Nothing says summer quite like lavender – row upon row of stunning colour with its scent wafting on the warm breeze. A collaboration between a local lavender farm and home-wares producer will have you bringing lavender into your home, evoking the sunny, carefree ease of Provence – even when the Scottish weather is letting us down.
Swathes of lavender fields under azure Provençal skies evoke memories of carefree summer holidays. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a plant which is more evocative of summer than lavender, especially with its intense colour and incredible scent.
But it’s not only Provence where row upon row of fragrant lavender grows in abundance. Just outside Gifford, nestled at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, is Lothian Lavender – currently the only lavender grower in Scotland. Known as the ‘Garden of Scotland’, East Lothian has proven itself to be well suited to growing lavender. Sue and Grant Tait, throughout 2016 and into 2017 planted approximately 1,000 lavender plants in a small paddock on the family farm. And this year will see the first harvest.
Their small retail shop stocks original hand-made products by Sue, using dried lavender from the farm. This summer they will also be stocking a candle produced in collaboration with Gullane-based Laura Thomas Linens, along with other LT products.
Laura says “There was a Scottish Lavender farm up in Aberdeen until the 80s before the land got sold for development, so exciting times for Scotland to be gaining another. Lothian Lavender is currently the only Scottish producer of lavender grown intended for commercial purposes and it’s exciting to be a part of it!”