Hello Edward,

 

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17th. If you are like me, you are thankful for your dad. And if you are like me, maybe you come from a “blended family”, so you really have TWO dads! How fortunate I feel to have both in my life!
My parents were separated when I was 11 and then divorced a few years after that. My biological father played a lesser and lesser role in my upbringing when that happened, but I still have very fond memories of my childhood and things my dad and I have done together since I became an adult.
When I was younger, I used to be obsessed with riding my bike. For my “golden” birthday in 1972, when my parents were still together, they bought me a brand new Schwinn bike. My first bike! It was green, with a banana seat and a white basket, with a daisy on the front. I loved that bike and will forever remember it as something my dad gave me.
After my parents split up, it seemed like when we saw Dad, we went to the zoo a lot. I’m sure that’s not really the case, but thinking back, that’s what I remember. We’d visit the zoo and Dad would take a small grill and we’d grill hot dogs, eat chips and drink soda. Pepsi. That was a big deal for us because we didn’t get soda a lot when we were kids.
We’d also take our baseball gloves and my dad would throw the ball absolutely as hard and fast as he could and challenge me to catch it. My hand would “smart” so bad after that, like every bone in my hand had been crushed. But most of the time, I caught the ball! My childhood is dotted with special memories such as these.

 

 

My stepdad didn’t stand a chance when he came into my brother’s and my lives in 1979. He was the guy that took the place of my dad and at first, I wouldn’t accept him. But his quiet wisdom, unending dedication to our family and his love and support of me, no matter what, eventually broke my determination to not “allow” him into the family.
He became as much my dad as my biological father is, so much so that in 1986, BOTH dads gave me away at my wedding! He has been there for me during every high and low point in my adult life. We have traveled all over and have had so many laughs and fun times together. To this day he remains a very integral and important part of my life.
Every father has a story. Maybe the story hasn’t played out as they have wanted or as you have wanted. Maybe you are both lucky and it has! Whatever the case, take the time this Father’s Day to remember your dad, grandfather, brother, uncle and all the fathers in your life! It doesn’t take a lot of effort to build a lasting memory. You’ll be glad you did.

~ Betty

 
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Offer expires 06/30/2018. Available at Cottage Grove location only. 
Excludes houseplants and tomato baskets. No coupon necessary.
Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you

shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.

PERENNIAL OF THE WEEK
 
Heuchera  
Heuchera or Coralbells make wonderful perennials for your partial shade garden. They have spectacular foliage colors including yellow, green, chartreuse, peach, copper, pink, purple, lavender, black and shades in between. Plants are deer-resistant and the dainty flowers attract hummingbirds.
Coralbells do best in full sun to partial shade. The leaf color on plants in full sun can wash out and too much heat and light can cause leaf scorch. If they are planted in full sun, make sure they have plenty of water. Heuchera need to be grown in well-drained soil to prevent crown rot.
After the ground freezes hard in fall, cover the crowns of each plant with a layer of mulch. This will keep the plants from heaving due to freezing and thawing over winter. Coralbells should be divided every 3 years to prevent the centers of the plants from dying out.

 

Use Heuchera in woodland gardens, rock gardens, containers and in groups or as edging in perennial borders. Utilize their diverse foliage colors to show off the flowers and textures of other plants. Coralbells are the Perennial of the Week.

 

 

All Heuchera are 20% off this week. Applies to the Cottage Grove location only. 
Offer not valid on previous purchases and only on in-stock items. While supplies last.

Dad would love a birdbath!…for his fine feathered friends of course.

 

If you are searching for high quality, American made pottery, check out the pieces made by Burley Clay Products. They create bird baths, urns, bowls, crocks, planters, toad houses and more! Based in Roseville, Ohio, they were first creating stoneware and then garden pottery and birdbaths and have been dong so since 1923.

 

Photo: Burley Clay

 

Burley Clay Products uses fine stoneware clay extracted from their own mines in Ohio. Their production methods include high-tech hydraulic and ram presses and the classic handmade process called jiggering and casting. Jiggering is an acquired skill. It requires years of apprenticeship and is usually passed down to family members who have worked in potteries for generations.
Certain production methods require thicker, more solid clay. Some methods demand a thinner, more liquid consistency. No matter the production method, there is always an emphasis on quality, efficiency, craftsmanship and attention to detail. Most American made products are hand-painted, creating unique, one-of-a-kind-pieces.
Burley Clay Products also carries terra cotta pottery made in the USA, as well as the finest quality, glazed pottery made in Malaysia, China and Vietnam. We have glazed pottery of all colors and attractive, hand-painted bird baths and planters in stock now. Treat yourself or Dad to one of these beautiful pieces of “art”!

 

 

 
Floral Notes
Supporting Local Sustainable Flower Farms  

 

Our friends at Fair Field Flowers have started to deliver again this season. Fair Field Flowers is a partnership of cut flower growers right here in south central Wisconsin. 

 

Astilbe from Fair Field Flowers

 

They provide us with some beautiful, fresh, locally grown floral material throughout the growing season. They stop in each week, and the awesome inventory is constantly changing.  Fair Field Flowers is just one of many Wisconsin based companies that we are proud to partner with!

 

 

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.
Lead Maintenance Technician: Cottage Grove Location
Are you gifted with the ability to fix almost anything?
Do you love the challenge of problem-solving? Like working outdoors?
We are looking for a Lead Maintenance Technician to handle the maintenance and repairs of our greenhouse systems, buildings, vehicles and equipment. This person is also in charge of all grounds maintenance, as well as assisting with greenhouse production. If you like diversity in your day-to-day and are mechanically gifted, this job is for you!
Part-time Floral Designer:  Edgerton Location
 
We’re looking for a Part-time floral designer with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. General knowledge of floral design is needed. Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.
 
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.

 

 

What did the buffalo say to his son when he left?

Bison

Upcoming Events 2018 – Mark your Calendars!!!
 
2018 is full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!
Let’s Talk Pollinators! 
Million Garden Pollinator Challenge
Saturday, June 16, 2018
10:00 am – 11:00 am
 
Join us as we talk about the Million Garden Pollinator Challenge and how to attract pollinators to your outdoor living space.
 
Sunday, June 17, 2018 
 
Come in and join us for FREE Schoep’s Ice Cream for Dad and the family!
All day on Father’s Day, while supplies last.
Ornamental Grasses and Groundcovers 
Saturday, June 23, 2018 
10:00 am – 11:00 am 
Join us for this free informative workshop as our perennial experts talk about ornamental grasses and groundcovers that will make your yard look amazing!
Succulent Wreath…like no other
Saturday, June 23, 2018
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
 
Create a succulent wreath like no other.
We are breaking the mold with this fun workshop. This is no traditional wreath!
We are creating outside the box. This charming succulent project will look great on your patio table or kitchen counter. 
 
Space is limited, make sure to reserve your spot early!
Cost: $45.00  Instructor: Chris B.
This is a pre-pay class. To register please call or stop in 608-222-2269.

 

 

 

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

 


Philly Cheesesteak on the Grill 

 

 

 

Are you looking for an easy Father’s Day recipe to make Dad this weekend? Look no further! Throw this Philly Cheesesteak wrapped in foil on the grill and you are sure to win praises from dad.

 

Philly Cheesesteak in foil from Delish

 

Ingredients:

 

1 lb. flank steak, thinly sliced
2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 slices provolone cheese
chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

 

Directions:
  1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a large bowl, toss together steak, peppers, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place steak mixture in foil packs. Fold up packs and grill, 10 minutes.
  3. Open foil packs, top with provolone cheese. Cover grill to melt, 2 minutes.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve.

 

 

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!