It’s Phenomenal!

“Lavender is known to bring grace and good luck.  Tranquil lavender’s gift to us is peace of mind.” ~ unknown


Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  I have a rather special post this morning (at least to me it is special).  And after reading the “Farmers Almanac” 2021 winter prediction for our area of  ‘cold and snowy,’ I thought before the snow begins to fly, I should share this bit of summer.  Perhaps you will find it worthy to tuck away in your ‘place of safekeeping’ until spring ~ possibly for your own planting.

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.” ~ Heinrich Heine, 1797-18

You may or may not remember a couple of years ago I wrote about a new planting of lavender in our garden, around an olive jar. 

                                                   This photo was taken around the second week of May, 2019

This planting was done because we had lost a lovely purple beech tree.  The area was quite sad looking and longed for something lovely.  My vision was to have a small nod to France in the garden.  After all, I had a wonderful olive jar and it was a ‘must-have’ to enjoy something gorgeous, with an intoxicating fragrance, planted around it.  Therefore,  I spent a winter researching lavender.  The information I found was ‘Phenomenal.’

‘Phenomenal’ is a French hybrid lavender known for being cold and heat resistant as well as tolerant of high humidity. There simply are not enough good things to say about this plant.  The bees and butterflies love it, the fragrance is breathtaking, and its beauty is amazing.  What more could one ask of a plant? 

“It always seems to me as if the lavender was a little woman in a green dress, with a lavender bonnet and a white kerchief. She’s one of those strong, sweet, wholesome people, who always rest you, and her sweetness lingers long after she goes away.” ~ Myrtle Reed

As you can see the lavender plants have not only grown, they have thrived. They are almost as tall as the olive jar.  Additionally, this variety of lavender is not fussy.  She requires little water, enjoys poor rocky soil, and thrives in the full hot sun.  Also, the fragrance of this small planting when the warm summer breeze blows is breathtaking.  This is when ‘Phenomenal’ invites her friends and the show begins.  Yes, she begins to dance. Make sure you turn up the sound.  You don’t want to miss the songs of nature.  Visit here.

“Lavender is the soul of Provence” ~ Jean Giono 

While our stand of lavender does not begin to rival the beauty of the magnificent lavender fields in Provence.  I am grateful to enjoy such amazing beauty and exquisite fragrance in our own garden.  To me, it really is ‘Phenomenal’ and my nod to France.


Dear friends, know I wish you and yours a lovely day.

And. . .

May the week ahead find you “dancing in the summer sun.”  Stay well!


image A lavender field, somewhere in Provence, France.

In dreams of lavender fields, dancing in the summer sun, is where I always find her.” ~ D. Walton






Images:  Michael Lambiotte and Tumblr

Phenomenal lavender plants are available at High Country






























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Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life

Oh Sandra, this has been a joy to read and see. Lavender is one of my top favourite fragrances in the whole world. I have loved it ever since I first smelled it at our city’s fair when I was a girl. Your spot in the garden looks wonderful with that delightful olive pot and the lavender filling in around it. It really is a Phenomenal beauty, and I am so happy you shared it with us today.

Pam Richardson
4 days ago

Sandra, the fragrance of lavender is one of my favorites. Phenomenal is gorgeous surrounding your olive pot and I can just imagine the intoxicating smell wafting through your garden. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. Happy Sunday!

Penny at The Comforts of Home.
Penny at The Comforts of Home.
4 days ago

How beautiful it looks! I loved the video listening to the birds and seeing the bees buzz!

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
4 days ago

Sandra, I adore the fragrance of lavender. Your garden looks beautiful with the lavender dancing around the olive jar. I’m going to keep this in my gardening notes. We have hot summers and rocky soil. Maybe, it would grow well here. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, sweet friend!

Rita C at Panoply
3 days ago

Sandra, your lavender is gorgeous! Wow, it loves its place in the garden, and the bees love it even more! The video was wonderful. Have a great week, enjoy the end of summer.

2 days ago

This is such a treasure. And I’d not heard of this kind of lavender — maybe it is one that would work for me. I certainly love the fragrance and color. I loved the video. I could practically smell it through the screen!