Christmas in July

Newsletter 27 – Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cottage Grove location hours

Mon-Fri 9-6
Sat 9-5
Sun 10-5

Lady’s Story – Chapter 49

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There's a darn squirrel coming and going in our attic.  It seems to be making itself right at home, which is just plan wrong!  Are ya with me here?My mom and dad pound on the ceiling in the kitchen, go outside and beat on the outside wall, they even put a trap up there, but the he or she squirrel ignores it all.  They even put a radio in the garage high up on a ladder near the squirrels' favorite spot and turn the radio up to as loud as it will go hoping the noise would chase it out.Shhh, just between you and me it's been hilarious watching my mom and dad do all these silly, silly things!When we finally figured out how the stupid thing was getting into the attic we fixed the problem!  Yeah, no more squirrel, right?  Wrong!A few days later me and my dad were going out to the backyard thru the kitchen and the garage when all of a sudden we heard some scratching noise and here the squirrel was inside the garage and climbing the wall up to the attic!  My dad tried to use a broom and get him out but this squirrel is a real fast one and he made it up to the attic.  Huh, my dad said some words I'd never heard before.  By the look on his face I didn't think I should ask what they meant.Then it happened a couple of days later to my mom, only she didn't try to chase it out of the garage she just 'SCREAMED' at the top of her voice and ran back into the house. I think the squirrel was more scared than my mom. It was hysterical!  I can't tell ya when I've laughed so hard!  Where’s that replay button when you need it?So, after that, duh, we figured out that the darn squirrel is walking in the back garage door just like it lives here.  Gotta hand it to the squirrel for being so brave.  Again, kinda funny, right?Wrong!  Now we have to keep the back door shut ALL the time so the squirrel can't get in.  Oh, that's a solution all right, only now I CAN'T GET OUT to the backyard whenever I want!Suddenly, this isn't so funny!~Lady 

Edgerton location open hours

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


Celebrate Christmas in July with us!

To help you get a jump start on your Christmas shopping, each week in July you'll find EXTRA special savings at America's Best Flowers.  We will be featuring 2 different (non-plant) items, with an amazing discount, each week through the month of July.So, stay tuned, folks, 'cause  we have a lot of fabulous surprises in-store just for you!

BLACK FRIDAY KICKOFF

We may be in the GREEN business, but we're having BLACK FRIDAY shopping specials just for you!This Friday, July 7, our 'Loyalty Customers' will receive 'DOUBLE DOLLARS' with each purchase.  For each $10 purchase you will receive $1 in America's Best Flowers 'orange dollars' and for each $100 purchase you will receive $10 in America's Best Flowers 'orange dollars' which you can use Saturday, July 8 or later.If you are not an America's Best Flowers Loyalty Customer just sign up on Friday to receive your 'DOUBLE DOLLARS.'  Being a Loyalty Customer simply means that we keep an electronic record of your purchases, so you don't have to hang on to those pesky receipts.  You'll receive our weekly newsletter, if you so desire, informing you on our products, in-house specials, solutions for plant problems, and other pertinent plant and gardening information.  Last, and probably best, is you'll receive special coupons in the mail from us.No worries, we do not share your information with any outside party.
How can you tell which one of your friends got a good Black Friday deal?

Don’t worry they’ll let you know.


Christmas in July Product Discounts

Starting today, Thursday, July 6th through Wednesday, July 12th, ALL FAIRY GARDEN items and Corinthian Bells Wind Chimes are an amazing 40% OFF their regular price.

The Wee Family

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Wee cottages, tiny people, teensy pets and miniature landscaping items are all 40% OFF this week.  No kidding!  At this price you could create an entire wee village!  It's a chance to create your very own small world or a FANTASTIC opportunity to give the gift of imagination to an adult, child or a senior in your life.This sale is on hard goods only, it does not include miniature plants.

Come on out and ring our chimes!

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The excellent design of the Corinthian Bells® wind chimes results in incredible tones and resonance.  If you are looking for an exceptional sounding and visually pleasing wind chime come on out and hear for yourself.  We have several sizes and colors available.  (There is nothing 'tinnie' sounding about these wind chimes, folks!)  What a perfect melodious Christmas gift to give someone (or yourself!)This sale is for in-stock items only at both our locations (unless otherwise noted) and does not apply to previously purchased items.
Mike: Why don’t mummies go on summer vacation?

Hank: I don’t know.

Mike: They’re afraid to relax and unwind!


Featured Plant of the Week – Becky Shasta Daisies

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The Becky Shasta Daisy is one great long blooming perennial that will enhance your garden for years to come.  This clump forming perennial flower blooms from June to September.  Guaranteed to enhance any garden with it's classic pure white petals that explode from its soft yellow center.Becky will reach 3-4 feet in height and will spread 24-36 inches.   Plant your 'Becky' in full sun and be prepared to simply enjoy their innocent beauty either in your yard or in a fresh cut flower arrangement. By the way, don't be surprised to see butterflies, bees and hummingbirds visiting your yard more often!Need another reason to come out to America's Best Flowers?  Our beautiful Becky Shasta Daisy is TWENTY PERCENT OFF THIS WEEK
Monica: Where did your mom go for her summer vacation?

Josh: Alaska.

Monica: Never mind, I’ll ask her myself.


Mixed Mini Gardens Buy-1-get-1-FREE

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This is an absolutely great time to freshen up your patio, deck or front stoop with mixed mini gardens! These 8" pots are regularly priced at $11.99 and there is no limit to the number you may purchase.   A fabulous fresh look at half the price and you didn't even get your hands dirty!  It doesn't get any better than this!Stop out soon for the best selection!
Why do dogs always race to the door when the doorbell rings?

It’s hardly ever for them!


Do I smell wet dog?

A dog in a bucket of soapy water
Yep, the smell of wet dog is in the air!  On Saturday, July 22, from 11-3 PM America’s Best Flowers will be hosting their 7th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS).Volunteers from the DCHS will give your dog a nice cool summer bath between 11:00 and 3:00. We are suggesting a $10 or larger donation for a bath, which will go directly to the DCHS.

A Day of Pampering for your Pooch!

Tabby & Jack's Pet Supplies and Grooming
It’s a day of dog pampering at our greenhouse.  Tabby & Jack’s Pet Grooming Service will be here to trim those long canine nails by either the traditional method or by the drummel method.Finally, complete the day with your four-legged-best-friend with a professional photo session with Talbot Photography.
Talbot's Photography
All proceeds from the dog wash, nail trimming and photo session go directly to the DCHS.Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, July 22.  It’s clean dog day at America’s Best Flowers!Is your tail wagging now?  Stay tuned…there’s more Tabby & Jack’s and Talbot Photography information coming next week.
How many artists does it take to change a light bulb?

Ten.

One to change it, and nine to reassure him about how good it looks.


Art in the Garden Craft Fair Vendor Information

This year’s Art In The Garden will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Setup and CHECK-IN begins at 7:00 a.m. You must be ready to sell by 9 a.m.To participate this year, we will require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 for a single booth and $35.00 for a double booth. After you arrive and have your booth space set up, we will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card (regardless of the booth size.)To register, please either send us a check or stop by our garden center in Cottage Grove. A registration form will be at our Customer Service desk.  If mailing your check for a space, please include a brief note stating that it is for the Art in the Garden event.  Please include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. Please send your check to:America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
This is an art and craft fair!  We ask that the items you are selling be handmade or at least semi-hand made.Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, draping, displays, products and booth security. Art in the Garden will take place inside our main greenhouses. In the event of rain, some of our plastic roofs may leak. YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE PLASTIC DRAPING to cover your items/booth if rain is forecast. This is a rain or shine event.Please dress accordingly. On sunny days the greenhouses can become quite warm by mid-day. Shoes and shirts MUST be worn at all times.We have two booth sizes. The single booth is 6 ft. long. The double booth is 12 ft. long. ALL BOOTHS ARE APPROXIMATELY 6 ft. DEEP. A very limited number of 6 ft. long steel mesh top tables are available if you need a display table. Tables are on a first come first serve basis and you are responsible for covering the steel mesh top. Your display and products MUST fit within your designated area. After unloading your vehicle, it must be moved to the designated parking area for vendors.Please call 222-2269 or e-mail me, Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com with your booth size choice NO LATER than Friday, August 25th, 2017. Your registration fee will be required to reserve your booth no later than Wednesday, August 30th.  If we have not received your fee by then your booth space will not be held.Upon request we will provide vendors with flyers for advertising.  Please stop at our greenhouse and pick up a supply to post in appropriate places. Please be sure you receive permission before posting them.Items deemed inappropriate by our management to sell in a family atmosphere will be and can be excluded at any time. There is NO SMOKING or firearms allowed on our property.Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.
First woman: My son came to visit for summer vacation.

Second woman: How nice! Did you meet him at the airport?

First woman: Oh, no. I’ve known him for years!


Fresh Flower Delivery

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Yes,  this beautiful fresh cut floral arrangement can be yours!  Just give us a call and we'll deliver it right to your door!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, plant and container selection may vary between our locations.
Teacher: Johnny, please use the words “letter carrier” in a sentence.

Johnny: Yes, ma’am. “My dad said that after seeing how many things my mom was bringing on vacation, he would rather letter carrier own luggage.”


Upcoming Events

7th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society
Sat, Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 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

Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

This cool and refreshing salad will be a big hit on a hot July day.  Serve with your favorite crackers, breadsticks or croissants for a delicious lunch.

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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Cilantro Dressing:• 3 Tbsp fresh Lime Juice• 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil• ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped• 1/8 tsp fresh cracked Pepper, to taste• a pinch of salt, to tasteSalad:• Cilantro dressing• 1 lb cooked shrimp, deveined and tail removed, drained well• 2 ripe avocados• 4 cups lettuce or baby greens

Directions

Combine all dressing ingredients (the first five) in a mixing bowl.Add shrimp to bowl containing dressing. Stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (2 or 3 is better).Wash and dry lettuce. Divide among 4 plates.Cut avocado into bite-size wedges. Arrange over lettuce.Top with marinated shrimp and leftover dressing. Enjoy!
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SEE YOU SOON!!!