Remember to order your Thanksgiving centerpieces early! 

A Howling Success and Spider Plants Galore!
by: Rowena K.
Hopefully all of you survived Halloween and the temptation of sugary treats in every corner. For people with food allergies, especially kids, this could have spelled trouble. Thankfully the Teal Pumpkin Project is around. I just heard about it this year and I am proud to say that Cottage Grove had quite a few houses that participated in this year’s Teal Pumpkin Project.

For those of you not familiar with the the project itself, it is one that was formed to help raise awareness of food allergies and to try to promote inclusion for all trick-or-treaters. One of the items I saw handed out were plastic toy spiders and that got me thinking about spider plants. How does one go from looking at plastic spiders to thinking of spider plants, you ask? Well, we do work with plants after all and eventually everything will lead back to a discussion about plants.

So, I thought I’d just share a little bit of information about this fun plant. Did you know that the spider plant gets its name because of the little baby plants that shoot out from it? Spider plants are also considered to be one of the easiest house plants to care for out there. So, if you are looking for an easy-to-care-for plant come on over and pick one up! Spider plants are usually seen indoors, but they can also be outside during the summer months. Since we are in Wisconsin, they do have to stay indoors, when summertime comes to a close. For these plants to thrive, they do prefer plenty of light, though not direct sunlight. They also make a great gift for someone’s office space or dorm room because of their ability to purify the air. Another fun tidbit about this cool plant is that you can easily share plants with family and friends. The plantlets that shoot out from the long arching stems can be easily propagated. Snip off the baby plants and repot them in soil.
For best results in propagating the plantlets, it’s best to wait until the baby offshoots reach approximately 2 inches before removing them from the mother plant. Just buy 1 plant and you can end up with a bunch of plants to share with loved ones or just to add to your plant collection. Because we all know, there is no such thing as too many plants. 😉

 

Right now Spider Plants in 8-inch hanging baskets are only $10!!!
90% OFF All Perennials, Trees & Shrubs

 

BULBS are 30% off 
(amaryllis & paperwhites not included)
With the cooler weather now is the perfect time to plant bulbs!
Fern Baskets ONLY $10 each!!!!
These happy houseplants in 10-inch baskets can keep lush green foliage in your house through the cold winter.

Are you looking for something different for a floral gift?
Do you have a special occasion and are looking for something unique? We have a great solution for you. Give our talented designers in either of our 2 floral shops a call, and they will create a beautiful custom design for you. We enjoy the challenge of creating a one of a kind keepsake that meets your budget. We have lots of unique items we can add to your design to make it more personal.

 

 
 
 
 

 

The wagon pictured was for the birth of a new baby boy, while the fish was for an outdoor enthusiast.  

So if you’re just not sure what you’re looking for, give us a call and we will create that one of 
a kind memory.
 
Both of these gorgeous pieces were put together by the Edgerton floral team.
 Americas Best Flowers
Cottage Grove
608 222-2269
 Americas Best Flowers
Edgerton Floral and 
Garden Center 
608 884-8120

 

 

 

 
Q: Have you heard of the garlic diet?
A: You don’t lose much weight, but from a distance your friends think you look thinner! 
 

 

This is the perfect time to plant bulbs and FALL BULBS are 30% off!
 
Why not try planting some Garlic!
Garlic:
Used for medicine, religion and cuisine, as well as many other reasons, garlic has been cultivated for thousands of years. It is closely related to onions, chives, shallots and leeks, all being members of the species Allium. If you are looking for an easy to grow plant that doesn’t take up much space in your garden, garlic is the perfect choice. We carry Killarney Red and Elephant garlic, but there are literally hundreds of varieties of garlic!
 
Garlic grows as a bulb, covered by a papery sheath that is whitish, pinkish or purplish in color. Each bulb is made up of cloves that you separate and plant in the ground. Each clove will then multiply into a new bulb. It is important to choose a spot in the garden that does not collect water and that has not been recently used for growing plants in the Allium family.
Similar to tulips, hyacinth and daffodils, garlic should be planted in the fall, as it does require a cold period for optimal production. Garlic grows best in well-drained soil, high in organic matter. Prior to planting, till in composted manure or compost such as our Purple Cow Compost. This loosens the soil giving the cloves an easier growing environment.

 

For full planting instructions, check out the full article on our website:

 

 

All of our Fall bulbs are 30% off this week (amaryllis & paperwhites not included), so stop out to pick up one of our varieties of garlic to try. It’s easy to grow, you don’t need a ton of garden space and you’ll get to enjoy your harvest for months to come.
What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?
Nacho cheese!

Looking for a side dish to complement your Thanksgiving feast?
Why not give Briolata a try? 
Briolata – aka Italian Sausage bread
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 ball of pizza dough, store bought or homemade.
  • 1 lb. of hot or medium Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 8 oz. of brick mozzarella, cut into small chunks.
  •  ½ cup or so of grated romano cheese.
  • fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • olive oil
  • 1 egg for brushing on top

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Have your dough at room temperature before rolling out.
  3. Brown sausage in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil, cooking until you see no pink, breaking up the pieces into medium crumbles. Let it cool down a bit before adding to the dough.
  4. Roll your dough into a large rectangle.
  5. Distribute 3 cloves of minced garlic on top of your dough as evenly as possible.
  6. Scatter cooked sausage all over dough leaving a 1 inch border all the way around.
  7. Sprinkle chunked mozzarella evenly all over sausage.
  8. Sprinkle grated romano cheese, evenly all over.
  9. Sprinkle chopped parsley all over.
  10. Grate black pepper on top of mixture. At this point you could add some additional red pepper flakes or more grated cheese (maybe some Asiago), it’s really up to you.
  11. Start to roll the dough, jelly roll style, tucking in the ends as you’re rolling so no leakage occurs while baking, pinching dough making sure it’s sealed at the seams.
  12. Place large log onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, seam-side down. (make sure seam is pinched and sealed)
  13. Brush top and sides with beaten egg (you won’t use the whole thing) and grate some black pepper on top.
  14. Bake for 30 minutes, then check. You want a deep golden brown. I did 10 more minutes on my top shelf to make it nice and golden, but you be the judge according to your oven.
  15. Let it rest before cutting into it, so that the cheese sets. Use a serrated knife and cut small slices, not thick ones. Serve and Enjoy with family and friends!
 

Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendars!!!
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 and celebrate Small Business Saturday!
Sat, Nov 25 – Sun, Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
We are proud to say that we are partnering up with American Express and are a Small Business Champion for our community! On Saturday Nov. 25th there will be all sorts of fun things in store for attendees of this workshop. Get ready to win some prizes throughout the day!! (while supplies last)
 

 

 

 

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 either workshop, 10-noon or 1pm-3pm. Pre-Registration appreciated.

Holiday Porch Pot Workshop and our HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE! 
in conjunction with Christmas in the Grove   
 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 
 
We are ending the year with a celebration! Bring your family and friends! We will have our homegrown Poinsettias in a variety of colors, free kids activities AND a visit from a majestic pair of Clydesdale’s! Mark your calendars for this weekend! Check our facebook page for details!

SEE YOU SOON!!!