samedi 25 juin 2011

Mes lavandes en fleur...



Bonjour,

La lavande a été baptisée par Linné d’après le verbe "laver" ou dumot latin "lavendaria", linge à laver. Cette étymologie laisse à penser que la fleur a été utilisée très tôt pour parfumer le linge et repousser les mites. Dès l’Antiquité, les Romains l’utilisaient aussi dans l’eau du bain et l’on sait qu’elle rentrait dans la composition des momies égyptiennes. En Provence, elle est cultivée dès le Moyen Age pour son parfum, mais aussi pour ses qualités médicinales qui la fait entrer dans la composition des premiers médicaments. La culture intensive de la lavande dans la région de Grasse, qui commence au XIXeme siècle, contribuera à associer la lavande à la Provence dans l’imaginaire collectif.




Mais si la lavande est originaire du bassin méditerranéen, elle se plaît dans tous les jardins de l’Hexagone et donne de très belles fleurs en Bretagne comme en région parisienne. Parmi les 28 espèces de lavandes, certaines variétés naines s’épanouissent dans les jardinières de nos balcons, qui qui permet à tous les jardiniers de profiter de son parfum enivrant. 


Préférez cependant les terres pauvres, même calcaires, et n’ajoutez pas d’engrais, inutiles pour ses faibles besoins. Peu exigeante, la lavande ne nécessite pas non plus d’être trop arrosée. Une simple taille au printemps (mars-avril) lui permettra de garder une silhouette ronde et ne pas vieillir trop vite...


Au début de l’été, les fleurs de lavande pourront être récoltées et séchées. Mises en sachets, ajoutées à un pot pourri ou simplement jetées dans l’eau du bain, elles continueront à faire le bonheur des jardiniers en parfumant délicatement la maison. Ses propriétés antiseptiques et calmantes font de son huile essentielle l’alliée des personnes stressées au sommeil difficile : pensez aussi à en mettre sous l’oreiller !


Offrir un bouquet de lavande signifie "répondez-moi en langage des fleurs". C’est aussi un symbole de tendresse.


Bon weekend



xx



Jérôme






15 commentaires:

  1. Hello Jérome:
    Lavender is one of our all time favourite plants. And nowhere, in our opinion, does it look more effective than, as you show here in several of your images, lining a path. Not only is it so fragrant, but it is also very attractive to bees.

    When we gardened, we would cut it back really hard after flowering. By doing this, we kept a lavender hedge looking good for twenty years without it becoming either straggly or 'woody'.

    Hve a very happy weekend.

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  2. Bonjour Jerôme,
    Congratulation! Now, your lavender is in full flower! It looks wonderful! Summer in a Belgium garden!
    We have here about 5 different varieties of lavender, early - mid - and later flowering ones, had also a white one a few years ago. Had to cut already a few weeks ago one shrub which has now a second flowering, just a nice surprise!
    So good that you give a 'historical background' as well!
    Best wishes for a 'tres bon weekend'
    and greetings from Périgord,
    karin

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  3. forgotten to mention: I love your wooden fence!!!
    It looks so good together with the lavender and reminds me on an oldfashion German farmers garden.k

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  4. I love lavender and yours is just beautiful...its wonderful colour goes perfectly with your green door...how divine! A great inspiration!
    Have a great w/end :)
    Claudia xo

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  5. I can smell it here!
    I never thought of growing it in window boxes- excellent idea!
    We use lavender oil frequently also.

    I wish I could stroll through your garden....

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  6. This is very informative. For years I have been trying to have lavender in my garden, but the plants do not last long. From last year I just have one left.
    Now I know a few things that might have gone wrong.
    Thanks for sharing this. You have a beautiful garden.

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  7. Jerome your lavender is beautiful! We can't grow it well where I live because of our wet and harsh winter conditions but I never thought of growing it in a window box, great idea! Have a lovely weekend!

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  8. Wow, your lavender really thrives in your garden! Beautiful pics, Jerome! And a beautiful weekend to you too.

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  9. Bonjour Jérôme, J'adore le lavande, ces images, ce jardin extraordinaire et ce posting détaillé et intéressant.
    Il y en a dans notre jardin mais cela n'a rien à voir.. je n'ai pas de doigts verts, un grand argument PRO la lavande car elle fonctionne à merveille, même ici à Bruxelles sans TLC (tender loving care).. c'est automatique et j'en suis bien ravie. Bon dimanche,
    anni
    http://whatisbelgium.blogspot.com

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  10. O my! wonderful lavender! that house and the door (color whit lavender color is great) whit those lavender is just perfect garden! and you wooden fence is simply great!! i can almost see how you put your bike in front of the fence.. perhaps some vintage bike, from the 40´s or something :) wound be stunning!

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  11. Oh Jerome your lavender looks wonderful! I can almost smell it from here! I planted two large lavender plants last year and I'm really enjoying them. I would love to have a pathway like yours!How long ago did you plant it? Vanna

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