Hello Edward,

 

Long before the national news was being flooded with stories of trade wars & tariffs and before the stock market became skittish about what the repercussions would be, America’s Best Flowers has been building a line of American made products to offer to you.
In the summer, we travel the Midwest attending buying shows that showcase thousands of products. Throughout the year, we are visited by dozens of sales representatives from dozens of companies, all “hawking their wares”. Catalogs and e-blast specials arrive, sale pricing & early order discounts are offered, all enticing and promoting purchasing their products. Don’t get me wrong, we work with some outstanding people who know their products inside and out and they do everything they can to be helpful. We are extremely grateful for them!
One of the criteria we have started to focus on more and more is where the products are made. We now purchase from several manufacturers that are part of the Fair Trade Federation, which works to alleviate poverty, while treating its employees fairly and humanely. Another focus has been to incorporate more U.S.A. made products.
Currently we have products from 37 companies who manufacture some or all of their products in the United States. Of those 37 companies, 3 are located here in Wisconsin. HSU Growing Supply, Purple Cow Organics and Dramm Corporation are all homegrown!
We have trowels & other garden tools, pottery, bird feeders, plant supports, statuary, fountains, watering cans, gloves and garden chemicals all produced in the U.S.A.
 

In the days to come we’ll see where the tariffs, trade wars and stock market take us.

Here at America’s Best Flowers, we’re content to continue to quietly build a product line that is steeped in quality and value, while supporting as many American workers as possible. When you shop with us this spring, look for the “Made in America” signs next to those products proudly made in the U.S.A.

How does the Easter Bunny stay healthy?

doing regular EGGsercise

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

Cilantro

 

It seems no matter who you talk to, people have strong opinions about the taste of Cilantro. Either they love it or they hate it. Personally, I think it tastes like dish soap (or at least what I imagine dish soap would taste like!) I always thought that was likely my imagination, but there is research involving gene-perception to support that theory. There’s no doubt it definitely has a very distinctive flavor and aroma.

 

 

Cilantro is also known as Chinese Parsley. Left to go to seed, it becomes the spice known as Coriander. It is frequently used in South Asian, East Asian and Mexican foods.
Cilantro should be grown in full sun and in well-drained soil. It will grow quickly in cooler weather, so keep an eye on it if you don’t want it to go to seed. In hotter temperatures, it can bolt quickly. It can be grown in the garden or in a container that is deep and wide. The soil should be kept evenly moist. Care should be taken to keep water off the foliage, as Cilantro is susceptible to powdery mildew.
Fertilize your Cilantro twice a month, at one half strength. We recommend Miracle Gro Water Soluble Tomato Plant Food. Always read and follow the label instructions. As soon as leaves are large enough to pick, you can begin to harvest the plant, taking no more than 1/3 of the plant at any one time.
If Coriander seed is what you desire, allow the plants to flower and set seed. Harvest the seeds by clipping the brown, round seed heads. These should be placed upside down in a paper bag. After a few days, the husks will dry and split in two, dropping the seed inside.
Cilantro is an excellent source of potassium when eaten fresh. Because it does not dry well, it is best to use fresh cilantro in cooking. Cilantro blends well with mint, cumin, chives, garlic and marjoram. Coriander seed can be stored in a cool cabinet or the refrigerator.

 

 

This herb is easy to grow and adapts well to container growing which makes it perfect for your patio, deck or window sill. Wouldn’t it be nice to have fresh Cilantro growing right outside of your kitchen, so that every time you were making salsa or guacamole, it was right there for picking?

 

 

Purple Cow

 

 

 

 

We have a top notch company right here in Wisconsin that provides home gardeners and
farmers with 100% organic, manure-free, plant based organic matter with which to amend
their soil. Purple Cow compost is packaged in Oconomowoc. They don’t use co-packers, so the compost never leaves their site. This ensures that there are no inconsistencies in the product.
Purple Cow Activated Compost is approximately 80-85% leaves and the remainder is grass
clippings and twigs. It sets itself apart from other compost materials because of a secondary activation complex made up of worm castings, kelp meal, bone meal, rock phosphate, volcanic ash, as well as other macro and micronutrients and minerals.
The activated compost can be used in the garden, a planting hole with perennials, trees or shrubs, with grass seed for patching a lawn or can be added to your compost as a source of microbial life to enhance your existing compost bin. For use in the garden, put a layer of 1-2 inches on top of the soil. It doesn’t have to be incorporated in the soil. As it rains, nutrients will be released into the soil.

 

Purple Cow Tomato Gro is specifically formulated for growing Tomatoes. It helps to prevent Tomato Blight and Blossom End Rot by addressing the specific nutritional needs of tomatoes. A 12 quart bag will feed 16 tomato plants.

Seeds rapidly germinate and get up to 48 days of fertility with Purple Cow Seed Starter. Its fine texture helps roots get off to a healthy start, while maintaining excellent drainage. The mix is a blend of activated compost, sphagnum peat, perlite, vermiculite, organic fertilizer and Purple Cow’s mineral complex.

 

Brew up a batch of nutrient and microbial solution with Purple Cow’s Compost Tea. Containing 12 individual tea bags, you can supercharge your garden every 2 weeks by steeping a pouch overnight and watering your plants with the brew. No, this is not for human consumption!

 

A new Purple Cow product for us this year is their Vegetable Supercharger. This is a soluble powder, which is meant to be mixed with water or Compost Tea. Not only does it provide nutrients and minerals for your plants, but it contains endomycorrhizal fungi. These are the same micro-organisms contained in our America’s Best Flowers Custom Soil Mix and are known to help with nutrient uptake at the roots. This will provide you with healthier plants with stronger root systems.

All of these products are available at our stores in both Edgerton and Cottage Grove. If you want to support not only products made in the USA, but those from Wisconsin, you can do so by supporting Purple Cow Organics. They’ve been creating compost for over a decade. Violet, the Purple Cow, will be paying us a visit during our open house, April 7th and
April 8th. Stop on out and see what Purple Cow Organics is all about.

 

 

Floral Notes


Our floral shop is getting ready for a busy wedding season. Our floral designers have been helping brides make their day special for 25 years and they can help you! You can visit our Cottage Grove or Edgerton Floral Shop. We’ve set up consultations with brides all over Dane county and even Illinois.

 

 

We are working with The Fields Reserve as their exclusive florist. We also have brides celebrating their big day at The Oaks Golf Course and Yahara Bay Distillers, just to name a few places.

 

We are a full service floral shop. We offer rentals of vases, containers, urns and props to make your wedding dreams come true. Give us a call to set up your consultation and don’t forget Prom is just around the corner. Stop in, give us a call or check out our website to order the perfect corsage or boutonniere.

 

 

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.

Please apply in person Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM  (starting April 2nd)
Sunday 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM  (starting April 8th)
and allow 30-45 minutes to complete the application.

 

How do you know that carrots are good for your eyes?

Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?

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!

 

 

 

 

Spring Open House 

 

Saturday & Sunday, April 7-8

 

 

It’s Spring of 2018 and this year is better and bigger than ever! We have over 100 NEW plant varieties you will want to add to your garden!
Make sure you come early to get the best selection.

 

We also have added several new companies to our line-up and this means you will see
new styles and new pieces to add to your home and garden.

 

Create a Colorful Spring Container 

 

Saturday and Sunday April 7th and 8th 

 

Customers can leave their planted containers here with us until May 18th.

 

Tree and Shrub Class
 
Saturday, April 12, 2018 

 

Do you have questions about trees and shrubs? Come to this free informative workshop!
Get your questions answered and learn new things about trees and shrubs.
Forsythia and Magnolias are on the list for discussion! You don’t want to miss this!

 

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

 

Vegetarian Tater-tot Casserole

 


Ingredients:

 

1 bag of Ore-Ida frozen tots
1 1/2 cups of Gardein beefless grounds
Handful of chopped green onions
Handful of chopped white onion
Taco seasoning
1-2 cups of any Mexican cheese blend
2-3 minced garlic cloves
Optional toppings:
Olives, sour cream, tomato, cilantro, corn, enchilada sauce.

 

To make, just put all ingredients in a large baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

 

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!