Lavender – and the Lost Art of Plant Stroking

Whenever I walk past a house with lavender bushes growing, especially when in bloom, I just get this craving –

an absolute desire,

an uncontrollable urge to…

stroke it!

To run my hands across the surface and to, perhaps, gently squeeze part of the flowers between my fingers – to then walk away knowing I have the intoxicating scent of fresh lavender upon my hands.

I’m guessing that I am not the only one.

But it’s not just lavender that does this to me. Most herbs will – mint, bay, basil, chive, tea-tree, lemon balm… the list is endless…

And then there’s the more tactile plants that have a hint of fur upon them, or the fly-catching plant that curls up its fronds if it is touched.

I read once, from some science type thing (which may or may not have been factually correct) that plants do actually respond to touch. We all know that it is supposed to be good to talk to your plants, sing to them, play them music (and a good job too in our house of noise). But apparently polishing their leaves, stroking them, touching them also has a positive effect on their health, growth, etc.

Maybe that’s why some of them are just simply irresistible. Because they provoke people like me to encourage them to grow.

Well, anyway, if I ever got stopped by the plant police for fondling someone’s plants then that is how I would explain my reasons… it’s for the benefit of the plants, sir, they call out to me…

Hmmm. Maybe not.

Anyway, here in the UK it is the beginning of Lavender season and as well as country cottages and gardens oozing the fresh sweet scent into the air, the farms of lavender are sharing their photographs onto the internet and in social groups. I just want to walk through the fields with hands out-stretched and disappear into the power of it’s scent.

There are, estimated, 39 species of lavender from the common purple bloom to the dark blue, so if you don’t much care for the common one then there are lots more to choose from.

I’m now off to walk around my herb garden, encouraging my plants as I go.

Bye for now




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