Lavender is associated with folk magic. Carrying or inhaling lavender was reported to enable one to see ghosts.
A sprig of it carried in combination with a sprig of rosemary was said to preserve chastity. Lavender was also worn as protection against the evil eye.
During Roman times, flowers were sold for 100 denarii per pound, which was about the same as a month’s wages for a farm labourer, or fifty haircuts from the local barber.
My trip to Hitchin Lavender Farm wasn't exactly successful. It is only open on the 12th of each month and on July 12th only a few rows of the English variety were in flower. Our visit also coincided with the visit of a local cub scout pack who found the rows of flowers made excellent running tracks (see v3). v2 is the debut appearance of Mrs Whiterose (aka Tessa) studying the different varieties in the show garden.