Succulents Make a Long-Lasting Gift

Newsletter 27 – Thursday, August 18, 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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 5

“No way am I going in that pool. No way, no how.”

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My mom and dad think they are so gosh darn clever!  Ya see, we have what they call a ‘baby pool’ in the backyard and they seem to think that I should be laying in it on real hot days to cool off.  Now, they know I’m not real fond of lots of water, so what do they do?

This is so funny! After playing ball for a while they ‘oops’ accidentally throw my ball into this ‘baby pool’.  I will resist for quite a while and then I will daintily step into this large water bowl and grab my ball.  Well, they go ballistic with excitement every time I retrieve my ball.  So, they continue to do this time after time.

Ya see where I’m going here?  If this is all it takes to play more ball then stand back or you’re gonna get wet!

So, I ask you, WHO’S the clever one here?

Ummm, let’s keep this just between us, ok?

~Lady

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Succulents

Did you know Succulents are the perfect plant for forgetful gardeners?  Succulent care is so easy.  They like the dry and warm conditions found in most homes and prefer direct light, but can also adapt to lower light.  Succulents prefer a fast-draining potting medium that’s not watered too often. Just allow the soil to dry out between watering, a few weeks of forgetfulness won’t hurt, and succulents will prosper.

Succulent plants are always in style. With their juicy leaves, stems, or roots, succulents form a vast and diverse group of plants.  The color variation of succulents seems almost endless: blue-green, chartreuse, pink, red, yellow, white, burgundy, almost black, variegated, and more. The leaves may be rounded, needlelike, berrylike, ruffled or smooth, fuzzy or spiky. Many have an enticing “touch-me” quality.

Select from our wide variety of succulents and create your own unique container whether planted individually, together, or maybe you would like to try a miniature garden.  Come and see us, we have everything you need to get started!

Think positively about yourself…ask God who made you to keep on remaking you.

Norman Vincent Peale

Sweet Grab-N-Go Succulent Gardens

Take a look at these sweet Grab-N-Go potted succulent gardens!  What a great gift idea!

Early Fall Mums

Perfect Accents for Fall

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Our earliest mums are beginning to bloom and there are more color options each week!  A burst of fresh color may be just what you need right now!  And our mums will continue to bloom for several weeks to come.

Foil pot covers are also available in bold fall colors for a lovely accent and finishing touch. Look for them at the service desk and you can choose the colors of both the mum and foil cover for a unique combination. We also have annual fountain grasses that go great with mums and asters!

The Joy of Fall Gardening

From now until September 15 is a great time to plant cool season vegetable crops.  Fall gardens are easy to grow, and it’s a delightful time to work in the garden – there are fewer bugs and it’s not too hot.  To get you started we have kale, broccoli, Swiss chard plants, and seeds for fall planting.

Because they mature in progressively cooler temperatures, fall crops have a wonderful flavor…much better than spring crops.

Cool fall weather actually holds the crops for you right in the garden so you can enjoy your harvest well into October.  Fall garden care is similar to spring gardening, except you don’t have to water as much.  All you do is dig in a little compost at planting time.  If you don’t have a compost pile available, we have it in ready-to-use bags.

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

Confucius

Root & Grow Now for Plant Success!

By Jesse

Bonide Root & Grow

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Bonide Root & Grow stimulates early root formation and stronger root development.  With Fall approaching, this is a great product to help your plants become established quickly.  It can be used on Trees, Shrubs, Perennials and even annuals and vegetables for less transplant shock and green, more vigorous plant growth.

Use at a rate of 4 tablespoons per 1 gallon of water.  Our Pint size makes 8 gallons and our Quart size makes 16 gallons.  Use at time of planting by pouring over the soil as roots are being covered, making sure the roots are wet with the solution.  Wet soil around plants with water after planting as well.

Bonide Root & Grow can be used Spring, Summer or Fall and even on houseplants.  The best time of use is during planting but this product can be used at any time to help stimulate root and plant development and growth.

Phrases Of Wisdom

1. Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

2. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

3. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.

4. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

Check out our 50% Off Items

All 10 and 12” annual flowering hanging baskets are 50% off. This does not include houseplants, succulents, foliage or any 8” hanging baskets.

All water plants are 50% off.  We have Rain Lily, Variegated Sweet Flag, Blue Spiral Rush or Canna Lily (orange, yellow or pink), available.

All Jam & Jelly Plants are 50% off.  We have Fall Gold Raspberry, Goji Berry and Fredonia (Black), Seedless Concord (Blue), and Reliance (Red) grape available.

Buy one – get one FREE!
Buddleia-Butterfly Bushes

‘Black Knight’ Butterfly Bush

‘Petite Purple’ Butterfly Bush

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The Butterfly Bush is a wonderful flowering shrub that will add color, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your yard.

In addition to the Black Knight and Petite Purple colors pictured above, we also have Royal Red and Bi-color. Enjoy the wonderful fragrance and long-lasting blooms of the Butterfly Bush from now through the fall.

Hurry on out!  Your neighborhood butterflies and hummingbirds are anxious to visit your garden!

More Phrases Of Wisdom

1. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

2. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

3. No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

4. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

Freshness Daily!

Hand-picked daily!

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Our fingerling eggplant, sweet peppers, chili peppers, cherry tomatoes and Hungarian hot peppers are fresh and delish!  Stop by and pick some up for the weekend!

Fertilizer

A farmer was driving along the road with a load of fertilizer. A little boy, playing in front of his house, saw him and called, “What’ve you got in your truck?”

“Fertilizer,” the farmer replied.

“What are you going to do with it?” asked the little boy.

“Put it on strawberries,” answered the farmer.

“You ought to live here,” the little boy advised him. “We put sugar and cream on ours.”

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.

A Sure Bet

A strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of Morris, one of the older workmen. After several minutes, Morris had enough.

“Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is?” he said. “I will bet a week’s wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won’t be able to wheel back.”

“You’re on, old man,” the braggart replied. “It’s a bet! Let’s see what you got.”

Morris reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said, “All right. Get in.”

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.

Upcoming Events

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

Sat, Sep 17
Learn how to Create a Spring Bulb Garden

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sat, Sep 24
It’s For the Birds

10:00 am – 11:00 am Bird Feeder Seminar presented by Prince Corp.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

Lately, I’ve been stuck in a breakfast rut. You know the kind where you end up eating the same 2 or 3 things for breakfast because they’re easy to make. Bagel, toast, bagel, toast, oatmeal, toast…. Blah! For me, it’s always something with grains, so I’ve been longing for some grain-free, protein-packed options.

I started changing it up with a banana and a tablespoon of peanut butter (a classic), then cottage cheese and mangoes (delicious but not something I could have often), and just recently I tried making these fantastic egg muffins! They’re my new favorite thing!

The original recipe calls them scrambled egg muffins, but it’s more like an omelet muffin to me. The recipe called for pork sausage, but I used mushrooms instead, which gave it a really nice flavor. I adjusted the recipe to add a bit more vegetables, and I think next time I’ll even add a little broccoli. These are perfect for keeping in the fridge or freezer for a quick, delicious and healthy breakfast!

Veggie Omelet Muffins

  • 1 – 8oz package of baby bella mushrooms, de-stemmed & chopped
  • 12 eggs
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add mushrooms; lightly sauté 3-4 mins.
  3. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in onion, green pepper, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix in sausage and Cheddar cheese. Spoon by 1/3 cupfuls into muffin cups.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.