A PURPLE PASSION

Revered for thousands of years, Lavender still holds us enthralled. The fragrant plants are a delight themselves whilst its distilled essential oils have been used for millenniums for aromatherapy, perfume, herbal medicines, culinary herbs.

It was with excitement and joy I found myself at Jersey Lavender within a couple of hours of landing on this jewel of an island of Jersey. Established in 1983, the lavender farm boosts 9 acres with 55,000 lavender plants of six varieties.

As if in a trance I wandered amongst this haven, my palms gently sweeping across the flowers, inhaling the heavenly scent. I found myself closing my eyes … my emotions filled, a dream realised on this first day of my anniversary break.

Luscious lavender

Its fervent purple promise

With forced steam distilled

The golden essence freed.

ยฉAnnika Perry, July 2019

121 thoughts on “A PURPLE PASSION

    • Annika Perry says:

      Alison, I love the sound of your cottage garden and how wonderful to have lots of lavender growing in it! Idyllic! So glad you liked the post and poem – thank you so much. Wising you a lovely weekend and hope the weather is kind so you can enjoy being out there!๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป

  1. roughwighting says:

    Lavender – your poem soothes the soul as the scent of this precious purple bloom does. I absolutely love lavender and keep sachets of it all over my house – the closets, my drawers, in my pillow case. I even – get this one! – bring a little bottle of pure lavender incense to some of my writing classes and invite my students to take a quick inhale. Calms them for our 90 minute writing session – opens up the senses.
    I hope you’ll tell us all more about Jersey. I grew up in (New) Jersey, USA, and the island of Jersey looks much more stunning. I hope to visit it sometime (perhaps wishes can become dreams that become reality). Happy 20th anniversary! โค

    • Annika Perry says:

      Hi Pam! How I wish I was a student in your class … working in the heavenly scented room of lavender. I love how it opens the senses and allows even more creativity from all the writers๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, the island of Jersey is incredibly beautiful and we saw so much – hoping to share a couple of more posts from the trip. I do hope you have a chance to visit sometime. Thank you so much for your lovely wishes and also comment about my poem – must be the lavender fragrance in my study from a couple of gifts I bought for myself! Hugs xx โค๏ธ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆ‹

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mary Ann, overjoyed you could almost inhale the magic fragrance of these lavender plants … it was divine! So glad you liked my foray into poetry, it was fun writing this and one that came to me as writing the post! Have a brilliant and special time in Europe – may the music reach the heavens! You will all be floating with pure joy and spirit! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ๐ŸŒบ

  2. Sue Dreamwalker says:

    Love this fragrant herb and the lavender fields are stunning, What a joy it must have been to be surrounded by such colour and fragrance Annika.. Many thanks for sharing these wonderful images and your poem. โค

    • Annika Perry says:

      Sue, the transformation from a busy London airport to this haven in just a few hours was astonishing! I felt like I was in heaven … soaking up the beauty and its fragrances! Pure bliss and the most wonderful start to the break. At one stage I found myself swinging away on a swing from a giant oak tree … feeling free and full of joy! Oh, so many photos from Jersey – it truly is a beautiful island! Hope youโ€™re having a lovely start to the week! Xx โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒบ

      • Sue Dreamwalker says:

        A lovely week Annika, just back from taking our granddaughter to see The Lion King at the cinema .. Brilliant new animation..
        Sounds Idylic, Jersey is on my to do list lol..
        The swing, just the thing… Enjoy! the Sun is back out here again today but much, much fresher.. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท

  3. Julie Holmes, author says:

    Wow, to be able to look over the fields of lavender and smell their wonderful perfume = awesome day! Lavender is on my list of plants to grow someday ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for sharing your visit to Jersey!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Julie, with your vast space outdoors I could imagine a whole row of lavender plants … and there are so many products you can make from them! ๐Ÿ˜€ Before you know it youโ€™ll have visitors queuing up! Oh, it was an amazing magical day and one that will stay with me – and we were blessed with many special days on Jersey. I hope to share a bit more soon. (So many photos!)

  4. Behind the Story says:

    Lavender is one of my favorite fragrances. I have a lavender plant in my little yard. Quite a few of my neighbors also have lavender, so when I take a walk, I can always take a small bloom and rub it between my fingers to bring its lovely fragrance with me. I keep lavender lip gloss beside me at the computer.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Nicki, warmest thanks for your lovely comment and sharing about the lavender in your life! ๐Ÿ˜€ Iโ€™ve never heard of lavender lipgloss and will have to look out for that. Oh, it is delightful to nip a bit from the plant, inhaling the fragrance! Hope your lavender plant does well … mine is surviving … just! All the French lavender Iโ€™ve ever planted perished quickly alas!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Inese … poetry is definitely not my forte but I enjoy my little forays into this genre. It was a hugely inspirational place and serenely idyllic. Yes, a special start to our first day … and it ended with a sublime anniversary meal! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Annika Perry says:

      Teagan, it was a magical visit … and lavender deserves to be so popular! ๐Ÿ˜€ A joy to share some photos and hopefully some of the lavender calming aromas made it across the seas! Hugs xx

  5. Miriam says:

    I could almost smell the lavender through your words Annika. Beautiful, just like the calming and soothing scents of this beautiful plant. Itโ€™s one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous experiences and pictures. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’• xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Miriam … loving that the lavenders fragrance almost makes it across the world to you! ๐Ÿ˜€ It is a heavenly and soothing plant and fields of them were stunning – I couldnโ€™t wait to share here. Are they common in Australia? Thank you so much for your lovely comment and wishing you a great week ahead! โค๏ธ๐ŸŒบ

  6. smilecalm says:

    wonderful ode to that
    purple odor i so enjoy
    sampling while walking
    around my neighborhood.
    i feel better just having
    seen your expressions
    of lavender, dear Annika ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Annika Perry says:

      David, Iโ€™m smiling at your term โ€˜odeโ€™ … as Iโ€™ve enjoyed those odes of the classic great writers Iโ€™m honoured indeed with such a description! ๐Ÿ˜€ The lavender fields deserve their own ode! Lovely to know you have the opportunity to enjoy lavender in your wanderings – a gift for all the senses! Many thanks for your delightful poetic comment!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Diana, how wonderful to have lavender near you … it never fails to calm and bring peace! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, we had a lovely break for our 20th (yikes!) anniversary. Thinking of you these past weeks and hope youโ€™re doing okay. Hugs xxโค๏ธ

      • D. Wallace Peach says:

        My hubs and I hit 25 last year and yikes is right! Lol. Another month, Annika, and then I think things will be calm enough for me to pick up routine blogging again. Until then, a bit of visiting makes me happy. โค

    • Annika Perry says:

      Ahhh … thank you so much, Shari! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ I donโ€™t often venture the poetry road but was inspired by my visit. My emotions were in hyper alert the whole time absorbing the peace and beauty – I am so glad I managed to transmit this across in the post. Hugs xx๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ

      • Clare Pooley says:

        Yes, I do have lavender and hope to have more eventually. I have driven past the lavender fields a few times but have never actually visited them. I believe I remember my husband ordering some lavender products from their shop a couple of times to send to his mother when she was still alive.

  7. restlessjo says:

    Such a delicious aroma! My favourite lavender farm is in Yorkshire. I wonder if I’ll have time for a quick visit when we’re back next month. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Annika Perry says:

      Ahh … praise indeed from a poet as yourself, Khaya! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much! โค๏ธ Like the description of it being a micro poem – a format I donโ€™t often attempt but this seemed to flow naturally!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Debra, it was an amazing place and Iโ€™ve longed to visit lavender fields so I was on a high! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ They are wonderful to see, just a pity the cameras canโ€™t carry across the heavenly fragrance. I hope you have a chance to visit some!

    • Annika Perry says:

      So true, Georgina … a heavenly respite and the sound of the bees is soothing and almost hypnotic. Even they seemed calm by the lavender whereas I have flowering bushes in the garden full of bees and here the bees are frenetically busy!

  8. Vashti Q says:

    Gorgeous lavender fields! I love lavender and if I could I would plant them all around my house. Unfortunately, they can’t survive in south Florida (USA) heat. I’ve tried planting them in front of my house where there’s some shade but they died anyway. I was so sad. I do have a couple of plants inside my house that are doing well, so far and I’ll have to be satisfied with that. The smell of lavender is so delightful and comforting for me and they’re so pretty when they’re bunched together. I use the essential oil in my diffuser, especially while I write, it’s very soothing and helps me focus. Your poem and pictures are lovely. Thanks for sharing. โค xo

    • Annika Perry says:

      Vashti, Iโ€™m so impressed that you have lavender plants inside the house and might give that a go myself and I love the idea of your own diffuser! What a bonus that it is not only soothing but helps you focus! ๐Ÿ˜€ Having been in Florida a couple of years ago and feeling the autum heat Iโ€™m not surprised this plant doesnโ€™t do well there, it definitely thrives in this Mediterranean-like climate … and the soil is so important too. Warmest thanks for your lovely comment and Iโ€™ve enjoyed โ€˜chattingโ€™ all about lavender! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Janice says:

    That must have been heavenly to be surrounded by so much lavender. I have enjoyed the essential oil and dried flowers for years and now am trying to establish a small plot in front of the house. First blooms came this year on one of the first plantings ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Annika Perry says:

      Yeah! ๐Ÿ˜€ Congratulations on your first lavender blooms, Janice! I love the idea of a small plot of them and what a lovely sight and scent for visitors! I have a couple of lavender plants and they do okay, not brilliant. Iโ€™ve now learnt not to overwater and also that French lavender which looks sublime is difficult to grow … explains why I lost mine. It was a heavenly visit on so many levels and so much to see lavender… fascinating to learn about the distillation process.

      • Janice says:

        Lavender is difficult to establish…at least here it is where it is not native, but it is so worth the effort. Even the leaves have that wonderful lavender scent.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much for visiting and your lovely comment. The lavender fields were heavenly, full of fragrance, a purple haze, the quiet interrupted by the odd insects! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lori, the whole visit was wonderfully tranquil and I felt Iโ€™d been transported to an idyllic haven … a few hours early having been in a busy London airport! So happy you liked my poem … itโ€™s rarely I venture here and am always a bit nervous about publishing them on my blog.๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒบ

  10. hilarymb says:

    Hi Annika – congratulations on your anniversary … and love your tale of ‘a-wandering’ through the beds of lavendar – they look gorgeous … enjoy Jersey – cheers Hilary

    • Annika Perry says:

      Hilary, Iโ€™m smiling at your lovely comment and the visit was very much of โ€˜a-wanderingโ€™ – back and forth amongst the lavender fields, garden, distillery, cafe and back again! It was amazing and so peaceful … I felt my busy mind come to a welcome and total stop, my heart beating with utter contentment! Thank you for your well wishes and we had a wonderful time in Jersey … a place Iโ€™ll definitely visit again.

  11. Jan Sikes says:

    I can only imagine the incredible aroma from the Lavender! It is one of my “daily use” essential oils and find it calming and soothing. Thank you so much for sharing this adventure and for the beautiful Luscious Lavender poem!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Yeah! ๐Ÿ˜€ Jan, lovely to meet another lavender fan! From your oils you know the scent very well … yet quite different diluted in the vast field of them, like a gentle hug of lavender fragrance! I came away with cream and oil and Iโ€™m using them sparingly as I want them to last! Thank you for your great comment and so happy you enjoyed my poem – letting my mind drift on the topic this just came to me! Xx

  12. watchingthedaisies says:

    What a beautiful post Annika. Visiting Lavender fields is on my wish list. When I holidayed in the south of France a number of years ago, we were too early in the year to catch them. I was soo disappointed.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Oh no, Brigid, that must have been so disappointing … I imagine the ones in France are even more spectacular. We went to visit the ones in Norfolk one year but were also too early. Any chance youโ€™ll try again? I hope my post conveys a bit of the lavender experience! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

    • Annika Perry says:

      Kamal, majestic is jus the word … and I walked reverentially amongst the flowers! ๐Ÿ˜€ Iโ€™ve always loved lavender so to walk through fields of them was a dream come true! Utter bliss! Thank you so for your deep understanding comment.

  13. delphini510 says:

    Absolutely wonderful Annika. Within hours of arriving on this island you feel transformed with the help of the lavender fields and a silence I can sense above them. Thanks for these beutiful photos and the reminder of what properties these flowers carry apart from their beauty. I believe they walked straight into you ur soul.

    Then you add this beautiful poem and set the text in a lavender field. Are we going t see more poems by you? This one is so vivid and gentle.
    Also, belated congratulations on your anniversary. โค๏ธ .

    Miriam

    p.s. I also have a lavender bear that has been with me for years. From a field in Norfolk.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Wow! ๐Ÿค— Miriam, heartfelt thanks for your wonderful comment … which like the lavender fields has โ€˜walked straight into my soulโ€™!๐Ÿ’• The visit was a dream realised but so much better than I ever imagined and I felt supremely relaxed and in total bliss the whole time. A inner peace that remained with me the whole break! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Haha … Iโ€™m over the moon you enjoyed the poem but I donโ€™t think this will be a regular occurrence. I do welcome your kind words about it! Thank you also for your well wishes and how lovely to own a lavender bear … a precious friend with a calming presence. Hugs xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Iris, warmest thanks and great to see you back! ๐Ÿ˜€Iโ€™ll pop over to your latest post soon but Iโ€™d been checking by now and during Spring but saw your were absent. Hope all is okay.

      • Iris@poetsmith says:

        My pleasure., Annika. I’m fine thanks… though busy on some challenging projects lately. Kind of you to stop by to check. Really appreciated. ๐ŸŒท Have a lovely day! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Mike says:

    Brilliant Annika. You say so much in so few words. The poem is great too, simply reminding us all about that familiar scent and its origins.

    Congratulations on your anniversary as well – any secret about what it was?

    Mike

    • Annika Perry says:

      MIke, thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜€ Iโ€™m glad you feel I capture a lot with few words … my original draft was three pages long and I felt this was just too much! Ahh … love that you like my poem too! As for the anniversary, no secret at all … it was my 20th anniversary! ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jill, I like the sound of the lavender oil on your pillow case … Iโ€™ll have to try this! I have some lavender oil which I put in the bath and the whole house smells wonderful afterwards!

      It was a magical break … and a delight to share this tiny part of it! Hope all is well with you and youโ€™re having a lovely start to the week! Hugs xx โค๏ธ

    • Annika Perry says:

      Fatima, I love Provence and it must have been amazing to see the lavender fields there! Lavender is renowned for helping with sleep and when my son was young he had a little lavender bear to help him sleep … Iโ€™m sure it helped! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒบ

  15. Clanmother says:

    I smelled the scent of lavender through the WIFI. What a wonderful place simply be! I didnโ€™t know that there were six types either. I continue to learn. Safe travels.

    • Annika Perry says:

      The wonders of WiFi! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Rebecca, I wanted to transport people to the enticing fragrances of the fields and so happy this worked! These fields consisted of six varieties but reading up I see there are over 450 lavender varieties! Astonishing! In a smaller lavender garden at this farm they had over 80 on display, the white ones were striking. Oh, itโ€™s a joy to continue learning … a gift we should never take for granted! Wishing you a lovely week! Xx

      • Clanmother says:

        I have just added this garden to our must see places! You have the most wonderful posts! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

        • Annika Perry says:

          Bless you, Rebecca … thank you so much! My heart is glowing with joy! This was a great place and I fell for Jersey totally during our break. We saw so much and the people were so friendly! Did you get to see the lavender fields in Norfolk when you were in the area some years ago? ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

          • Clanmother says:

            I was there when the sunflowers were blooming. By the way, we are heading back that way next year to celebrate my sonโ€™s beginning of he PhD studies. Will keep in touch. Would love to meet up in person!!!!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Robbie, Iโ€™m very intrigued about gentle sweet lavender featuring in a horror story! ๐Ÿ˜€ So original and a totally different view from the normal! Oh, it was a joy to photograph the garden and lavender fields … just a matter of whittling down to just a few to use for the post! Hope youโ€™re having a great start to the week, Robbie! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Jina Bazzar says:

    Lavender is a soothing plant – good to help sleep too. I used to make hand creams and add a little lavender for smell, and whenever I used it at night, I fell asleep easier.
    My daughter loves that color too – instead of the all popular pink.
    Btw, I didn’t know there were six types. It must have been a fragrant, unique experience.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jina, itโ€™s great that you actually made your own hand cream … I bought some in the shop and itโ€™s now my favourite! It smells delicious though not quite sure itโ€™s helping me sleep better … yet! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I think purple in its various shades is a lovely colour for a bedroom and I bet your daughter is very snug in her room.

      As for the varieties, I just discovered there are over 450 varieties of lavender and in a smaller garden in this place they had 80 planted together with the white ones incredibly striking.

      • Jina Bazzar says:

        sounds lovely! I can’t imagine the smell.
        try using the cream near your nose – I did. Not sure what contains in yours, but mine was all natural with no preservatives and additives – so it was safe to use on the face too.

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