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I planted the lavender variety Lavandin between some of our vine rows three years ago. Lavandin is a variety derived from a cross between English and spike lavender, and is the most commonly grown lavender variety in France.

I planted lavender for a number of reasons. For one thing, I just like the way it looks, and Lavandin is an especially large and ostentatious variety of lavender. Bees love the flowers, so I am also helping native bee species, which are at risk in Europe. I of course also wanted to harvest the flowers as a lavender product. Lavender, and especially Lavandin with a higher camphor content in its oil, is especially known to act as a natural mosquito repellent. While this is true of its oil, I wondered if this was also true of plants in the garden. So I also planted many near the house. And if you have ever been to Lake Balaton, you know why some natural mosquito control is desirable if one does not want to get stabbed by what feels like a large drilling rig the mosquitoes here carry around as their proboscis.

It takes about two to three years for lavender to really bloom large. Knowing that, and expecting a good bloom this year, I took photos one month apart from the same spot to document its growth. Slow to start, but then…. Well just scroll down to see.

Lavender in February.

Lavender in February.

Lavender in March.

Lavender in March.

Lavender in April.

Lavender in April.

Lavender in May.

Lavender in May.

Lavender in June.

Lavender in June.

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