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French Lavender in Winter

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Short & Sweet 

joie de vivre

French lavender blooming in winter is not expected in north Texas, and was a pleasant surprise that brought a little French joie de vivre (exuberant enjoyment of life) throughout January and midway through February. 

French Lavender Blooms in Winter
I am not sure exactly when the French lavender plant in a pot on the back porch started blooming this winter. I was quite ill and did not go outside over Christmas and several days into January. 

Then one day in mid-January I caught a glimpse of lavender on the porch from the sunspace windows in the kitchen. There were several blooms on the lavender plant. Plus, there were just as many new stems with buds not yet opened. 

Each day after that I checked the plant and marveled at blooms on a French lavender plant in the dead of winter. Each day I would experience a little joie de vivre. Savoring each day is one of the hallmarks of French Country life. Living in the moment, enjoying the little things in life . . . 

Each day my sister and I excitedly exchanged comments about how the plant was doing. Simultaneously, each day I grew stronger and felt better than the day before. 

One morning in January all my trees were covered in light ice that melted by mid afternoon. 

French Lavender Blooms in Winter
Yet... the lavender plant still had blooms and continued to grow with more blooms until the second week of February when a night time low was 23°. All of the blooms died, the plant withered, and the blooms drooped their heads on arching stems.  

But . . . for a 
 time this winter, 
the French lavender 
bloomed out of season. 

Just at a time I needed the blooms the most. At a time I was feeling so badly, the French lavender brightened my days, revived my spirits, and gave me joie de vivre.  


Sometimes the best things in life are not grandiose or milestone events, but are Short and Sweet

Benita of Chasing Quaintness has organized a periodic blog hop for bloggers to share Short and Sweet stories. Please hop over to read all the Short and Sweet stories this month. 

Benita at Chasing Quaintness 
Patti at Pandora's Box 
Judith at Botanic Bleu (you are here) 


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  1. I wish lavender would bloom here in NY, however the ice and snow will have it covered for another 6 week!! I am so anxious for spring this year!

  2. Judith, your lavender plant was beautiful! I am so glad you are feeling better and that it brought some happiness to you while you were ill. Thank you so much for participating in this little blog hop! Love and hugs to you!

  3. Ohh... Judith! I hope you are feeling much better. <3 I love this short and sweet story of your little lavender plant. I hope it comes back as I think lavender is pretty hardy even with the freeze. What a lovely sweet gift this little plant brought!

    Happy to be with you as part of Short and Sweet this month,
    Barb :)

  4. What a beautiful post! I'm sure Watching that lovely lavender plant burst into bloom helped the healing process and, as you said, brightened your days.

    I have never had good luck growing lavender and I'm in awe of that beautiful plant! This post has given me a bit of encouragement to try again! :-)

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  5. Well, I have learned a lesson in positivity from you! My first reaction would be to complain that the seasons are all messed up and nature doesn't know what to do anymore! You took a much better approach and enjoyed the beauty in the moment. Lavender anytime of year is a blessing!

  6. How sweet indeed! Mother Nature is playing tricks right and left here. With recent days of warm temps, the trees are in full bloom, yet they are predicting freezing temps again Sunday.


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