Can’t Stop Eating These Cherry Tomatoes!

Newsletter 21 – Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hours

Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-7
Sat & Sun 9-5

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

 

Small Tomato, Big Flavor!


By Lauren



Fresh, Flavorful Cherry Tomatoes!

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Nothing says summer more than the pop of a fresh, sweet cherry tomato in your mouth. They’re great as a healthy, stand-alone treat or the perfect addition to a summer salad.

Right now we have oodles of some of the tastiest cherry tomatoes around! Sun-ripened and delicious, they are ready-to-eat in a quaint little cup. Many of our customers rave about how good our cherry tomatoes are and just can’t get enough, some stopping weekly to satiate their craving. Fair warning though, trying “just one” is a bit dangerous, as you may not be able to stop there. So if you pick some up, you may want to get an extra cup for the ride home, just in case.

Cherry tomatoes are available at Cottage Grove location only.

June is Perennial Month at America’s Best Flowers!

Perennial of the Week – Penstemon Mexicali

Penstemon x mexicali 'Pikes Peak Purple'

Penstemon x mexicali ‘Pikes Peak Purple’

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Penstemon Mexicali is a perfect perennial for both new and experienced gardeners! This lovely bushy, mounded plant is perfect for rock gardens, raised beds, containers, perennial borders and naturalistic gardens.  They are great for attracting pollinators such as butterflies, moths and bees.

Give Penstemon Mexicali at least 6 hours of sun a day and you will be rewarded with nice full plants with strong flowers.  Their blooming starts in early summer and will intermittently bloom through August and deadheading will encourage more blooms.  They grow 12-18” tall with a width of 12-14”.

Penstemon x mexicali 'Red Rocks'

Penstemon x mexicali ‘Red Rocks’

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Penstemon Mexicali ‘Pikes Peak Purple’ grows in a clump with violet-purple flowers with white throats.

Penstemon Mexicali ‘Red Rocks’ grows in a clump with rosy red flowers with white throats.

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

Funny Bumper Sticker:
"Honk if you love peace and quiet!"

Sunflowers

Sunflowers are big, bold and beautiful annuals!  They have big, daisy-like flower petals with a center filled with luscious nutritious seeds that you can harvest for your food pantry and also to share with the birds and squirrels.

Add a few sunflowers to your cut flower arrangement or create a stunning arrangement with sunflowers alone. We have a variety of these dwarf easy-to-grow, sun loving plants in 5” containers.

We also have 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 did the bee say to the flower?
Hello, honey!

Featured Product Corner: Thuricide

Thuricide Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) is a liquid formulation of bacteria. This product controls caterpillars, loopers, cabbageworms, hornworms, leaf folders and leaf rollers. Use on broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, melons, tomatoes and other produce in your garden.

And don’t worry, this product will not harm beneficial insects!

Why do worms act so frightened?
They have no backbone.

Do I smell wet dog?

Dog Wash

Yep, the smell of wet dog is in the air!  On Saturday, July 23, from 11-3 PM America’s Best Flowers will be hosting their 6th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS).

Volunteers from the DCHS will bathe dogs between 11:00 and 3:00. We are suggesting a $10 or larger donation which will go directly to the DCHS.

Talbot's Photography

Partnering with us again this year is Poochie Portraits by Talbot Photography.  For a $30 donation, your dog will have a professional photo session in a cool, calm and private area in our greenhouse.  And Terry Talbot sure knows how to make a dog smile!  You’ll receive an adorable 5×7 picture of your best friend that you’ll treasure for years.

Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, July 23.  It’s clean dog day at America’s Best Flowers!

Is your tail wagging now?  Stay tuned…there’s more information coming.

If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket
and then giving Fido only two of them.

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, we 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, 2016. 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 us with any questions you may have.  We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.

I planted some bird seed. A bird came up.
Now I don’t know what to feed it.

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.

Harry and Barbara’s marriage has been on the rocks for a while, so when they hear about a marriage seminar being given in their neighborhood they decide to attend.

“One of the most important things in marriage”, said the speaker, “is to really get to know your spouse well. For example,” continued the speaker, “How many of you know what your wife’s favorite type of flower is?”

Harry leaned over to Barbara and whispered,

“Its gold medal all-purpose flour isn’t it?”

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 photo session. 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

A few weeks ago, our friendly customer service gal, Shirley, told me about this zucchini bread recipe. It’s unique because it mainly has a lemon flavor and you wouldn’t even know that there’s zucchini in it. She made it this week so we got to experience this delightful treat first-hand and sure enough, it’s very tasty and definitely a keeper. It’s a good one to add to your zucchini-recipe-arsenal for when the season hits and zucchinis are more than plentiful.

Shirley’s Lemon Zucchini Bread

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C oil
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 C zucchini, peeled and grated
  • 2-3 T lemon peel
  • 3 C flour
  • ¼ t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
Glaze
  • 6 T lemon juice
  • 3 T sugar
Directions
  1. Beat eggs. Add oil, 2 C sugar, zucchini, and lemon peel. Mix well.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well.
  3. Bake at 325° for 1 hour in well oiled pans. Will make two large loafs or 4 small ones.
  4. Mix lemon juice and 3 T sugar in a small saucepan. Heat to a boil and then spoon over bread right out of the oven. Let cool.

This bread freezes well!