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.


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


More fellow-travelers.


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.


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!


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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