Memorial Day
In memory of many, in honor of all, Thank you!

Newsletter 21 – Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cottage Grove location open hours

Mon-Fri 9-8
Sat – Sun 9-6
Cottage Grove will be open from 9 to 6 on Monday, Memorial Day.

Edgerton location open hours

Mon-Sat 8:30-6:00
Sun 9-4
Edgerton will be open from 9 to 4 on Monday, Memorial Day.
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Lady’s Story – Chapter 43

“Yep, my plan worked…no more grow and pose modeling for me!” Click for Larger Image
Hey, remember when I poked my eye on a stick, (oh, and the other time) when I was playing ball in the backyard and I had to go to the vet?  I had to wear that stupid wide thing around my neck so that I wouldn't scratch at my eye and then my mom got me goggles to wear so that it wouldn't happen again.Well, you're never gonna believe this!  Uh, uh, no way!My mom hurt her eye and she had to go to the vet and get some medicine to put in it. Me and my dad felt really bad for her and we did what we could to make her feel better.A couple of days later me and my dad were outside talking about her eye and suddenly my dad said, 'Hey, Lady, your mom's feeling a little better now.  How about we play a little joke on her?''Heck ya, you betcha!'  I answered.'Here's what I'm thinking.  You keep your mom busy in the house and I'm going to get that awful collar thing and both pairs of goggles and put them out here on the table. When I give you the signal bring your mom outside.  I can't wait to see her reaction when she sees what we did!  What do you think, Lady?'My dad is not only a genius he's a pretty funny guy.So I go into the house and when I hear my dad's signal and I herd my mom to the back door to go out to the deck.  I run out ahead so that I can stand by my dad and see her reaction.   Oh, gosh, she's going to get a big laugh out of this!'Okay, what's going on?  You two are up to something, aren't you?'  my mom asked.  Then she saw the silly collar and the goggles on the table and said, 'What the heck…?'Then she looked at us and didn't say a word, not ONE word.  I looked up at my dad and he looked down at me.  'Oh, oh, this isn't looking good, Lady.' I heard my dad whisper.'Duh, ya think?'Then my mom started to laugh and laugh and well, she couldn't stop!'Well done, you two, well done!'~Lady

Container Garden Make and Take, Tonight!

Thursday, May 25, 4:00-6:30pm

Come on out and play in the dirt with us tonight!  Have you ever created your very own container garden?  It is so easy and so much fun! If you're too busy on the weekend to make it to one of our make and take weekends we've added this evening just for you! 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!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.
Sweet Libby is doggedly searching for the perfect container garden to take home!
Libby is a 9 yr old Alaskan Husky.
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Cucumbers, Melons, and Squash, Oh, My! – By Barb Rather

Add pumpkins and gourds to this list to complete the selection of vine crops available at our Cottage Grove location.  Night temperatures are rising, the soil is warming and vine crops are itching to be planted.  I generally plant my vine crops in a grouping of 2 – 4 plants.  Keep them well watered and fertilized all summer being sure to water early in the day and careful to water the soil and not the leaves.Our cucumber selection includes a bush slicer called Spacemaster Bush along with other slicers: Diva and Straight Eight.  Our go-to pickler is Homemade Pickles (Remember to peruse our herb house for your dill!)  A wide array of burpless cukes includes Sweeter Yet, Diva and our Japanese burpless called Summer Dance.  One more fun cucumber is Patio Snacker which is a great container cucumber.Our mouthwatering melon collection includes Honeycomb Honeydew and two cantaloupe: Burpee Hybrid and the Wisconsin Heirloom Pride of Wisconsin.What would summer be without watermelon?  We carry the super sweet Crimson Sweet which are about 25 lb melons and the high yielding Shiny Boy growing to about 20 lbs.  For smaller melons and limited space we have Sugar Baby, a 7 lb. bush melon.  For those enjoying something unique our Yellow Doll watermelon adds a choice of color. Our summer squash include green zucchini and our yellow zucchini Golden Girl.  We also carry Peter Pan Scallop. Two NEW squash this year are Cupcake and Celebration.  Cupcake is also a summer squash that is sweet yet savory.  It is your go-to squash for grilling, roasting, stuffing, boiling and slicing; combining patty pan's rich sweet flavor with zucchini's soft skin.  Shaped like a cupcake, they are 2-5 inches on large, trailing plants. Celebration, our other NEW squash is a gold and acorn-shaped with orange ribbing.  It is a high sugar content squash.Traditional winter squash round out our squash selection.  We carry a compact Early Butternut as well as Waltham Butternut.  Early butternut is for those of you who have a difficult time waiting for Waltham to mature.  It is a smaller size but equally as tasty.  Table Ace Acorn, Bonbon Buttercup and Hubbard squash are also available and grace many of our Thanksgiving tables.  To complete your garden, we carry your fall needs of pumpkins and gourds.  Our Autumn Gold pumpkins reach 7-10 lbs and are used for carving and cooking.  Small Sugar Pie are exceptional for pies and baking and are also used for carving or painting.  Jack 'O' Lantern pumpkins speak for themselves and Autumn Wings Blend gourds add so much color to fall decorating.Stop in at either of our locations for you fun selection of vine crops!Please keep in mind that varieties may vary between our two locations.
How many people here have telekinetic powers?

Raise my hand.
Emo Philips

Our Impatiens are Getting Impatient!

Impatiens are a dependable and favorite landscape plant of many gardeners.  They provide brilliant color for partial to full shade gardens.   If you want an entire summer of color, impatiens are the flowers for you.Mix and match their vibrant colors and watch your yard explode with amazing color that will knock your socks off!These lovely and lively plants are available in four-packs for $1.99.Better yet, if you're looking for a spectacular, mind boggling affect buy a flat (12 – 4 packs) for $21.48.Stop on out and choose from the thousands of impatiens plants that are impatiently waiting for their new home.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.
Welcome to our greenhouse, Oliver!
This handsome guy is a 15 yr old Blue Pomeranian!
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Hummingbirds and Butterflies

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Did you know that we have Grab-N-Go container gardens that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard?  Well, it's true!  Take a look at these beauties.  What butterfly or hummingbird could resist these?
A man got hit hard in the head with a can of 7-Up.

He’s alright though, it was a soft drink.

What? Grow Tomatoes in a Container?

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You bet you can! It's easy and convenient.  It works great for those of you who don't have room for a garden or don't want to bend, kneel and plant, or just want the convenience of having your tomato plant close by on the deck or patio.To make your life easier yet, we have Grab-N-Go tomato containers all ready for you to grab, take home and watch grow.  Get the salad dressing ready!

Fresh Flower Delivery

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Why not decorate your Memorial Day picnic or kitchen table with a fresh red, white and blue floral centerpiece?  Or if you know a military family why not send them a 'Thank You' floral arrangement in appreciation of their service?This lovely arrangement (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 locations.
A jellyfish has existed as a species for 500 million years,

surviving just fine without a brain.

That gives hope to quite a few people.


Stay Tuned for Classes in June

Saturday, June 3 – Perennial Gardening Class 10-11
Sunday, June 4 – Plant Pollinator Class 10-11
Please join us for our gardening classes the first Saturday and Sunday in June.  Get a head-start and a heads-up on the whys-and-what-fors involved with planting and growing a successful perennial garden and learn how to attract plant pollinators to your garden.These classes will be held at our Cottage Grove location only.
Destiny Awaits Law:

When things seem to be going well, you’ve probably forgotten to do something.


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

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.
Perennial Gardening Class
Sat, Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Attend a free class to learn how to plant, prune, feed, and mulch perennials. Perennial Manager, Margaret, will share tips and answer questions to help you successfully grow beautiful, healthy plants.
Plant Pollinator Class
Sun, Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Learn which plants can be used to attract and support pollinators in your garden and landscape.
Make & Take Container Garden for a Screened or Shady Porch
Tue, Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Drop in to create a beautiful container for a screened or shady porch. 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.
Summer Miniature Garden Make & Take
Sat, Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Drop in to create a captivating scene you can hold in the palms of your hands! Buy or bring an empty vessel; free potting mix & design help with minimum $10 plant purchase per pot, see store for details. Pre-registrations welcome at 608-222-2269. All plants & accessories must be purchased on-site. Lots of tropical, succulents, accents, miniature plants & evergreens to browse!
Father’s Day – FREE Schoeps ice cream for Dad and the whole family!
Sun, Jun 18
Sorry, I can’t hang out. My auntie’s cousin’s brother-in-law’s best friend’s accountant’s roommate’s pet goldfish died.

Some other time maybe.


Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

Bonnie’s Kitchen Revisited

It’s time for that holiday cookout. Isn’t it a rule that you MUST have burgers on Memorial Day? We’re featuring a Salsa burger recipe that’s easy and good.  Hope you enjoy!!

Salsa Burgers

• 1 ½ lb. lean ground beef• ½ cup salsa• ¼ cup plain bread crumbs• 3 oz. (3/4 cup) shredded Hot Pepper Jack cheese• 6 burger buns, split , toasted• 6 tomato slices• 6 avocado slices• 6 T sour cream

Directions

In medium bowl, combine ground beef, salsa and bread crumbs; mix well. Shape mixture into 12 patties, about 4’ in diameter and ¼” thick. Sprinkle rounded tablespoon of cheese in center of 6 patties, spreading slightly. Top with remaining patties; press edges together firmly to seal.Grill over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, turning once.Place burgers on bottom halves of buns. Top each with tomato and avocado slice and 1 T sour cream. If desired, top with additional salsa. Cover with top halves of buns.A note from Bonnie from 2009:I have another fun and crowd pleasing idea you might want to try for your cookout this year. A group of us had gone to Dotty Dumplings several weeks ago, and each of us tried a different burger from their extensive list of burger options. We had lamb burgers, buffalo burgers, and ostrich burgers. Last week, when we went to my sister’s cookout, she and her husband offered a choice of those very burgers to all their guests. It was so fun!
SEE YOU SOON!!!