Happy Independence Day!

Newsletter 20 – Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hours

Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-7*
Sat 9-6
Sun 9-5
Monday, July 4th, 9-6

* New hours starting next week
 

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4
Monday, July 4th, CLOSED

June is Perennial Month at America’s Best Flowers!

Perennial of the Week – Magic Fountains Delphinium

Magic Fountains Dark Blue Delphinium
Magic Fountains Dark Blue Delphinium
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Magic Fountains White Delphinium
Magic Fountains White Delphinium
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The Delphinium is a wonderful perennial that will add spikes of colorful flowers to your garden! Delphiniums are a favorite of many gardeners. They are great for attracting pollinators such as butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.

Plant Delphiniums near the back of your garden for a fabulous backdrop for your shorter plants.  Enjoy them longer by simply cutting them back to encourage re-blooming.

The Magic Fountains Dark Blue Delphinium grows in a clump with dense spikes of dark blue flowers with a white center.

The Magic Fountains White Delphinium grows in a clump with spikes of pure white flowers with a black center.

What a spectacular addition for your cut flower display.

Stop on out and pick up one or more Delphiniums and receive 20% off, now through next Wednesday!

The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.

Eddie Rickenbacker

Summer Colors

Our colorful and sassy Zinnias, in both 5” and 8” pots, are ready for you to take home and enjoy!  Choose from a variety of brilliant colors.

The heat and drought tolerant lovely Portulacas are also in need of a good home!  Bright and lively colors in both 5” pots and hanging baskets are available.

America’s Best Flowers has a wonderful assortment of Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets.  It’s an easy and quick way to brighten up your yard, patio or deck!

What’s the difference between a duck and George Washington?
One has a bill on his face, and the other has his face on a bill

Featured Products Corner
Petite Size Hummingbird Feeders & Hummingbird Nectar

Add this petite size hummingbird feeder, made by Perky-Pet®, to your hanging baskets or your container gardens and let the airborne parade begin!

(We also have a great selection of larger size hummingbird feeders available.)

Did you know hummingbirds hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–90 times per second? They can also fly backwards!  These are just a couple of the amazing acrobatics these tiny birds use to captivate our attention.

Hummingbirds feed on nectar, a sweet liquid inside certain flowers. Like bees, they are able to assess the amount of sugar in the nectar they eat.  Fussy little birds, they reject flower types that produce nectar that is less than 10% sugar.  They love bright reds, oranges and pinks.

In addition to nectar-rich plants, hummingbirds seek out habitats that will provide water, nesting sites and perches. Perches can be as simple as small branches on your trees and shrubs. Small clay saucers of water set around your flower garden can provide the necessary water.

The Friends of Flight, Hummingbird Nectar, Red Powder Concentrate nectar is made from 100% sucrose.  It comes in a convenient pouch that is easy for scooping and measuring. Use the handy mixing guide found on the bag to mix the exact amount of nectar needed for your feeders. There’s no boiling required with this powder concentrate which makes it super quick and easy to prepare. If you make extra nectar, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves,
but to the world, than any single possession.

Henry Cabot Lodge

Art in the Garden – Vendor Information


By Marty Robbins

This year’s Art In The Garden will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Setup and CHECK-IN begins at 7:00 a.m. You must be ready to sell by 9 a.m.

To participate this year, we will require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 for a single booth and $35.00 for a double booth. After you arrive and have your booth space set up, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card (regardless of the booth size.)

To register, please either send us a check or stop by our garden center in Cottage Grove. A registration form will be at our Customer Service desk.  If mailing your check for a space, please include a brief note stating that it is for the Art in the Garden event.  Please include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. Please send your check to:

America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

This is an art and craft fair!  We ask that the items you are selling be handmade or at least semi-hand made.

Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, draping, displays, products and booth security. Art in the Garden will take place inside our main greenhouses. In the event of rain, some of our plastic roofs may leak. YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE PLASTIC DRAPING to cover your items/booth if rain is forecast. This is a rain or shine event.

Please dress accordingly. On sunny days the greenhouses can become quite warm by mid-day. Shoes and shirts MUST be worn at all times.

We have two booth sizes. The single booth is 6 ft. long. The double booth is 12 ft. long. ALL BOOTHS ARE APPROXIMATELY 6 ft. DEEP. A very limited number of 6 ft. long steel mesh top tables are available if you need a display table. Tables are on a first come first serve basis and you are responsible for covering the steel mesh top. Your display and products MUST fit within your designated area. After unloading your vehicle, it must be moved to the designated parking area for vendors.

Please call 222-2269 or e-mail either me at abfrobbins@yahoo.com, or Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com with your booth size choice NO LATER than August 18th, 2015. Your registration fee will be required to reserve your booth no later than August 25th. If we have not received your fee by then your booth space will not be held.

Upon request we will provide vendors with flyers for advertising.  Please stop at our greenhouse and pick up a supply to post in appropriate places. Please be sure you receive permission before posting them.

Items deemed inappropriate by our management to sell in a family atmosphere will be and can be excluded at any time. There is NO SMOKING or firearms allowed on our property.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.

How come there’s no Knock Knock joke about America?
Because freedom rings.

Seeking Cashier for our Edgerton Location

Do you, or someone you know, enjoy helping people and making their day brighter? Then consider joining our Edgerton team as a part-time cashier! You’ll be able to help people, contribute to light floral duties, and share the joy of plants.

This is an almost year-round position that requires evening and weekend availability. If interested, please call 608-884-8120 and ask to speak to Spike.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jul 23

6th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring your wonderfully dirty dogs to our garden spa for a bath and nail trim. All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society!

Wed, Jul 27

Essential Oils Intro Class

6-7pm Pre-registration required
Learn to support your healthy body systems naturally using oils of the garden!

Sat, Aug 6

Customer Appreciation Day!
Sat, Sep 10

Art in the Garden Craft Fair

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Talented artists display and sell their unique items.

Sat, Sep 17

Flea Market

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 17

Rose Winterization Class

9:30am – 10:30am

Our Kitchen


By Lauren

This week’s recipe is about as simple as it gets and most people have the ingredients on hand! All you need is a banana and eggs to make tasty little “pancakes.” My sister shared the recipe with me after she tried it because she really enjoyed it. These aren’t as fluffy as regular pancakes, the consistency resembles more of a thick crepe, but they are satisfying and a nice alternative for breakfast, and they’re gluten-free!

Be sure to make the pancakes small, as they don’t hold together well if the pancakes are large. Dress with syrup, jam, or whatever else sounds good!

2-Ingredient Mini Pancakes

2-Ingredient Mini Pancakes
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • Oil or butter
Directions

1. Mash up bananas in a large bowl

2. Whisk eggs and add to banana paste

3. Fry in a pan with a little heated oil or butter