Second Week of Cool Summer Savings

Newsletter 28 – Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cottage Grove location hours

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

Edgerton location open hours

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 50

Hey everybody, I need your help!  Now that the back garage door has to be shut cause of the stupid squirrel fiasco I told you about last week with him sashaying into the garage and up into the attic, I can't go in or out to MY OWN BACKYARD like I used to.So, I've come up with a plan to solve this conundrum.  I've been practicing my 'pout pose' hoping that my mom and dad would take the hint and ask me what the problem is.  That will be my chance to present my case of "Lady needs a 'dog door' put in the back garage door" drama.Ok, I admit it may not be the best way to handle it, but what's a girl to do, when her back is against the wall, I ask ya?The problem is I just can't decide which 'pout pose' to use.  Can you please send me an email at abfscimino@yahoo.com and let me know which pose you think would be most effective for my cause?
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Here's to the (possible) power of the POUT!~Lady 

It’s Christmas in July at America’s Best Flowers!

Hey, everyone!  This is our second week of our Celebrate Christmas in July event! 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.Stop on out and bring your Christmas list with you 'cause we have a lot of fabulous surprises in-store just for you!

Week # 2 – Featured Items

Starting today, Thursday, July 13th through Wednesday, July 19th, ALL Cosmic Spinners and All Gardening Gloves are an amazing 40% OFF their regular price. 
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Our Cosmic Spinners will add just the right touch of whimsy to your garden area!  Hang one or more of these pieces of garden art from a Shepherd's hook, an eave, a lilac branch, or even on your neighbors' tree branch that hangs over into your yard! Then just sit back, relax and watch as the breeze sets your spinner in multi-colored motion.
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Do your gardening gloves need replacing? Well, now would be a great time to stock up and save 40% off of each and every pair! We have a wide selection for men, women and yes, even kids!  Choose from either light cotton gloves, for those easier garden tasks, to gardening gloves made from sturdier material with leather palms and leather finger pads.  Stop on out and stock up for the fall planting and cleaning season and for next spring. And again, don't forget those gardeners on your Christmas list.And, if there's a gardener in your life with a birthday coming up, why not pick up several pairs of gardening gloves for him or her.  Add a bag of potting soil and, voila' there you have it, a perfect gift that will keep on weeding, get it?  
Little Susie, a six-year-old, complained, “Mother, I’ve got a stomach ache.”

“That’s because your stomach is empty,”

the mother replied. “You would feel better if you had something in it.”

That afternoon, her father came complaining that he had a severe headache all day. Susie perked up, “That’s because it’s empty,” she said.

“You’d feel better if you had something in it.”


Dazzling Petunia Containers & Hanging Baskets 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 petunia hanging baskets and 10", 12", and 14" petunia containers.Remember that petunias thrive on heat and rain which currently happens to be very popular in our area!Calibrachoa, (easy for you to say) better known as Million Bells, hanging baskets are BUY-1-GET-1-FREE TOO!Yes, you certainly may mix and match!Please keep in mind that the price of the FREE item will be equal to or less than the purchased item.Again, 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!
Q: Why don’t dogs make good dancers?

A: Because they have two left feet!


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 minimum donation of $10 for each 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.  Stop by and visit Kelsey, a professional groomer, at the Tabby & Jack’s Grooming booth.  Kelsey can trim those doggie nails either by the traditional method or with a dremel.  The cost for a nail trim by the traditional method is $10 and for the dremel method is $15.
Talbot's Photography
Don’t forget the brush!  Talbot Photography will be here to photograph your best four-legged friend.  How about a picture of the two of you together?For a $20 donation, your dog will have a professional photo session in a cool, calm and private area in our greenhouse and you’ll receive an adorable 5×7 picture that you’ll treasure for years. 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!More tail wagging information coming next week!
Assistant: “Sir, can I have a day off next week to visit my mother-in-law?”

Boss: “Certainly not!”

Assistant: “Thank you so much sir! I knew you would be understanding.”


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.
The mother comes home and the father says, “Watch this!”

The little girl goes and serves the mother tea.

The mother responds,

“Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?”


Beautiful Fresh Cut Flowers

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We always have beautiful fresh-cut flowers available for you at our floral shop.  Whether it's a floral arrangement, a small and simple bouquet or a lovely corsage, flowers always bring a smile to the recipient.  Look, even the mug is smiling! Stop in or 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.

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
What do you call an academically successful slice of bread?

An honor roll.


Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

Jim and I are very fortunate to visit Florida during the cold months of our Wisconsin winter.  The trailer park we stay at has a lot of potluck events.  One of my southern friends, Sharon, brought this to one last winter.  So yummy!  Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Chicken Artichoke Dip

• 1 – 10 oz can chunk white chicken, drained & flaked• 1 – 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained & chopped up• 1 – 7 oz pkg dry Italian dressing (Zesty)• 1 – 8 oz container sour cream• 1/4 C mayonnaise• 1 C shredded Havarti cheese• 1/4 C parmesan cheese• 1 T hot sauce• 1/4-1/2 C sliced almonds, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Pour into sprayed baking dish. – Top with almonds, if desired.Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.Serve with your favorite crackers. (Sharon prefers Fritos Scoops or Town House Flip Sides)
SEE YOU SOON!!!