Help us Hunt for Bunny Eggs!

Newsletter 6 – Thursday, March 24, 2016

Current Hours

Cottage Grove
Mon-Fri 9-6
Sat 9-5
We are currently closed on Sunday.

Edgerton
Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4

Both locations will be closed on Easter Sunday.

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

Saint Augustine

Hippity Hop…the Bunny’s on Her Way!

A cartoon bunny sitting on a pile of decorated easter eggs
Our Pink Easter Bunny will be here!
Don’t forget your cameras!

Our Easter Egg Hunt is at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton location this coming Saturday, March 26, from 10:00-2:00 PM.  Rain or shine! 

Bring the kids out for a day of fun and meet our Easter Bunny. 

While you are here why not pick up an Easter lily and pots of spring flowers to decorate your Holiday table? 

Our Cottage Grove location will be accepting donations for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.

What do you call the Easter Bunny with fleas?
Bugs Bunny!

Pansy Faces and Viola Smiles!

Pansies in need of a good home
Pansies in need of a good home
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Spring is finally here, and true to its nature the temperature has taken a stark dip. This kind of change isn’t for the weak, but only the toughest of spring bloomers, like pansies and violas. Once acclimated, they tolerate temperatures as low as mid-20s and they’ll smile and bloom right through cool weather. Based on the forecast, they’ll last long and bring you just the cheeriness you need!

We have them in a wide variety of colors, available in 4-packs, baskets, and ready-to-go containers!

The research assistant couldn’t experiment with plants because he hadn’t botany.

Vegetable Gardening Workshop

Saturday, April 2nd 10-11


By Ed Knapton
Owner of America’s Best Flowers

An extensive home vegetable garden
Ambitious! Also delicious.
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Come have some fun and listen to a few jokes, as you learn about vegetables and flowers in your garden with one of the most experienced vegetable growers in Dane County. Much of the time will be spent answering your questions, and a handout will be provided as to varieties and proper spacing.

Our speaker, Ed, has experience starting seedlings in a wide range of settings, including in the living room 40 years ago, in a lean-to greenhouse on the house, and in a large commercial greenhouse. He has planted container gardens, small backyard gardens, and a one-acre garden, which grew into 30 acres of vegetables for a pick-your-own operation. He has attended vegetable, fruit, and flower conferences all over the US and Canada, and has a degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin. Please come to pick his brain. If he doesn’t know the answers, he certainly can get them for you later.

It’s spring fever.
That is what the name of it is.
And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

Mark Twain

Coming Soon…
Seed Potatoes and Onion Sets

We are expecting to have our seed potatoes and onion sets some time next week. To be sure they have arrived; we ask that you call ahead.  Following are the phone numbers for both of our locations:

Cottage Grove – 608-222-2269
Edgerton – 608-884-8120 or Toll-free 888-287-1411

New Products Corner
Birdbaths

Our aisle-sized display of birdbaths
We Have a Large Selection
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Many of our feathered friends are back from their vacation south! Get ready to give them a “warm” welcome (haha, not quite yet) with a nice new birdbath. The birds will surely appreciate being able to wash off the dirt and grim after a long and tiring journey. They bring us so much joy with their songs and activity, why not do something nice for them in return?

It may seem early, but you’ll want to get one now, while they’re in stock. We currently have a wide selection, but we tend to run out as the season progresses, so the sooner the better!

Why did the car stop in the middle of the road?
Because it was wheely, wheely tired.

A Bump on the Magnolia Branch


By Lauren Krouth
The Bug Lady

It appears that magnolia scale is beginning to take hold in Wisconsin. Last year, there was a sharp increase in cases of magnolia scale in the state, and since they easily overwinter, they are likely to continue to rise this year. To anyone who has enjoyed the beauty of these trees, this means war!

Magnolia scale weakens the tree by sucking its sap, but its presence tends to go unnoticed until numbers are so high that sap is dripping from the tree. The sap, rich in sugar, can become covered in black mold that is both unsightly and a bad sign for the health of the tree. To catch this problem early, carefully inspect the trunk and branches for white or brown bumps.

Treating for Magnolia scale can be difficult, and requires a time-sensitive, multifaceted approach. Adult scales have a tough, waxy exterior, making them basically impervious to spray treatments, so the best plan is a combination of dormant oil and systemic insecticide. The trunk and branches should be sprayed with Neem Oil or a dormant oil, such as Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Oil. This should be applied before the leaf and flower buds open in March AND once again after the flowers have finished. Apply a systemic insecticide containing imidacloprid, such as Bonide Annual Tree & Shrub Insect Control, to the soil in early May.

An insecticidal spray can be used, but only on the immature crawler stage. Since the most vulnerable crawlers are small and hard to see, it is difficult to know exactly when to treat. Often, time for this treatment is late August/early September.

Treatments should continue for a few years to ensure adequate control. As always, follow all label instructions, and you’ll be able to continue to enjoy your magnolia for years to come!

Why don’t you iron a four-leaf clover?
You might press your luck.

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program

Spring 2016 is right around the corner! People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.
What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program. Non-profit organizations earn 25% of the proceeds from each gift card they sell. For example, if your organization sells $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10, your organization would earn $125.

Please contact us if your non-profit organization is in need of funds for things such as (but by no means limited to):
• local charities, (i.e. food pantry)
• church mission trips,
• new equipment or uniforms for your school sports program, or school band or orchestra.

America’s Best Flowers gift cards may be used at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations. If you are interested or have questions regarding our easy and profitable program, please contact Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Has your email address changed?

If you are a Loyalty Customer and have submitted your email address to us you will receive our newsletter by noon, every Thursday.

If your email address has changed please remember to let us know by either calling us at 608-222-2269, sending us an email at abfbev@yahoo.com or just let us know the next time you are at the greenhouse.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Mar 26

Community Egg Hunt

10am-2pm – Indoor – Rain or shine! FREE candy! For children 6 and under. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Accepting items for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry

Sat, Apr 2

Vegetable Gardening Class

10-11am Learn from the expert!

Sat, Apr 9

Rose Care Class – Planting, pruning & maintenance

11-12pm A 10% off coupon on all roses. Coupon expires May 30.

Wed, Apr 13

Make a Colorful Spring Basket and we’ll grow it for you! 3-6pm
Sat, Apr 16 – Sun, Apr 17

Spring Flower Show

We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season and a HUGE selection of new pottery.

Sat, Apr 16 – Sun, Apr 17

Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

9am-3pm – Get your tools ready for easier gardening.

What kind of candy do kids eat on the playground?
Recess Pieces

Our Kitchen

If you are looking for a delicious make-ahead potato recipe for Easter dinner, I have the just one for you.  Marcia treated us to this creamy, cheesy wonder at last week’s potluck.  Our group of about 20 pretty much scraped her large crock pot clean by the end of the meal.  This would be so delicious with ham.  Also a great take along dish to any family gathering.

Marcia’s Crock Pot Hash Brown Casserole

  • 2 – 24 oz. bags frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 3 C sour cream, light* or regular
  • 2 cans cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, light* or regular
  • 2 T chopped onion, or more to taste
  • 4 C shredded cheese, co-jack or cheddar
  • 1/3 C milk
Directions

Place all ingredients in slow cooker on HIGH for 4 hours.  Stir every 1½ hours or so.  You can mix the ingredients together the night before and store it in the refrigerator overnight, then all you have to do is plug it in the morning.

Marcia always uses the lighter versions of sour cream and soups.

To make this in the oven, cut the recipe in half, omit milk, spread mixture in greased 9×13 pan.  Top with a mixture of 2 cups crushed corn flakes mixed with ½ stick melted butter or margarine.  Bake in 350 oven for 40 – 45 min.