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2023 Floral reflections

Those of us here at Kistner's Flowers 2023 was a year of growth and reflection.  In 2023 we increased our cutting gardens for store use to be able to have amazing fresh market cut flowers to use in our store.    A lot of people don't realize that we have a large acreage on our property at 1901 Pillsbury drive (roughly 10 acres) for us to plant and play with.  This year we added more perennial blooms and increased our peony beds to an incredible 50 plus plants!!!  This in and of itself keeps us busy in early spring and summer mornings, but worth every minute to provide fresh and incredible local blooms for our clients. As we find our success's in floral farming we also learn from our failures.  Not every planting works as well as it should on paper and in these moments we make choices to pivot and realize we can't make everything a success. Sometimes we have to cut our losses and move on.  It's not a sign of failure, but an opportunity to learn and grow, no pun intended!    We have seen this business over the last 18 years to continue to grow and change.  It's vastly different from it's inception in 1946 to when we purchased it in 2006 to today in 2024.  We always want to hold onto the past, but must embrace the future.   This even carries over to staff and even ourselves.  We are deeply rooted in this community and our surroundings and we look forward to the growth that 2024 will bring.  Thank you for supporting our journey, our tiny flower farm and a business that has served Manhattan, Junction City, and Wamego for over 75 years!!