Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Lavender Fields!

Wow. Living where we do, you can almost start to take lavender for granted. It grows so well-- and thrives on so little care-- that you see it all around, and we have a handful of varieties in our own yard. It's also quite popular for landscape painters to paint, and I knew of Matanzas Creek Winery as the place they went to paint fields of it. But I had never been there myself.
I've been subbing for a summer painting class the last few days, and they had recently spent the day here--- the lavender is at the height of bloom, about to be harvested. So I dropped by on my way home. And so, I say again, wow. Nothing really prepares you for these fields of color 'in the real'-- and their scent, the buzz of the bees, the late afternoon sun.
You can read about the gardens here. You see there are two colors of lavender: the lighter is Provence, used for culinary purposes, and the darker is Grosso, the stronger one, used for bath products and oils. (they make and sell a lot of the products there). Any future visitors who come to see us in late spring/early summer-- are going to be taken here. You have been warned.

Here you can see the lavender has begun to be harvested (these shorn green mounds)-- a process that is done by hand and takes a number of weeks.

Here's a little painting by Paula Smith (love the contrasting orange umbrella!)


At 6:34 PM, Blogger Carol said...

Wow, that is impressive looking. Lavender as far as the eye can see and the nose can smell!

At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa,

Just discovered your wonderful website. Beautiful photos and absolutely love your artwork.

Thanks for sharing that.


At 4:09 AM, Blogger Angie said...

There is supposed to be a "pick your own Lavender" farm here in Ohio, but I haven't been there yet. It is no wonder so many artists want to paint pictures of the Lavender, what a view and I can only imagine how WONDERFUL it must smell. Thank you for sharing your great experience with us!

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Connie said...

Just beautiful.... and the fragrance in the lavendar fields must be heavenly!


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