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Lavender Abloom For Upcoming Festival

Posted 6/15/2017

By Pilar Martin

BURRTON—Gertie’s Lavender Farm is gearing up for its first annual lavender festival to be held Saturday, June 24.

Frank and Pam Seck started the lavender farm about three years ago. They planted 2,000 lavender plants and seven different varieties. The Secks have meticulously groomed and nursed their plants along. The different varieties bloom at different times, so during the blooming season there is always some to harvest.

Seck demonstrated how to harvest the lavender, cutting the uppermost part of the flowering stem, leaving the bottom part intact so it can bloom again. Lavender usually blooms twice before the frost. Lavender is ready when some of the blooms are just beginning to open. The cut bundles are then dried upside down.

PAM Seck, co-owner of Gertie’s Lavender Farm, demonstrates how to harvest the aromatic flowers.PAM Seck, co-owner of Gertie’s Lavender Farm, demonstrates how to harvest the aromatic flowers.Each of the seven varieties has something different to offer. The colors range from a pale purple to a deep dark purple. The actual flowers differ in shape and volume as well. Some varieties are more fragrant and yet others are more long-lasting.

The Secks grow Hidcote, Royal Velvet, Blue Cushion, Provence, Grosso, Jean Davis, and Munstead varieties.

The Lavender Festival will have plenty to see, taste and smell. The Secks produce a myriad of lavender products that they sell at the farm. They also make yard ornaments and small birdbaths called totems.

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