The Linen Fields
It’s June in Kortrijk and the ﬁelds are awash with blueish ﬂowers. Flax is planted in the latter part of March and the ﬂowers bloom once the stalks reach about one meter in height.
An entire ﬁeld of ﬂax only blooms for about one week, as the ﬂowers appear in the morning and scatter by the afternoon of the same day.
Flax is an annual plant and the ﬂowers can be seen only once a year. After blooming, the plants put out round, pod-like berries and are harvested in July, root and all.
＊Linen is generally called “flax” from its plant stage to its fiber stage, then “linen” once it is made into yarn or clothing.