I have not been fortunate enough to see the vast purple lavender fields in bloom in Provence. It seems as though I’m always missing it by a few weeks. Hopefully one day I’ll plan my trip accordingly.
But I have maintained a very small lavender garden in my own backyard over the years. It consists of several mature plants that yield a nice amount of lavender that I enjoy harvesting and drying.
It’s a source of pleasure every summer for me in late June to early July to clip the tall stalks and gently tie bundles up to dry.
After a couple weeks, I spend some afternoons rolling the dried stalks between my hands to release the fragrant buds that I use to fill sachets.
I can usually almost fill a large Provençal tian with the fragrant lavender.
I absolutely love the scent of lavender. I use it in my laundry and as scented ironing water. It smells heavenly when sprayed on sheets before bed. I always keep lavender linen water close-by.
There are lots of lavender items in the markets of Provence. This is one of my favorite photos..a vendor in St. Remy with a lavender-filled cart!
There is never a shortage of this fragrance! This photo was taken in L’Isle Sur la Sorgue.
Do any of you have good luck with growing lavender in your area?
I’ll be sharing about a great brocante in Nice, France later this week!