Welcome Back Autumn!

Newsletter 38 – Thursday, September 21, 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

Let’s do our best to stay healthy this season!

Here we go, folks, another flu season is creeping up on us!  Getting an annual flu vaccine is, well, a pain in the…arm.  That being said, a little needle prick may save you 7-10 days of being down and out and dangerously ill with the flu.There are several other vaccines that we all need to stay current with.  The pneumococcal, tetanus and shingles are other important vaccines for you to discuss with your doctor.Please, let's take the time to look out for one another. Asking for help is often difficult. Is there anyone in your family or neighborhood that may need a ride to the doctor or clinic for any of these vaccines?  Maybe a senior citizen, a disabled person or someone without transportation, perhaps?  Regardless of the circumstance, why not reach out and let someone know that you care.Let's set a goal to stay healthy and to take care of ourselves AND each other!

It happens every now and then!

Due to lack of plant availability the Bonsai Class that we had scheduled for this coming Saturday, September 23rd has been cancelled for this season.

September to Remember Sales!

  • 60% OFF Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs
  • 30% OFF – All Candles/Candle Accessories, Glass Plates, & Ceramic Animals 
  • All Mixed Annual Containers – BUY-1-GET-1 FREE (Excludes fall mum containers.)

Why do chicken coops always have two doors?

With four, they’d be chicken sedans.


60% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs

This week, ALL perennials, ALL trees and ALL shrubs are now 60% off!  What a great time to make those landscape changes that you’ve been thinking about!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!This offer excludes mums and is not valid on previous purchases or custom orders.  There is no warranty on plants purchased at special savings of 40% off or more.
Q: Why is the obtuse triangle always upset?

A: Because it is never right.


All Candles, Candle Accessories, Glass Plates, & Ceramic Animals – 30% OFF

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Beat the rush and start your holiday shopping at America's Best Flowers.  As you can see we have a plethora of gift ideas for you!
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Doctor: “I’ve found a great new drug that can help you with your sleeping problem.”

Patient: “Great, how often do I have to take it?”

Doctor: “Every two hours.”


All Mixed Annual Containers – BUY-1-GET-1 FREE

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Sass up your front stoop, patio or deck with our mixed annual containers! Spend half as much to look twice as good with our BUY-1-GET-1 FREE sale.Stop in soon for the best selection. This offer excludes fall mum containers.
Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?

A: Pumpkin Pi


Pumpkins Come in Many Sizes, Shapes, Colors, and Textures!

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And we have them all; smooth pumpkins, bumpy pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, green pumpkins, orange pumpkins and white pumpkins.  Large, medium and small pumpkins are all here waiting to join your fall decorations or to be creatively carved into a masterpiece for Halloween.Just look how easy it is to create a fun display!  A few pumpkins, a bale of straw, a few kittens and you’re done!Yep, and we even have pumpkins for those Thanksgiving Day pumpkin pies!  All that’s missing is the whipped cream!  Yum!
Sleep with an open window tonight!

1400 mosquitos like that.

420 mosquitos commented on it.

210 mosquitos shared this.

One mosquito invited for the event.

2800 mosquitos will be attending the event.


We have fall decorating bundles!

Take advantage of all the decorating tools that our Wisconsin fall offers.  Our brilliant colored mums along with our corn shocks, gourds, ornamental corn and pumpkins will add the perfect seasonal look to any porch or yard. To make things even easier, America’s Best Flowers has two Autumn Bundles available.  The small bundle consists of 1 gorgeous single colored mum, a straw bale, and a bundle of corn shocks, for $24.99.  Add two more single colored gorgeous mums for the large Autumn Bundle for $39.99.Our corn shocks are netted (like a Christmas tree) so they can be safely tied to the roof of your vehicle, keeping your car clean and the shocks free from wind damage.  We’ll even provide the twine.Our supply is limited, so don’t lose out on the chance to have the coolest looking yard on the block!
Harry prays to God: Dear Lord, please make me win the lottery.

The next day Harry begs the Lord again: Please make it so I win the lottery, Lord!

The next day, Harry again prays: Please, please, dear Lord, make me win the lottery!

Suddenly he hears a voice from above:

Harry, would you kindly go and buy a lottery ticket.


Beautiful Fresh Cut Flowers

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If you are a plan-ahead person we'd be happy to take your flower order via our website or over the phone and either deliver a beautiful floral arrangement for you or have it ready for you to pick up.  It’s as easy as that!We also have floral arrangements available for those of you that need an arrangement like 'right now!'  Just stop by our greenhouse and choose one of our ready-made bouquets from our wonderful floral department.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.

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, 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!For more details on our fabulous fundraiser please go to this link.
Knock, Knock! Who’s there?

Norma Lee

Norma Lee who?

Norma Lee I have my key, can you let me in?


Digging and Storing Summer-Blooming Tender Bulbs

As we approach the latter part of September, the inevitable task of having to put your summer blooming bulbs to rest is sure to be on your mind. Flowers such as Dahlias, Cannas, Gladiolas, Caladiums, Colocasias and Alocasias are not hardy in Wisconsin and therefore are considered “tender bulbs”. We can still enjoy these wonderful plants with just a little more effort at the end of the summer in order to ensure their survival.Please go to our BLOG for complete details on Tender Bulbs.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory!

Coming Soon – 3 Scarecrow Weekends

Saturdays & Sundays Oct 7-8, Oct 14-15, Oct 21-22

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It's getting close to scarecrow stuffing weekends! Stop on out between 10-4 on the Saturdays and Sundays mentioned above and we’ll have a staff member available to assist you in making your very own, one-of-a-kind scarecrow.  You get to do most of the building, and we provide everything you need. And we’ll clean up the mess!Each scarecrow kit contains a wooden frame, a square of burlap for the head, strings for tying, and a variety of felt faces to choose from, as well as plenty of straw for stuffing the body. We have clothes and hats for purchase at garage sale prices, or you’re welcome to bring your own.This is a fun time for children and adults alike, as you use your creativity to create a character that is cute, scary, silly, or whatever you choose! You can make a traditional scarecrow with overalls and a straw hat, dress them in your favorite sports team attire, or glitz them up for a fancy party. You can even dress them in a Halloween costume which opens the door for all kinds of possibilities. Let your imagination run wild and just have fun!This is a great time for the whole family or any group! Please call ahead (608)222-2269 for a group of 6 or more people to ensure we have enough staff to help.
The only time incorrectly isn’t spelled incorrectly is when it’s spelled incorrectly!

Bev’s Beautiful Wedding Pictures

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Three weeks ago we forgot to credit Colleen Richart for taking the wonderful photos of Bev & Jim's wedding. So she sent us another photo to include with our correction. A win-win in my book.

Upcoming Events

CANCELLED – Create a Bonsai plant with the help of our expert
Sat, Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Sorry, but due to plant unavailability this event has had to be cancelled.
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!
Scarecrow Weekends
Sat, Oct 21 – Sun, Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bring the family and build your own scarecrow!
Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take
Sat, Nov 18 – Sun, Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Make your place festive with a colorful container brimming with fragrant greens and sparkly accents. Drop in and you’ll get assistance on selection and design and browse glittery botanicals to accent fresh, local evergreen boughs.Then bring it all together with a creation to complement your front door for the holidays and well into winter.
Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take
Sat, Nov 25 – Sun, Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Make your place festive with a colorful container brimming with fragrant greens and sparkly accents. Drop in and you’ll get assistance on selection and design and browse glittery botanicals to accent fresh, local evergreen boughs.Then bring it all together with a creation to complement your front door for the holidays and well into winter.

Our Kitchen – By Lee

With summer coming to a close and fall right around the corner you'd think it would be almost time to break out the soup pots-but according to the forecast it sounds like a heat wave for the next week or so, and with that in mind "Soups On", a cold one that is! And no pot needed!!This super simple chilled soup recipe takes me back to my childhood. My mother use to make it in the summer, especially when it was really hot outside. We didn't have air conditioning and this would help cool us down.We always had cucumbers and mint growing in the backyard, and also jars of dried mint from the previous season.

Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup

Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup

• 2 large English cucumbers peeled and chopped (they have less seeds)• 2 cups plain yogurt• 1/2 cup ice water• 1 clove smashed garlic• 1 tablespoon crushed dried mint or 2 tablespoons fresh mint• 1 teaspoon salt or to taste

Directions

1. Mix together yogurt and water in a bowl until smooth.2. Add cucumbers, garlic, mint and salt, mix to combine.3. May be served immediately.4. Stores nicely in fridge for several days.Besides a cold soup this can also be served as a cold salad or side dish.Cheers!!
SEE YOU SOON!!!