Flowers of middle summer

3 Jul

Another summer, another fragrant visit to Cotswold Lavender.  Possibly one of my most favorite seasonal visits.  (But who can say.  I have so many seasonal favorites.  England is full of them.)

See previous visits: Day out: Cotswold Lavender; Cotswold Drive; Purple Haze; Week out: Cotswold.  Since we’ve been here before, I’ll give myself the pleasure of simply sharing a few new photos — there’s a wildflower field, new this year! — and breathing in deeply the memories (along with this cup of Lavender and Earl Grey tea).

On your drive to the fields, enjoy the rolling countryside.

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Boy, the traffic is just crazy, isn’t it?

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More fellow-travelers.

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And finally, that picturesque white cottage looking over the purple fields.IMG_3668ed

And see the burst of wildflowers, new in the fields this year.  What a glorious contrast to the purple lavender, white house, green fields…IMG_3586ed

There’s space and time to sit down right next to the lavender.  It bobs and almost sparkles in the sunshine.

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Other friendly visitors in the fields…IMG_3678ed Deep purples … IMG_20140626_115859ed Gravity-defying spiders … IMG_3649ed

Bachelor buttons in the wildflower fields.

IMG_3597ed I can hardly think of anything more English.  Well, maybe I can, but I don’t want to think, I want to lay down among the flowers, listen to the music of the bees, and watch the flower tops bounce and bend in the breeze.10502460_10203355700867392_2054136464055792860_n

If you are around and have the time, a visit out to the lavender fields can’t be beat.  Check the website for peak bloom times — and get there before they harvest the lavender!

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5 Responses to “Flowers of middle summer”

  1. Min July 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Greetings on Independence Day, Monique!
    Long-time lurker on your blog, visiting to say ‘thank you’ – no longer able to circulate as before, so appreciate the virtual visiting you allow (and the fab pix!).

    • Monique July 5, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      Hello Min! Thanks so much for commenting! I love sharing these visits on the blog, I’m so glad you enjoy coming along, too. Happy Fourth!

  2. thebookgator July 7, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I love lavender and am so proud of myself for nursing a plant through the winter–they usually die on me. Which is why I always notice your annual lavender trip and am always just a tinge jealous… how do you keep yourself from rolling in the fields??

    • Monique July 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

      I don’t keep myself from it — I lay right down next to a row of lavender and breathe in deeply. (That’s how I saw the anti-grav spider!) I wait all year for it. Congrats on keeping your lavender alive!

  3. haitiruth July 21, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    Sigh. So lovely.

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