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Newsletter 22 – Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cottage Grove location open hours

Mon-Fri 9-8
Sat – Sun 9-6

Edgerton location open hours

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 44

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Hey, it's me, Lady, with my backyard buddy, Drake!  Me and Drake are the security team for our humble domain.  I guard 2 areas of the house, the front yard from my window seat and the inside of the house.So, here's how it works.  When I see, hear or sense something fishy going on I growl and bark to alert my dad.  It's pretty amazing how fast my dad can jump out of bed in the middle of the night and run to the front window when I sound the alarm.  (Shhhh, don't tell my dad this, but just for the fun of it, me and my mom have talked about timing him just to see exactly how fast he is!  Oh my, ya never know, it may be some kind of world record and my dad's picture could end up on the front of a cereal box!  How cool would that be?!)Now, Drake, well, he guards the backyard area.  He doesn't actually patrol the perimeter and it's not that he doesn't want to, but well, Drake has his limitations just like we all do.  To help keep Drake on his toes (Well, that was pretty silly to say, wasn't it?) he is moved to different areas of the backyard on a regular basis.  So, how does Drake sound the alarm, ya ask?  Well, it's like this.  Me and Drake have an ESP connection.  He sounds his internal alarm and I take over from there.  I head for the back door and do the growl and bark thing.And, yep, you got it!  From out of the bedroom comes Flash, whoops, I mean my dad to the rescue!Between the 3 of us, we keep my mom nice and safe!~Lady
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit inGreek proverb

Perennial Gardening Class

Saturday, June 3, 10:00-11:00am

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Do you have questions regarding perennials such as: how do I divide plants, what type of fertilizer do I use or how do I keep my plants looking their best?  Our perennial manager, Margaret, will answer all of these questions at this Saturday morning class.  She will also discuss sun exposure, soil types, and much more.  Margaret will also have FREE garden plans for you to take home.This is a great opportunity to expand your gardening knowledge, so bring a friend and come on out.
Did You Ever Wonder?Can you cry under water?

Since bread is square, then why is sandwich meat round?

Why do you have to “put your two cents in”…but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going to?

What did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why are you IN a movie, but you are ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?


Plant Pollinator Class

Sunday, June 4, 10:00-11:00am

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So, what do bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, flies, butterflies, moths, beetles, and hummingbirds have in common?  They are all wonderful plant pollinators!  Their busywork leads to the production of fruits we can eat and seeds that will create more plants!Pollination begins with flowers and that's what America's Best Flowers is all about.  Please join us this coming Sunday and learn how you can promote this wonderful act of nature in your very own yard!
There were three men on a hill with their watches.

The first man threw his watch down the hill and it broke.

The second man threw his watch down the hill and it broke.

The third man threw his watch down the hill, walked all the way to the bottom,

and caught it.

The other two men were puzzled and asked the third man how he did it.

The third man said, “Easy. My watch is 5 minutes slow!”


Container Garden Make & Take For Shady Areas

Tuesday, June 6, 5:00-6:30pm

Is your screened in or shady porch area lacking living color?  Let us show you how easy it is to create a beautiful shade-loving container garden for these areas. Come on out to this container garden make and take specifically for shady areas. 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.  Pre-registration is appreciated.
Q: Why do golfers carry an extra pair of socks?

A: In case they get a hole in one!


Summer Miniature Garden Make & Take

Saturday, June 10, 10am-Noon or 1pm-3pm

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Think small and inside the pot NEXT Saturday, June 10, for our Summer Miniature Garden Make & Take.  Create your very own miniature fairy garden just as you’ve seen in the glossy home and garden magazines!Captivating, little gazing balls, tiny bird baths, mischievous gnomes, petite fairies, small stepping stones, diminutive garden arbors, and miniature fences are just some of the treasures we have waiting here to help you realize your vision. Choose from our wide selection of tiny, live plants to bring your miniature wonderland to life.To participate in our workshops and receive FREE POTTING SOIL AND ASSISTANCE, a minimum plant purchase of $10.00 per container is required and you must use plants and/or accessories purchased at America's Best Flowers the day of the workshop.After you have shopped for your succulents, tiny plants, accessories and containers just pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!Our workshops are a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your garden gloves. If you forget them, don’t worry, we have a wide variety of reasonably priced gardening gloves to choose from.  Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting and will help with any and all plant or design questions.We do ask that if you are bringing in containers from home, please EMPTY all soil from them before bringing them to our greenhouse.We do reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.  Pre-registration is appreciated.

Is it Party Time at Your House?

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Are you frantic just thinking about everything that needs to get done before your get-together?  Let us offer a simple and easy solution for decorating your yard, patio or deck!Our Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets will provide that finishing touch to your entertainment area.  And, if your family and friends are under the impression that you did all the planting and designing, well, we’re okay with that.  Your secret is safe with us!

Fresh Flower Delivery

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You're  getting pretty antsy for a fresh colorful bouquet and it's a little too early to cut fresh flowers from your garden, so what's a person to do?Well, it's as easy as calling one of our locations and ordering a fresh bouquet for delivery or come on out to either location and point and choose the exact flowers you'd like and we'll put together a stunning bouquet for you.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 man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. The next week the man realized that he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 am for an early morning business flight to Chicago.

Not wanting to be the first to break the silence, he finally wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5:00 am.”

The next morning the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00am, and that he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t woken him when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. It said…

“It is 5:00am, wake up.”


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.

Let’s Recycle Together

“I was a plant once, send me back home!”
America's Best Flowers is proud to partner with Metro Market on a reuse/recycle program. We support the most authentic way to recycle, which is to reuse existing products such as cardboard and plastic containers.With this new effort, Metro Market supplies us with cardboard trays they would otherwise recycle, and we reuse them to package up the garden plants and supplies you purchase here at America's Best Flowers.We invite you to join us in our endeavor. On your next visit, please return the cardboard boxes and flats your purchases went home in. We also welcome paper grocery bags. This is a great way to live green; and more importantly, it's the right thing to do.
A Loan for KermitA frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.

"Miss Whack, I’d like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday." Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral. The frog says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patty explains that she’ll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.

She finds the manager and says, "There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral." She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "I mean, what in the world is this?"

(You’re going to love this)

(A masterpiece)

(Wait for it)

The bank manager looks back at her and says…

"It’s a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man’s a Rolling Stone."


Upcoming Events

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
Customer Appreciation Day!
Sun, Jun 25

Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

This is the easiest way ever to have homemade brownies ready in a flash without having to buy boxed brownie mix again! So simple, so easy.  Makes a great gift!

Yummy and Easy Brownies

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• 1 Cup Sugar• 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour• 1/3 Cup Cocoa• 1/4 tsp Salt• 1/4 tsp Baking PowderAt Baking Time, Add:• 2 Eggs• 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil• 1 teaspoon Vanilla• Chopped nuts, if desired

Directions

Mix first five ingredients together. Store in plastic bags or mason jars until ready to use. (The baking powder will lose potency after 9-12 months, so add a pinch more at baking time if it's been more than a year)When ready to bake, first preheat oven to 350°F. Add the last ingredients to the mix in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Place in a 8×8" or 9×9" baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
SEE YOU SOON!!!