Hello Edward
My mother is one of the most compassionate humans you will ever meet. Over the course of my lifetime, I have seen her rescue dozens of baby bunnies, birds and kittens from abandonment and perilous situations. I like to think that I’ve inherited some of those traits, but it surprised me the depth to which my brother and his co-worker recently went to rescue a baby robin who had hunkered down in the stand of a car hoist.
 
I can only imagine the scene of these two men, corporate “big-wigs”, decked out in their dress shirts, ties, fancy pants and shoes, sleeves rolled up, putting their heads together on how to go about rescuing this poor bird. They had every tool imaginable available to them, they just needed strategy!

 

 

These two men are the “best in class” at their company, a large automobile manufacturer. They train the technicians that work on your cars, so they have infinite knowledge about every detail regarding car manufacturing. In other words, they are pretty smart dudes!

 
My brother listened to this little bird squawking and squawking all day long and when closing up shop for the weekend, knew he needed to make sure the bird was free or he may die. After spending an hour looking for this bird, he finally discovered he had slid down into the stand of a car hoist. He knew to get the bird out would take 4 hands, so he enlisted the help of his co-worker.

 

Together, these two men spent three hours getting this little bird out! Mind you, this is Friday night after a long week. Many people would have slammed the door and hoped for the best for the bird. Not these two. They planned and schemed. They used various tools in the shop to try to lift him out. They built him a little “carriage” out of an empty plastic bottle and tried to scoop him out. Finally after failure on all those ideas, the plan was hatched that they would cover the end of the shop vac with a cloth and suck him out.
 
I know what you’re thinking, exactly what I thought, “Oh no, they killed him!” Fortunately for the little guy (although he may tell a different story!), he was sucked up against the cloth.
My brother said this little bird squawked and squealed and he was so mad! When they turned off the suction and deposited him on the ground, he glared at them with the look of the famous Angry Bluebird.
He did not seem to appreciate the tenacity these two grown men had or the level of compassion they showed for this little bird. After resting and regaining his bearings, he flew away, evidently without so much as a peck on the cheek for each of them. I’m proud of my brother, though. Not every sister can say that her brother appreciates life, any life, so much.
~ Betty
30% OFF
All Fruit Trees, Forsythias, Peonies, 

Magnolias, Redvein Enkianthus

 HURRY! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SALE!

Limited quantities on hand. Call store for details.

Offer expires 08/01/2018. This is available at both locations.
Not valid on previous purchases.

Rex Begonias
 
Rex Begonia have one of the greatest assortments of absolutely stunning foliage you will ever find. Their venation, patterns, color, form and texture are unlike any other plant for shade. If you are looking for a focal point in your garden, something to make a statement, this plant is it! Their flowers are insignificant in comparison, though, so keep that in mind. They really are grown for their fabulous foliage. They also make wonderful houseplants!
If growing indoors, place Rex Begonias in bright indirect light. Outdoors, grow them in the shade, in containers or ground beds. No matter indoors or out, they need to be in a light,
well-drained soil. Overwatering and too much water sitting on the leaves and in the crown of the plant for extended periods, is deadly for these plants. Over-fertilization is also a problem, so only apply a general purpose fertilizer such as Miracle Gro All Purpose twice a year.

 

Outdoors, they look amazing with Purple Baron Millet, Silver Falls Dichondra, Colocasia and Macho Fern. Rex Begonias are not winter hardy, so if you have them outdoors, you will need to move them indoors before frost in the fall.
We have the Jurassic series: Green Streak, Red Splash, Silver Swirl and Watermelon, as well as Escargot. If you have shade and haven’t tried a Rex Begonia, now is your chance to see how they can add beauty and drama to these darker spaces. You will fall in love with these plants!

What vegetable can tie your stomach in knots?

String beans.

Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae

 

Need a hedge or foundation planting, but have limited space? Mr. Bowling Ball® Arborvitae
(Thuja occidentalis ‘Bobozam’) may be just what you need. This dwarf evergreen has
wonderful lacy, fragrant, gray-green foliage. It is ideal for rock gardens,
containers, mass plantings, shrub borders, hedges and woodland gardens. Best of all, its
mature size is only 30″ x 30″.

 

This slow-growing shrub fills out all the way to the ground, so there’s no need to place plants in front of it to cover it up. The foliage maintains its color even through winter, but should be protected from winter burn. Other than that, it is low maintenance, requiring little shearing or pruning. This is done only when needed to remove broken branches or dieback.
 
Plant in full sun to light shade, in a somewhat sheltered location, in well-drained soils. It is
tolerant of juglone, so can be planted near Black Walnut trees. Mr. Bowling Ball® doesn’t
tolerate dry conditions well, so be sure to provide plenty of moisture, at least 1″ per week.
Shrubs will benefits from a layer of mulch, so consider applying a thick layer, 3-4 inches, over the root zone, especially for winter.
 
Mr. Bowling Ball® makes a good Boxwood replacement, as it is more winter hardy than a
Boxwood and it doesn’t have to be trimmed or pruned to maintain shape. These shrubs are
also disease and pest resistant and can live up to 30 years. This attractive little shrub will add delicate texture to your garden, containers or yard, with minimal effort on your part. You
have to appreciate this shrub’s ability to make your life easier!
All Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae are 20% OFF this week. Excludes previous purchases. Valid at Cottage Grove Location Only. While Supplies Last.
 
We extended the perennial of the week, ALL Echinaceas are 20% OFF for one more week!!!
 

 

 

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Not valid on previous purchases.

Available at Cottage Grove location only. 
Excludes houseplants and tomato baskets. No coupon necessary.

 
Floral Notes
Spike from our Edgerton location
Judging for Rock County 4H Fair
This week I had the fun experience of being a judge at the Rock County 4-H Fair.  It was my first time judging at the fair, however I have judged a couple of FFA Skills contests in the past. I was the judge for Home Environment Floral and it was a really fun experience.

 

 

The kids could enter anything from a centerpiece to a wall hanging piece and anywhere in between. They could use real flowers, silk flowers or dried flowers. We did face to face judging, so I was able to talk with each kid and learn about each individual piece and why they chose that project. 

 

 
 
I was also able to offer some tips and suggestions that they may want to try to help the project be even better. It was really exciting to see how much effort and pride these young people put into their projects and they were really quite good!  

 

 

I would encourage any kid to participate in 
4-H. There are a lot different categories that they can enter.  Anywhere from baking, to bike riding, to sewing, rocketry, to floral, to photography and many more including animals of all types. There truly is something for everyone. In turn, the kids meet a lot of new friends and learn a lot of great life lessons along the way.

 

Did I mention these kids are talented!
~ Spike Carothers, Manager/Grower Edgerton Location 
Edgerton 
Cottage Grove

Create Berry 

Memorable

Moments 

One of my favorite pleasures of summer is all of the berries that are readily available.
Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Black Raspberries, Strawberries and the lesser common berries such as Loganberry, Lingonberry or Huckleberry. There are so many different foods and beverages you can make with them, top with them, dress up with them, however you want to use them!
 
When I was a kid, I used to spend part of my summer at my grandma’s house. She had
Gooseberries and Red Currants. Sometimes when I was there, I would head out with an ice cream pail and pick these for her. Do you have any idea how many Red Currants it takes to fill an ice cream pail?! It’s a lot and when you’re a kid, it takes forever!
 
Picking berries, though, is one of those things that is kind of therapeutic. Standing in the
middle of a berry patch or on the edge of the woods, just going through the motion, one-by-
one, picking those plump, perfect berries and putting them in your pail. At that moment,
there’s not a care in the world except those ripe berries!
Of course, berries have all sorts of health benefits for your body, too. They are said to have
anti-carcinogenic properties, high antioxidant and polyphenol content and lots of vitamins and minerals. What’s not to love about them?
 
So that you, too, can experience the joy of berry picking, we’re putting all of our remaining
berries 20% off regular price. We have raspberries, blueberries and grapes left in inventory.
Sorry, no Red Currant or Gooseberry to be found!
Want to learn more about berry gardening before you make a commitment? If so, please read our blog.

Bonide 4 Phase
Lawn Care Program
Last October we wrote of our mea culpa on the Bonide 4 Phase Program. We overbought. There’s no mincing words. There’s no burying the truth. Just plain and simple, WE BOUGHT MORE THAN WE COULD SELL!!
So as a sort of reprise, we want you to know, we are still offering our Bonide 4 Phase Lawn Care Program at $5.00 per bag, So come in today and take advantage of this phenomenal deal!!!
Now is the perfect time to be putting down Phase 3, the “Insect and Feed”. It controls ants,
chiggers, fleas, ticks, centipedes and many other insects. It also feeds your lawn with slow
release nitrogen along with iron and other micronutrients.

Want to learn more about the 4 Phase Lawn Care program?

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!

 

Full-time / Part-time Floral Designers 
Cottage Grove and Edgerton Location
 

 

We’re looking for a Full-time and 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.
A minimum of four year previous floral design experience is required.
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 mouse use to build his house?

Cottage Cheese

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!
 
 
Create a Tropical Plant Paradise 
Saturday, July 28, 2018 
10 am – 11 am
 
Shrubs for Birds and Wildlife 
Saturday, August 4, 2018
10 am – 11 am

 

 
Create A Delicious Smoothie
Saturday, August 11, 2018
10 am – 11 am

 

 
 
Cooking With Herbs
Saturday, August 18, 2018
10 am – 11 am
 

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

Honey Lime Granola With Almonds

 

 

Recipe By:larkspur
“This granola may sound strange, but the taste is out of this world! The lime gives it a tangy and wonderful flavor that makes your mouth water for more!”

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 3 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small lime, zest and juice

Wondering how this all comes together? Let’s head on over to Allrecipes to check it out and print out the directions!

SEE YOU SOON!!!