Hello Edward
No matter your politics, I think most people would agree that we lost a true American this last week. John McCain was not only a war hero, but served our nation in the Senate for several decades. Known as a “maverick” and to cross the aisle, on occasion, I think in many respects he exemplified what most people want out of their leaders: grittiness, tenacity and the will to make us better. Unfortunately, we all have a different opinion of what “better” looks like!
I think we should be thankful for our political leaders. Politics is brutal. I would hate
to subject myself and my family to all that they have to endure. I’m extremely thankful that there are those individuals that are motivated to represent us and fight for us, no matter what their motivation.

 

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I had a chance encounter with John McCain several years ago. My ex-husband and I were

on a lay-over at LAX airport. In the aisle walking towards us was John McCain and what I assumed were a couple of staffers. I said to my ex, “That’s John McCain. Why is there no entourage of people? No security?” His response was, “Well it must not be John McCain.”
I gathered all the courage I could, approached him and shook his hand. I have the grainy cell phone photo to prove it! His response was “well thank you young lady” or something to that effect. Suddenly everyone realized who he was and a crowd began to form. Here was John McCain, flying commercial air like the rest of us minions. I thought that was pretty impressive.
At McCain’s funeral this weekend, a video was taken of a moment between George W. Bush and Michelle Obama. It was a simple gesture of him passing her a cough drop. These 
are the unlikeliest of friends, their politics on different ends of the spectrum, yet there have been dozens of these moments between these two witnessed and “shared” over the last few years.

 

You look at them and you think Democrat and Republican, aren’t they supposed to be
enemies?? But, I think people are enthralled by them because you can tell they genuinely like each other. That simple gesture gives me hope that we are always human beings first,
political beings second. I think John McCain would have been proud of that moment, as should the rest of us. Even when things look grim, there’s still humanity left in us to help us find our way.
~ Betty

 

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Magnolias, Berries, Select Evergreens 
and 
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Goldfish Plant
Goldfish plants or Nematanthus are wonderful indoor plants with adorable, bright orange
flowers that resemble chubby goldfish. If you are looking for an easy-to-care-for plant for
indoors, this plant fits the bill. It can be used in small pots on a windowsill or table or can be
planted in a hanging basket. Are you a rookie houseplant parent? If so, then this is a perfect plant for you! It’s versatile and forgiving, even if you don’t give it excellent care.

 

Well cared for, these can be profuse bloomers and live a relatively long time. The sight of a
fully-bloomed Goldfish basket is something to see, as the rich orange blossoms seem to leap from the plant. The dark green, waxy leaves will scorch in the sun, so always provide some protection from direct sun.
Goldfish plants like bright light such as that from an east facing window. If you place it in a west or south window, be sure to locate it away from the window a distance where it can be
protected from direct sunlight.
Plants should be kept moist (not wet) in the summer, especially when blooming, but should
be allowed to become drier in the winter. In the winter, water only when the soil surface
feels dry. You will know if you are keeping your Goldfish too wet or too dry as the green
leaves will fall off.

 

During the spring and summer, feed Goldfish plants Miracle Gro Bloom Booster fertilizer. Always read and follow the label directions. In the winter, when plants are not actively growing, plants should not need to be fertilized. 
 
Goldfish plants prefer temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees. Protect them from cold drafts and from blasts of heat from a vent. Aggressively trim back plants after blooming to maintain shape and remove old growth.
 
Purple Cow Seed Starter
 
Plants propagate easily from stem cuttings, so you can start your own if you want more. Use a 2″ long stem tip that does not have any flowers or buds and dip the “root end” in Bonide Rooting Hormone. Plant in Purple Cow Seed Starter in a flat or a small pot, water and keep moist until the cutting is rooted.
Goldfish plants will reward you with glossy, green leaves and cute orange flowers for many years. The orange blossoms, with a tropical flare, are perfect for brightening up any space in your home. 

Did you hear about the tree who deserted the forest

at the end of fall?

He was absent without leaves!

 

Come in and see our new and improved 
houseplant section filled with houseplants, air plants, succulents, cacti and more!!!

 

 
Fall Bulbs Are Here!

 

 

Our shipment of fall bulbs has arrived and we have dozens of new varieties of tulips, daffodils, crocus and hyacinths from which you can choose. Kick off spring with the emergence of Orange Monarch Crocus. The only one of its kind, the orange colored Crocus, with red streaking,  is a sight to behold as it contrasts with white snow. 
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Planting Caribbean Parrot Tulips, Purissima Blonde Tulips or Matchstick Tulips this fall will make you the envy of your neighbors next spring. Want something fragrant? Try the heirloom hyacinth Gypsy Queen. Its unique peach color is sure to turn some heads. If daffodils are what you think of when you think spring, try the double flowered Peach Cobbler, with its rich yellowish-orange petals. It’s a real knockout!

Or, if you are looking for the more traditional tulip, hyacinth and daffodil varieties, of course
we have those, too. Fall is also the time to plant Allium ‘Globemaster’, so get yours today.
We have an excellent selection of fall bulbs. You’re sure to find something that catches your eye!

 
Hot Floral Notes
Have you heard of ornamental peppers being used in floral arrangements? It has been done! Did you know that ornamental peppers and cole crops can be used as accents in 
your arrangements or tablescapes and is a great way to bring the outdoors in. We have a selection of ornamental peppers and ornamental kale that would make a charming addition to your fall table decor. 
 
All this talk of peppers makes us think of chili and fall is the perfect time to make chili. Our Edgerton location is getting ready for Chilimania, so we thought we’d give them a little shout out here!
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If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend come experience Chilimania in
downtown Edgerton on September 7th and 8th. Chilimania is home to the Wisconsin
Wisconsin State CASI chili cook-off, 2 days of live music and a 5K/10K run, all for a great
cause. The fun begins Friday at 5:00 PM with food trucks and a line up of country music
featuring Country Music Star Morgan Wallen as the headliner. Wallen has been burning up the country airwaves with his hit songs “The Way I Talk” and “Up Down”. Saturday September 8th gets started early and features the chili cook-off, salsa competition, bloody mary competition, food trucks, the 5K/10K Chili Chase Run Walk, public salsa and chili tasting and of course live music all day.
 
Chilimania is obviously a lot of fun, but the festival raises a lot of money for scholarships and charities in the community.  In 2018, seven graduating seniors were awarded $2500 scholarships to continue their education. Each year several thousand dollars are donated to many different community related charities and projects. 
Edgerton 
Cottage Grove

Employment Opportunities

 

Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers?
If so, we may have the perfect job for you!
Part-time Floral Designer (Edgerton) 
and Full-time Floral Designer
(Cottage Grove) Location
 

 

We’re looking for Part-time and Full-time floral designers with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. Use your artistic abilities and knowledge of design to create floral arrangements for various occasions.
A minimum of four years previous floral design experience is required.
Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.

 

What month does every tree dread?

Sept-timmmberrr!

Mark your Calendars!!!
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Pick Your Own Mum From Our Mum Fields
Saturday, September 8, 2018 (rain date Sept. 15)
10 am – 12 pm
This is a day you don’t want to miss! First come, first served! You will get a chance to choose which mum to take home with you and have an opportunity to get your picture taken in our mum field! Don’t forget to bring your camera or phones if you want to get photos! Adults only allowed in the mum field.


Fall Container Porch Pot Workshop
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am – 2 pm
Greet your guests with a fall porch pot masterpiece that you create yourself during our fall porch pot Saturday event! Fill your porch pot with mums, kale and other cold hardy crops. Our container design experts will be on hand to assist you with any questions or offer advice if needed.
We will have all the materials you need right here to complete your fall porch pot. Once you’re done with your creation, you can take it home with you and leave the mess behind. Our one day only fall porch pot event is going to be a blast! Come out with your friends and family for this fun fall workshop!

 

Winterize Your Garden with Chris and Deb
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10 am – 11 am
 
Art In The Garden and Fall Festival
Saturday. September 22, 2018
9 am – 3 pm

 

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

 

Recipe
Here’s a recipe that Lorelei, our new grower shared with us! She made this during Labor Day weekend and said it’s a great go to recipe!
Now that school is back in full swing, you might be looking for an easy recipe to tackle on those busy nights. Whether you are a mom of 4 or a college student venturing out for the first time on your own, why not give this recipe a try!
 
Homemade Pizza
Pizza Dough Recipe:
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon yeast
1/4 salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2/3 cup lukewarm water
Use one cup of flour and mix in all other ingredients.
Slowly add the remaining flour and knead to form the dough.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes in a warm area.
Roll out dough to your desired thickness and place on a greased pan with your desired
sauce and toppings.
 

Sauce:

1 can 15 oz. plain tomato sauce
2 cloves of garlic
Italian seasoning
Salt
Pepper
Crush the garlic cloves in a garlic press and add to the sauce.
Sprinkle seasonings in to desired amount.
Assembly
 
This pizza dough makes a good thin crust pizza, so roll it to about 1/4 inch. Place on the greased pan, then add sauce to the dough. Sprinkle some shredded mozzarella cheese on the dough. Then add some toppings. I used pepperoni, green peppers, onions, black olives and halved cherry tomatoes. Then sprinkle some more mozzarella cheese on top. Bake for 15 minutes at 375°.

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!