It’s for the Birds!

Newsletter 32 – Thursday, September 22, 2016


Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-6
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 10

Lady wearing her new goggles

"The best thing about these goggles is the x-ray vision"

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We have a winner!  Many people guessed that ‘Amelia Earhart’ was my nickname and that was a really, really good guess; but, well, that’s not it. 

The winner of the Green Bay Packer leash is Lori Ramquist who guessed my nickname…Lady Earhart! 

Lady Earhart, fearless flying ace of the sky!  After, of course, Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  (I asked my mom what the Atlantic Ocean was and she told me that it’s like the biggest swimming pool ever!!)   

Lori and her pal Bandit, are going to look pretty cool sashaying down the street with this Packer leash especially at night cause this very special leash glows in the dark! 

Congratulations, Bandit, whoops, I mean Lori!


Bandit the 12-year-old Boston Terrier Packer fan!

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This Green Bay Packer green-n-gold glow-in-the-dark dog leash was designed and handmade by the late and very great Jeffrey Schram.   The leash was generously donated for this contest by Jeff’s wonderful life partner Julie!

It’s For the Birds!

Saturday, Sept 24th 10-11am

A Pair of Cardinals

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Come on in this Saturday and learn how you can help our feathered friends survive and thrive this winter.  A bird feeder and seed expert Brian Alft will be here to discuss the different types of bird feeders, different types of seed, what seeds attract particular species of birds and where or where not to locate a bird feeder.  Bring your questions and join us for an hour of bird thoughts!

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you!

30% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs

This week, all perennials, trees and shrubs are now 30% off!  What a great time to make those landscape changes that you’ve been thinking about!

This is a continuation of our progressive sale, where the percentage off increases by 10% each week. Take advantage of this sale now for more selection and to allow plants more time to become established before winter.  This is the last week that the plants will carry a warranty equal to their purchase amount.  There will be no warranty on plants purchased at 40% off or more.

The following is just a snippet of what you can choose from:

  • Shrubs – ninebark, spirea, weigela, cotoneaster, pussy willow, dappled willow
  • Vine – silver leaf vine, sweet autumn clematis
  • Trees – lilac ivory silk, burr oak, northern red oak
  • Perennials – ferns, grasses, sedge, iris, daylily, penstemon

Stop out soon to get the best selection available!

This offer excludes mums and asters and is not valid on previous purchases or custom orders.

Golfer: “Do you think my game is improving?”
Caddy: “Yes sir, you miss the ball much closer now.”

All Fruit Trees 50% Off

All remaining fruit trees are 50% off.  Plant now for your very own private supply of fresh fruit for years to come.

Scarecrow Days

Scarecrow stuffing days are here and will continue through October 16.  Stop on out between 10-4 Saturday & Sunday, or 10-4:30 Monday-Friday, and we’ll have a staff member available to assist you in making your very own, one-of-a-kind scarecrow.  You get to do most of the building, and we provide everything you need. And we’ll clean up the mess!

Each scarecrow kit contains a wooden frame, a square of burlap for the head, strings for tying, and a variety of felt faces to choose from, as well as plenty of straw for stuffing the body. We have clothes and hats for purchase at garage sale prices, or you’re welcome to bring your own.

This is a fun time for children and adults alike, as you use your creativity to create a character that is cute, scary, silly, or whatever you choose! You can make a traditional scarecrow with overalls and a straw hat, dress them in your favorite sports team attire, or glitz them up for a fancy party. You can even dress them in a Halloween costume which opens the door for all kinds of possibilities. Let your imagination run wild and just have fun!

This is a great time for the whole family or any group! Please call ahead (608)222-2269 for a group of 6 or more people to ensure we have enough staff to help.

Golfer: “I’d move heaven & earth to break 100 on this course.”
Caddy: “Try heaven; you’ve already moved most of the earth.”

Fall Bulbs = Spring Blooms!

Note: May cause sudden inexplicable skipping, hopping and odd European accents

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We all know that some rules were made to be broken, but if you want to see tulips, daffodils and such peaking through next spring then you don’t want to break the following two rules:

Rule # 1
If you don’t plant bulbs this fall, you won’t have blooms next spring

Rule # 2
Rule # 1 has NO exceptions

Every April, we have people coming in to buy bulbs of the daffodils and tulips they see blooming in their neighbors’ yards.  Sadly we have to tell them they will have to wait for fall.  Unfortunately, when fall comes it slips their minds until the next spring, and so on and on and on.  America’s Best Flowers can help break the cycle!!  We have an excellent selection of spring-blooming bulbs including tulips of all sizes and colors, bright stately daffodils, fragrant hyacinths, extravagant allium, and early crocus in a rainbow of colors. 

It takes a little planning and preparation to have a truly amazing spring flower show in your yard, so make your future-self happy by planting bulbs this fall. And don’t forget the fertilizer!  You will never have another chance to get the fertilizer down below the bulbs, directly in the area where the roots grow.  An application of fertilizer at planting time pays for itself many times over with extra bloom in years to come.

Color Your World with Mums, Asters & Pansies

Tri-Color Fall Mums between Rains

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The nights are getting cooler and mums, asters and pansies love cool weather!   We grow our mums and asters outside (to make them hardier) in deep pots resulting in large plants with incredible bud count. 

We still have a good selection of mid and late blooming mums in many shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, lavender, and tri-color.  These huge tri-color mums are absolutely gorgeous this year.  You have to see them to believe how many blossoms they have in each pot.

Pansies in need of a good home

Pansies in need of a good home

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Mix a few mums with our colorful asters for a burst of vibrant fall colors.  Add in cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, pansies and fountain grass for an endless number of unique combinations.

Did you know that the bright and colorful pansy can tough out the cold while other flowers just shrivel up?  They are classic beauties and just one of the many fall favorites that are cold-tolerant, surviving to a temperature as low as 20 degrees or so.

Corn Shocks, Pumpkins & Straw Bales are Here!!

Our Handy-Dandy Fall Bundle

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Now that the weather is starting to feel more like fall, why not pick up a fall bundle to set the scene? Each bundle includes a corn shock, bale of straw, and either one or three single-color mums of your choice. This makes decorating so easy. You can also pick up some pumpkins, gourds, ornamental corn, and scarecrows to really complete the scene. Embrace the change of season by making your front door or yard more festive!

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Coming soon to our greenhouse!

We are in a bit of a construction mode at the greenhouse.  We are adding a floral shop to our Cottage Grove location and will soon have fresh cut flowers, floral bouquets, fresh centerpieces and gift ideas for you!  It will make ordering flowers easier for you and delivering flowers easier for us.  If you forget an anniversary or birthday (Yep, it’s happened to us all!) you can simply swing by the greenhouse and pick up fresh flowers and be the hero!

We ask that you please overlook our extra dust and mess as we do our remodeling.  We are hoping to have our floral shop up and running by the holidays!

Upcoming Events

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 24

It’s For the Birds

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

Sat, Oct 15

Indoor Flea Market

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Rain or Shine

Sat, Nov 19 – Sun, Nov 20

Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create a festive porch pot for the holiday season. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sun, Nov 27

Christmas Miniature Garden Make & Take

10am to Noon or 1pm to 3pm Create an indoor miniature winter wonderland. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

This cool, rainy weather has really gotten me excited for fall, aka the beginning of soup season! I love making soup! There’s something so wonderful about combining vegetables, herbs, and spices in a big ol’ pot, and having their flavors meld into something hearty and delicious.

The one I make most often is a simple pea soup. When I say simple, I mean very simple. Like two ingredients simple. Just split peas and vegetable broth or water. Now for most meat-eaters, the idea of making pea soup without ham seems ridiculous. I felt that way the first time I wanted to make it as a vegetarian, but an awesome cookbook called, “How to cook everything vegetarian,” by Mark Bittman, assured me that you have plenty of flavor without ham. Mark was right! He calls it “Simplest Split Pea Soup,” and I like to make it as is, or with the addition of sautéed vegetables at the end. I usually use whatever I have on hand.

Personally, I like pea soup as smooth as possible. I used to use a blender to create a smooth consistency, but once I got an immersion blender I never looked back. I seriously recommend an immersion blender for soups; it’s so much easier and convenient, because you can stick it right in the pot!

Simplest Split Pea Soup + Veggies

(My additions to the recipe are in teal.)
  • 2 cups dried green split peas, washed and picked over
  • 6 cups vegetable stock or water (Imagine brand is the best!)
  • 2-3 cups diced vegetables (I usually use carrots and red potatoes, but you can use whatever you like)
  • 1 clove of garlic (optional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Put split peas and stock in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn heat down to low, cover partially, and cook, stirring occasionally, until peas are very soft, 45-60 minutes.
  2. Sauté vegetables (and garlic) in olive oil in a medium pan until tender.
  3. Use an immersion blender (or cool slightly and place in blender) to purée soup carefully. Reheat and add more stock or water if necessary.
  4. Add sautéed vegetables to soup and simmer for about 10 minutes. Taste, adjust seasoning, and serve.