We’ll see you this Saturday for our Holiday Open House!

I like to think that I’m a fairly good communicator. I’ve had a lot of practice throughout my life. Being in management for 31 years, I think that alone has required me to hone my skills. It certainly continues to be a work in progress, though, one I doubt I will ever truly master.
 
When I was younger, my report card would always say, “Talks too much in class”, yet I was also described as being fairly shy and actually feel that I was, in almost all situations. Yet, if I, “talked too much”, I obviously had something to say. Was anybody really listening, I wonder?? I oftentimes still wonder the same thing!
I’m quite certain Santa and I got our wires crossed one Christmas. I was a “tomboy” growing up, played football, kickball, baseball. I did all the “boy” activities right into middle school. When I was about 9 or 10, I asked Santa for a Green Bay Packers uniform. You know the one, with the jersey and the pants and the real helmet?
Well, I don’t know if my Mom and Dad talked to Santa and told him he couldn’t get me one or if he just forgot, but I didn’t get that uniform I wanted. But my brother Rick did! Boy was I upset! How did he get it? I was sure that my Mom and Dad talked Santa out getting of it. (They were still trying to convince me I was a GIRL). Maybe Santa didn’t get the message, though. He wouldn’t let me down, would he? I’ll never know.
I learned that Christmas, effective communication is extremely important. Leave nothing to chance. Cover all your bases. Had I done that, maybe Santa would have brought me that Green Bay Packers uniform I wanted.
This Saturday, December 1st, we will have Santa’s Head Elf in our store, assisting children with their letters to Santa. We do not want any child to suffer the disappointment of not getting the gifts they are dreaming about, nor would their parents, we’re certain!
The Head Elf, as well as some of Santa’s other elves, will be here to read stories, write letters and help kids with crafts. Mom and Dad can build a porch pot while the kids hang out with the elves. The whole family can enjoy refreshments, take photos and just have fun!
Want to keep your child from hanging on to a 40+ year memory of not getting what they wanted from Santa at Christmas? Bring them to our Open House this Saturday, December 1st and let the elves help them write the perfect letter to Santa!
~Betty

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…talking about kittens how about a 
Sally Update?

 

Those of you who have been following us, know that we had a resident feral cat, Sally, at the greenhouse. On Easter Day of this year, Sally, was attacked by an animal and sustained a broken rear paw. She spent 8 weeks in a “kitty cast” and rehabilitated first at my house and then my folks took her home.

 

 

They have two cats of their own, but felt that the cats would be, if not accepting, at least tolerant, of Sally. Sophie, the older cat, doesn’t pay much attention to her. Callie, who is a very petite, timid cat, is kind of afraid of Sally and tries to avoid her. Sally has pretty much made it clear who the “boss” is!
I guess Sally has laid claim to the entire house, but does have one room that she can fall back to, that has her food, water and bed in it. If she gets spooked or feels she needs to get away, she can go to that room.
When I saw her on Thanksgiving Day, she was hiding under the Christmas tree. Of course that was all new to her, having never experienced Christmas before. When things settled down a bit, she came out and sat in the hallway, trying to coax me down the hall to her room, exactly as she would at the greenhouse. She wanted me to go sit with her while she ate. She loves to have company with her when she eats and when she was at the greenhouse, nearly every staff member would go and sit with her. I sat with her and petted her while she ate. 

 

 

Mom said that every morning she goes in Sally’s room and sits with Sally while she eats. Mom then sits in the chair, so Sally can jump up in her lap. Sometimes Sally sits there with her for a couple of hours, just loving the attention. She follows my folks around all day, having to be right with them all the time. Mom said that throughout the day, Sally is constantly trying to get her to come down to her room to sit with her while she eats. Good thing Mom’s retired!
I know that Sally has found the right home though. Mom says Sally is the sweetest cat she’s ever known and Mom has known a lot of cats! I’m not sure who benefited more from the arrangement though, Mom or Sally? They both seem pretty darn content to me.

 

 

Holly

 

Holly is a traditional Christmas decoration, so if you’re looking for a fun plant to have during the holidays, look no further. Their thick, waxy leaves and bright red fruit make them a distinctive plant, one that is steeped in symbolism.

 

 

Christians relate the prickly leaves of holly to the crown of thorns that Jesus wore and the red berries symbolize the drops of blood he shed. Druids, high ranking professionals of ancient celtic cultures, wore holly in their hair and hung boughs over the doorways of their homes, as a means to ward off evil spirits. In Scottish tradition, it is good luck to hang holly branches outside of the home and unlucky to burn holly under any circumstance. Holly is often used in heraldry and represents truth.
Did you know that a holly plant produces a drupe, which is the object most people refer to as their berry? Loosely described, it’s a fruit with an outer, fleshy part, that surrounds a stone or pit that has a seed inside. Other examples of drupes are cherries, plums, peaches and apricots.
Indoors, place holly in a bright, warm location. Keep the plant evenly moist, as excessive dryness will cause leaf-drop. We have miniature holly plants in the store now that have beautiful dark, shiny leaves. They have been decorated with ornamental berries, a foil pot cover and a gift tag. They would make a cute gift for your holiday party hostess or to have brighten up a spot in your own home.

 

Wreaths
Nothing says, “Welcome to Our Home for the Holidays”, better than a fresh, evergreen wreath hanging on your door or front porch. Wreaths have been used for centuries to represent the circle of everlasting life, representing perfection and unity, as a symbol of strength, as a reminder of the warm, enduring sun.

 

 

All of our wreaths are made from premium Balsam boughs, freshly harvested from northern Wisconsin. These wreaths are handmade with the skill and craftsmanship of a man, Randy, who has been doing this for over 25 years. Sourcing our evergreens, roping and wreaths from him helps us to remain true to our goal to support other small businesses like our own.
Randy is a “one man show”. We think labor is hard to find here in Dane County. It’s even worse in Price County, Wisconsin. He can’t find anyone to help him, so he’s been trying to harvest, fulfill and deliver all the orders mostly by himself. Well, not all by himself. Cinnamon, his trusty canine companion, rides shotgun with him.
None of this work is easy. The other day, all the birch poles he harvested were stolen! I’m happy to say, though, we have some excellent quality wreaths, evergreens and roping. He has not skimped on quality. These are thick, high quality products.
We spray all of our evergreens with Wilt Stop when they arrive, so you can be assured the needles will remain intact for a long period of time. You can purchase a wreath undecorated or decorated with pinecones, berries and a red bow. You can also choose from one of our custom decorated wreaths, tastefully adorned with botanicals, colorful bows and other ornamentation, whose beauty will simply take the breath away of any visitors to your home!

 

 

I think Randy hits it on the head when he says “While many merely desire to capitalize from this joyous season, I prefer to participate in the event. For it’s that beautiful time of year when the focus is on giving. Sadly, many in this business have forgotten that.” 
At America’s Best Flowers, we believe in the power of giving, too. Let us know how we can help make your Christmas magical.

What did one snowman say to the other snowman?

Do you smell a carrot?

Floral Notes

 

Christmas is in full swing at our Edgerton store.
The poinsettias are really starting to shine and
we have everything you need to decorate your
home for the Holiday Season. We have fresh
Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes. Fresh
wreaths, baskets and porch pots are all made
right here by our staff.  If you are looking for
something custom, we would be happy to make
it for you. Also, don’t forget about our lovely
Christmas centerpieces!

 

 

 *We reserve the right to make substitutions based on product availability.

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) 
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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.

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

Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.

 

 

 Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing? 

 

They always drop their needles!

 

 
Create your festive holiday porch pot using fragrant mixed winter greenery. 
Add decorative touches such as pinecones, festive holiday picks, permanent botanical pieces, birch logs and other elements. We have a wide variety of options from which to choose. 
 
A time honored tradition that grows every year, this is a great way to start off the season with family and friends, as you create your very own decorative pot to adorn your front step, patio or anywhere you want to add that touch of holiday charm. The best part is you take home your creation and just leave the mess behind!
 
Available only at our Cottage Grove location. 
Give us a call today to pre-register for this popular event. 
 

 

December 1 & 2, 2018
Saturday  9 am – 3 pm
Sunday  10 am – 3 pm

 

 
Saturday, December 1, 2018
(Only at our Cottage Grove location)
9 am – 3 pm 
 
Our holiday open house is in conjunction with 
Christmas In The Grove!
 
Bring the whole family to our Holiday Open House.
Time to get festive and wear those jingle bells as you head on over here.
 
Rest assured our greenhouse will be filled with holiday spirit along with all that is merry and bright.
 
Enjoy the fresh scent of pine and take that comfy cozy feeling home with you. Decorate with fresh garland/roping, pine boughs, fresh Christmas trees and, of course, our locally grown Poinsettias! YES, we grew them in our greenhouses, just for you! 
 

 

 

 
 
 
Children can experience the magic of Christmas as Santa’s Head Elf stops in from 11-1 and will be here to help them write their letters, read stories and most importantly get their letters to the 
big guy himself!



 
 
Our friendly neighbors from State Farm will stop by and serve up free cookies and hot cocoa! Want to see what Nate and his team are up to? 

 

Just click on the cookies!

 

 
 
 
Holiday Decorating & Kissing Ball Make & Take
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10 am – 11 am
COST: $35.00
 
Pre-Pay and Pre-Registration is required
Create an Air Plant Gift
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10 am- 11 am
COST: $20.00
 
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
 
Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe and photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup finely crushed peppermint candies
For directions let’s head on over to Taste of Home

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!