I’m taking you back to the beginning of July, on my day off, we decided to head to Vinsobres in the Drôme Provencal to admire the lavender fields. Such a special period to be here in Provence. Indeed, the most beautiful season takes place between June and August and that time of year is when the famous Provencal lavender fields are in full bloom. Amaaaaaaaazingly beautiful!
To catch the prairies of lavender in full bloom you need to be here late June through July. In the Drôme Provencal, the bloom normally starts beginning of July. In the Luberon and the Rhône Valley, it normally begins to bloom mid June and the area of Sault begins blooming mid July.
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!
- 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
- 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