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Newsletter 37 – Thursday, October 29, 2015


Bulbs for Days… and Years!

Our bulbs are just itching to get in the ground! This is the BEST time to plant bulbs, but this window of opportunity won’t last forever. They can be planted until the ground freezes solid, so take advantage now of the only time to make a beautiful spring display that you can enjoy for years to come!

Which ghost is the best dancer?
The Boogie Man!

50% Off Pumpkins and Gourds

Hurry! Pretty soon trick-or-treaters are going to be at your doorstep, and you don’t want to disappoint the kiddos. Be sure you have plenty of pumpkins and gourds to set the scene for spooky fun!

All pumpkins and gourds are now 50% off, which means you can fill your porch with decorations. It also makes pumpkin carving one of the cheapest activities for a great Friday night. Warm up some apple cider, turn up some spooky music, and have fun!

Thank goodness for Halloween; all of a sudden, cobwebs in my house are decorations!

Miniature Garden Workshop

Every Saturday and Sunday through November 17th between 10 and 3, you can get free assistance from our mini garden expert, Margaret, to create a totally unique miniature garden. We have everything you need to create it, but you’re welcome to bring your own empty pot. Bring your friends to share the fun!

We have lots of teeny tiny Halloween decorations to make this a really fun Halloween activity!

What kind of mistakes do ghosts make?
Boo boos

Fresh Flower Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Tuscan Autumn Bouquet
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Maple Leaf Bouquet
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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table? We are now offering finished, fresh flower centerpieces to make your table really shine!

This is a great way to take your presentation up a notch. If you’re going to be a guest, it can also make a wonderful gift for the host! It’s an easy way to show your appreciation for all of the cook’s hard work.

We have two lovely designs to choose from, either the Maple Leaf Bouquet or Tuscan Autumn bouquet. These fresh flower arrangements are designed by our very talented florist staff at our Edgerton store, but can be ordered by calling our Cottage Grove location at 608-222-2269, now through November 23rd.

You can pick up your centerpiece from our Cottage Grove location, or for an additional fee, it can be delivered in Cottage Grove or the eastside of Madison. Orders must be received 48 hours in advance.

Please note: Photos are examples. Actual flowers and containers may vary according to availability.

What’s a monsters favorite desert?

Festive Porch Pot Accessories

Some of our Porch Pot Supplies
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Porch Pot
An example Porch Pot
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Porch pot season is upon us and we’re ready for it! We have an entire wall full of sparkly, glitzy, and colorful porch pot accessories to dress up your porch for winter. When combined in an arrangement, these individual accents become a delightfully dazzling decoration for all to enjoy.

Capital City Parks Lawn Seed

Fall can be a good time to seed grass for the upcoming spring. We carry a high-quality lawn seed mix called Capital City Parks Lawn Seed, available in 2lb and 5lb bags. See our Ask Irene article in this newsletter for more information on how to seed grass in the fall.

Two monsters went to a Halloween party.
Suddenly one said to the other, “A lady just rolled her eyes at me. What should I do?”
The other monster replied, “Be a gentleman and roll them back to her.”

90% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs!

Wow! 90% off all perennials, trees, and shrubs! This is as low as it gets! We still have plants to choose from and though some of them have gone dormant, they will be beautiful by next summer. This is the perfect opportunity for the nurturing type to save big on perfectly healthy plants!

This offer is not valid on previous purchases or custom orders and there is no warranty on perennials, trees, and shrubs purchased through the remainder of the season.

For Halloween I’m going to write “Life” on a plain white T-shirt and hand out lemons to strangers

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program

Did you know that America’s Best Flowers has a fundraising program for non-profit organizations?  It is such an easy, straight forward and profitable fundraiser, that many non-profit organizations participate year after year.

Most fundraisers sell products that people don’t really want or need, and in order to realize a profit, the cost of the item is usually inflated. This one is different! Click here to see how!

Ask Irene: Seeding Grass in the Fall

Q: We just had a new concrete pathway laid today in front of our house. Is it too late for us to put down top soil and grass seed along the edges of the new pathway this weekend? If so, should we cover the grass seed with straw and leave it on over the winter.

A: You are a little past the window for optimal germination, but you can dormant-seed the area to have the seed overwinter and germinate as soon as the snow melts next spring. You don’t want the seed to germinate now because those tender blades may not have time to harden off before harsher weather hits. But some people swear by putting seed down late in the season, either to overseed patchy lawns or to start new lawns, because that seed will germinate earlier than anything you can get down in spring and grow nice and sturdy. This weekend would be the soonest that I would consider putting down seed, but early November would be even better. To make up for critter browsing, sow a little heavier than the recommended new-lawn application rate for your seed mix — likely about 3 to 5 pounds of seed per 1,000 sq. ft. Expect to reseed a bit in spring. Prep the site with some light raking, water after seeding to encourage good soil contact, & put down a light straw mulch if you like.

Here’s a little more info for you:

On the flipside, Illinois Extension thinks that dormant seeding can be difficult & should be left to the professionals, in which case you will need to wait till April to seed. You could mulch the area to keep down the mud, then rake it off as soon as you can in spring & seed then. But that kind of sounds like twice the work to me. I say why not give it a try — that’s what gardening is all about, right?

We want you to be successful in your gardening efforts. Please send any questions you have to Irene, at abfirene@gmail.com. She’ll give you solid advice from years of gardening experience.

Happy Halloween!!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Oct 17 – Sun, Nov 15
Miniature Garden Container Workshop

10am-3pm Every Weekend – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful miniature garden in our greenhouse. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sat, Nov 21 – Sun, Nov 22
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am-3pm Create a festive porch pot for the holiday season. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sat, Dec 5
Wreath Workshop

9am-3pm Design and create a holiday wreath that will cheerfully welcome all holiday guests. All accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sun, Dec 6
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am-3pm Add that finishing touch to your holiday table with a festive holiday centerpiece! All accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Why was the mummy so tense?
Because he was all wound up.

Our Kitchen

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that can be the best; just this morning I had two happen.  More often than I should, I head down Pflaum Rd to get my favorite breakfast, made by my favorite ‘cook,’ Josh, at the Subway.  I’m always glad when I’m early enough that the crossing guard is still on duty a few blocks east of La Follette High School, because I get a big wave from him.  That simple gesture always makes my day.  The path from Subway to the work takes me out Buckeye Road.  This year there’s another crossing guard whose arm is in the air waving a good morning to all who pass her corner.  Taken individually these greetings might seem insignificant.  But add them together and multiply times the number of cars that pass, and I think it’s huge.  I don’t know their names, but here’s a big shout out to both of them.  What a wonderful example for the kids to see everyday!

Keeping with the theme of simple things, I’m pulling out the most basic of Halloween recipes.  Who doesn’t love a hot dog and a crescent roll.  Put them together and Yum!   Serve with baked beans for a quick ‘spooky’ dinner for your hooligans after they get back from a night of trick or treating.

Mummy Dogs

Mummy Dogs
  • 1 pkg of hot dogs
  • 1 pkg of crescent rolls
  • yellow mustard

Unroll and separate crescent rolls into triangles.  Beginning with the narrowest point at one end of a hot dog, wrap around and around with a crescent roll, stretching as you go – like you would wrap an Ace bandage around your leg. Leave a gap for the face. Secure ends with toothpicks if necessary.  Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes, until nicely browned and heated through.  Use mustard to make eyes on face.  Serve with additional mustard or ketchup.

For more fun Halloween recipes visit http://www.brownielocks.com/halloweenrecipes.html