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Mike's Blog - Day 118

Lavender for you today. This one is Lavendula angustifolia “Superblue”.

Lavender has been used for centuries. In fact the Romans used it in their bath houses as a “strewing herb”, it was thrown (strewn) onto the floor to give off its pleasant smell when walked on. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties would be great for those sore feet I’m sure. So, bathrooms were places where Lavender would be found and used as part of the washing and cleaning process, i.e. the Lavatory.

Herbs often have a strong smell. In the wild it deters herbivores as it often tastes bitter. The silver leaves of Lavender help protect it from the sun too.

I think the bamboo is speeding up a bit.