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Newsletter 36 – Thursday, September 7, 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

Rose Winterization Class

Saturday, Sept 9
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Join us this coming Saturday morning class and  learn how to prepare your roses for winter! Our general manager, Betty, will share several techniques and tips for rose winterization and pruning, so that next season your roses will come back strong, healthy and beautiful!Then stick around for the following…

Spring Bulb Gardening Class

Saturday, Sept 9
11:00-Noon

Plant a bulb garden this fall to avoid springtime regret. Learn how to create a stunning display at a free bulb gardening class. Our perennial manager, Margaret, will discuss soil preparation, fertilization, planting location, planting depth and mulching. She also covers how to prune spent blooms and various ways to prevent wildlife from damaging bulbs. Attendees will leave the class knowing how to plan and plant a beautiful spring bulb garden.

More Fall Into Savings sales!

  • All Perennials – 30% OFF
  • All Metal Garden Art – 30% OFF
  • Angel Trumpets – All 12" pots $9.99


All Perennials – 30% OFF

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We've upped your savings on our remaining perennials! Did you know that planting perennials in the fall has distinct benefits?  Autumn's cooler temperatures are easier on both plants and gardeners alike.  This is a great time to change up, add to or completely re-do your perennial garden.Take advantage of this sale now to allow your plants more time to become established before winter.  Stop out soon to get the best selection available!
A mother said to her son, “Look at that kid over there; he’s not misbehaving.”

The son replied, “Maybe he has good parents!”


All Metal Garden Art – 30% OFF

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Whether you like subtle, bold or even outlandish metal garden art we have it all!  Talk about making a garden statement!  Take a look at just a sampling of what we have:

  • Giant (4' wing span), mid-size (3' wing span) and small (2 1/2' wing span) colorful metal butterflies
  • Giant (5') and small (2 1/2') tall metal cranes
  • 5 foot tall metal desert cactus
  • 9-10 foot tall metal palm tree (metal coconuts included)
  • Kinetic spinners in many colors, sizes, and designs
  • 3 legged sculptures with globe – 3 sizes available (17" x 63", 24" x 82", 25" x 100")

Mr. and Mrs. Brown had two sons. One was named Mind Your Own Business & the other was named Trouble.

One day the two boys decided to play hide and seek. Trouble hid while Mind Your Own Business counted to one hundred. Mind Your Own Business began looking for his brother behind garbage cans and bushes.

Then he started looking in and under cars until a police man approached him and asked, “What are you doing?”

“Playing a game,” the boy replied. “What is your name?” the officer questioned.

“Mind Your Own Business.” Furious the policeman inquired, “Are you looking for trouble?!”

The boy replied, “Why, yes.”


Heavenly Angel Trumpets

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Brugmansia,or Angel’s trumpets, are sub-tropical shrubs known for their beautiful trumpet shaped fragrant flowers. This annual plant attracts birds and butterflies and makes quite the statement in container gardens. These easy to care for tough plants can withstand a wide variety of temperatures and conditions. If you’re growing them in containers, take them inside during the winter months.All 12" pots are $9.99!
Q. How much room is needed for fungi to grow?

A. As mushroom as possible

Fall Bulbs Are In!

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Picture it: Wisconsin… March… It’s been a long, cold winter. You’ve been cooped up for months and it’s hard to remember what it’s like to breathe in fresh air that doesn’t hurt your lungs. You’re just craving to see color outside, so when the snow melts and you finally see the first signs of spring, it is glorious! Crocuses burst through the ground, warming your heart. Then daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips! Suddenly there’s color everywhere, and with it comes sheer delight and excitement! It takes a little planning and preparation to have a truly amazing spring flower show in your yard, so make your future-self happy by planting bulbs this fall.A stunning selection of tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, alliums, camassia, muscari, Siberian squill and dwarf irises just arrived! There are several varieties to choose from and they’re oh so easy to plant. Though it’s not time to plant bulbs just yet, you’ll want to get them early for the best selection. Don’t miss the opportunity to prepare a fantastic spring display for next year. You’ll be happy you did!

Fertilize Bulbs for Better Blooms

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Don’t forget the Bulb-tone! Whenever you plant bulbs, be sure to add a dose of Espoma Bulb-tone to the surrounding soil. It’s a natural fertilizer derived from organic ingredients and provides all the nutrients necessary for healthy bulb plants and flowers. Like any good natural fertilizer, it breaks down and releases nutrients gradually, so the plant has time to take it up as it grows. It also contains a blend of microbes that are vital to plant health and facilitate nutrient uptake.Bulb-tone is also a good fertilizer for established bulb plants to give them a boost. Check the back of the package for the recommended amount to use and just work into the top few inches of soil. This is best done in the fall, to avoid damaging new growth.

Fall Gardening

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Mid-September is a great time to plant cool season vegetable crops.  Fall gardens are easy to grow, and it’s a delightful time to work in the garden – there are fewer bugs and it’s not so hot.  To get you started we have 3 varieties of kale (Russian red, blue curled Scotch, and dinosaur), 2 varieties of Swiss chard (fordhook giant and bright lights), and golden acre cabbage plants, as well as a variety of seeds for fall planting.Because they mature in progressively cooler temperatures, fall crops have a wonderful flavor…much better than spring crops.Cool fall weather actually holds the crops for you right in the garden so you can enjoy your harvest well into October.  Fall garden care is similar to spring gardening, except you don’t have to water as much.  All you do is dig in a little compost at planting time.  If you don’t have a compost pile available, we have it in ready-to-use bags.

Beautiful Corsages and Boutonnières

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School has started and Fall is in the air! Which means homecoming is right around the corner! And you are going to want a corsage and boutonnière to accent your unique style. Whether your style is classic, rustic, fun or contemporary we can create that corsage and boutonnière just for you!Come in and browse through our selection of ribbons, accessories and designs. Are you going with a group of friends and want to coordinate styles? We can do that for you….we'll make it Instagram worthy! Don't forget to tag us, we'd love to feature your pics and give a shoutout to your school!Save $ on your homecoming corsage and boutonnière flowers with our coupon.
$3 off any corsage purchase or $5 off with the purchase of both a corsage and boutonniere
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Make sure to call or stop in soon at either one of our locations and place your orders in early to ensure you get the flowers and colors of your choice. Cottage Grove (608) 222-2269 Edgerton (608) 884-8120To 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.

Art in the Garden

Saturday, Sept 16

Mark your calendars for our 8th Annual Art in the Garden event! Over 30 talented Wisconsin artists will be at our greenhouse displaying their unique creations.  Some of the items available include: jewelry, ceramics, greeting cards, weavings, carved gourds, purses, textiles, photography, and much more!Several of our staff members will be participating in our Art in the Garden event.  We thought it would be nice to feature them and let them tell you themselves how they got started with their craft.
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Heidi:My business name is Mamachocolatemoose Monkeys.  Specializing in sock monkeys.I started about 40 years ago, my grandma had a sock monkey and I always liked it.  So when I started having nephews and nieces, I started making them.The monkeys I make have felt eyes sewn on, so no choking hazard. The pompom on top is handmade and extra sewing to secure the yarns.  I also add the recipients initials on them if requested.I've had requests for specialty monkeys, so I have various – including Packers. I also sew t-shirt quilts. You can see more at  https://www.facebook.com/mamachocolatemoosemonkeys/
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Sharon:I have pursued something to challenge the creative part of my brain for most of my life.  I became interested in jewelry making about eight years ago with guidance and encouragement from an artist friend.  She helped me look at each piece I made as a piece of art. And as they say 'the rest is history.'Margaret:My handmade aromatherapy pendant's are made of metal and leather which I have letter stamped. The pendant's can be worn on a chain as a necklace or on one of my handmade bracelets. I'll also have products that I make using therapeutic – grade essential oils. Things like body butter, bath salts, body scrub, roll-ons and body mist.Regarding our talented Thelma:Did you know that your average-every-day gourd can be turned into a beautiful work of art?  Not possible?  Oh, yes it is! Just stop by Thelma's booth and see for yourself!  You will be amazed by this lady's talent.
Come on out for our 8th Annual Art in the Garden event on Saturday, September 16, from 9-3.It’s a great opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!
Teacher: “Answer this math problem: if your father earns $500 a week

and gives half to your mother. What will he have?”

Student: “A heart attack.”


America’s Best Flowers Fundraiser Program for Non-Profit Organizations!

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Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?  America’s Best Flowers’ fundraising program begins this fall on October 1 and runs through April 1, 2018.  We have designed it to be quick, easy, and profitable.  In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group. What else makes our fundraiser so special?    1. Your group gets 25% of the total value of the America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell!
    2. Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and our Edgerton locations!
    3. America’s Best Flowers gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!
Offer your customer that perfect gift to give for the holidays or any occasion.  To help promote your fundraising efforts be sure to advertise that an America’s Best Flowers gift card may be used to purchase items for the coming holiday season.  We will have beautiful poinsettias, Christmas trees, decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths, holiday hanging baskets, Grab and Go Porch Pots, and much more for your holiday decorating needs.  Many non-profit groups have told us that America’s Best Flowers’ gift cards almost sell themselves!”How do you get started?  One way is to take orders for our gift cards.  Your customers make payment directly to your group.  Submit your completed order to us and we will process it.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total order will be due when you pick up your gift cards.  Another way is to purchase, in bulk, several different denominations of gift cards to sell at your organization’s activities.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total is due when you pick up your bulk order.  Some groups do it both ways! All holiday orders must be placed with us on or before Monday, December 11.  The cards will be available for you to pick up in a few days time.  Your orders may be submitted weekly, or all at one time.  If you need a gift card after December 18 just give us a call and we will make arrangements with you.Learn more about our fundraising program by visiting our website www.americasbestflowers.com or emailing Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com.
Q: What type of sandals do frogs wear?

A: Open-toad!


Bringing Houseplants and Tropicals Indoors

Just like people, houseplants benefit from being outdoors during the summer and go back indoors for the winter. It sounds simple enough, but a few measures can be taken for a smooth transition back indoors. Most houseplants or tropical plants can’t survive below 45°, so when nighttime temperatures drop to around 50°, it’s a good time to start the process.

Insect Control

Insect control should be done before bringing plants in. Inspect the entire plant for any pest insects, such as aphids, mealy bugs, or spider mites. Whether you find insects or not, rinse the upper and underside of foliage and stems with a forceful spray of water to get rid of any insects you can. If you do see something, or just want to be safe, you can treat the surface of the foliage and stems with insecticidal soap or oil.We recommend using Bonide Neem Oil, which is natural, effective and one of the safest options for use in your home. Like most natural sprays, it requires contact with the insect, so good coverage and a few treatments are necessary for adequate control. A surefire option is to apply Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control to the soil, which is a granular systemic insecticide that lasts up to 8 weeks and kills any insects that feed on the plant. This option is not recommended if you have pets or small children because of possible health risks from contact or ingestion. As with any insecticide, read and follow all label instructions. You can also cover soil with Bonide Diatomaceous Earth, which would kill the larvae of insects that may be in the soil.It’s also good practice to quarantine returning houseplants to avoid inadvertently infecting other houseplants. It’s as simple as just placing the returning plants in a separate room for a few weeks to be sure they are insect-free.

Prepare and Acclimate

It’s always good to freshen up and prepare your houseplants before you bring them in for the winter. Prune plants if they look a bit leggy or scraggly. Trim back what you think needs it, but no more than one third of the plant.If plants have outgrown their pot and are root-bound, plan to repot them into a slightly larger container in spring before the majority of new growth occurs. If you decide they need repotting, be sure the container is no more than two inches bigger in diameter than the original pot, so they can adequately absorb water from the soil, thus avoiding root rot.The difference in humidity and light between outdoor and indoor climates can sometimes shock plants, causing their foliage to turn yellow and drop. Therefore it’s helpful to gradually acclimate them back to indoor conditions. Begin the process by bringing them indoors at night, when outside temps are below 50°, and bringing them back out in the morning. Do this every night for a few days, and then gradually increase their time indoors over the course of two weeks until they are indoors full time.Remember that plants need a lot less water when indoors, since they are growing more slowly. It can be beneficial to clean windows to maximum the sunlight that reaches the plant so they have their best chance to stay healthy and thrive.


Upcoming Events

Rose Winterization Class
Sat, Sep 9 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Learn how to prepare your roses for winter! Our rose expert will share several techniques and tips for rose winterization and pruning, so that next season your roses will come back strong, healthy and beautiful!
Learn how to create a spring bulb garden
Sat, Sep 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Art In the Garden Craft Fair
Sat, Sep 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Talented local artists display and sell their unique items among flowers and foliage! Crafts include a variety of styles and mediums, providing a nice selection to choose from. This is a great way to get a jump on holiday shopping!
Create a Bonsai plant with the help of our expert
Sat, Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Scarecrow Weekends
Sat, Oct 7 – Sun, Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bring the family and build your own scarecrow!
Scarecrow Weekends
Sat, Oct 14 – Sun, Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bring the family and build your own scarecrow!

Our Kitchen – By Margaret

Madison has a great history of diverse neighborhoods.  This week we'd like to feature an Italian recipe from the old Greenbush neighborhood that was located in the vicinity of W. Washington Ave and S. Park St. This area was redeveloped many, many years ago.  The homes and business are gone now, but wonderful recipes, family stories, and pictures have survived and will continue to do so thanks to the efforts of Catherine Tripalin Murray.  Lucky for those of us who like to either cook, eat or both, Catherine has published 2 volumes of fabulous recipes from this rich culture.We'd like to share this recipe from Volume 1 of the cookbook 'a taste of memories from the old "Bush".  If you are interested in purchasing a copy of these cookbooks just Google 'a taste of memories from the old "Bush" and order.

Sesame-Herb Chicken

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• 1 T. butter• 2/3 cup Bisquick mix• 2 T. sesame seed• 1 t. each of dried thyme and parsley flakes• 1/2 t. each of basil and oregano• 1-1/2 t. paprika• 1 t. salt and pepper• 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pound fryer chicken

Directions

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter in 9×13 pan in oven until melted. Toss baking mix with seasonings and sesame. Coat chicken and place in pan, skin side down. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes longer. Turn and bake another 15 minutes, until done. Serves 6.
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