Get ready for cooler weather

Lady’s Story Chapter 37
Gosh, it’s fun having my mom at home more.  I think she’s digging being ‘tired.’  She talks about how cool it is not to have a schedule of any kind, but, shhh, just between you and me she just has a different schedule now and it’s with little ol’ me!  Whoops, and with my dad, of course!
Let me tell ya how her non-schedule works. My mom and I go outside together right away in the every morning.  She’s got her (yuck) coffee and I’ve got my ball.  (Gosh, she’s amazing cause she can throw my ball and drink her coffee AT THE SAME TIME!)  After a while we go back in the house and she makes me a delish breakfast.
Then we go for our walk.  It’s so exciting going in a different direction every morning.  We never know who or what we’re going to run into.
Everyday is an adventure!  Look at who we met this morning!  Pretty cool, huh?
Then back home we go.  I get ready to take a well-deserved nap and my mom relaxes with a book.  
And so goes the non-scheduled morning life of my mom.
~Lady

 

Have you heard that we grow our own Poinsettias?

edgerton Poinsettias
A lot of you may not know that our poinsettias for this Christmas are already growing in our greenhouses. We grow them at our Edgerton location, and they were planted from mid July to mid August.  Now is a critical time in the life span of a poinsettia.  Poinsettias are a long night, sometimes called short day, plant. This simply means that the flower begins to develop when length of night reaches so much time. This occurs in late September in our area.  The colorful part of the poinsettia are actually modified leaves called bracts, and the flower is located in the center of the bracts. The sunlight is generally less intense this time of year also (Obviously not this year), so it is important to give the poinsettias as much light as possible while the sun is out.  In turn the plants will stay more compact and sturdy resulting in a better overall poinsettia.

 

At our greenhouses in Edgerton we use a shading compound on the plastic during the summer.  It’s basically a white wash that is sprayed on the outside of the plastic to diffuse some of the sunlight. The greenhouses stay cooler and the flower blooms don’t burn up as quickly by doing this.  With the poinsettias needing more light during the days now, we wash that shading off the plastic to maximize the amount of light entering the greenhouse.  The shading comes off by wetting the plastic down then wiping the plastic with a towel on a long pole, and then rinsing it off with water.  Just like that the plastic is clear again!  Amazingly the shade does not wash off with just the rain. Right now the poinsettias are green, but in about a month we will start to see some color showing up. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a little insight into the day to day process of bringing the best possible product we can to our customers.
Spike Carothers
Manager & Grower Edgerton Location

Our Mums and World Dairy Expo go together like Wisconsin and cheese!
By: Barb Raether
For years it has been a tradition for America’s Best Flowers to supply the World Dairy expo and several of it’s vendors with our locally grown mums, corn shocks, ornamental grasses and pumpkins. Our spectacular homegrown mums are in highest demand and yearly adorn the World Dairy Expo show ring. Each year the expo selects a unique color theme which our mums carry throughout the show ring.
Vendors at the World Dairy Expo especially enjoy our mums for decorating their booths along with our custom fall containers, ornamental cabbage, kale, pumpkins and straw bales. We enjoy assisting each vendor with their individual color scheme to complete their booth.

 

We grow our mums ourselves right outside in our fields. They are nurtured daily until they are ready for your front porches and yards. We can help you bring autumn to your living space with our fresh arrangements and outdoor container combinations.

 

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Recipe of the Week

By: Lee
As I browse through Volume 1 of the book, entitled “A taste of memories from the old Bush” seems to be an old favorite standby around here for tasty recipes,
one that caught my eye was entitled “Pesto Alla Genovese”. I thought this would be appropriate since it’s still September and Basil is still in season and abundant in many gardens.

 

Pesto Alla Genovese

 

2 Cloves of Garlic
4 Small bunches of fresh Basil leaves
3-4 Tbsp. grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese
1 Cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. toasted Pine Nuts
salt to taste

 

The directions call to place everything in a mortar & pound to paste till smooth and then add olive oil. Next it suggests that modern cooks can use a blender to make the pesto.
I think in this instance I’ll go the modern route –  How about you?

 

This recipe is sufficient for one pound of noodles of your choice. Since pesto is such a versatile paste you can eat it with whatever you desire – myself, I like to just spread some on a slice of baguette bread.

 

Enjoy! Cheers!!

Upcoming Events
Scarecrow Weekends – Time to bring your family and friends out to the greenhouse and build your one-of-a kind scarecrow!

 

Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm

 

October 7 & 8
October 14 & 15
October 21 – 22

Other Upcoming Events
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.

Christmas Miniature Garden Make & Take
Sun, Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Create an indoor miniature winter wonderland with tiny plants and holiday decorations. Come for one of either workshop time, 10-noon or 1pm-3pm. Pre-Registration appreciated.

SEE YOU SOON!!!
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