Check out these glorious pictures of lavender fields. You may already know this, but lavenders (Lavandula) are a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. An Old World genus, it is distributed across Africa, the Mediterranean, South-West Asia, Arabia, Western Iran and South-East India. It is thought the genus originated in Asia but is now most diversified in its western distribution.
The genus includes annuals, herbaceous plants, subshrubs, and small shrubs. The native range extends across the Canary Islands, North and East Africa, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Arabia and India. Because the cultivated forms are planted in gardens worldwide, they are occasionally found growing wild as garden escapees, well beyond their natural range. However, since lavender cross-pollinates easily, there are countless variations within the species. The color of the flowers of some forms has come to be called lavender.Flickr: John King Flickr: Jim Hellier Flickr: Echo9er Flickr: Timothy Saunders Flickr: Greg Pepion Flickr: Keeboon Tan Flickr: Tom Kelly Flickr: Heart & Soul
Lavender is in bloom from mid-July to the end of August. If you’re near Southampton in England, there is a great lavender farm in the Hampshire countryside that is open to the public: Lavender Fields at Hartley Park Farm