Thanksgiving is this Thursday here in the USA.
Looking back at the last year all I can say is how very thankful we are here at Blumenflor.
The support of our customers has carried us through a difficult time especially the
prayers were and still are appreciated.
Wishing you all a blessed family time together and if you find yourself alone try to be a
blessing right where God has planted you. If you are in the Seminole area
we are having Turkey Dinner at 5:00 on Thanksgiving... there is always room for more!
Be a blessing!
Going to Farmers Markets in the summer on Saturday mornings with my parents was awesome. The sights, smells and sounds can't be described only experienced.
We were on the look out for cucumbers and cabbage ... lots of them!
It was time for canning pickles. Fermenting cabbage for sauerkraut.
As a child I dreamed of being that vendor behind the vegetable laden table selling or just talking about the home grown products.
Many years and visits to markets have passed and the urge to be a vendor never left me.
Lately we have been encouraged to start up a Farmers Market here at Blumenflor.
After only two markets we are pleasantly surprised at how the community is responding in a positive way!
The trend of buying local is catching on even in the small rural towns of Texas.
There are actually children vendors , along side with the grown ups, selling their homemade items. Parents coaching them on to become entrepreneurs.
So if you are in the Seminole, Tx. area on the third Saturday of the month...
stop in and experience a local homegrown Market.
Meet you at the Market!
Years ago when we had visited Bolivia I had the opportunity to see Bamboo growing as a wild thicket.
They are used in irrigation of the fields as a natural pipe from water source to the rows of plants.
Bamboo has nodes that have to be removed from the inside so that water can run through.
Lately I have compared my life with a Bamboo pole. The nodes (tough times) are meant to be there so you have to push through to the next one, and the next. Eventually by not giving up , you as a person can be used as a "bridge" to bring the needed resources to others. It is humbling at times to watch others grow and reach a higher potential but knowing you had a small part in the process.
I am constantly reminded (by my boss) that Blumenflor is there for the community to help us grow together and get through tough times.
So be a bridge wherever you can, the rewards are priceless!
September has been challenging weather wise. Extreme heat and now rain and cold for a week. Anyone living in these parts knows to expect the erratic climate of West Texas.
We love working in the greenhouse at times like this, catching up on all the transplanting.
It is a mini tropical paradise within 800 square feet. The Bougainvillea are in full bloom next to the pansies. Any gardener knows that this combination is rare but it is due to our extreme fluctuations in the weather.
At Blumenflor we are also known for experiences, this is definitely that.
Anyone in the area needing a get away from the rain... come join us in the greenhouse!
Bring your "latte" and a lounge chair... !
Blumenflor is a best kept secret in our West Texas area. If you just drive by you might see the home made sign, an unfinished metal building and a small greenhouse.
Most people have heard of the Garden Center by word of mouth.
When you do venture up the driveway , following the wildflowers, you will find an experience!
From the sign to the metal building , into the greenhouses and the vegetable garden even further on to the chicken coop and the cattle grazing...
We have stories to tell, gardening tips, veggies to taste and hands on stuff like planting up that terrarium for a home school project or making mud pots. Hearing our Rooster crow, watching the quail family go by looking for the turtles and lizards and watching all the butterflies is special for the children.
All are welcome here. We especially love kids!
Our regular friends come for the therapy of just getting out and smelling the flowers.
Many have prayed a blessing over this lil' Garden Center.
Looking at Blumenflor from a different angle you will find the miracles that we have been blessed with and your visit becomes an experience.
picture credit to Stacey,
thanks for reminding us how special Blumenflor is!
So anxious to start seeding vegetables! By the end of the month we will get started in the greenhouse.
In the mean time check out this seed company. They have a wonderful assortment of seeds, organic and non GMO.
The seed sprouter is good all year round indoors plus the health benefits.
Micro greens is something we have been experimenting with.
I have been invited as a special guest to a garden party at a dear friend/fellow gardeners Garden at the end of January. We will be talking gardening!
May you find your spring in all the seed catalogs that have arrived in the mail.
We have come to a pause at the end of this year and reflect back on a year of much change.
Blumenflor is growing and with that come growing pains. Hopefully our new Metal building will be ready for the
spring. Lots of planning and dreaming going on to make Blumenflor a "destination" where our customers
can come to talk gardening, just relax and look at the flower beds or find that special plant for their landsape.
Thanks to all who have supported and encouraged us . Especially thankful for all the prayers this past month and for miracles .
A small gift for all of you who enjoy coloring... to pass the time till we get out into our gardens again.
Tulips in West Texas.
The Garden Club of Seminole is hosting a Tulip Workshop on the
22nd of October at 10:00 AM. at Blumenflor Garden Center - 695 B State Hwy 214 Seminole TX
The theme this year for our local Garden Club is "Everyone can garden."
With this in mind we want to help educate you on the process of getting bulbs to bloom in our Seminole area , when to plant them and how to care for those bulbs to get multiple years of blooms.
It also being a fundraiser you will be able to purchase tulips at the workshop. We are offering you a chance to purchase Darwin Hybrid Tulip bulbs of highest quality, mixed colors.
Call for more information and to reserve your place. 432-209-5651
Summer is here with three digit temperatures! Spring always flies by at a Garden Center.
We are now finally catching our breaths and enjoying our lazy summer days.
Watering is a major thing on our agenda and when it rains we are truly blessed.
Hope y'all are into rainwater harvesting somehow. It is worth every drop that you can save.
Tried something in our trial garden on one end... planted three different types of tomatoes using a
compost manure . Planted Borage, Sage, Basil, Onions and Marigolds around the Tomatoes to deter
the bugs. Topped it off with a cypress mulch and sat back to see what would happen.
Wonderful healthy growing plants. We did pull off two big lime green striped caterpillars (tomato horn worms),
they got squished!
Our free range chickens take care of most of the bugs, so far they have left the ripening fruit alone.
We have no problems with the rabbits
Spring has arrived!
We have a few special "flowerscape " projects around town. One of them is the courtyard at our local nursing home. The greatest reward is to take the residents out to their garden and see how they take in nature. Most are in wheelchairs. We feel that we have made a difference in that they can get out into the fresh air and enjoy!
Spring is here and we are looking forward to making our elderly smile and spark a memory for them.