Your Garden Seeds Are Here!

Newsletter 7 – Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cottage Grove location open Hours

Mon-Sat 9-5Closed Sunday

Edgerton location open Hours

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30Sat 8:30-5:00Sun 9-4

Lady’s Story – Chapter 29

“This must be how a movie star feels!” Click for Larger Image
Hey, how do you like my new goggles?  They protect my eyes from the sun, bright snow, AND those mean ugly sticks!Now I have 2 pairs.  My blue ones for summer and my new black ones for winter!But, hey, what about spring and fall? I gotta look into this cause, well, it’s obvious isn’t it?This Lady is all about fashion!~Lady
Q: Why do dogs wag their tails?

A: “Because no one else will do it for them!”

We have seeds…lots and lots of seeds!

The entire wall is lined with fully-stocked racks of seed packetsSeeds! Click for Larger Image
It’s never too early to start planning for this season’s garden.  If you are planning a vegetable, herb or flower garden, bring your seed list and questions out to either our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location. We have a huge selection of Livingston seeds and also an assortment of Renee’s seeds for you to choose from.

We make seed planting easy!

Some of the Flower and Vegetable Seed Starter KitsEverything but the seeds, water and sunlight! Click for Larger Image
To help with your seed planting project, we have the Flower and Vegetable Seed Starter Kit, from Hsu, a Wisconsin based company.  This seed starter kit contains a 32-cell insert and watering tray and is filled with Hsu Professional Potting Soil.Just lightly moisten the soil, pop in 1-2 seeds in each cell, in the depth directed by the seed package, and cover with soil.  Place in a sunny, warm area.  Mist with water to keep soil moist.  Stand back and watch them grow.  Then transplant when and where appropriate.
I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.Lily Tomlin

One rose, two roses, three roses, or more!

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Make everyday special with roses!  There is no need to wait for a certain date on the calendar in order to enjoy the beauty of a rose!Why not surprise someone and give a rose(s) for no reason other than being who he or she is!Did you know that the color of a rose has a symbolic meaning?  Here are just a few examples that may help you choose the perfect rose:

  • Red – love, passion, beauty, courage and respect
  • White – purity, innocence, silence, secrecy and heavenly
  • Light pink – admiration, sympathy, grace, joy and sweetness

Q: Why didn’t the tourist in the Arctic get any sleep?

A: He plugged his electric blanket into the toaster by mistake – and kept popping out of bed all night!

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program

Spring 2017 is right around the corner!  People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.  What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program and earn funds for your local charities, mission trips, school equipment, school uniforms, etc.  America’s Best Flowers would like to help you succeed with your fundraising efforts! Our SPRING fundraising program runs through April 3, 2017.  We have designed this program to be quick, easy, and profitable.  In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group by selling America’s Best Flowers gift cards. What else makes our fundraising program so fabulous?

  • Your group will receive 25% of the total value of America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell! 
  • Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations!  
  • Our gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!

Click here for more information

Q: Why do seals swim in salt water?

A: Because pepper water makes them sneeze!

Employment Opportunities

Are you looking for a short-term seasonal job?  Do you enjoy people, flowers, and dirt?  If so, we may have the perfect job for you. We are looking for a few good people to perform retail, customer service and cashier duties.  Plant knowledge is preferred for these positions. These job opportunities would be from approximately mid-April thru mid-June.  We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week.  The total number of hours per week could be between 24 – 40 hours. Other job duties could consist of stocking and cleaning plants, sweeping floors, corralling run away shopping carts.Another position available is for a Greenhouse Production Associate.  The Greenhouse Production Associate is responsible for all aspects of plant maintenance including but not limited to: watering, moving, shipping, and disposing of all plants while maintaining the quality standards of America’s Best Flowers. Physical stamina is necessary for this position. We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week.  This is a 40 hour per week position.If you are interested in either of these employment opportunities please email Marty Robbins at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com.
What are the only two seasons in the Midwest?

Winter and Construction.

Upcoming Events for 2017

It’s going to be another busy season for us at America’s Best Flowers. Our indoor Community Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, April 15 this spring. We’re going to have 15 container workshops this year along with several different types of gardening classes.  Our hope is that we have a little something for everyone.  We’ll have more details about our 2017 events in future newsletters.
Q: Getting a job in the Arctic in the winter is great! Why?

A: When the days get short, you only have to work a 30 minute work week.

Our Kitchen

There are just certain people you can count on to always have a really good recipe they discovered and are willing to share.  My friend Marge is one of those for me.  On a recent visit with her and her husband she served us these cookies. The recipe came from Taste of Home, Light and Tasty Annual Recipes for 2005.    I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Chewy Coconut Macaroons

Preheat oven to 350.
• 2 1/2 c flaked coconut
• 3/4 c all-purpose flour
• 1/8 t salt
• 1 can (14 oz) fat free sweetened condensed milk
• 1 1/2 t almond extract
Toss dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir in milk and extract until blended.  Mixture will be thick and sticky.Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 3" apart on a sprayed baking sheet.  Bake 20 – 22 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet and then remove to wire racks to completely cool.  Yields 32 cookies.