Friday flowers…lovely lavender

Posted: April 29, 2022 in flowers
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Lavender is one of my favorite flowers and when my s-i-l lived in Provence, all the markets had lavender for sale at ridiculously low prices. On the day we visited an area where lavender was grown, although it had already been harvested, I gleaned leavings from the ends of the fields, somehow managing to get them back home unscathed despite being in my checked bag. The scent still hung over the field and lasted for years in a decorative bag in my cedar chest.

So when we moved to Arizona, I was sure I could grow lavender in the yard, only to fail miserably. During a visit to a lavender farm in Pine, Arizona, I questioned the owner who told me I should look for Spanish lavender, not French or English which wouldn’t grow in our location. I now have several thriving plants, even though they aren’t the high French plants you see in photos. This lavender however flourishes in Redondo Beach, making my walk a scent-sible one. 🙂

The air was fragrant with a thousand trodden aromatic herbs, with fields of lavender, and with the brightest roses blushing in tufts all over the meadows… William C. Bryant

Cee’s FOTD (aka Flower of the Day) 4.29.22

Just out of curiosity, is anyone else getting lots and lots of spam in their spam folder? It’s been nonstop!

  1. So glad you are able to grow lavender in Arizona. I am living in the Chicago area and find that Russian lavender works best here. Love the fragrance!

  2. Alison says:

    I can smell them from here! and I haven’t checked my spam folder for ages thanks for the reminder

  3. Sue says:

    Looks good!

  4. I love Lavender and have about eight plants, but I especially love Spanish Lavender. Wishing you good luck with your plants. I’m not having spam in WordPress, but I have one email account that I’m about to cancel because all I do is deal with spam. It certainly takes out a lot of the fun of technology.

    • I bought three this year. One died but the other two seem to be doing well. As for WP spam, I don’t get what they would accomplish by getting a comment in. But yes, spam is a PAIN!!! (Wherever it is.)

  5. ledrakenoir says:

    Walks in a lavender field can easily be a “dizzy” walk – wonderful color (and fragrance). 🙂
    By the way we are invited to a wedding in a small Provence village here this coming weekend.

  6. I love the scent of it. I’m glad you found some that grows in AZ. Spanish did well in the Bay Area. I haven’t really noticed any here. I’ll be looking out for it now!

  7. Ally Bean says:

    I didn’t know there was Spanish lavender! Only the English and French that both grow here. I’m fascinated and pleased you learned this and shared your discovery. Beautiful photos, love that color of purple.

  8. Jet Eliot says:

    How wonderful that you pursued the lavender line, Janet, and were able to surround yourself with the beautiful Spanish variety. Here in the Bay Area we have three basic species–the French, English, and Spanish–and they all do well and are low maintenance. How lovely to have lavender in our midst.

    • I wouldn’t way we’re surrounded with three plants…but I know what you mean. 🙂 It just makes me feel happy to see them and the bees like them too.

  9. catnipandkombucha says:

    Beautiful! I’m growing 2 varieties from seed for the first time. I’ll never get sick of the smell

  10. catnipandkombucha says:

    Beautiful! I’m growing 2 varieties from seed for the first time and I think one is what you have? I’m not to look and they are babies still. Yours is gorgeous and I bet smells amazing.

    • I wish this were actually my lavender but it’s just some I enjoyed in California. I’m happy you liked the photos, though, and I hope your plants do well. Appreciate the comments and visit.


  11. marianallen says:

    So beautiful! I can almost smell the delicious scent — Oh, wait, that’s the azaleas outside MY window. LOL