More home-grown flowers for soaps etc…

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If we can source ingredients locally, we do.  One cannot get much more local than home-grown, so it has been wellies and digging forks at the ready: we have planted more lavender plants alongside our existing ones for a source of dried lavender flowers; the self-sown borage from last year is starting to come through nicely – the pressed flowers are so pretty in bath bombs and to adorn soap tops; extra rows of calendula are ready to come through – the dried flowers are beautiful in, and on top of, soap and they make the most wonderful, healing infused oil; for the first time, we look forward to rows of cornflowers, again for their beautiful dried petals.  As well as being a wonderful ingredient in products, these flowers provide an excellent nectar source for our native bees (be they bumble bee, solitary bee or honey bee), many species of which are in worrying decline.  They are all grown without the use of any artificial pesticide or fertiliser.