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Newsletter 25 – Thursday, August 4, 2016


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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 3

Lady lays on the grass with a ball between her front legs

Lady patiently waits for her human to work up enough energy to throw the ball again

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I don’t mean to brag, but I’m a real fast runner.  We play ball a lot in the backyard and my mom and dad are always telling me how fast I am. (And moms and dads never lie!)

Not only am I fast, but I can catch anything and everything from a fly ball to snagging a grounder.  You name it and I, Lady, fleet of foot and high in confidence can shag balls with the best of ‘em!

I like to catch tennis balls ‘cause they don’t hurt my mouth. My favorite is catching a HIGH bouncer ‘cause I jump really, really high, momentarily leaving planet earth (ok, so it’s only for a split second, but still…!)

My dad laughs and says to me, ‘Lady you’d make a great second baseman.  In fact, we should call you Scooter.’

‘Not sure what he means by that, but, hey, if that means I could play more ball, well, then sign me up!  But, Scooter, ahh, I don’t think so!  Lady suits me just fine…thank you very much!’

What if dogs fetch the ball only because they think you really like throwing it?

ONE DAY ONLY! Saturday, August 6th

In honor of America’s Best Flowers’ Customer Appreciation Day, all perennials, trees, and shrubs are 30% off this Saturday only.  This special is available at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations. 

The 30% off applies to remaining in-stock items only (no special orders or other discounts apply).

Door Prize Drawing

Stop on out and register today through Saturday, August 6th, by 3:00 p.m. for a free chance to win this lovely table, donated by Rod Design Inc.  Need not be present to win.

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

Steve Martin

Featured Sales

All Annual Flowering
Hanging Baskets – 50% Off

What a fantastic opportunity for you to economically freshen up your front porch and yard, your back porch and yard or your deck and patio with 10” or 12” colorful flowering hanging baskets.  In fact, what a great time to refresh everything! 

This does not include houseplants, succulents, foliage or any 8” hanging baskets.

All Jam & Jelly Plants – 50% Off

All of our Berry and Grape Plants are now 50% off!  There’s nothing like having your own fresh, homegrown berries and grapes. They simply taste better and are more nutritious! These plants will produce berries for years to come, making this a fantastic deal!

We have limited quantities of the following:

  • Blackberry – Triple Crown
  • Blueberry – Bluecrop & Patriot
  • Goji Berry
  • Grape – Fredonia (Black), Seedless Concord (Blue), and Reliance (Red)
  • Raspberry – Fall Gold & Autumn Bliss

All Water Plants – 50% Off

This week all of our beautiful and lush water plants are a WHOPPING 50% off!   We have Rain Lily, Canna Lily (orange, yellow or pink), Variegated Sweet Flag, Water Orchid, or Blue Spiral Rush available.  Our water plants are located in front of greenhouse #7.

"I stand corrected,"
said the man in the orthopedic shoes.

New Products Corner:
Bald Eagle Foods
Buffalo Blue Cheese Wing Sauce
Vidalia Onion & Peppercorn Dressing

We have two new products from Bald Eagle Foods that are sure to have you licking your fingers! These are perfect additions for summer picnics or in preparation for tailgating season.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Wing Sauce is a high quality sauce that gives a rich, spicy kick to chicken breast, wings, pizza or even hamburgers. Blue cheese really makes everything taste better!

The Vidalia Onion & Peppercorn Dressing gives a southern taste to your salad. The sweetness of the onions combined with a kick of peppercorn provides a lovely contrast and complex flavor.

These are, of course, in addition to the wonderful standbys including salsas, mustards, sauces, and dressings.

What do you call an alligator in a vest?
An Investigator

Featured Plants

Annual Grass Containers

Annual pennisetum grasses are a great way to bring life and color to a space this time of year. We have large, 10” and 12" containers providing a tall, dramatic display that will last well into the cool season of fall.

The Purple Fountain Grass majestically sways in the wind and the Fireworks Grass is just bursting with color!

Ornamental Peppers

Pep up your late season containers with some spicy colored Ornamental Peppers. It’s a fiesta in a pot, as these little peppers look like they’re dancing, and I bet they’ll make you want to dance too! These peppers aren’t for eating, but just look great in a mixed container or all by themselves.

We have Red Missile, Sangria, Chilly Chili, & Black Pearl.

Air Plants

We just got in the perfect gift for your friends or family! Air plants mounted on driftwood and whimsical lighthouses.

These are novel, neat, and super easy to care for! All they need is bright, filtered light, a thorough spritz of water twice a week and a dose of very diluted fertilizer once a month.

These mounted air plants are easy and cool enough to turn anyone into a plant person!

Iris Divide & Swap Event

Saturday, August 13th 11-12 noon

Save this date, along with your iris plants!  Bring in your iris clumps and learn how to check for iris borer and how to correctly divide your iris.   After the dividing is done exchange your iris divisions with other attendees!  

Why did Star Wars episodes 4, 5, and 6 come before 1, 2, and 3?
Because in charge of scheduling, Yoda was.

Art in the Garden – Vendor Information

Calling all artists!! Our annual Art in the Garden event (Sat, Sept. 10, 2016, 9-3) is a great way to display your handmade or semi-handmade items and get some exposure! Display and sell your crafts, and you’ll have the opportunity to chat with folks about your fine or funky works of art. We welcome a variety of mediums and styles to make this event really special!

Won’t you join us! If you’d like to know more about becoming a vendor, click here.

2016 Flea Market Schedule and Information

Sept 17 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 15 Saturday Flea Market (Indoors) 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Do you have clutter taking over your home? Taking over your life?! We have the perfect way for you to unload some of your “extra items” and make a profit too! Bring any collectibles, decorations, furniture, tools, knick-knacks, paddy whacks, whatever! Bring anything other than the few items on our short list, which can be found in our Flea Market Vendor Information.

On Maternity Room door: "Push, Push, Push."
Maternity Clothes Shop: We are open on Labor Day.
On a Scientist’s door: "Gone Fission"
A sign outside a church: ch__ch What’s missing? ur
On a plumber’s truck: "We repair what your husband fixed."
Pizza shop slogan: "7 days without pizza makes one weak."

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 6

Customer Appreciation Day!
Sat, Aug 13

Iris Divide & Swap

11am-12pm Swap your iris divisions with fellow gardeners! Bring in your iris clumps, and everyone will divide, check for iris borer, and exchange some of their divisions for divisions brought in by other attendees.

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

Sat, Sep 17 – Sun, Oct 16

Scarecrow Days

Bring family and friends out to build one-of-a-kind scarecrow(s). Sept 17th-Oct 16th, M-F 10-4:30/ Sat-Sun 10-4

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

This summer, I tried summer squash for the first time, and boy, was I missing out! It’s now one of my favorites, and as a vegetable lover, it’s kind of amazing that it took me so long to try it.

It happened when my sister stopped by one Saturday morning and brought a bounty of vegetables she just picked up from the farmers market. It was a wide variety, including some of my favorites; beets, sugar snap peas, and broccoli. When I got to the summer squash, I asked, “What do I do with that?” She told me a simple sauté would do, and she was right. With the addition of some fresh parsley and lemon, this was absolutely delicious and so simple!

I just did a light sauté so they weren’t completely soft, but you can cook longer if you want them softer. All amounts are approximate.

Sautéed Summer Squash with Parsley and Lemon

  • 2-3 medium summer squash, sliced (remove seeds of large portions)
  • 1 T butter
  • salt
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1-2 T fresh lemon juice

1. Melt butter in medium skillet on medium-low heat.

2. Add summer squash and salt. Sauté for about 6 minutes.

3. Plate squash, top with parsley and some squeezes of lemon juice, and add more salt if needed. Serve.