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Newsletter 25 – Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cottage Grove location open hours

 

Mon-Fri 9-7
Sat – 9-6
Sun 10-6

Edgerton location open hours

 

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 47

 

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Ok, I know Father’s Day is over and all, but I really wanna show ya what I gave my dad.  His eyes got all wet when he saw it and at first I thought I had hurt his feelings, but my mom explained to me that this was a good thing and people do this when they are both happy and sad.Yikes, wet eyes when you’re happy and when you’re sad?I tell ya, sometimes it’s just so confusing around here!!~Lady

Customer Appreciation Day

 

Saturday, June 24

 

All of us at America’s Best Flowers would like to say ‘THANK YOU!’ to our fabulous customers!

For One Day Only

 

Saturday June 24th

 

In honor of Customer Appreciation Day this Saturday, you get 1 hanging basket FREE when you purchase 1 hanging basket priced at $19.99 and up!  The FREE basket must be equal to or lesser than the purchased basket.When you buy 5 hanging baskets you get, wait for it, 5 hanging baskets FREE.  It’s bananas, right?This offer is valid at both our locations and excludes foliage baskets!This Saturday is a great time to freshen up your yard with hanging baskets.  Hey, while you’re out here why not check out our great selection of 40% off trees!

40% off All Trees

 

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Hey, we didn’t know so many of you wanted and needed trees, so we are continuing our 40% off ALL trees for another week!We have so many beautiful and healthy trees that need really good homes.   Choose from apple, cherry, pear, plum, maple, crabapple, birch trees, and other varieties while supplies last!It’s a perfect time to plant that tree(s) you’ve always wanted in your yard!  Stop out soon to get the best selection available.
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.Rabindranath Tagore

Perennial of the Week – Hosta

 

June is Perennial Month at America’s Best Flowers!

 

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Hosta plants have long been a perennial favorite among gardeners. They are easy to care for and their lush foliage is the perfect low maintenance plant.  Hostas are mostly thought of as a shade perennial and come in a variety of shades of greens to a color so deep it’s called blue to a light chartreuse to a soft creamy white.  As such their sunlight requirements differ.  When planting hostas keep in mind that the lighter the foliage, the more sun it will need.  All hostas need some shade and few, if any, will do well in strong direct sunlight.These tropical looking perennials reach full maturity in four to eight years. The hosta is a rugged plant that will tolerate just about any soil and is very tolerant of summer drought.All of our hostas are 20% off this week. Hurry in while supplies last and get several of these perfect perennials for your garden.
What is a weed?

A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.Ralph Waldo Emerson


America’s Best Dollars are Baaacckk!

 

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This spring we brought back our America’s Best Dollar program just for YOU! And it keeps getting better! For each $20 purchase you will receive a $1 America’s Best Dollar.  For each $100 purchase you will receive a $5 America’s Best Dollar.  These ‘orange dollars’ may be combined and used for up to 50% off of your next purchase.  America’s Best Dollars may be used on purchases thru December 24, 2017.
A police officer jumps into his squad car and calls the station.

“I have an interesting case here,” he says.

“A woman shot her husband for stepping on the floor she just mopped.”

“Have you arrested her?” asks the sergeant.

“No, not yet. The floor’s still wet.”


Small Tomato, Big Flavor! – By Lauren

 

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Nothing says summer more than the pop of a fresh, sweet cherry tomato in your mouth. They’re great as a healthy, stand-alone treat or the perfect addition to a summer salad.Right now we have oodles of some of the tastiest cherry tomatoes around! Sun-ripened and delicious, they are ready-to-eat in a quaint little cup. Many of our customers rave about how good our cherry tomatoes are and just can’t get enough, some stopping weekly to satiate their craving. Fair warning though, trying “just one” is a bit dangerous, as you may not be able to stop there. So if you pick some up, you may want to get an extra cup for the ride home, just in case.Cherry tomatoes are available at our Cottage Grove location only.

Fresh Flower Delivery

 

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It’s so easy to do.  We get so caught up in taking care of and doing for others that we forget about doing something special for ourselves. Well, we’re here for you!  Just give a call and order yourself a bright and beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers or a lovely potted plant for delivery?   You deserve it!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 mom texts, “Hi! Son, what does IDK, LY, & TTYL mean?”

He texts back, “I Don’t Know, Love You, & Talk To You Later.”

The mom texts him, “It’s ok, don’t worry about it. I’ll ask your sister, love you too.”


Upcoming Events

 

Customer Appreciation Day!
Sat, Jun 24
7th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society
Sat, Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bring your wonderfully dirty dogs to our garden spa for a bath, nail trim, and a poochie portrait. All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society!
Native Plant Class
Sat, Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn about native plants and how to care for them. An expert will share tips and answer questions at this informative and fun class.
Butterfly Gardening Class
Sat, Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
My three-year-old daughter stuck out her hand and said,

“Look at the fly I killed, Mommy.”

Since she was eating a juicy pickle at the time, I thrust her contaminated hands under the faucet and washed them with antibacterial soap.

After sitting her down to finish her pickle, I asked, with a touch of awe,

“How did you kill that fly all by yourself?”

Between bites, she said, “I hit it with my pickle.”


Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

 

All my kids are coming! Including my newest son, the remarkable man who married my beautiful daughter last April, and who has never been to our house before.  No pressure there, since I only want everything perfect and food he’ll remember forever.My sister is in the fray too, and planning to make a huge batch of porcupine meatballs and mashed potatoes, a kid favorite from way back.  It had been a while since she had made them, so last week she did a trial run and invited Jim and I to be the tasters.  There is absolutely nothing like a big pile of homemade potatoes topped with meatballs and yummy tomato sauce to bring smiles all around.Because we are farm girls and never want to run short on food, there were leftovers.  The large container of potatoes she sent home with us made me think of another favorite that had been missing from my plate for years.  Growing up on that farm in Iowa, leftover mashed potatoes were often turned into potatoes patties for the next meal. Golden-brown and crunchy on the outside, smooth and creamy on the inside, they are perfect beside a grilled pork chop or steak.Hope you enjoy!

Pauline’s Potato Patties

 

• 3 cups leftover cold mashed potatoes, stiff is best**• 2 eggs, beaten• 1/2 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed• salt• black pepper• onion powder• 1 stick butter

Directions

 

Beat eggs well in a medium bowl with low sides.Crush crackers in a plastic bag, zipped shut, with a rolling pin until fairly fine, add salt, pepper and onion powder to taste.  (With my mom everything was to taste – start with 1/2 teaspoon of each and go from there)Place crumb mixture in a standard size pie pan.Form potatoes into 6 – 8 patties.  If they are too soft to hold their shape, a little flour can be mixed in. Place on plate.Melt butter in large non-stick skillet over med to med-high heat.Dip potatoes in egg and roll in cracker crumbs to coat both sides and edges.  Place directly into skillet when butter is hot – you can test with a drop or two of water – it should sizzle as soon as it hits the butter. Be careful not to get it too hot.Fry your patties until golden brown.  Flip and repeat for other side.Serve on platter alongside your favorite meat.** If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a sister provide the homemade mashed potatoes, do not despair.  These are also good made with instant.  Just be sure to keep them on the dry side by adding a little more flakes to the milk and butter mixture.  Whole or 2% milk works best for this.  And let potatoes cool before making them into patties.
SEE YOU SOON!!!