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...