{floral friday}

{floral friday #93}

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Welcome to this week's {floral friday}!

These little pretties are growing on our balcony right now. I love the look and smell of lavender. Yum!
And look at that little bee harvesting nectar to produce delicious honey. They love our balcony since we planted the lavender. It's great to watch. :)

lavender from {nifty thrifty things}

lavender from {nifty thrifty things}

A few facts about the Lavender:

  • Lavender is from the mint family Lamiaceae.
  • Lavender appears historically over 2,500 years ago.
  • The Egyptians used lavender in their mummification process.
  • The Greeks and Romans used lavender to scent their bathing water; in fact, the derivation of the name came from the Latin word "lato" or "wash". {source}
  • The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests from the area.
  • Lavender oil can be used to soothe aching muscles and joints, reduce anxiety and stress, and to induce sleep.
  • Nectar from lavender plants are used to make high quality honey. {source}

I'm partying here! ❤

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16 Comments

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    Elisabeth Andrée
    Friday July 19th, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Pretty pictures! My neighbour has Lavender growing on the border of her garden and many people who walk by touches it and smell their hands. I suppose it is a smell people love.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday July 21st, 2013 at 02:53 PM

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Andrée! :)
      I love seeing lavender on the side of the road in other people’s gardens.
      I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! Is it as hot in Holland as it is here?
      XO! Vanessa

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    amy
    Friday July 19th, 2013 at 01:28 PM

    gaaaaaanz zauberhaft deine lavendelfotos!!!
    kuss mama

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    Jann Newton
    Friday July 19th, 2013 at 02:32 PM

    Very nice pictures of your lavender! I do love it’s scent.

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    Kei
    Saturday July 20th, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Lovely pictures! Lavender is so gorgeous. The facts are really interesting; I didn’t realise it was used in mummification or that it keeps flies etc at bay!

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    Simply Graphic Design
    Saturday July 20th, 2013 at 02:43 AM

    What a great post and lovely photography!

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    lauren
    Saturday July 20th, 2013 at 09:52 PM

    I love this post! most scents are too strong for me but I love lavender and I love knowing a ton of random facts!!!
    Lauren

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday July 21st, 2013 at 03:01 PM

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Lauren! :)
      I’m happy to hear you like the floral fridays. :)
      Have a wonderful remaining weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Nicole
    Sunday July 21st, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Oh, how lucky to have lavender growing right outside your balcony! I recently visited a lavender farm for the first time … it was gorgeous!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday July 21st, 2013 at 03:04 PM

      Ooh, I would love to see a lavender farm! That must be beautiful! :)
      Thank you for your sweet words!
      Have a fabulous Sunday!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Sistergirl
    Monday July 22nd, 2013 at 06:13 AM

    Great Pics

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