Make & Take Bonanza!

Newsletter 20 – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cottage Grove location open hours

Mon-Fri 9-8
Sat – Sun 9-6

Edgerton location open hours

Mon-Sat 8:30-6:00
Sun 9-4

Lady’s Story – Chapter 42

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I know, I know, I know!  Me and my mom compromised about the growing and posing thing, but I'm thinking about going back to the bargaining table.  Yep, we play ball before I pose, but ya know what there wasn't any talk about how much longer we were going to do this.I mean really!  Hasn't it been long enough?  Who wants to sit and 'look pretty' (yeah, right…look pretty stupid, if you ask me!)Hey, I've got a plan!  I'll keep you posted if it works, ok?~Lady
A Canadian psychologist is selling a video that teaches you how to test your dog’s IQ. Here’s how it works: If you spend $12.99 for the video, your dog is smarter than you.

Container Garden Make and Takes!

Saturday May 20, 10:00am-3:30pm
Sunday May 21, 10:00am-3:30pm
Tuesday May 23, 4:00pm-6:30pm
Thursday May 25, 4:00pm-6:30pm

Come on out and play in the dirt with us!  Have you ever created your very own container garden?  It is so easy and so much fun! We've added a couple of evening make and takes to allow you to join in even if your weekends are too busy to come then.We'll take you by your gardening gloves and guide you through the process, but you get to do the actual planting!  It's our opinion that the best way to learn is to just jump in and get your hands dirty! We'll offer suggestions as to choosing the right plants to create a stunning design. You get the enjoyment of planting and playing in the soil, while our helpful container experts are available to answer any questions you may have. They have the knowledge and experience to help you bring your vision to life!Here’s the procedure for our Container Garden Make and Take:1.    Sign in at the registration table located near the back of the main greenhouse.   You’ll receive a worksheet at this time which we will complete after your container is finished.2.    Shop for your plants, flowers, and containers.3.    Return to the registration area and pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!It’s a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your gardening gloves.  If you forget them, don’t worry, we have a wide variety of reasonably priced gardening gloves to choose from.We do ask that if you bring in containers from home, please EMPTY all soil from them before bringing them to our greenhouse.  To participate in our container workshops and receive FREE POTTING SOIL AND ASSISTANCE, a minimum $10.00 plant purchase is required per container the day of the container workshop.We do reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.

Herb Cooking Class Postponed

Due to unexpected circumstances, we must postpone the herb cooking class previously scheduled for May 20th.Watch the newsletter for an update with the new date.
At last, an herb related joke!

It’s about thyme!


Herb Container Make & Take

Sat, May 20, 10-3:30

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Growing herbs doesn’t require a big garden, they grow perfectly well in containers! In fact in one respect, growing herbs in a container is ideal so you can keep them closer to the kitchen, where all the action is. Many herbs have similar light and water requirements, so it’s easy to plant a nice variety to create an entire garden in one container!Come to this Make and Take workshop to make your very own herb container and our container experts will be available to help you design your own creation.
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If you do not understand English, press 2.


Marigolds, Salvia, and Trailing Plants

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Are you looking for a burst of color in your garden? Look no further than the marigold! This year we feature an abundant variety of marigolds including the bright sunny yellow, a delicious tangerine, a rich burnt orange, or our especially popular Safari Red with its deep intensity. These hardy garden staples will keep you in spectacular color all summer long.How about a multi-use flower that you can use in beds, borders, containers, and cutting gardens? Nothing fits the bill better than our lovely 'Victoria Blue' salvia. These elegant plants are not like your mother's salvia. Growing 18"-30" tall on branching stems, they feature two-lipped violet-blue flowers from summer to fall. And if you're looking for a more traditional Salvia, we carry a wide selection of colors and sizes we hope you'll stop in to see.It's prime basket and container planting time. As you create your patio masterpiece, don't forget to include trailing plants for extra dimension. Trailing plants are a perfect way to compliment the other plantings in your container. They add an abundance of color and create the illusion of a larger container. Sweet Potato Vine is especially effective with its contrasting burgundy or lime colors. Or try a cascade of trailing petunias. There is the delightful Surfinia Heartbeat, perfect for weddings with its pink flowers on white petals, or the deep red paired with a bright white for those Badger-minded gardeners. The varieties are endless.Visit us soon! This is the perfect planting time, so shop while we still have the best selection available! Our customer service specialists are waiting to assist you.
Where does the General keep his armies?

In his sleevies!


Tune Up Those Gardening Tools!

Sat & Sun, May 20-21, 9-3pm

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Any seasoned gardener knows the struggle of working with tools that are dull or rusty and boy, is it a pain! Literally! It can really strain our bodies to make do and since we gardeners are a tough lot, we often don’t notice until our hand is throbbing in pain! Make gardening easier by getting your tools sharpened by a professional.Don, from Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening, will sharpen those dull garden tools, lawn mower blades, tin snips, and more for a nominal fee (collected by Don). Look for our signs in the parking lot directing you to the drop off area in Greenhouse #7. Don will be able to sharpen most items while you are enjoying your time at the greenhouse. For more difficult sharpening Don may need to take your items back to his shop. They may then be picked up at America’s Best Flowers the following week.
Sometimes I tuck my knees into my chest and lean forward.

That’s just how I roll.


Fresh Flower Delivery

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These lovely arrangements (and more) are available in person, just stop by the greenhouse and grab and go!  Or give us a call and we'll gladly deliver!To order flowers or plants for delivery, for any occasion, 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 vary between our two locations.
What did the left eye say to the right eye?

Between you and me, something smells.


Our Environmentally Friendly Insect Control Program – By Lauren Krouth

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Wasps, mites, and nematodes, oh my!!! It sounds like a scary movie, but in our greenhouses, these are the good guys!We are the only retail garden center in the area using beneficial insects as our primary means of insect control, which we began in 2011. Beneficial insects are preventatively released weekly to naturally control pest insects. These insects do not harm plants, humans, or animals, and allow us to avoid the use of pesticides, thus providing you with safer and more environmentally friendly plants! When you bring home our plants, you might be bringing home beneficial insects too! Most of these insects are very tiny and unnoticeable.  They’ll just continue to protect your plants from pests.Some of the insects released also include midges, lacewings, and occasionally ladybugs. These are the same ones that naturally show up in your garden in the summer, so the next time you see a bug on a plant or in your garden, remember, they could be good bugs!
I waited and stayed up all night and tried to figure out where the sun was.

Then it dawned on me.


Employment Opportunity

America's Best Flowers has an immediate opening for an experienced Perennial Manager.This person must have a broad knowledge of a variety of perennials, trees and shrubs which includes the basic care and maintenance required for our Wisconsin environment.  Duties include but are not limited to assisting retail customers, taking care of greenhouse inventory, unloading and properly documenting plant shipments.Schedules fluctuate on a weekly basis thus week days and weekends are required. This is a forty hour per-week position.Physical stamina is a must.  This position requires you to be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and to work in all weather conditions.If you are interested in this position, please email Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com or call 608-222-2269.

Upcoming Events

Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening
Sat, May 20 – Sun, May 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Get your tools ready for easier gardening! Don, from Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening, will sharpen those dull garden tools, lawn mower blades, tin snips, and more for a nominal fee (collected by Don). Look for our signs in the parking lot directing you to the drop off area in Greenhouse #7. Don will be able to sharpen most items while you are enjoying your time at the greenhouse. For more difficult sharpening Don may need to take your items back to his shop. They may then be picked up at America’s Best Flowers the following week.
Herb Container Make & Take
Sat, May 20 – Sun, May 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Create a container garden using a variety of your favorite herbs! Choose from herbs that stimulate the senses through flavor, smell, touch, and visual appeal. The possibilities are endless, and the results will be wonderful.

FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant purchase per container. You create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own EMPTY pots or buy some of ours. Gardening gloves are helpful for this hands-on workshop.

Pre-registration is appreciated, 608-222-2269.

All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. We reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.

Container Garden Make & Take
Sat, May 20 – Sun, May 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant purchase per container. You create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own EMPTY pots or buy some of ours. Gardening gloves are helpful for this hands-on workshop. Pre-registration is appreciated, 608-222-2269. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. We reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.
ON HOLD – Cooking with Herbs
Sat, May 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Due to unforeseen personal events, this container workshop is postponed until further notice.
Container Garden Make & Take
Tue, May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant purchase per container. You create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own EMPTY pots or buy some of ours. Gardening gloves are helpful for this hands-on workshop. Pre-registration is appreciated, 608-222-2269. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. We reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.
Container Garden Make & Take
Thu, May 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant purchase per container. You create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own EMPTY pots or buy some of ours. Gardening gloves are helpful for this hands-on workshop. Pre-registration is appreciated, 608-222-2269. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. We reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.

Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

What a delicious treat we had last night! Jim and his son spent Sunday afternoon together in the illusive hunt for the perfect boat.  At the end of the day, Dan opened his frig and gave Jim a couple of small bags of morel mushrooms.It had been years since the delicious flavor of the morel had passed my lips.  So long, in fact, that I and my cooking skills required a refresher.  So to Google I went.  After reading several recipes, I came across this one.  It reminds me so much of the recipe the mother of a friend used to make when I was on the farm in Iowa.The good news about this recipe is that you can use it to prepare other mushrooms as well.  Button mushrooms, shitake mushrooms and oyster mushrooms are especially delicious.  I think other vegetables would also be good using this method.  I'm planning to experiment soon.

Fried Morel Mushrooms

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• 12-16 oz fresh morel mushrooms• 2 cups flour• 2 t salt• 2 t ground black pepper• 1 t garlic powder• 1 t onion powder• 2 eggs• 1/2 cup milk• Butter for frying

Directions

Slice large morels in half lengthwise and keep small ones whole.  Drop the mushrooms into a bowl of cool water and shake them around a bit to let any debris fall out of the little nooks and crannies.  Remove from water and pat dry with paper towels.Mix flour and seasonings in a medium mixing bowl.  Dump half into a 2nd  medium bowl.  Whisk eggs in small bowl, add milk, mix well.Melt butter in a large non-stick skillet to come up to 1/2 inch (I used 2 sticks) Heat over medium heat.  While the butter heats, dust the mushrooms in the seasoned flour in the first bowl. Lay out on a plate.  When the butter is hot, dip morels in the egg wash.  Roll the egg-dipped mushrooms in the flour mixture in the second bowl* to thoroughly coat. Shake off excess flour and fry in single layer, 3-4 minutes per side**, adjusting the heat so they don't burn.  If your heat is right it should sound like you are frying bacon.When golden brown transfer to paper towel lined baking sheet to drain.  Keep hot in a warm oven while you fry more batches.  You may have to add more butter to keep the level high enough to cook mushrooms well.Serve with lemon wedges and lots of beer!* The flour is in two bowls because the flour you use to dredge the mushrooms in after they have been in the egg wash gets wet and messy, making it difficult to get a dry coating of flour on the morels.**Caution – All of the recipes I found came with the same warning,  be sure to cook your morels thoroughly – at least 6-8 minutes – because undercooked ones can cause stomach upset.
SEE YOU SOON!!!