Hello Edward,

 

Hubby and I are heartbroken to announce the gentle passing of our sweet girl Lady.
We shared the most glorious 3 years together as a family! Playing ball, tummy rubs (hers not ours), and blazing miles of new trails together are, well, just a few of the memories that are bringing both smiles to our faces and tears to our eyes.

 

 

We fell instantly in love with this beautiful dog the moment we saw her and, yes, we knew that by adopting a senior dog our time together as a family may be limited,
but we didn’t care.

 

 

And we have absolutely no regrets.    
Loving Lady was so easy! Losing Lady was so hard!
Hubby’s words summed it up perfectly for the both of us;
‘I wish she could have stayed longer…’

 

 

If you care to send Hubby (Dan) and me (Shirley) an email you may contact us at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

 

 

 What do you get when you cross a caterpillar and a parrot?

A walkie talkie!

Bring Colorful Butterflies to your living space

 

Butterfly gardening is an enjoyable, exciting endeavor. Providing food and nectar sources, as well as habitat for caterpillars and butterflies, assists them with reproduction and migration. Seeing these colorful beauties flitting around the garden is a delightful sight! Even a small number of the appropriate plants can make a huge
difference in a butterfly’s life.
Did you know that there are hundreds of annuals and perennials that are useful as nectar sources for butterflies? Even if you don’t have room to put in a huge garden or perennial border, you can still have butterfly plants! It’s important to plant a variety of nectar sources in order to attract the greatest number of species of butterflies, so if you are creating habitat, keep that in mind. Many of the most useful flowers for butterflies and other pollinators are annuals that lend themselves well to being planted in containers. So, even if you only have a small balcony or patio, these winged, fluttering rainbows of color will find a reason to visit you!

 

We have “Grab and Go” Butterfly containers featuring Penta, Celosia, Lantana, Marigold, Verbena, Salvia, Brachycome, Cleome, Ageratum and Lobularia. These are just a few of the butterfly attracting annuals we have in our greenhouses. Interested in learning more about monarchs, butterfly gardening and gardening for other pollinators? Check out our event calendar for June!

Hydrangeas

 

Talk about a showstopper! Hydrangeas are a prized shrub, grown in yards from Portland to Myrtle Beach. Their iconic orbs are a staple in many homeowner’s yards. However, there are also Hydrangea with delicate, flat-topped lacecaps and some with cone-shaped flowers that are equally as beautiful. Many of these are shade-tolerant, so they are an attractive, functional, understory shrub for areas with mature trees.
Choosing the proper Hydrangea for your yard is important. Hydrangeas will do well in full sun, as long as they get plenty of water and are protected from drying winds in winter. Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’, known as Peegee Hydrangea, can withstand full sun and high temperatures. If your yard is shaded, try Oakleaf Hydrangeas. Hydrangea macrophylla (Bigleaf Hydrangea) flower on last year’s growth, so are particularly vulnerable to late or unpredictable frosts. You can choose a cold hardy variety such as Hydrangea arborescens, commonly known as Smooth Hydrangea (‘Grandiflora’, ‘Annabelle’, Incrediball®, Invincibelle®) or Hydrangea paniculata, also known as Panicle Hydrangea (Little Lime™, Pinky Winky®, Bobo®, Little Quick Fire®, Limelight®, Strawberry Sundae®, Vanilla Strawberry™) for a better chance of success.

 

 

Provide approximately 1 inch of water per week. It’s best to keep the water off the leaves, so use a soaker hose if possible. Watering early in the morning will help to prevent plants from wilting. The addition of mulch helps the plants retain moisture better.
Apply fertilizer based on the specific variety of your Hydrangea. Each variety has different needs, so will benefit from specific timing of each application. Bigleaf Hydrangeas need several light fertilizer applications in spring and early summer- March, May and June. Oakleaf and Panicle Hydrangeas do best with two applications. Make one in April and one in June. Smooth Hydrangea plants only need fertilization once, in March.

 

Pruning Hydrangea properly is the key to their success. The only pruning that really should be required is to remove dead wood. Remember that Hydrangea macrophylla blooms on the previous year’s wood, so timing is important. Be sure to prune at the base of the plant, assuming the whole branch is dead, and remove the spent flowers. Do not prune Hydrangeas later than August because any new growth is susceptible to an early-fall freeze.
Choosing one of these attractive shrubs for your yard can be rewarding! Their easy care make them a desirable addition to any yard. The beauty of their flowers is something to behold; lasting all summer into fall. In the winter, the dried flowers provide a striking image against the snow. We have a dozen varieties from which to choose for your home. Come out and see which one you would like to showcase!

 

 

Floral Notes
Cut Flowers for this Weekend and Beyond….

 

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and in keeping it patriotic, this weekend we are ready to celebrate the Red, White, and Blue. Remembering and honoring a loved one, past or present, is a fitting tribute for this special day.
Whether you are laying a single stem upon a grave or adding that special touch to your surroundings, cut flowers are an easy and simple way to express emotion for any day.
What sentiment will you be conveying? Some of the tried and true popular cut flowers that will span across the nation this weekend, will be Roses and Carnations. Listed below are just a few, evoking some of the following meanings: 
Red Roses: respect, love and courage.
White Rose:  reverence, humility, innocence and youthfulness
Dark Crimson Rose: grief and sorrow
Dark Pink Rose: gratitude and appreciation
Yellow Rose: friendship and strong ties
Red Carnation: admiration
White Carnation: pure love and innocence
Pink Carnation: remembrance
The language of flowers is one of many, the above are just a few. We are here to help you express your sentiments with a variety of different cut flower choices and colors, this weekend and beyond….

 

Have a Safe Memorial Weekend!

 

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.
Lead Maintenance Technician: Cottage Grove Location
Are you gifted with the ability to fix almost anything?
Do you love the challenge of problem-solving? Like working outdoors?
We are looking for a Lead Maintenance Technician to handle the maintenance and repairs of our greenhouses systems, buildings, vehicles and equipment. This person is also in charge of all grounds maintenance, as well as assisting with greenhouse production. If you like diversity in your day-to-day and are mechanically gifted, this job is for you!
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 has four legs, a tail, whiskers and cuts grass?
A lawn MEOW-er.
Upcoming Events 2018 – Mark your Calendars!!!
 
2018 is full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!
Rabbit and Deer Prevention for your Yard
Saturday, June 2, 2018
 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Those cute and lovable bunnies and deer sometimes can be a nuisance. Join us as our expert talks about which plants are rabbit and deer resistant, as well as control options 
you can use in your garden. 
 
 
 
Attracting Hummingbirds to your yard! 
Saturday, June 2, 2018
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 

Do you want to know which perennials will attract hummingbirds?

 Join us in our perennial department as we discuss which
flowers and shrubs attract these gorgeous birds.
Butterfly Magnets
Saturday, June 9, 2018
10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

 

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

 

  

 

 

PAUL GENNA’S MANICOTTI
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz. ricotta cheese
12 oz. grated mozzarella cheese
16 oz. box UNCOOKED manicotti shells
2 lb.13 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce with mushrooms
oregano & basil, salt & pepper
1 pkg. grated Parmesan cheese

 

Brown ground beef with garlic and drain excess grease.
Mix together beef, ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
Using a spoon and butter knife, stuff the raw noodles until full.
Lightly spray a glass 9×13 baking dish with cooking oil.
Spoon a layer of the spaghetti sauce over the bottom of the dish.
Lay the stuffed noodles on top of sauce. Cover noodles with remaining sauce.
If there is any ground beef mixture left over, place it evenly over the top .
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle oregano and basil over top.
Next place a generous layer of freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the sauce.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes.

 

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!