Friday, March 24, 2023

The Spring Entertaining Edit | Everything You Need to Know for Hosting Spring Parties Like a Pro

 The weather is warming up and it's time for spring entertaining. Whether you're planning an Easter or  Mother's Day brunch or just having friends over to enjoy the warmer weather, we have your spring entertaining guide ready.

Hostess Gifts for Easter and Spring Parties

Our custom gift baskets are the best Easter baskets or Mother's Day gifts. Just pick your size (small, medium, and large) and the curated gift basket that best fits the recipient. We'll fill it with beautiful finds and ship it right to you or your recipient. It makes the perfect hostess gift, Easter basket, or Mother's Day gift!  

Spring Table Inspiration for the Gardener 

For the gardener's spring table, it's all about bringing the outside in. Hand out seed packets as favors, and mint juleps make the best cocktails. 

Your early spring blooms like tulips and daffodils are perfect to brighten up the table. 

Want to elevate your cocktails, salad dressing, or dessert? Try our culinary lavender buds

Clockwise from top left: Vietri Fiori di Campo Assorted Dinner Plates | Vietri Fiori Di Campo Assorted Cereal Bowls | Lavender Lovers Seed Packet | Colette Olive Glasses | April Cornell Tablecloth | Culinary Lavender Buds | Bud Vase | Mint Julep Mix | Peonies Reversible Placemat | Garden Buds Wine Glass

Spring Table Inspiration for the Traditionalist

This look is all about the classics. White table linens, grandma's silver (or someone else's grandma's silver that you got at an estate sale for an amazing deal), piles of flowers in vintage vases and pewter ice buckets. 

We love our Arte Italica Bella Bianca line of dishes for their antique look with modern day durability - they're microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe. 

Clockwise from top right: Seashell sealed glass vase | Rowan serving platter set | vintage pewter ice bucket | Sofia coupes | Sferra tablecloth | Bella Bianca dishes 

Spring Table Inspiration for the Color Lover

We love a colorful spring table! Go durable with our melamine indoor/outdoor plates - they're great for kids while still looking stylish.

Indoor/outdoor pillows dress up your table. We also have these cozy new indoor/outdoor boucle throws for chilly spring nights!

Clockwise from top right: Laura Park acrylic napkin rings | Laura Park Summer Garden melamine plates | Vietri Baroque Glass Charger | Laura Park Gingham Indoor/Outdoor Pillow | Pine Cone Hill Indoor/Outdoor Boucle Blanket | Simpatico Candle | Tuscan Pitcher | Blue Pheasant Sofia Soft Pink Glassware

Spring Cocktail Recipes

Check our Mixologist Gift Guide for everything you need for the bar. 

Photo from Superman Cooks

Lavender Lemonade Mocktail
1 oz. Simply Lemonade (we like the all-natural taste with few sweeteners)
1 oz. sparkling water
To make: Shake lemonade, simple syrup, and ice. Strain into a glass with more ice. Top with sparkling water. Cut a lemon into thin rounds. Dip half a round lightly into lavender syrup, then press into Lavender Culinary Buds to coat. 

To make it a cocktail: replace sparkling water with champagne or prosecco. 

Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Lavender & Co. Spring Planting Monthly Calendar

We are positively fiending to get out into the garden and start planting! It's still a little cold here in New York, so we're planning our garden, hoarding plants, seeds, and bulbs, and waiting for the weather to warm up. 

Here's our handy monthly spring planting calendar - use it to plan your garden this year!

monthly spring planting calendar for zone 7

What to do in January and February in your garden: 

Here in the Northeast, there's not a lot you can do. This is a good time to plan: order your spring-planted bulbs and seeds. In late February, start your seeds in seed starter trays. 

What to do in your garden in March: 

Things start to thaw out a little bit in March. 
  • Once the buds start appearing on roses, you can begin pruning them. Make sure to prune according to your rose bush's breed! Knockout roses and hybrids are easy to prune - prune criss-crossing or rubbing canes, anything thinner than a pencil, and you can hard-prune up to a foot above the ground.  Heirloom roses need more artistry and care.
  • Once temperature lows at nighttime are above 25*, you can plant spring bulbs like ranunculus and anemones. We wait till the nighttime lows are 30*, just to be safe. 
  • Some seeds require a process called "cold stratification." This can be sped up in the freezer - check your seed packets to see if they need this (some seeds like poppies benefit from it). March is a good time to start cold stratifying, you usually need 4-6 weeks.
  • Plant grass seed, but be careful: some municipalities, like those on Long Island, outlaw fertilizer application until April 1 to avoid contaminating the groundwater. 

What to do in your garden in April and May: 

  • You can start planting once the last frost has definitely passed. Here in zone 7, a good rule of thumb is Mother's Day weekend. 
  • It's best to wait on clearing out fall leaves from your beds until nighttime lows are in the 50s. Pollinators and bunny rabbits usually sleep in leaves until late April/early May.
  • Once the daffodils, tulips, and ranunculus blooms have died off, leave the green stalks - they'll need the photosynthesis to make the bulbs strong for next year. Some gardeners braid them together to look less unkempt. Once these get brown and die off, you can dig them up and store them in peat moss for the winter, or plant on top of them. Daffodils and tulips usually are fine to overwinter in zone 7, but ranunculus should be overwintered if you want it to be a perennial. 
  • May is a good time to mulch, but wait until after Memorial Day if you have lots of oak trees. The oak tree "hair" and pollen sheds around this time and will get all over your fresh mulch! 

What to do in your garden in June: 

  • Prevention is the name of the game when it comes to fungus and pests. Neem oil and copper fungicide are all-natural preventatives.  You could also use a more gentle, less expensive mixture of baking soda, water, and dish soap called the Cornell Formula for the fungicide. Both can be sprayed once a week, on different days: neem for pests, copper fungicide or Cornell Formula for fungus. Spraying early in the morning is best. 
  • Roses are especially finicky and prone to fungus. Mulch, especially dyed mulch, can carry a lot of fungus in it and can infect your plants. Sweet plants like hibiscus will get eaten alive without neem oil. Make sure to keep an eye on your different plants to ensure they're getting the treatment they need.

What to do in your garden in July and August: 

    • Make sure everything is being watered, dead-headed, and pruned as much as it needs. 
    • Powdery mildew gets bad in the humid days of August, so spraying the mulch (where it often originates) and any powdery-mildew prone plants with copper fungicide or cornell formula is the best way to prevent it. 

    What to do in your garden in September and October: 

    • Order fall-planted bulbs and get them in the ground. 
    • Prune anything that likes to be pruned before the winter. 

    What to do in your garden in November: 

    • Spread corn gluten as an all-natural weed preventer on the lawn.
    • Once the first frost hits, dig up dahlia bulbs and store in peat moss for the winter.