Wow! Such a special period to be here in the Provence! Indeed, the most beautiful season takes place between June and August and this time of year is when the famous Provencal lavender fields are in full bloom. Amazingly beautiful…and purple, very PURPLE !
To catch the prairies of lavender in full bloom you need to be here late June through July. These pictures were taken yesterday in Vinsobres, on our way to friends for lunch at Domaine l’Ancienne Ecole. In the Drôme Provencal, the bloom normally starts beginning of July but due to the heavy rainfall last week (yes, yes also here that happens), it started earlier and colors are more intense.. In the Luberon and the Rhône Valley, it normally begins to bloom mid June and the area of Sault begins blooming mid July.
Wheat fields and lavender fields are found in the same areas, and often side-by-side. The wheat ripens just before the lavender season, so lavender fields are often bordered by golden bands of grain, backlighted by the sun.
What you probably already know
Lavender is one of the most fragrant and highly versatile herbs that you can grow. It is used in essential oils, perfumes, in aromatherapy, in traditional herbal medicine and in the kitchen as a culinary herb. If you have the opportunity to walk through the lavender fields, let your hand slide over the top of the lavender and enjoy the intense perfume it leaves on your skin…heavenly!
Other interesting facts about lavender
- The name Lavender comes from the Latin verb, “lavare,” which means to wash
- Lavender comes from the same family as mint
- The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests from the area
- Lavender oil can be used to soothe aching muscles and joints, reduce anxiety and stress, and to induce sleep
- Nectar from lavender plants is used to make high quality honey
- In the language of flowers, it can mean devotion, luck, success, happiness or distrust
- The plants don’t produce seeds; propagation is done by cutting or root divisions
- Most plants are blue or purple, but there are some varieties that come in pink and yellow
To me, photographing this superb herb is the most fun part so enjoy my slideshow below!