Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ (Polaroids)

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I’ve spent the last month steeped in lavender. I’ve photographed several different varieties, harvested and hung it to dry, and have experimented with ways to cook with it. I have spent hours carefully removing fresh and dried flowers from stalks.

My favourite variety is ‘Hidcote’, a hardy, blue, dwarf lavender with an intensely sweet, bright, and robust aroma and flavour. It smells and tastes so delicious — none of the varieties I have worked with can compare. So when I had a chance to go out to the country and visit a garden that includes a massive mounding bed of ‘Hidcote’ lavender I jumped at the chance.

Thanks to Jessica Hibbard for the crazy, out-of-date Polaroid film.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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8 thoughts on “Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ (Polaroids)

  1. After years of watching my lavander plant grow bigger and bigger with no blossoms, I now have something to harvest. Tomorrow I am making lavander lemonade.

  2. A month steeped in lavender sounds like bliss. I’d even settle for a morning. In the fields of Provence, if possible.

    I love ‘Hidcote’, too. I managed to snag the last 4-inch pot at the garden centre in late spring. Even a small dose of lavender is a source of delight.

    Looking forward to any tips or recipes you & commenters share with us.


  3. last year I made Lavender Bumbleberry Upside-down cake with lavender I grew. very yummy! :)

  4. Elaine: I can’t share any here yet as they are all assignments but some will be published soon. Others… a long ways away yet.

    Alesia: That’s thanks to Jess, whom I thanked above. She sent me a few rolls after I cried about having used my last roll. I splashed out and stocked up on as many rolls as I could afford for our Caribbean trip, so when that was done, that was it.

  5. Well, as they say, “good things are worth waiting for.” Especially true about lavender & any of your words & images about it.

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