It’s Time to Spring Forward!

Newsletter 10 – Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cottage Grove location open hours

Mon-Sat 9-5
Closed Sundays

Edgerton location open hours

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 32

Hey, can you feel it?  Spring is almost here.  I’m so excited!Me and my dad were talking the other day and he said that it’s time we started our ‘SPRING TRAINING PROGRAM.’  Yeah!  That means playing ball in the backyard.  Gosh, I can’t wait!Then my dad came home the other day and surprised me with 4, yep, 4 brand new balls!
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He tossed all 4 of them on the floor…at the same time!   I tell ya, I didn’t know what to do?  I wanted that one, no that one, nooo, oh man, I was getting so dizzy I couldn’t walk straight.And then time just STOPPED when my dad said, ‘Lady, we need to get a lot of practice in ‘cause tryouts are real soon!’‘Huh! What do ya mean, tryouts, Dad?  What the heck?!  You’re kidding, right? I can shag balls like crazy and fly balls…nothing to them and I, me, Lady, have to try out to play ball in my very own back yard?!’Then my dad laughed and said, ‘Lady, lighten up will you?  I’m just joking.  You, sweet girl, are the All Star and the MVP of our backyard, our home and our family.’Is my dad the sweetest or what?~Lady

Your Yard Deserves It!

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Dress up your yard this spring with beautiful new ceramic pottery and unique metal garden art!As ‘they say’ timing is of the essence! Just stop in between today and next Wednesday, March 15th and mention this offer when you are checking out and save;Save $5 off of each piece of ceramic pottery priced at $49.99 or more.Save $10 off of each piece of metal garden art priced at $69.99 or more.
Q: What water yields the most beautiful asparagus plants?

A: Perspiration!


Starting Seeds is SOW Easy!

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Our Livingston Sow Easy seeds are coated with a combination of lime, clay and perlite.  This all-natural coating makes seeds larger and easier to handle.  A USDA natural food dye is added to make the seeds more visible while planting, which makes it easier to plant these seeds at the appropriate spacing so less thinning is required later.  The clay in the coating also holds moisture which aids in germination.  We have vegetables, herbs and flowers available in our Sow Easy Line.  Stop in now for best selection.
My girlfriend and I often laugh at how competitive we are.

But I laugh more!


Is Your Non-Profit Organization in need of $Funds$?

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There is still time to participate in our 2017 Spring Fundraiser Program!  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 and earn funds for your local charities, mission trips, school equipment, school uniforms, etc.America’s Best Flowers would like to help you succeed with your fundraising efforts! Our SPRING fundraising program runs through April 3, 2017.  We have designed this program to be quick, easy, and profitable.  In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group by selling America’s Best Flowers gift cards.What else makes our fundraising program so fabulous?

  • Your group will receive 25% of the total value of America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell! 
  • Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations!  
  • Our gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!

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Fresh St. Patrick’s Day Flowers and Plants!

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming right up!  If you have an Irishman or Irishwoman in your life or if you simply like the color green, stop on by and pick up a pretty green potted mum, a bouquet of green carnations or an Oxalis Zinfandel aka Shamrock!To order your St Patrick’s Day flowers or plants for delivery, just contact us at either our Cottage Grove location at 608-222-2269 or www.americasbestflowers.net or our Edgerton location at 608-884-8120 or 1-888-287-1411 or www.edgertonfloralandgarden.com.Please keep in mind that flower and plant selection may differ between our two locations.
A dog walked in to the telegram office one day. He took out a blank form and wrote on it:

“Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.”

Then he handed it to the clerk. The clerk examined the paper and said to the dog, “You know there are only nine words here? You could send another ‘Woof’ for the same price.”

The dog replied, “But that would make no sense at all!”


Fiskars Garden Tools

It’s so very sad when it happens.  You worked so well together for years and years.  No words were necessary between the two of you.  Then the unthinkable happens!  It’s broken…the partnership is over.  The world just doesn’t look the same without your partner, your ally, your backyard buddy, aka, your favorite garden pruner.We depend on quality garden tools at America’s Best Flowers. That is why we use Fiskars pruners.  Any pruner that can survive the daily rigors of a greenhouse will provide years of dependability for your personal gardening needs.So, take heart my friends!   America’s Best Flowers has a great variety of Fiskars pruners for you to get acquainted with.  Before you know it you’ll be working hand in hand together, just like the good old days!We also have other Fiskars garden tools available and all Fiskars products come with a Lifetime Warranty!

Don’t Forget! Sunday, March 12th!

Sunday, March 12th!
What do you call an elephant with a carrot in each ear?

Anything you want – he can’t hear you!


Employment Opportunities

Are you looking for a short-term seasonal job?   Do you enjoy people and flowers?  If so, we may have the perfect job for you.  We are looking for a few good people to perform cashier duties.  Plant knowledge is preferred for these positions.These job opportunities would be from approximately mid-April thru mid-June.  We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week.  The total number of hours per week could be between 24 – 40 hours.Other job duties could consist of stocking and cleaning plants, sweeping floors, corralling run away shopping carts.
Another position available is for a Greenhouse Production Associate.  The Greenhouse Production Associate is responsible for all aspects of plant maintenance including but not limited to: watering, moving, shipping, and disposing of all plants while maintaining the quality standards of America’s Best Flowers. Physical stamina is necessary for this position.We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week.  This is a 40 hour per week position.If you are interested in either of these employment opportunities please email Marty Robbins at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com.

Help us save Mother Earth!

“I was a plant once, send me back home!”
If you have any clean brown grocery bags that you just don’t know what to do with, please don’t throw them away, bring them in to our greenhouse.  We will use them for a multitude of things.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Mar 25 Small Space Gardening Class (11-Noon)
Pre-Registration Appreciated
Sat, Apr 1 Vegetable Gardening & Seed Starting Class (10-11am)
Learn from an expert!
Sat, Apr 1 Composting Demonstration (11-noon)
Learn the art of composting.
Sat, Apr 1 Rose Care Class (1-2pm)
Planting, pruning & maintenance.
Sat, Apr 8 – Sun, Apr 9 Spring Open House
We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season and a HUGE selection of new pottery.
Sat, Apr 8 – Sun, Apr 9 Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening (9-3pm)
Get your tools ready for easier gardening.
Say It With FlowersOn the first day of our marriage retreat, the instructor talked about

the importance of knowing what matters to each other.

“For example,” he began, pointing to my husband, David,

‘do you know your wife’s favorite flower?”

David answered, “Pillsbury All Purpose.”


Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

It’s true.  Spring is almost here.  If you aren’t convinced, you should stop out to the greenhouse and see the thousands and thousands of baby plants that are potted and growing. The latest proof for me was the beautiful asparagus I found at the market last week.  Though still way too early for any Wisconsin asparagus to be showing its face, asparagus season begins when it can be brought in from farther south. If you’re like me, you eat as much of it as possible while it’s available, even for breakfast.  Asparagus is a perfect match with eggs.  And so good for you.If you prefer a little cheese on your omelette, add some of your favorite, grated, on top of the veggies and salmon before you fold it in half.  Enjoy!

Mushroom & Asparagus Omelette with Smoked Salmon

Servings: 2
Mushroom & Asparagus Omelette with Smoked Salmon
• ½ C sliced mushrooms• 8-10 asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into one inch pieces• 2 large egg whites• 1 large egg• 1 ½ Tbsp milk or cream• 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish• ¼ teaspoon salt• ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste• 2 ounces smoked salmon, coarsely chopped• 1 Tbsp sour cream

Directions

Heat a slope-sided, 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Coat with cooking oil spray. Add a couple of teaspoons of olive oil, if desired.  Saute mushrooms and asparagus five minutes, or until desired doneness, stirring occasionally. Remove to a plate, keep warm.In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites, egg, milk or cream, dill, salt and pepper.Pour mixture into skillet.  Tilt skillet to cover bottom and sides.  Gently lift mixture around edges with spatula to allow uncooked eggs to run underneath.  When almost set, place vegetables and salmon on one half the egg mixture. Fold in half and cook until eggs are set. Cut into wedges. Drop spoonfuls of sour cream on wedges, and sprinkle with additional dill before serving.Serve with toast made from your favorite whole grain bread and fresh fruit.
SEE YOU SOON!!!