Every winter we bring in all the indoor plants that were out in the greenhouse or outside that can't handle the frost. This year we added all the new indoor plants from our metal building. Our porch addition to the house was enclosed years ago and we have 9 windows which is perfect lighting for the plants. We now have an indoor jungle.
Out of curiosity look up #indoorjungle on Instagram. Many wonderful pics come up and interesting ideas on how to fit in one more plant.
Not only are plants good for us in that they help filter our air but they also give us a sense of responsibility like pet owners. Watering, fertilizing, snipping away yellow leaves, talking to them etc. Plants are therapeutic and help to keep us grounded in a world that is so uncertain right now.
For example our Amaryllis plants, when they started growing it was a daily measuring and being in awe that they can grow 1 inch a day. They are now 18 inches and putting on the most beautiful blooms.
Another plant is a common Aloe Vera who got a bit too cold and is sending out a beautiful orange colored bloom. Who knew they bloom when they get a bit too cold but still survive.
Do you talk to your plants? Yes that is a common thing to do ... even giving them names.
Love those botanical names, a favorite is the "Sanseveria trifasciata larenti" also known as the Snake Plant.
I grew up in an Indoor Jungle. My mother has 10 green thumbs! My dad put in a huge picture window in the dining room just that mom would have more light for her plants.
Oh and all the macrame hangers back in the 70's, Yes our house was a jungle of plants.
Now that mom is in an assisted living home at 93, she still looks after plants. She convinced one of the residents that they needed stands for all the plants. A nice big one was built in the rec room and is now full of plants. Daily watering and looking after them has been therapeutic for her. She is truly an inspiration.
Indoor plants is very trendy at this time also macrame hangers. Check out our online store and all our plants that are available right now.
May we all find room for some indoor plants, they are worth it!
Mom and her walker/utility cart. Amaryllis amongst other plants
My attempt at a Newsletter ended up in the Blog section
I will learn to use my new laptop yet! Feeding chickens is easier!
Jan. 6, 2021
A New Year of Gardening starts in January
We are all looking into this New Year with much anticipation. Gardening was for many a way to cope with this past year. Hopefully you gained many new skills in the garden or maybe you are a new gardener. We are here to help you with this coming year. Be it in the vegetable garden, flower garden in the newly planted home orchard or acquiring a green thumb for indoor plants.
January is the time to check your seed supply and order more if needed.
1. Start seeding peppers in January
2. Onion sets can be planted in January
3. Deep water your trees in the winter.
We close down for the months of January and February to catch our breaths, relax after the busy holiday season and to reflect on what to do again for the spring and upcoming year.
We have you covered for the spring…
We were busy as bees in the fall getting orders placed with our suppliers of seed, bedding plants, roses and trees, soil amendments etc. It was a bit chaotic having to order so much sooner than we usual do. A pandemic makes you think more of having a sustainable future.
Our online store is always open!
We, as so many other small businesses have added an online store. It is also a steep learning curve but very practical for our customers. Curbside pickup is available and we are also including shopping by appointment. We appreciate our customers buying local and want to make it easier, convenient and safe. Any order placed online can be picked up within a day or two at our physical store.
Do you have a seed and fertilize “Bank” secured? Let us help you!
We have added an Indoor Plant section, check it out on our
Online Store - Blumenflor
How plants clean the Air
Houseplants absorb carbon dioxide from the air through their leaves. Co2 is then combined with water and sunlight to make carbohydrates that plants use to survive. During this process known as photosynthesis, oxygen is released into the air for humans and animals to breathe. Plants also absorb many other gases which may be harmful to us. Nasa did a study on this back in 1989 and found that Indoor plants are a natural type of air filter.
Mary, Mary quite contrary…
How does your Amaryllis Grow ?
If you received an Amaryllis for the holidays hopefully it is growing! We measured a growth of 10 inches on one of ours. They are fascinating to watch grow indoors and can be planted outdoors on the east side of your house in the spring. They bloom the next year in Spring.
We are excited about our Farmers Market this year.
It will be held on a Friday night and a Saturday morning,
on the third weekend of the month from March to October 2021
More details in our next Newsletter!
Blumenflor Garden Center
695 B State Hwy 214
Seminole, Tx. 79360
Email: email@example.com Happy New Year, may it be a blessed one!
Blumenflor had a growth spurt this year. It feels like a teenager who grew 4 inches in one summer. We are trying to keep up with the growing pains and joys of a healthy business. We are going into our eighth season this coming spring. Thankfully blessed is what we feel.
With that growth also comes a letting go...
We let our Manager go this past month to have her baby. Aimee was a wealth of info and we wish her many blessings being a mom.
I had to learn to give over the reigns of social media and marketing to someone else namely our Farmers Market Manager-Stacey, who is fantastic at her job! She has found her hidden talent and can work from home which is vital nowadays.
I have more time to teach our team members about gardening, design and many other things. Our Creative designer -Megan, is doing a great job with all the combined ideas and efforts we throw at her. She is also the best with customers.
As you can tell, all the Team Members now have "titles".
Our Garden Technician - Maggie, keeps our gardens in check and has even started garden coaching on the side. Her being bilingual, German and English, helps with our customers of the Mennonite background.
The newest Team Member is Daniel who helps out on Saturdays. Customers love his willingness to help with whatever needs to be done. Even if it is to sit down and listen to a veteran and his stories.
Teaching was always something I did even if it was just showing children how to plant garlic. We have a home school co-op coming out to learn about gardening hands on.
I feel we should be passing on our knowledge, whatever it may be to the next generation.
We have also started a Newsletter, with a talented young Editor. She came out every week last summer with her family to experience Blumenflor hands on. They were our CSA packaging crew. Couldn't have done it without you!
So there you have it in a nutshell.
There are now 5 wonderful talented persons taking over what I used to do.
It's a nice feeling to let go.
As parents we give our children roots to grow but also wings to fly.
May God grant me the wisdom to always run Blumenflor as a Team Member knowing my Boss is always there to guide me. I am humbled to be able to work for him in this way.
CSA/Farm Share 2020 is now in the garden-journal-history-books of Blumenflor.
23 weeks of produce and some extra add-ons from May-October. This Saturday was our last pickup for the 2020 season. We are so grateful to have had a blessed year in the gardens. The start of the year brought apprehension of the pandemic and how this would affect our CSA members. Blumenflor stayed open and followed all precautions. We feel the year went well even beyond our expectations it also being a drought year. We are blessed with a good well and the water was there when we needed it.
The need to carry on and again open up our CSA/Farm Share for next year 2021 became
more and more clear as the season progressed. Apparently we have green thumbs out here. Where others were struggling with their gardens... ours flourished. We have no secrets just a huge amount of Faith and regular sprinkling of prayers to bless each day. God is good!
We expanded our gardens this year and are looking to getting hoop houses for vegetable production.
A newsletter is finally in the making and we again are thankful to young minds who help us out with all the technology involved in a business!
With thankful hearts we are going into the Fall/Winter season here at Blumenflor.
Wishing everyone a blessed Fall season!
I just now realized how time can go slow but yet fast when you are in survival mode.
The last months have been a challenge for everyone.
We have learned to cope and adapt to our situation here at Blumenflor.
Being an essential business has brought so much more meaning to this lil' Garden Center.
We literally grew in so many areas that we actually felt the growing pains.
Having a solid foundation in knowing God had prepared us for this year was amazing!
His wisdom is sought every day in running this place and we wish every customer to experience his presence while visiting Blumenflor.
Here is one of the many experiences we have had this past spring.
Whilst making our vegetable order in January for the plugs or many know them as starts,
the total had come to 1000 different varieties and the amount to pay for them was not in our budget. A little voice said " you can do it, God has always provided". I should have let that inner voice guide me but I didn't. The order was canceled and we seeded instead of getting the plants in. Half way into March I realized that God was preparing us for a spring like we never had before, everyone wanted to garden and those 1000 plants were very much needed. I learned the hard way. Every order is now thought through with much wisdom and guidance from above. For example , we felt led to get in a large order of shrubs and windbreak trees. When we placed the order it was 110 degrees Fahrenheit and we were in a heatwave. Trusting it was the right decision. It has rained since then and the weather is perfect for planting. God does not disappoint, he even sends his sign of letting the Texas Sage bloom to keep us encouraged to keep praying for rain.
We expanded our vegetable gardens already in the fall of last year not knowing what 2020 would bring. Again a push from above.
So many new gardeners came out seeking help and guidance in getting a vegetable garden going. Hearing of their experiences has been a blessing. Did you know a tomato tastes sooo much better from your own garden? We just smile and enjoy their enthusiasm.
Another area where we have diversified is in our monthly Farmers Market. It has expanded
to around 40 vendors and the local community is supporting us in an amazing way.
To support local in this time we are in is important and Seminole is doing a great job in doing that. We feel we have a safe open air Market and encourage all to come out and experience Blumenflor. It might be the Scavenger hunt for the kids, eating that great burger from one of the food trucks in our shade garden at the picnic tables or finding that your neighbor down the road sells sourdough bread at the Market!
It has been an educational couple of months for us and now we are thinking Fall and preparing for that next season.
For all you gardening enthusiasts here is an affiliate link that can help you get the best seeds for that fall garden. If you like starters they will be ready in August sometime.
We are here for all your gardening needs and questions. See you soon!
Lately I have been reflecting on the way I grew up. My parents were immigrants from Germany. My mother an avid gardener gave me the love of plants. My father instilled in me the gift of music, accordion is my thing! I knew only the German language at home and learned English in kindergarten. We walked to school which was around 2 miles each way. We lived in the middle of a large city. In the winter we would stop into stores on the way to school to warm up and then carry on our way. The house I grew up in was probably built in the 1940’s. The big huge furnace with all its arms in the basement was intriguing to us. Our lot was used to the fullest, the front flower beds and the backyard a garden. My dad even built a greenhouse where mom got geraniums ready for my uncle who was a landscaper. It was a nice place to do your homework in the winter. My friends on our block were from many different countries. We were often called the mini United Nations. I call this kind of upbringing simple. It has served me well over all the years, so much that I have kept the organic aspect of a simple life up to this day.
Blumenflor is my “palette” where much of how I was raised shows. The name Blumenflor speaks of being German. The style of our building is European utilizing the passive cooling vents up on top. Organic gardens and an orchard surround the greenhouses. I still go into the Greenhouse on cold winter days to warm up! Especially this February!
Many ask of my past and this is the short version. There is much to add maybe on a later blog.
What I love about living in our rural community is the different cultures that mingle together and how I have learned from that also. Hearing stories of the history and families of this area is inspiring!
To live out here and to garden in west Texas is tough! We got you covered.
Here is a sneak peek at what is going on behind our closed doors...
We are again getting ready for spring where you will be able to get your tomato plants, pepper plants, flower flats, windbreak trees, fruit trees and much more. We have an organic line of fertilizers in and for those who use the conventional way of gardening also. Seeds have come in, even the hard to find summer savory and okra.
Vegetable plants have been seeded and are coming up in our warm growth chamber.
Flowering plants have been ordered and we are ready to transplant and grow them on for our customers. The prep work is being done and we are excited for this new growing season. It is our seventh season and we feel blessed! Many a dear friend has prayed blessings over Blumenflor and we can feel it.
We want to be here as your local Garden Center to help you also grow that vegetable garden, flowerbed or start an orchard. Our team is diligently getting everything ready.
Hope to see y'all soon.
. I feel like Laura Ingalls in “Little House On The Prairie”! This past summer and fall our kitchen was in canning mode.
Tomatoes were made into paste, salsa, juice and spaghetti sauce.
Peppers were canned as candied jalapeños, used in salsas, roasted bell peppers in olive oil, fermented serranos are in the back of the fridge and my favorite sweet snack peppers cut up and frozen and also made into an awesome mustard.
Eggplants were used in a wonderful spread recipe “Zucasca” suggested by a friend.
Cherries from Cloudcroft were put up in a syrup and are sitting in the back of the pantry waiting for a special Sunday dinner of “Milch Mousse” a German cold soup.
Dill pickles from the freshest cucumbers picked in the morning from our gardens.
Onions dried and put into storage along with the spaghetti squash and yes the pumpkins!
Pumpkins do not can well so they are either made to purée and frozen or used fresh in soups.
below is a recipe for Whole Pumpkin Soup
Many of our seeds come from this Merchant below which we are an affiliate of.
We receive a percentage of the sale if you use our webpage to get to this merchant.
Thanks for supporting us.
January 4, 2020
In looking forward it is sometimes good to reflect on the past. This past year at Blumenflor has been a year of blessings!
This little garden center has grown.
The metal building was finally enclosed from the front after 3 years of waiting. We now can have our Farmers Markets inside when the wind is howling outside.
A routine is falling into place...
January and February we are closed for general maintenance,
March - October Farmers Market the 3rd Saturday of the month,
CSA pickups Saturday mornings May-October,
tree orders come in Spring and Fall ,
rose bushes for May and in between we seed,grow, propagate, transplant, weed, garden and of course serve our customers with a very knowledgeable staff.
Our blessings this past year:
finishing the Metal building.
Providing vegetables to our CSA members for 25 weeks, we missed one Saturday because our Manager was getting married.
We now have a 4 lane highway in front of our business! No more watching our customers wrangle the traffic to try to turn into our driveway praying for their safety!
Spring Sales up especially the Mother’s Day roses which are special ordered from Tyler Texas each year.
We are extra blessed with employees who have a high standard work ethic!
Re doing the plastic on our greenhouse was a challenge but it turned out better than expected.
Building the vendor stalls in the Metal building using pallets. Reuse, redo, recycle, use what we have is our motto.
Laying all the drip irrigation in the gardens and rolling them back up and organizing them for the winter.
Seeding, seeding, seeding. Transplanting, transplanting and transplanting!
Love our team members, they are the best!
So very thankful for God’s protective hand in all our work.
We look forward to a year filled with joy and pride in our work.
Hopefully more blogs will be made and time found to inform our customers of the happenings here at Blumenflor.
Go onto our website at www.blumenflor.com or look us up on Facebook and instagram under Blumenflor.
Or just come by and talk gardening!
Once a beautiful warm day blesses us in February, all the gardeners get out their pruning shears, rakes , hoes and what else they can find and head out to the yard or their gardens. After that warm day the wind picks up and we are again reminded we are in west Texas where the wind is relentless! We here at Blumenflor seek refuge in the greenhouse and start seeding at the beginning of February. We are trying to plant by the moon phases this year. The Farmers Almanac gave us all the necessary information. Just google The Old Farmer’s Almanac and under Moon Phase search for Seminole, Tx. The Greenhouse is a must if you want to start any vegetables like tomatos or peppers. We even trialed lettuce and cabbage this winter in the greenhouse. This year we have the CSA/ Farm Share and have our garden beds ready for planting. First the onion sets were planted in January. Next our seeding of veggies in the greenhouse and later on this month the direct seeding of the root veggies into the gardens. We want to get the potatoes in this month too. With the help of companion planting, crop rotation... beans-roots-greens-fruits... beneficial insects, compost, manure , good seed , good water... all this which only makes up 5% of how a crop grows, we will leave the rest of the 95% in the Creator’s hands. God will bless and we are excited for this journey ahead of us.
We are using a wonderful seed company out of Colorado and hope to have their seed available at Blumenflor for the spring season. We are affiliates with them and appreciate your support.
Looking back at this last year 2018 has brought back many thoughts. We have gone through all the seasons of seeding , planting, growing and harvesting.
Here at Blumenflor we always are a step ahead of the next season. Our seeds are ordered, plugs purchased , more ordering of hardware in the next few weeks and keeping our current inventory alive keeps us busy with anticipation for 2019. Our newest adventure is the CSA/Farm Share. We set a goal and are very close to achieving it. We all are “planted” in different places even situations. Let us take into the new year a decisive decision to make a difference for the better wherever we have been “planted”! We here at the Garden Center wish y’all a fantastic New Year. See you at the next Farmers Market or at the weekly Saturday CSA pickup! Bloom...!