Laurestine and Cotton Lavender. Merry Christmas to you!

And so it was, that, while they were in Bethlehem, that Mary went into labour and had her first child and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.

Luke 2 : 6,7

The Creator and Redeemer is celebrated at Christmas in the form of a helpless baby. May we nurture our love for Him and let the kind Holy Spirit work in our lives and our friends’ lives in 2022.

The delicate flowers and shiny green leaves of Laurestine with Grey Santolina / cotton lavender in a round vase.
Laurestine with its shiny leaves is an evergreen shrub which can grow to the height of 6 to 10 feet. It flowers from late autumn to the start of summer. This plant can grow in sun or shade and easily roots from cuttings taken at the end of summer. Laurestine can be grown in a pot but needs to be watered as soon as the surface soil dries.
The aromatic silver grey cotton lavender from the garden was cut today because it has become straggly. In the hot summer of 2018 it grew rapidly to 2ft but this summer with all the rain it hasn’t looked good. It can grow in loam or even clay as long as there is good drainage. Its best growing conditions are areas of sandy infertile soil. Cotton lavender grows into a mound and in late summer has yellow button like flowers. It is often used as an edging.
The vase is from Ireland, Galway. It is a good weight and its shape holds the wispy cotton lavender well.
Notice the Laurestine flowers seem to be older with their anthers showing brown flecks. The network of veins on the Laurestine leaf is like small cracks with no definite pattern. A joy to look at.

This same Jesus will come again as he said in His own words: …” if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there he may be also. ”

Then two angels spoke reassuringly to the disciples as Jesus went in a cloud up into heaven. Their words were: ” This same Jesus , which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go to heaven.”

John 14:3, Acts 1: 9-11

6 thoughts on “Laurestine and Cotton Lavender. Merry Christmas to you!

  1. A beautiful delicate arrangement. I’ve never heard of cotton lavender before. Glad of the Christmas chat we could have had🥰. What would we do without Jesus?

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