Lavender Blue

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green,

When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen.

Who told you so, dilly, dilly, who told you so?’

Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly, that told me so.

Call up your men, dilly, dilly, set them to work

Some to the plow, dilly, dilly, some to the fork,

Some to make hay, dilly, dilly, some to cut corn,

While you and I, dilly, dilly, keep ourselves warm.


Lavender’s green, dilly, dilly, Lavender’s blue,

If you love me, dilly, dilly, I will love you.

Let the birds sing, dilly, dilly, And the lambs play;

We shall be safe, dilly, dilly, out of harm’s way.


I love to dance, dilly, dilly, I love to sing;

When I am queen, dilly, dilly, You’ll be my king.

Who told me so, dilly, dilly, Who told me so?

I told myself, dilly, dilly, I told me so.

Lavender Blue – An English Folk Song

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56 thoughts on “Lavender Blue

  1. I’ve been growing Love in the Mist for years. The first year, Mr Misk wanted to pull it up because he said it was a “weed” — I’ve managed to incorporate wild cornflowers into the border this year, too. Lots of blues!

    • I haven’t got any cornflowers this year, such a shame, but I did pick up a packet when I visited Charleston the other week. The mix of blues sounds “dreamy”.
      And my OH doesn’t particualrly like it for the same reasons, so we don’t have it in the garden but the allotment – that’s MINE :)

  2. Cathy posted the first verse of this a few weeks ago…I always hear it in Burl Ives’ gravelly voice, like a record I had when I was a child :D
    Oh! I found some Nigella seeds last week! Will be staring them in flats this week, and hoping for a long, gentle fall season so the Little One can play with the seedheads…

  3. The lavender in my garden is taking ages to flower – it was planted in the garden before we bought the house and they must be a different variety because your flowers are a much darker hue than ours.

    • yes, I sowed some a few years back and being Nigella it happily self seeds so it is a wonderful accident. I wish I could claim design rights but I can’t – this one is nature at work :)

    • Haphazard is the name of the game here Debra! I bought a few lavender plants ove rthe years, and try and line the tops of the beds by by central path with them, then scattered a few Love In he mist (nigella) and away we go! just as well I like the hapazardness of the planting arrangement :) I’m sure the lavenders would do well in your garden

    • It’s been recorded many times, and to be honest Cindy I only really knew the main line – “Lavender Blue Dilly dilly” and for some reason it popped into my head this morning and before I knew it I’d written this post :) And thank you for the compliments !

    • I’ve seen some wonderful recipes with lavender, I really should get round to trying a few out and Sawsan made that delicious looking salad the other day – so clever and simple!
      I need to find a shortbread with lavender recipe, that’s what I fancy trying :)

  4. I just cleared some space between some roses this morning and was considering putting some lavender in one of the “holes”. Well, you’ve convinced me! Great photos, Claire.

  5. a song from childhood, yet for me those delicate blue and purple flowers are part of adult life …and now I can picture a little golden book with songs and music that sat on my childhood piano …thanks claire :)

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