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Blooming lavender

Blooming lavender

The flowering of lavender does not occur at a precise time of year: everything depends, in fact, on the variety of the plant, the place where it is located, the climate, the latitude and the altitude. Generally, however, the birth of the flowers takes place in the summer, starting from June until the end of August. Lavender is one of the symbols of France, in particular of the Provence region, where it is grown a lot and where it is possible to see real fragrant purple expanses. To be able to admire them, however, you have to go at the right time: in the Drome valley, Diois, for example, the flowering takes place in mid-June until mid-July, when the harvest begins; in the Buëch valley, on the other hand, the first flowers appear at the end of June and do not last until the beginning of July. Finally, in the Mont, Ventoux and Haute Provence areas

Features flowering lavender


Lavender is an evergreen herbaceous plant that grows wild throughout the Mediterranean area. Its own leaves are also fragrant, as well as being very narrow and very long. The flowers, on the other hand, are very small, very fragrant and of a color that varies from light violet to blue violet: the flowers are very close to each other and grow in long spikes that mix with the leaves, forming a real bush. Some species born from hybrids have pink or white flowers, but purple is the typical color of this hardy, easy-to-grow plant. A lavender plant reaches a maximum of 80 centimeters in height. It can be grown in pots but, if you have a very large garden, it is better to plant several plants close together, gathered in flower beds or in rows as border plants.

How to grow lavender for good flowering


Being a hardy plant, lavender resists both summer heat and winter cold very well. Only in cases of frequent frosts is it better to cover it with specific fabric for plants; in general, to obtain a good flowering, it is necessary to plant it in sunny and ventilated areas. Its ideal climate is dry and very hot, it is no coincidence that its origins are Mediterranean. It adapts well to any type of soil, even if it prefers calcareous and above all not very humid ones; in fact it is not necessary to water it too much and too often, it is always necessary to wait for the soil to dry well before providing more water. In spring, specific fertilizer can be supplied, but without exaggerating; at the end of summer, therefore after flowering, cuttings can be made to create new plants, removing the 10 cm twigs which are then placed in a compound made up of peat and sand. To have a beautiful flowering you also need to be careful of fungi, which often attack the leaves at the base: they can be recognized by small yellow spots, which must be treated with specific products.

Lavender variety and flowering


From lavender, substances used in various products are extracted, from herbal products to perfumes, soaps and essences for the home. By growing a lavender plant in the garden it is possible to create your own essences for the closets, collecting the flowers and putting them to dry in a bag, which will then be placed in the clothes. There are several varieties of lavender: angustifolia is the common lavender, which has a layer of down on the leaves that makes them silver and which also exists in a dwarf variety, only 40 centimeters high. To create flowering hedges, it is advisable to opt for the gray edge, because it grows quickly and is very luxuriant; instead, lavender wool is characterized by a much more abundant down than angustifolia, a layer that covers the leaves in white. The toothed lavender has leaves with pointed and irregular margins: it is more delicate than the others, it cannot stand the cold but, if it grows in mild climates, its flowering can also last all year round. In any case, the best time to plant lavender is spring or, at most, autumn, in particularly hot climates.

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