Hello Edward,

 

My dad is normal, I’m normal, but my mom, ahhh, not so much!
Let me explain. My mom is the happiest when she can putz around the house. Putz means that she stays in her jammies ALL day long and rearranges things in the house! It can start with simply moving a picture from one side of a shelf over to the middle of the shelf then to a shelf in one of the bedrooms. Yep, that’s it, that’s all it takes and we’re off to the races…it’s loony toon time, folks! Beds and chairs are moved, pictures on the walls are moved to different rooms, things are taken down to the basement and weird things, yep, like the dummy legs and torso, are brought up from the basement.

 

Yikes! Dummy legs next to a plant and a dummy in a fur jacket! Welcome to my world!

 

The other morning it took my dad quite a while (and 3 loudly slammed cupboard doors) before he could find a coffee cup. He tried to talk to my mom about how confusing this makes his life, but it’s like talking to a zombie. My mom had this glazed look in her eyes and just stared at him like he was talking gibberish or something.
Finally, he gave up, shook his head, grabbed my leash and off me and my dad went. Our walks on putz days are really, really important to us. Ya see, the trees and the park are in the same place they were yesterday and the day before that and the day before that and they will be there, in exactly the same place for our next putz day walk.
We may never be able to count on where the coffee cups will be from one putz-day to another, but as long as we have the trees and the park, me and my dad are going to be ok!

What did March say to all the madness?

… What’s all that bracket!

Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?
Click on the image for more information
America’s Best Flowers’ fundraising program is in full swing and runs through April 2, 2018.  We have designed it to be quick, easy, and profitable. In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group.
For further details or questions contact Shirley at
abfscimino@yahoo.com

Mint

 

Mint is a wonderful culinary, medicinal and ornamental herb. It can be grown in the garden,
containers or raised beds. If you don’t mind their spreading nature, plant them in the garden
and watch them grow! If you have limited space or want to keep them contained, growing
them in a pot on the patio or deck will allow you to have access to them whenever you need. Used fresh or dried, its aroma and taste is unforgettable.

There are dozens of mint varieties grown for their herbal properties. Spearmint, Peppermint, Mojito Mint, Chocolate Mint, Lemon Mint and Variegated Ginger Mint are all types we will have available for you this spring. They are easy to grow and require minimal care. Plant mint in full to partial sun, in moist soil. Cut them back often to control their quick growth habit.

 
Mint are attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies, so if you leave some of your plants to bloom, you will attract pollinators in droves. However, allowing your mint to go to flower will make the leaves taste bitter, so maybe consider growing multiple plants, some for you and some for the butterflies! 

 

Mint are also deer resistant and are known to repel ants, aphids, cabbage flies and mice. Try growing Mint around the foundation of your home, or sprinkling some in your pantry or closets to keep unwanted creepy crawlies from invading your home.

Peas, Tomato, Cabbage and Thyme are great companion plants for Mint. If you are planting in containers, why not try a large container with a tomato plant in the center and mint & thyme planted around the bottom of the Tomato. With a pot measuring 16″ in diameter or more, you could plant all three. If you have questions about small space gardening, please give us a call. We’d be happy to make recommendations.

 

Recent studies have also concluded that the smell of Mint plants has been proven to stimulate brain activity. Mints have been used medicinally for centuries for their essential oil, Menthol, which has a soothing effect. We’re planning for a busy spring here at America’s Best Flowers, so we could use all the “brain activity” and “soothing effect” we can get. Don’t be surprised if you come to visit and we’re all meeting around the Mint in the Herb House.

 

We may be conducting “clinical trials” to see which Mint variety proves to have the best brain stimulation and calming properties. Stop and see us. We’d be happy to share our research!

 

 

Fiskars

 

 

 

 

Fiskars Brands is considered one of the iconic corporations in the world. It started over 300
years ago in the Finnish village of Fiskars. Most people at least recognize the orange-handled scissors and garden tools seen in various retail locations, even if they don’t know the manufacturer or the story behind them.

 

The orange color used today came about only because many years ago, the company was using leftover orange plastic from juicer production. The color was such a hit, they decided to stick with it. Today, Fiskars is one of the leading manufacturers of gardening and yard care tools.

All products manufactured by Fiskars carry a full lifetime warranty. You can’t go wrong purchasing one of their pruners, shears or other tools for your gardening projects. Claims are easily submitted online on the Fiskars website. We carry a wide selection of products including bypass pruners, anvil pruners, ratchet pruners, telescoping hedge shears, pruning snips and more.

 

Each product is designed with ergonomics in mind and some have been awarded the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Commendation for a design that’s ideal for people with arthritis or limited hand strength. Many of the products have been made with their patented Easy Action™ spring-action design, which gently opens the blades after each cut to help reduce hand fatigue. Most products have Softgrip® touchpoints which enhance comfort and control and reduces hand fatigue.

The blades are made of fully hardened, precision ground steel that stays sharp even through heavy use. They have a low-friction coating that helps the blade glide through wood, prevents the blade from gumming up with sap and debris and helps the blade resist rust.
If you are in need of new cutting and pruning tools this spring, why not give Fiskars a look? They are affordable, durable, comfortable to use and if anything breaks, there’s a guarantee to back them up. Oh yeah, and they’re ORANGE, so what’s not to love about them?

 

 

Floral Notes


How do I place an online floral order?

 

In this day and age of technology, it would seem like ordering flowers online would be a relatively simple process. It certainly can be, but be mindful of certain pitfalls that 
can cause you headaches.
 
First, we highly recommend you order from either one of our 2 websites. If you go to www.americasbestflowers.com you will find 2 green tabs at the top right of the screen. One is for our Edgerton Floral shop and one for our Cottage Grove Floral shop.  By clicking either of these links, you will be taken directly to our own floral websites.  You can also go to www.edgertonfloralandgarden.com. Here you can safely purchase your order and know it is going directly to us.
Now I’ll talk about some potential problems lurking in the world of online floral ordering.  If you were to google florists in Cottage Grove WI, for example, you will see
several different places listed that are not actually flower shops.
 
The problem is, none of these places have physical locations in Cottage Grove or anywhere near there. They are simply order takers. This means you place your order on their website, and they then send that order to Americas Best Flowers, an actual physical floral shop in Cottage Grove. This may not seem like a bad thing, until you realize the fees that they charge you. These fees can be quite substantial, so the value of the flowers received often comes up far short of what you paid. This is why we stress the importance of using the website of an actual florist with a real physical location.
If you live in Cottage Grove or Edgerton and want to send flowers to someone in Texas, we can absolutely take care of that for you. We use 2 different wire services (Teleflora, and Flower Shop Network) that will send your order directly from us, to another actual floral shop. Yes there are some fees associated with that, but you can be assured that your order is being handled by Professionals. 

 

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.
Retail Cashier: Cottage Grove Location

We are in need of a couple of great people to operate our Point-of-Sale system to efficiently and accurately take care of our customers. Minimum requirements are the ability to practice patience at all times and a perpetual smile. These are part time, seasonal positions- April until June.

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.

Please apply in person Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM 
Sunday 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
and allow 30-45 minutes to complete the application.

 

What do Easter Bunny helpers get for making a basket?

Two points, just like anyone else.

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!
Growing Herbs and Plant an Herb Garden
Instructor: Josh 
 
Saturday, March 24, 11am – 12pm
Herbs have so many benefits and the best thing is you can grow them yourself!
Plant a container herb garden during this workshop.

 

Josh will be discussing growing herbs in your own garden or containers.
He will give you tips and tricks on how to use them around your home,
from enhancing your dishes in the kitchen to cleaning your home.
10 Houseplants That Clean Air / Houseplant Re-potting Workshop 
Instructor: Barb
Saturday, March 24, 1PM – 3PM 
 

 

 

Bring in your houseplants and Barb will give you tips on how to re-pot them and how to care for them during their transition. She will also share her tricks on how to keep your houseplants healthy and happy in your home.

 

 

 

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

 

Greek Tzatziki Chicken Salad

 


Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 6 pitas, for serving

Directions:

 

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the pitas and mix well. Chill until ready to serve, at least 30 minutes.

Serve on pita bread.

Source: Host the Toast

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!