Blanco Lavender Festival

Posted on June 11th, 2011

We attended the 7th annual Blanco Lavender Festival in Blanco, Texas on Friday June 10, 2011. We also visited 3 area lavender farms ( Miller Creek, Hill Country and Wimberly Farms).

We met ours friends Howard, Jan, Gary and Sherry for breakfast at Zocalo, a delightful Blanco restaurant. We then toured a couple of farms, returned to Blanco for the festival.

The festival had every thing imaginable made with lavender. These items included: margarita mix, syrup, salsa, lotions, spices, soaps and many, many more.
Here are some more photos from the festival:
We chatted with some of the lavender farm owners. They said that their plants were really stressed this year due to the prolonged drought in central Texas. One farmer said he was watering 5 days a week just to keep his plants alive, but without rain he didn't expect that they would bloom.

We bought some plants to try in our backyard. The plant on the left is the variety "Grosso". It was planted in full sun and watered daily. As you can see it has not done too well. The plant on the right is the variety "Vera". It was planted under a crepe myrtle tree so it gets afternoon shade. It was also watered daily and seems to be doing quite well. These photos were taken one month after planting.

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