Flax

Flax 

 

When summer is just around the corner, when the weather gets warmer and the sun begins to shine, the plains of the Eure are covered in bright blue. But make no mistake, you definitely are in Normandy!

 

Flax field, norman countryside, Eure, Normandy,

 

The Norman countryside is so beautiful 

It is surprising the first time you see a flax field… Tall green stems topped with delicate blue flowers as far as the eye can see swaying in the wind… it creates the illusion of an ocean in the heart of the Norman countryside. A delight to the eye! The landscape is different with blooming flax fields. We can't help but think of the vast lavender fields in Provence.

 

Norman countryside, flax field, Eure, Normandy

 

If you want to see flax fields blooming, you will need patience and a bit of luck. Indeed, you can't find flax flowers anywhere or at any time! To soak up and capture the fields in bloom, you have to come during the first two weeks of June on the Neubourg plateau, in the Pays du Roumois and in the area surrounding the Marais Vernier. But bear in mind that the flowers are short-lived. They bloom in the morning and fade in the evening! So if you don't want to miss this great show, you’d better go in the morning between 10 and 12 o'clock. 

 

Flax field, Eure, Normandy

 

Normandy, a flax growing region 

Flax has been grown for centuries in the region. Deeply rooted in the landscape, the culture and the local know how, flax is said to be "the green gold of Normandy". And for a good reason as Normandy is the largest flax producer for textile fibre in the world. Flax needs water and heat to grow. The Norman weather is thus ideal for the plant to develop. 

 

While you are in the Eure, take time to visit the Maison du Lin (Flax House) located in Routot in the Pays du Roumois. This ecomuseum tells you more about the history and uses of flax and covers aspects of flax cultivation and linen production over the centuries. 

 

 

 

 

Further information about the house of linen