We had a visit on Sunday from our former Perennial, Tree and Shrub Manager/Floral Manager, Margaret. She left us to take a position providing care for people with intellectual disabilities. When she visits, she frequently has one of the people she supports with her.

 
Sunday, Lisa was with her. Margaret introduced Lisa to me and told Lisa that I was “another
Betty”. Evidently, they have a Betty in their group. As we stood and talked, Lisa kept
repeating my name, “You’re Betty”, she would say, as if she were trying not to get me
confused with the other Betty she knew and the verbal reminder to herself was helping that.

Lisa had a bottle of Cherry Coke in her hand. She said to me, “I have Cherry pop.” When I
asked her if she liked pop, of course, she nodded and enthusiastically said yes. I asked
Margaret if I could give Lisa a bottle of Sprecher’s Watermelon pop to take home, to which
Margaret agreed. When I gave the bottle to Lisa and explained what it was, she said, “I love
you, Betty.”

Margaret said to me, “See why I love them?” and I do see why. There was no inhibition on Lisa’s part. I think she spoke from the heart and was genuinely grateful for the watermelon pop I gave her. It was a sweet moment.

Think about the last time you got excited about something as small and seemingly mundane
as a bottle of pop. I think, all too often, we get so caught up in the frenetic pace of our lives,
that we forget to enjoy and be grateful for the little things. I know I do. I constantly have to
remind myself to slow down.

I think we can all take a lesson from Lisa. There can be great joy in the smallest of things in
life. You just have to take the time to look.

~Betty

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Orchids 
I think most people can agree, Orchids are some of the most fascinating and attractive plants on the planet. Their beauty and fragrance make them highly sought after and one of the most collected species of plants in the world.
If you are a plant geek, you probably own several different species of Orchids. If you are an
aspiring plant geek, you may be interested in starting an Orchid collection, but may be
intimidated because you’ve heard all the stories about how finicky and difficult they are to
grow. Truth is, some Orchids are as easy to grow as some ordinary houseplants.

The majority of Orchids are epiphytes, which grow in trees or shrubs in their native
environment. Others are terrestrial, growing in forests, grasslands and meadows. Lady
Slipper, a native wildflower found in Wisconsin, is an example of a terrestrial Orchid.

Phalaenopsis Orchids, or the Moth Orchid, are relatively easy to care for, so this is a perfect Orchid to start out with if you have never grown them before. If you are a seasoned grower or collector, you know that, with attention and care, Orchids can be adaptable. There are approximately 30,000 species of Orchids, so the possibility for owning many different species is endless!
Care of Orchids depends upon the species of Orchid. Light and temperature requirements can range from low to high light. The Moth Orchid prefers low light conditions, so place it in an east-facing window. They enjoy temperatures in the 70s and higher humidity, so provide supplemental humidity if your home or office is dry.
As with other plants, overwatering is a death sentence for these plants. Do not water them
until the top two inches of soil are dry. When they do require watering, water them
thoroughly, so that water runs out the bottom of the pot. When flowering ends, reduce
watering.
Orchids benefit from monthly fertilizing when blooming. We recommend the use of Miracle
Gro Orchid Food. Always read and follow the instructions on the label. As with watering, once flowering ends, reduce the frequency of fertilization until the plant begins to put on new growth.
If you are ready to start your collection or add to your collection, we have Phalaenopsis
Orchids in our greenhouse now. Are you a collector or plant geek looking for something
unusual? Maybe we can help. We have easy access to hundreds of species of Orchids coming out of Hawaii. Come visit us. We’d love to show you what you could add to your home or office!
What room has no walls

A mushroom!

Amaryllis and Paperwhites

It’s that time of year again. Our Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs have arrived! These bulbs do not require the chilling that we associate with other bulbs planted at this time of year and can be easily grown indoors. These beautiful plants make a splendid addition to your holiday décor.
Again this year, our selection of Amaryllis includes ‘Royal Velvet’, which has intense, velvety red flowers and is one of the most popular varieties. New this year is ‘Pink Pizzazz’, with coral/pink blossoms and ‘Half and Half’ which is coral/red on the top of the flowers and cream on the bottom. Also new this year is the stunning double Amaryllis ‘Pasadena’. This showstopper has scarlet red petals streaked with white. Once customers see it, ‘Pasadena’ isn’t going to be around for long in our store!

We purchase only the largest bulbs available, which provide you with plants that have sturdier stems, more blossoms and larger blooms. Amaryllis are easy to plant, requiring only a pot that is 2″ larger in diameter than the bulb and good potting mix. Amaryllis can be kept year and after year, so an Amaryllis plant can become part of your family holiday tradition.

Paperwhites make wonderful gifts or the perfect plant to place around your home, after the holidays. They have fragrant blooms and produce multiple blooms on multiple stems, so even just a few in a small pot will make an area festive.
They are some of the easiest plants to grow. Better yet, you can purchase these from us as individual bulbs, so you can try one or you can try a bunch. We have the variety Grand Soleil d’Or, with golden-yellow flowers and orange trumpets. After planting, they will bloom in 10-12 weeks, so you will have something blooming after you pitch that poinsettia!
If you would like to learn more about growing these bulbs, please visit our blog.


Spring Bulbs Are on Sale!

Would you like to see your very own crocus, tulips, daffodils or other favorite Spring flowering bulb be the herald of Spring 2019? Now is the time to plant those bulbs!

In order to grow and bloom properly, Spring bulbs need cold chilling, which of course they get naturally here in Winter. They also need to be planted before the ground freezes, so waste no more time. We have all remaining Spring bulbs on special for 30% off.
 
We still have a good selection of tulips including doubles, parrot tulips and Darwin tulips.You are certain to find something that pleases your eye in the Daffodils we have as well as Muscari, Scilla, Fritillaria and Crocus. If the fragrance of Hyacinth is something you enjoy, you’re in luck! We have a handful of all colors-yellow, white, blue, pink and lavender.
For those who love Ornamental Allium or Ornamental Onion, such as Globemaster, we have a few of those available, too. These make wonderful specimen plants or focal points in your garden. Best of all, they’re hardy to zone 5, so with a little bit of mulching, you don’t have to dig them in fall.
Take advantage of our 30% off sale price and plant your bulbs in mass groupings for maximum show. It will make your garden the envy of your neighbors next Spring!

Floral Notes
 
Petal It Forward was a huge success in both of our locations! Just look at all the smiles!
Yesterday we joined hundreds of florists across the country celebrating Petal It Forward!
America’s Best Flowers employees gave away bouquets of flowers to people in the community. Each recipient received 2 bouquets, one to keep and one to give away! This way everyone experienced the joy of receiving flowers, but also the delight in giving flowers to someone else.
If you were a recipient of a #petalitforward bouquet don’t forget to share it on social media and tag us on Facebook or Instagram!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning out your basement or garage before winter?
Do you have a bunch of America’s Best Flowers’ pots and trays? 
Well, you’re in luck!
Here at America’s Best Flowers, we reuse as many plastic pots and trays as we can. This helps us to control costs and keeps a bunch of junk out of the landfill.
 
Unfortunately, though, we can’t reuse everything. Pots and trays that are cracked or broken
or ones that we do not use in our own production, we cannot take back. Many of these can be recycled, so you can return them to a recycling facility or place them in your recycle
container. Always check your local ordinances for specifics about what they will accept.
Here’s what you can return to us for reuse, if you would like:
 
Any pot that has the America’s Best Flowers logo on it.
The trays you bought your packs in- if you bought Marigolds, Tomatoes, Begonias, Impatiens, Peppers etc. in 4 packs that were in a carrying tray, we can take the TRAY back. We cannot reuse the 4 pack.
 
Any “terra cotta” decorative pot- you might have purchased Mandevilla, Bougainvilla,
Alstromeria, Geraniums, Mixed Containers and other items in these.
If you have questions, please feel free to call or email us. Pots and trays may be returned
during store hours only. Please do not leave trays and pots in front of the store after hours, as often times when things are left out and it’s windy, they end up all over the parking lot, our neighbor’s yards, down at Ed and Carol’s house etc. You get the picture.

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.

 

 Why did the farmer have to separate the chicken and the turkey?

He sensed fowl play.

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Build a Birdhouse
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Holiday Porch Pot Make and Take
 
November 17 & 18, 2018
Saturday 9 am – 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
Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9 am – 3 pm 
 
 
Holiday Decorating & Kissing Ball Make & Take
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10 am – 11 am
 
 
Create an Air Plant Gift
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10 am- 11 am
 
Pre-Pay and Pre-registration is required
 
 
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

 

 Recipe
 
Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
APPLE CIDER SYRUP
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Directions
Preheat a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, salt, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the pumpkin, milk, and egg yolks. Whip the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form.
Stir the flour mixture and 1/4 cup melted butter into the pumpkin mixture, stirring just to combine. Use a whisk or rubber spatula to fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter, stirring gently until incorporated. Fold in the remaining egg whites. Cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions.
To make the syrup, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Stir in the apple cider and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to boil; boil until the syrup thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the 2 tablespoons of butter until melted. Serve warm.

 

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