Flower Fridays: Lavender

Rustic bouquet of lavenderLavender—a term used to describe such a lovely fragrance, color and flower. All are derived from the beautiful Mediterranean flower Lavender. I love everything about lavender though I seem unable to grow it! I have tried but the plant just doesn’t return. I just don’t have enough full sun and low moisture areas in my northeast garden. I suppose I need to retire to Provence, France to live among fields of lavender that I imagine would soothe my soul through all of my senses.

Fortunately one does not have to take to such extremes to find lavender. Lavender farms are popping up all over the place. Many farmers’ markets have vendors who sell everything from lavender soaps to essential oils to dried potpourris and even foods spiked with lavender. In the farmers’ market in my town of Cold Spring, NY, North Winds Lavender Farm visits and stocks a wonderful array of lavender items. I love to walk by their stand and inhale deeply—I can almost imagine I am in France…

Field of lavenderLavender means love and devotion, luck and the promise of new adventure. Lavender is also associated with spiritual healing and tranquility—probably what resonates most with me. I like that last symbolism the best for a wedding, though actually all meanings are perfect for a wedding. Yes, a marriage is a wonderful new adventure filled with love and devotion and possibly the promise of spiritual healing and tranquility. Lavender is so versatile that you can find so many different ways to include it in your event. Sachets, soaps or oils make lovely gifts and of course the lavender flower itself is lovely in bouquets or perhaps some lavender sorbet. Why not include lovely lavender in your wedding and envelope all the guests in the tranquil embrace of lavender’s fragrance?

And today’s poem…is not a poem but a nursery rhyme or lullaby. Click here for a video of a pretty rendition of the song.

Lavender Blue
Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green,
When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen.
Who told you so, dilly, dilly, who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly, that told me so.

Call up your men, dilly, dilly, set them to work
Some with a rake, dilly, dilly, some with a fork.
Some to make hay, dilly, dilly, some to thresh corn.
While you and I, dilly, dilly, keep ourselves warm.

Lavender’s green, dilly, dilly, Lavender’s blue,
If you love me, dilly, dilly, I will love you.
Let the birds sing, dilly, dilly, And the lambs play;
We shall be safe, dilly, dilly, out of harm’s way.

I love to dance, dilly, dilly, I love to sing;
When I am queen, dilly, dilly, You’ll be my king.
Who told me so, dilly, dilly, Who told me so?
I told myself, dilly, dilly, I told me so.

XOXO Rachel

Published by Rachel Mueller-Lust

I'm a writer, artist, executive & life coach, wedding officiant & Life-Cycle Celebrant®, psychologist, media researcher and teacher. I explore language, relationship & connection, living a fulfilling life and the beauty & wonder of the world.

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