Hello Edward, 

Yeah, it’s been so warm outside that I don’t have to wear my boots when me and my mom go on our long walks.  But she does make me wear my sweater and I’m ok with that cause, well, I look pretty cool in it.  Need I say more?

We never walk the same route, oh, no, we’re adventurers at heart, so we go this way and that, never sure where we’ll end up, but that’s what’s so exciting. We meet other explorers in our travels and happily exchange smiles and sniffs. I don’t have to explain who smiles and who sniffs, do I?   

We eventually head home for a well deserved rest. Once we get there, we go thru the ‘strip the muddy dog routine.’  Off comes my collar and sweater and then my mom wipes my undercarriage and legs down with a warm wet towel…oh, it feels so good! Then one by one she puts my paws in a bowl of warm water and makes sure all the wonderful gunk that my feet have collected on our walk is washed away.  Then she wipes each one nice and dry.  Ahhh, life is good!  

Sure, the warm water and gentle rub down feels wonderful, but I gotta tell ya, my most favorite part of the ‘strip the muddy dog routine’ is when my mom is talking to me oh-so quietly and whispers ‘I love you, Lady.’

Man, I can’t wait for the next walk and ‘strip the muddy dog routine.’ 

Can ya blame me?

– Lady
Why did the farmer bury all his money?
… to make his soil rich! 

Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?

Click on the image for more information
America’s Best Flowers’ fundraising program is in full swing and runs through April 2, 2018.  We have designed it to be quick, easy, and profitable. In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group.

For further details or questions contact Shirley at
abfscimino@yahoo.com 

Vintage inspired pieces that will make you smile 
Terra Design Products
Come and see the new line of vintage inspired pottery we have this spring! We have added a new line from Terra Design Products and it’s unlike anything else we carry. 

Looking for that unusual planter?
How about a vintage Mason Jar planter 
(in various sizes approximately 
15″ wide and 15.5 to 25″ tall)
 







 








Seed Packet planter (11″x13″ or 15″x18″)


or a Wine Bottle planter (18″L x 7.5″W x 5″H or 32″L x 11″W x 7″H)? 

Whatever your taste, you are sure to find these pieces unique. Don’t wait to come in and snatch up one of these trendy pieces of pottery. They won’t last long!

Lilies

Lilies can provide your garden with beauty all summer long. Plant varieties that bloom early, mid and late season to enjoy these wonderful flowers all summer. Many are also delightfully fragrant!
Despite the name, Daylily, is not a true lily. True lilies are bulbs that have overlapping scales with no protective covering. It’s best to choose varieties that are hardy in Wisconsin; Zone 3-5. Two lily types, Asiatic and Oriental are the most popular lilies available and both are relatively easy to grow.

Choose lilies according to bloom time, height and fragrance. Stagger the bloom times, so that you have flowers all season long. Once the variety has been determined, make choices based upon bulb size (measured in centimeters). The bigger the bulb, the greater the chance it will grow into a strong plant.

Bulbs should be planted in full sun, with 6-8 hours of sunlight. Regardless of the type of lily, the soil should be well-drained. They benefit from soils high in organic matter, as it helps to hold onto nutrients and to prevent the bulbs from drying out rapidly. Depth of planting depends upon the bulb type. Use Espoma Bone Meal at the time of planting to promote strong root systems.

Mulch the bulbs in the fall with 4-6 inches of weed-free straw or other loose material to ensure that they are protected through winter. Wait until the ground begins to freeze, generally in November, before applying the mulch.


In the spring, remove the mulch after the danger of frost has passed. Fertilize your lilies with a slow-release fertilizer such as Osmocote Flower and Vegetable or Espoma Bulb Tone. Always read and follow the label instructions.

Deadhead flowers as they fade, but do not remove the foliage. The plant needs the green foliage to replenish energy in the bulbs for the following year. In the fall, after the foliage has dieback, the stems can be cut back to the ground.

Lilies can provide a fabulous, colorful display of flowers all summer. They can be grown in perennial gardens or containers. The flowers can be cut and used in fresh bouquets. There are many truly beautiful colors available. We have bulbs available now for planting this spring and we will also have many potted lily varieties available. Give us a call or stop in and see what we have to offer.

Floral notes
You just have to love this week’s featured flower the Gerbera Daisy!
Gerberas are used for both cut flowers in our floral shops and 
garden plants. 

These natives of South America, Africa and Asia
come in a wide array of stunning colors and add a vibrant modern
look to any arrangement. They also make a great wrist corsage!
The most important thing to remember about cut gerberas is to change 
the water in the vase often.

If your looking for that touch of spring, don’t forget about our
cut tulips for just $9.99 a bunch.

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.
Customer Service Associates: Cottage Grove and Edgerton Locations

We’re looking for Customer Service Associates with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. General plant knowledge of common annuals, vegetables and herbs is needed. Positions include some watering and plant maintenance. These are seasonal, full time or part time positions.

Retail Cashier: Cottage Grove Location

We are in need of a couple of great people to operate our Point-of-Sale system to efficiently and accurately take care of our customers. Minimum requirements are the ability to practice patience at all times and a perpetual smile. These are part time, seasonal positions- April until June.

Office/Administrative Assistant: Cottage Grove Location

Our veteran Administrative Assistant, Bev, ran off and got married last August (we’re all very happy for her, but we miss her!). So, we’re in need of someone with strong office skills: filing, answering phones, mailing and preparing reports. This position will also perform accounting functions, balancing cash drawers, counting receipts and preparing bank deposits. It is a permanent part time position to start, working to permanent full time for the right person. Future duties would include accounts receivable and/or accounts payable. Experience with databases is a plus. Must be proficient in Word and Excel.

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.

Please apply in person Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM 
and allow 30-45 minutes to complete the application.

What do you call a grumpy and short tempered gardener?

A SnapDragon.  
Upcoming Events 2018 – Mark your Calendars!!!

2018 will be full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!


Summer Bulb Care
Instructors: Lori & Chris

Saturday, February 24, 11am – 12pm   
 

If you have questions on how to plant bulbs, where to plant them and how to care for them, then this FREE informative class is for you. Our experts will give you tips and tricks for planting a variety of bulbs. 

Starting Seeds Indoors
Instructor: Ed

Saturday, March 3, 11am – 12pm

 

Get ready for spring and start your seeds indoors. 
This free class offers great tips for both beginners and seasoned gardeners.



Small Space Gardening
Instructors: Marty & Betty

Saturday, March 10, 11am – 12pm

 

Do you live in an apartment, condo or just 
have limited space for a garden, then

this free informative workshop is for you. Marty and Betty will guide you in plant selections for small spaces whether you are growing edibles or flowers. 

Did you know you could plant in a pallet? They’ll show you how to prep your pallet and get it ready for planting. Gain knowledge and tips on how to keep your plants healthy and looking their best. Informative handouts will be available to all attendees.
  
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

Spicy Sausage Pasta


Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb smoked sausage
  • 1.5 cups diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, Mild
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper, each
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

Directions

  1. Add olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with scallions. Broil until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly.

Another yummy Pinterest find.  Great one pan dinner and you can make it spicier by using Andouille sausage and pepper jack cheese.  Mmmm.
Enjoy, Chris B.

SEE YOU SOON!!!