Fall is my favorite time of the year, except for the fact that it means that Winter is coming. I’m NOT a Winter person. However, having been a Wisconsin gal my whole life, I cannot imagine living in a place where the seasons didn’t change. I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Hawaii a number of times and I love visiting there, but I wouldn’t want to live there. It’s just the same tropical paradise day after day after day!

For some people, that’s exactly what they want. For me, I want to see crocus pushing through a fresh coat of snow in the Spring, the golden hue of the Tamaracks as they change color in Fall and all the other things that happen in nature because of the changing of seasons.
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When I was attending UW Madison, I took an ecology course. In it, we were required to pick a spot in nature, visit that exact spot at least once a week, observe what was happening there and keep a journal of our findings. I spent my semester in Pheasant Branch Conservancy, on a log, beside the creek. It was so fascinating to me to see how much was happening when I really paid attention to what was going on.

Use the time this Fall to observe what’s going on in YOUR garden and prepare it for the next season. After a killing frost, it’s okay to remove annuals and perennials from the garden to reduce the overwintering of insects and disease, but leave some for birds and other wildlife. They will use them for food and cover.

It’s also a perfect time to plan for Spring. During the Fall and Winter, really observe your garden. Where do birds congregate? Is there a low spot in the garden that collects water (and snow)? Is there an area that needs a windbreak? Consider keeping a journal of your observations, in the same way I did for my class. Refer back to it to help you make choices on how to design your garden and where to place plants and other garden accessories such as bird feeders and bird baths.

From time to time, I do have to remind myself to slow down. However, I am always grateful for being able to live in an environment where I can enjoy everything nature has to offer, including the changing of the seasons, and for having the ability to observe all the beauty around me.

~Betty

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There’s still time to plant those fall containers and we’re making it so easy for you! We’ve extended our Fall Mum promotion: Buy 3 Single Color Mums, Get 1 Single Color Mum Free! We are also now offering all remaining 4″ Fall Annuals, Buy 1, Get 1 Free!

We still have a wide selection of gorgeous Pansies, Violas, Snapdragons, Wallflowers, Ornamental Cabbage and Ornamental Kale. You should see the stunning colors! The Ornamental Cabbage and Kale are just starting to turn their vibrant pinks, purples and whites. All these annuals will withstand frost and nighttime temperatures into the upper 20s.

 

Use these striking plants in your fall containers and dress up your porch or patio. Add some pumpkins, straw bales, corn shocks and ornamental corn and make it a festive Fall!
 

 

What kind of vest should you wear in the fall?

A har-vest!

Jerusalem Cherry

Jerusalem Cherry, also known as Winter Cherry or Christmas Cherry, make vibrant houseplants at a time when things are starting to look a little drab and dreary outdoors. Their colorful fruits, in red, yellow and orange, can bring a much needed pop of color to your home. A member of the Tomato and Pepper Family, the small round fruits look much like cherry tomatoes and because of that, care should be taken around children and pets, as the fruits can be poisonous, if consumed.

 

These wonderful little plants can live for 10 or more years with proper care, which is relatively simple. Place the plants in bright light, but be careful not to let the plants get too warm, as they will drop their leaves. Because of that, they do benefit from high humidity or misting on warm days.

Plants do not like to dry out, so keep the soil moist to the touch. Feed your Jerusalem Cherry with a “blooming plant” fertilizer, such as Miracle Gro Bloom Booster, at ½ strength, once per month when the plants set bud and while the plant is flowering. Always read and follow the directions on the label. Once your plant has stopped blooming, discontinue fertilizing.

You will be able to enjoy the vividly colored fruits for weeks and if it’s cool in your home, possibly months. Once all the fruit drop, prune the plant back by one-half and allow it to grow out until you can place it outside in the early summer. Remember though, you will have to bring it in again in the fall before frost and enjoy it indoors all winter again.

If you haven’t had a Jerusalem Cherry plant before, why not try one this fall? They’re relatively easy-to-care-for and can bring added color to your home for weeks. Plus, they are not commonly seen anymore, as it’s considered an “old-time favorite”, so your family and friends who are visiting for the holidays will see you are a true plant aficionado!

 

Floral Notes
 
Time to decorate for Fall
Our Fall Decorating Tips & Tricks workshop this past weekend had oodles of ideas. We created natural tablescapes starting with everyday containers like wooden boxes, terracotta pots and mason jars. We added green blooming plants, gourds, pumpkins, burlap and everlasting botanicals. One of my favorite tips is to layer dried beans and split peas in a glass vase or jar. Add a candle, pumpkins and gourds and you have a nice centerpiece.
 
Outside your home you can create seasonal curb appeal with the fall bundle using corn shocks, mums and straw bales. We accessorized with grasses, ornamental kale, ornamental corn, seasonal rugs and metal baskets. Don’t forget to hang an autumn wreath on your front door to welcome visitors.
As an added incentive to get your home decorated for Fall, for one week only, we are offering a FREE BUNDLE of Ornamental Corn with each Autumn Bundle you purchase. 
 
Offer is good Thursday, October 11, 2018 to Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Valid at our Cottage Grove Location only. 
While supplies last.
 
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Cottage Grove
We have houseplants here just waiting for you to give them a happy home! From Orchids to Fiddle Leaf Figs, we have the houseplant just for you.

 

 

 

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) 
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We’re looking for a Part-time floral designer 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.

One year previous floral design experience is required; 4 years preferred.

Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.

 

What type of vehicle should you use for a fall hayride?

An autumn-mobile!

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Scarecrow Workshops
 
 
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018
10 am – 4 pm
 
 
Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21, 2018 
10 am – 4 pm
Build a Birdhouse
Saturday, October 27, 2018
1 pm – 3 pm
 
Cost: $29.99
 
Create a wonderful refuge for your feathered friends.
 
Holiday Porch Pot Make and Take
 
 

November 17 & 18, 2018
Saturday  9am – 3 pm
Sunday  10 am – 3 pm

 

November 24 & 25, 2018
 
Saturday  9 am – 3 pm
 
Sunday 10 am – 3 pm 
December 1 & 2, 2018
 
Saturday  9 am – 3 pm
 
Sunday  10 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
 
Pumpkin Turkey Chili

 

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
Directions:
 
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and saute the onion, green bell pepper, yellow bell pepper and garlic until tender. Stir in the turkey and cook until evenly brown. Drain and mix in tomatoes and pumpkin. Season with chili powder, pepper and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes. Serve topped with Cheddar cheese and sour cream.

 

 

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