What is the best moment to come and see the lavender fields in bloom?
This is the question we get most often, even more so when summer rolls around. As the lavender blooming does not last forever, people miss the show every year. Our greatest wish would be to no longer find low faces when we announce that we have already harvested the flowers from our lavender field. Which is why we are writing this blog post!
Although the blooming time often occurs around the same dates, it is important to say that we are totally dependent on nature. People often want to know the most beautiful week of the year, but it is almost impossible to predict. Lavender and its flowering depend on too many factors to determine a precise moment. The seasons have a huge impact on each of our plants. In the winter, we cover our plants with winter covers. This is a big decision we made (read here: big investment) to protect our plants and help our workers with their tasks. The winter covers also allow us to sleep better knowing that our plants are less subject to the vagaries of the weather thus protected. We really want to offer you a magnificent site for the pleasure of your eyes and your noses. In the spring, the amount of rain we receive, sudden ground frosts, the number of hours of sunlight, weeding, farm work and wind are all important factors that will affect the flowering.
Fortunately, with the experience and expertise we are developing, it is safe to say that:
The flowering of lavender in Saint-Eustache usually extends from the end of June to the very end of July.
The celebrations around Quebec's national holiday mark the start of the blooming season at the house. In fact, the first buds often appear during the month of June and start to bloom around the Quebec Day (June 24th). Since lavender loves sunshine and summer temperatures, we know that blooming will peak in early July. In our experience, the first three weeks of July are often the prettiest to gather in a purple ocean, 35 minutes from Montreal. Most of our fields will need to be harvested by the end of July, just before the flowers wilt or turn brown.
For our part, the high season at La Maison Lavande runs from late June to early August. It is during this time that we offer boho picnic rentals, a refreshing bistro menu, beautiful swings, live music (included in your admission fee), sunset evenings and so much more. It's a great pleasure for us, we work all year long for this enjoyment.
So it's a date this year & if you don't put it on the calendar, don't worry: we'll repeat! Have a look at A visit to our Maison for more details.
Oh, and if you feel like growing your own little lavender plant at home, we have some for sale at our perfumery in St-Eustache & we share all our tips right here.