Hello Edward,

 

The kind words and support we have received from everyone with regards to Sally’s injury and subsequent rehabilitation has been overwhelming! Many of you have donated for vet bills and have sent emails with best wishes to Sally and for that we are very grateful! Sally is under the loving and capable care of the staff at Token Creek Veterinary Clinic. She has had two follow-up visits to have her bandages changed and her bite wounds inspected. So far, everything seems to be healing nicely.

 

 

You know how you sometimes have that itch that you just can’t quite reach? Well, poor Sally had just that under her splint and bandage. After that first week, as the bandages were being taken off, that little paw began to quiver and she started to “Air lick”, frantically motioning her rough little tongue as if she was finally able to lick that paw (You cat people know exactly what I’m talking about!).
Unfortunately, though, she didn’t get to lick that paw. Too much concern for possible infection, so the only gratification she got was to pretend and show us all how it would be done, had we let her.
She’s all wrapped up again, this time in “cool” blue bandages. She’s graduated from “princess” pink, a color maybe reserved for a more demure kitty. She’s adapted to the splint, hopping on one hind paw, investigating every nook and cranny of my home. She navigates the stairs on three paws- both up and down.
She met “my boys” through a crack in the door. Keiki, the spastic one, the drama king, hissed, growled and carried on. Tucker, he just stared at her; didn’t seem to know what to think except, probably, “I hope she doesn’t plan on eating my food.” Sally, she was a calm as could be.
When you think about what’s been thrown at this poor cat in the last couple of weeks, you have to wonder how she can be so adaptable. She’s injured, moved from her “home”, lost her freedom to roam the countryside and is placed in an unfamiliar environment, yet she seems perfectly content.
She has not one bed now, but two, plus two comfy chairs to lay in and toys. Each night, she lays in my lap for a snooze. When she was at the greenhouse, it was always so sad leaving her each night. Often, she would sit in the main aisle and watch us as we walked away and left her for the night. I would turn around to see if she was watching and if she was, I would yell back, “Goodnight Sally. I love you.” The only thing that’s changed about that now is I place her in her kitty bed and whisper in her ear, “Goodnight Sally. I love you.” I do think she likes this arrangement much better.
What do you call a potato with right angles?

A square root.

No couch potato!

 

Seed Potatoes and Onion Sets
 

Seed Potatoes:

 
I remember growing up, my Grandpa had a huge garden in the lot next to my grandparent’s home. He was a meat and potatoes man, so naturally he grew rows and rows of potatoes in that garden. I remember watching him till and weed that garden thinking, “Wow, that’s a lot of work!”, yet I went on to choose a profession in which I often find myself doing just that!
Many people are intimidated when they think of growing potatoes because they hear they have to do things like “trenching, chitting and hilling”. But did you know that you can also grow potatoes in containers? If you grow potatoes in containers, the trenching and hilling are unnecessary because those processes are essentially “built in”. I often wonder how many containers Grandpa would have had if he had grown his potatoes in containers!

 

 

Varieties such as Red Pontiac, White Kennebec, Red Norland, Yukon Gold, Russet Burbank and Purple Majesty are sold by the pound. With our cold and snowy April, you still have time to plant potatoes. In fact, if you had planted them earlier, they may have rotted by now in cold, water-logged soil. With warm weather being predicted for next week, it will be the perfect time to get these started.
Onion Sets:
 
Onions are easy-to-grow plants that take up little space in the garden. You can also grow onions in containers, either alone or as companions with other plants such as tomatoes. Onions can be purchased as sets, which are immature bulbs grown the previous year. They are easy to plant, early to harvest and the least susceptible to diseases.
We have onion sets in white, yellow and red cultivars. The perfect window for planting onion sets is 2-4 weeks before the average last frost (May 15th in Dane County). That means any time during the next couple of weeks you can put in this year’s onions and enjoy your harvest this fall. Wouldn’t you love to have homegrown onions for your hot dogs, brats or onion rings?

 

Passion Flower

 

 

 

One of my favorite plants is Passion Flower or Passion Vine. An exotic appearing plant producing vines 10-25 feet or more, these plants with their intricate flowers, are a real showstopper! There are over 400 species of Passiflora or Passion Vine, six of which we currently have in our greenhouse. Flowers of purple, red or blue & white can adorn your garden, patio or home.
Passion Vine can be grown indoors, in full sun or outdoors as a summer annual. They are aggressive climbers and can cover a trellis or fence fairly quickly. They require full sun and well-drained soil to thrive. Apply a fertilizer such as Miracle Gro Bloom Booster at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in mid-summer. Always read and follow the label instructions.

 

 

 
If you grow your Passion Vine indoors, you can move it outdoors for summer. Just remember to bring it back indoors before frost. At that time, prune it back to a reasonable, manageable height and place it in a sunroom or sunny window that receives at least 6 hours of light.
If you need something to cover a trellis or fence, these are an ideal choice because of their ability to grow quickly. You can bring the look and feel of the tropics to your home with these stunning, elaborate flowers.

 

 

Floral Notes

 

Will you go to Prom with us?
Prom is in the air in our floral shops. Both Edgerton and Monona Grove have their prom on Saturday, May 5th. Come on in to either one of our floral departments and place an order for your one of a kind custom corsage or boutonniere. 
 
We have many photos for you to look at, so you can pick the perfect style just for you. We will even match the flower or ribbon color to your dress. We also have several different bracelets style from which to chose from. Feel free to stop in, call us or order online on our floral websites.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Edgerton 
Cottage Grove

Employment Opportunities

 

 

 

Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers and in the dirt?
If so, we may have the perfect job for you.
We are looking for a few good people to join our team.
Part-time Floral Designer:  Edgerton Location
 
We’re looking for a Part-time floral designer with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. General knowledge of floral design is needed. Positions include some customer service, watering, plant maintenance.
Grower/Biological Control Technician: Cottage Grove Location
 
Do you have a horticulture background? We are searching for the right candidate to take over the responsibility of Grower for our operation. We are approximately 2 acres under cover and grow almost all of our own product. Pest control is done primarily through monitoring and release of biological controls. Minimum requirements are a two year Horticulture degree and ability to pass the State Pesticide Certification exam. This is a full time, permanent position.

 

What do you call potatoes that are never motivated, but are content to watch others?

“Speck Tators”! 

Upcoming Events 2018 – Mark your Calendars!!!
 
2018 will be full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!

 

 
 

 

Perennial Class
Thursday, April 19, 2018
5:00pm-6:00pm
Not sure what perennials can be planted early in spring? Don’t know the difference between an Anemones, Helleborus, Brunnera, or Virginia Blue Bells? No worries! Deb and Lori, our seasoned staff, will provide you with the information you’ll need to help get you started and answer any questions you may have on early perennial planting.

 

 

 

Earth Day Celebration & Container Make & Take
Saturday, April 21, 2018 
 
Free Kid’s Activities 10am-2:00pm
Container Make & Take 10am-3:30pm
We will be celebrating Earth Day with a host of Family Fun!
Bring the kids to make some seed balls, flower balls or paint up a T-shirt. Lots of free activities for the kids to enjoy!
Adults can plant up a spring container the same day. Bring in your own EMPTY pot or purchase one from our vast collection on hand. Minimum $10.00 plant purchase per container. America’s Best Flowers provides you with our secret soil blend, fertilizer and guidance if needed. Best of all, we clean up the mess!!

 

 

White T- shirts will be available to purchase for a small fee for the kids to paint, or you can bring in your own. Adult Supervision is required for kid’s activities.
Arbor Day Celebration
 
Saturday & Sunday, April 21-22, 2018
 
Receive a Free Black Hills Spruce with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family

 

 

Container Make & Take
 
Saturday & Sunday, April 28-29, 2018
 
All Hands In!!
Come plant up a pot in our greenhouse and leave the mess behind!!
How it works: You bring in your own empty container or purchase one from our vast collection on hand. Pick out the flowers you like for your container and America’s Best Flowers provides you with our secret soil blend, slow release fertilizer, and guidance with planting if needed. You leave with a beautiful creation to take with you and best of all, leave the mess behind!!

 

 

All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

 


Oven Roasted Sausage and Potatoes

 

 

 

Slices of potato and sausage plus green and red pepper and onion
are roasted until golden for an easy, one pan meal.

 

 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5 servings

 

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red potatoes, cut into slices
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) package Beddar with Cheddar Johnsonville fully cooked sausage, cut into slices
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place potato slices on a baking sheet, spreading out as much as possible.
  3. Combine melted butter, olive oil, garlic powder and paprika in a small bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon and drizzle rest on potatoes. Toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Place in oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. On a second baking pan, combine sausage slices, onion and peppers. Toss with the butter mixture that was set aside. Place in oven for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  6. If potatoes do not get browned enough, place under broiler for about 3 minutes.
  7. Combine potatoes with sausage, onions and peppers and serve.

 

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!