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lay (something) up in lavender

obsolete To preserve something and place it into storage for future use or access. The great house was sold off, and all their possessions were laid up in lavender to await auction.
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lay (one) out in lavender

1. obsolete To prepare a dead body to be buried. From the former practice of strewing lavender petals over and around a body to mask its decomposing scent. The undertaker was accused of robbing corpses before laying them out in lavender. I'll never forget the visage of my grandfather laid up in lavender, two half-dollar coins atop his eyes.
2. obsolete By extension, to kill someone. He said he would lay them out in lavender if they dared to double-cross him. The feud has led to dozens of gangsters on either side laid out in lavender.
3. old-fashioned To excoriate or rebuke one severely. Our grandmother laid us out in lavender for breaking her antique clock.
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lay someone out in lavender

Fig. to scold someone severely. She was really mad. She laid him out in lavender and really put him in his place. If you ever feel like you need to lay me out in lavender again, just forget it.
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lay something up in lavender

preserve something carefully for future use.
The flowers and stalks of lavender were traditionally used as a preservative for stored clothes.
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lay someone out in lavender

tv. to scold or rebuke someone severely. She really laid him out in lavender for that.
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ITHINK there are few plants more beautiful and more dependable than one deep in the middle of its blooming season right now - the omnipresent lavender.
The walled garden there demonstrates just how many lavender varieties there are and how many ways there are of planting it - one of the most appealing being as a low hedge, with plants of different colours but similar forms mixing together.
But for all its beauty, fragrance and even medicinal qualities, lavender will break a gardener's heart, says Orr.
For some tips on lavender growing in a hostile environment, the Country Gentleman visited the cottage lavender farm of Kieran "Kie" and Elizabeth "Libbe" O'Connor.
64sec track record run in 2001 has not been troubled in recent times, but a fast-running track (+60) enabled Lavenders Grant to post a top-class 46.
LAVENDER fits so many settings - the cottage garden, as a low hedging plant lining a path, in a formal herb garden or in a contemporary galvanised metal container for a more modern look.
on Monday put on the domestic market a new variety of common lavender that can grow in hot and humid places in its first foray into the flower business.
The Romans used it in their baths and the name lavender comes from lavare meaning to wash.
Lavender fits so many settings ( the cottage garden, as a low hedging plant lining a path, in a formal herb garden or in a contemporary galvanised metal container for a more modern look.
In design terms, lavender is among the most versatile shrubs.
Be sure to cook only with pesticide-free lavenders grown for culinary use.
Most lavenders dry beautifully for bouquets and attract bees and butterflies.
Tall (3 to 4 foot) lavenders should be cut back by about 1/3 to keep plants from getting overly woody (start the second year).