Our local lavender patches around Grasse (in the Alpes-Maritime) began blooming around 15 June this year (2006). It wasn't until today, 22 June, that we got a chance to drive up to the Plateau de Valensole [map] to check on the large lavender fields in that area.
Just 5 km north of Quinson we found the first of several lavender fields, and all were in full flower. A few photos for our blog, and some of an adjacent vineyard being pruned, and we continued on to Riez for lunch and a look around the town. There's more in Riez than the Roman columns - we'll update our Riez page in the near future.