The berries are at their prime and Gary is open most days from 9AM till the ripe berries are picked so it is best to come early.
You will have your choice of many beautiful berries but you want to pick the ones that are deep red on both sides and which have a glossy skin. Once picked, strawberries do not get sweeter. so it is important to pick only fully ripe berries.
one has to be careful not to pick too many.
By Karen Oestreich
Have you noticed how gorgeous the Crape Myrtles are this year? During Fredericksburg’s 150th Anniversary celebration in May of 1996 the committee decided to do a beautification project. My mother, the late Erna Dietel Heinen, and Peggy Metzger’s mother, the late Audrey Schuch were the chairmen.
They decided they wanted to make Fredericksburg the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas. They had a very successful sale of Crape Myrtles, and our community has benefited from their foresight.
If you drive down most any street in Fredericksburg you will see stunning “Meusebach Red”, Pink and Lavender blooms. The towering trees with their magnificent colors adorn so many yards and line streets and businesses. You will also see picturesque shrubs blooming.
If you want to plant some Crape Myrtles this is a suggestion for beautiful blooming flowers. For strong growth and abundant flowering, plant crape myrtle in full sun. Heavy shade will reduce growth and flowering and will increase disease problems such as sooty mold on the foliage and powdery mildew on the flower buds and young growth. Large shade trees will also compete with the crape myrtle for moisture, causing poor growth and flowering. Lack of sunlight and moisture are the common causes of poor growth and flowering.
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by Wesley Giesbers , Sales Associate
In the early fifties Farmer’s Grain was established to provide local grain farmers with an outlet for the crop. Three large silos were constructed between Washington Street and Ettie Street.
The access to the silos split the block and eventually the city paved the street to allow the large trucks a safer access.
The paved street was named Kraupahen. It stands for Krauskopf, Pape and Henke who were the city officials influential in the formation of the street.
By: Mimi Bartel, Broker Associate
Texas homebuyers who qualify for the federal first-time buyer tax credit have two new programs from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs that enable them to turn that credit into cash for a downpayment.
The 90-Day Down Payment Assistance Program enables buyers to receive 5% of the first-lien mortgage amount up to $7,000 for downpayment or closing costs as a 90-day no-interest loan.
The Mortgage Advantage Program works in conjunction with the 2009 Texas Mortgage Credit Program and the Texas First Time Homebuyer Program. Eligible buyers could receive 5% of the first lien mortgage amount up to $6,000 for downpayment or closing costs as a 120-day no-interest loan.
Both programs require buyers be eligible for the federal first-time buyer credit, complete homebuyer education, and file an amended 2008 federal tax return.
By Lauri Tomlinson, Sales Associate
(Nation’s Building News) – The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs has introduced two loan programs designed to help first-time homebuyers apply the new $8,000 tax credit toward down payments and closing costs. The 90-Day Down Payment Assistance Program and the Mortgage Advantage Program will allow consumers to receive a short-term loan before filing for and receiving the federal tax credit. Consumers can apply these loans toward down payments and closing costs. Both programs provide assistance of up to 5 percent on the first lien mortgage, but the 90-day program maxes out at $7,000 while the Mortgage Advantage Program’s limit is $6,000. Repayment times also vary for the two programs, at 90 days and 120 days, respectively.
Source: The Real Estate Center is part of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in College Station – the heart of the Research Valley.
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Being a native of Houston has given me the ability to truly appreciate the Hill Country of Texas. The character in land and the verity of the soils add such dimension to the topography here in Gillespie County that I am truly amazed on a daily basis by its beauty and serenity. It’s no exaggeration when I say the sun always shines in Fredericksburg. I am in complete amazement when I see how such little rain does so much for the country side. When the bluebonnets come, the people come and our small and sleepy town comes truly alive.
Starting my fifteenth year in Fredericksburg and with CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors allows me to see the changes not only in the real estate arena but our town. The hospital, housing, and restaurants have doubled. There now is a four screen theater to watch a movie. New wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms where you can visit and enjoy are part of our lives now. Wildseed Farms also attracts many people with its magnificent flowers. This is only to name a few of the changes, and for the most part, all to the good of Gillespie County.
My formal education in Art and Design, together with my real estate knowledge has blessed me with the privilege to design and restore three Historic properties here in Fredericksburg, one of which is my home. There is no doubt that I have a deep passion for real estate and homes, and home is truly where the heart is. I am the path home.
We have seen the enemy, and it’s us. If we sit back and wait for someone else to pull us out of this economic mess, I promise you, it will last a long time. Do you remember the days when we would catch the evening news at 6:00 PM and get all the news we needed, both local and national in about 20 minutes? If we missed anything, we could catch it again at 10:00 PM before we went to bed. Now we have an endless number of 24 hour news channels that are hashing the same stories over and over and building fear because that’s what we like to hear. Stop it!!! Tell everyone you know to STOP IT!!!! The recovery starts with us, with our attitude, our faith in each other, in our families, and in our friends. This country has been through tougher times than these…. Let’s get over it.
By Robert Menking