but I tend to enjoy the English and the French lavender and think - didn't keep the label - so sorry, this one is English. But, check out this link - the herb gardener to get a good scoop on lavender.

http://theherbgardener.blogspot.com/2008/01/understand-different-ty...
Comment by Nancy Kelly on October 22, 2009 at 10:10am
To Mari, I have had the best luck with Lavandula dentata (which I was once told was French lavender, but I don't think it is, that's why we need Latin names!) and I had Lavender "Godwin Creek" which was gorgeous for 2 or 3 years, but up and died for unknown reasons last summer. Both were definitely not the lavender in the photo above. In fact the flowers are such an intense and true blue I am having a hard time believing they are lavender. Lylah and Michael?
Comment by Mari Ross on October 21, 2009 at 10:34am
Please do share the name of your lavender with us! I have " fried" so many that I'm afraid to try any more but I could be convinced. I love the smell of lavender it so does "sooth the soul". I commune with my god so often when I'm doing my gardening that I haven't formally joined a church since we moved down here.
Comment by Nancy Kelly on October 20, 2009 at 5:27pm
Can you give me the Latin name for the lavender in the photo? It is beautiful! I have tried a few and some do not do so well, I want to be sure to get the right kind.

Thank you!

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