Hello Edward,

 

Sally’s Recovery
Those of you who have followed us for a while know that we have a resident feral cat, Sally. A year and a half ago, you could hardly get near her. Now she is part of our every day routine. We take turns sitting with her while she eats her breakfast and lunch. She has a kitty bed next to my desk where she slumbers the afternoon away. When she believes she is not getting enough attention, she jumps on my desk and lays down in front of me, so I can’t use my computer. She really has become quite accustomed to being the center of attention!

Being feral, she has the freedom to come and go from the greenhouse. It’s not an ideal situation, but one of necessity. We have tried to find a permanent home for her. Those of us who are animal-lovers already have pets at home, which would make integrating a feral cat difficult for them and for her. Sally has been spayed, so that she does not continue to contribute to the over-population of feral cats.

Last fall, I took Sally to get her vaccinations updated, including her rabies vaccine, for which I am now extremely thankful. On Easter Sunday, I discovered that Sally was injured. After taking her to Veterinary Emergency Services, they discovered she had been attacked by a small animal, likely a raccoon or another cat. She had deep punctures in her hind paw, swelling and she couldn’t put any weight on her back paw. X-rays revealed a fracture in her paw!
VES set her paw in a splint, which she will wear for 6-8 weeks. It’s pretty pink, the perfect color for a princess kitty! She’s come home with me, to spend the next 6-8 weeks being pampered. She has the safety of a home, isolated from my two male cats, with a heated bed to boot! Somehow I’m guessing she may never want to leave. I’m not certain I’ll be able to give her up. Maybe that was “the plan” all along…
~Betty

 

What season is it best to go on a trampoline?

Spring time!

 

Wallflowers

 

 

We’ve added a beautiful annual to our mix this year, Wallflower- Sugar Rush Mix. Cheiranthus or Wallflowers have been gaining popularity because of their sweetly scented flowers and frost tolerance. If you are looking for a cute plant to liven up some early-season containers, this little beauty should get a long look.

 

 

Wallflowers like to be grown cool, in well-drained soil. Place them in full sun to light shade. They are available in orange, yellow, purple and red and mix well with other cold tolerant spring annuals such as pansies, violas, dianthus, dusty miller and snapdragons.
We have pansies and violas planted in bowls, moss purses and moss baskets. Join us Saturday, April 14th, for our “April Showers” container event where we’ll help you plant any of our cold-tolerant annuals, including Wallflowers, into a fun, colorful umbrella planter. Pre-registration is appreciated.

 

Tropical Hibiscus

 

There are few plants that remind me more of the Hawaiian Islands than Tropical Hibiscus. In fact, the state flower is the Yellow Hibiscus, known in Hawaiian as the pua aloalo. On the Islands, Hibiscus can be seen growing as hedges, windbreaks or large specimens. A drive along the road will provide you with a kaleidoscope of delightful flowers. In Hawaiian culture, the Hibiscus is a symbol of old royalty & communicates power and respect. It is frequently given to tourists.
Hibiscus are sun-loving plants with beautiful green foliage and plate-sized flowers in orange, yellow, white, pink, red and peach. Flowers can be singles or doubles and can be solid colors, bi-colors or have a bright “eye” of vivid color such as red. Some even have ruffled petals.
Fortunately, Tropical Hibiscus are available to us residents of the north. We just received our tropical plant shipment for spring and we have dozens of Hibiscus trees and bushes in all colors and flower types and even some with braided trunks.
To be successful with Hibiscus, they must receive full sun. At least eight hours of sun a day is required. Keep them moderately moist, as excessive dryness causes the buds to drop and the leaves to turn yellow. Fertilize during the growing season with Miracle Gro Bloom Booster. Always read and follow the label directions.
Your Hibiscus, if happy, will bloom almost daily, however, the blooms themselves will only last for a day or two. If you are looking for a beautiful plant, with a tropical flair, consider adding a Tropical Hibiscus to your home.

 

 

Crabgrass Preventer

 

 

 

 

If you’re like most people, you are ready to storm out into your yard and get “spring” started. If only the weather would cooperate, we’d be all set! One of the early spring chores to get your lawn started off right is to lay down crabgrass preventer.
Crabgrass is a summer annual weed. Germination of crabgrass occurs when soil temperature in the top ¼” of soil is above 60 degrees F for 3-5 days. In order to be effective, pre-emergent herbicides need to be present in the soil before germination begins.
We recommend the use of Bonide Crabgrass Preventer as a pre-emergent herbicide versus Scotts Halts® Crabgrass Preventer & Lawn Food for a number of reasons:
  • Bonide controls 28 broadleaf and grassy weeds. Scotts only lists 12 weeds controlled by their product. Always read and follow the label directions.
  • The Bonide product can be used on established turf, as well as landscape ornamentals, established ornamental and wildflower plantings. This makes it a much more versatile product!
  • It contains 20% Turf Grade, slow release nitrogen, as well as Iron and other micronutrients. The Scotts Halts® does not contain any micronutrients, which are necessary for a healthy lawn.
  • The active ingredient in the Bonide Crabgrass Preventer has 5 months of residual control. Scotts Halts® has 2-3 months of residual control.
  • The price of the Bonide versus the Scotts Halts® makes it the more economical choice, especially if you have large areas to cover.
Bonide has a 4 Phase Lawn Care program that we feel is superior to Scotts. Lay down the Crabgrass Preventer early this spring and follow-up with Weed & Feed later this spring or early summer. In the summer, when insects begin to appear, apply Phase 3, Insect & Feed. Prepare your lawn for winter with Phase 4, Winterizer, in the fall. One year on this program and we think you will be happy with the look of your lawn.

 

 

 

Floral Notes
 

 

The temperature outside may not feel like it this week, but spring really is right around the corner. One thing that always signals the coming of spring, for me, is The Masters Golf Tournament. The beautiful green grass and stunning pink, whites and reds of the Azaleas always get me excited for spring. Speaking of Azaleas, we have some beautiful ones available in our floral shops. They make a great colorful choice to send as a gift. Remember to keep them moist, as azaleas do not like to dry out.
 
~ Spike

 

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.
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. Positions include some customer service, watering, plant maintenance.
Please apply in person Monday – Friday 8:30 am -5:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am -4:00 pm

and allow 30-45 minutes to complete the application.

 

Why is the letter A
like a flower?
 
A bee comes after it!
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!
Spring Open House 

 

Saturday & Sunday, April 7-8

 

 

It’s Spring of 2018 and this year is better and bigger than ever! We have over 100 NEW plant varieties you will want to add to your garden!
Make sure you come early to get the best selection.

 

We also have added several new companies to our line-up and this means you will see
new styles and new pieces to add to your home and garden.

 

Create a Colorful Spring Container 

 

Saturday and Sunday April 7th and 8th 
10 am – 3 pm

 

Customers can leave their planted containers here with us until May 18th.

 

Tree and Shrub Class
 
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5pm – 6pm 

 

Do you have questions about trees and shrubs?
Come to this free informative workshop!
Get your questions answered and learn new things about trees and shrubs.
Forsythia and Magnolias are on the list for discussion! You don’t want to miss this!
 
 
Spring Showers Umbrella Planter

Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00am- 12:00pm
 
Rain or shine, these whimsical umbrella planters will surely
put a smile on your face. Fill with colorful spring flowers such
as pansies, violas or wallflowers to name a few, and add a
splash of color to any outdoor environment. Start getting
your hands dirty early in the season!

 

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

 

Sausage, Spinach, Ricotta
Stuffed Pasta Shells
 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 12-ounce package jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • 16-ounces ricotta cheese
  • 10-ounces chopped frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry, chopped further (or 10 ounces chopped fresh spinach)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can tomatoes with herbs, including the liquid, tomatoes broken up (or your favorite tomato or pasta sauce)

2 – 9×13 shallow baking dishes

 

METHOD

 

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (1 teaspoon salt per quart of water). Cook the pasta shells according to the instructions on the package. Drain, rinse in cold water, and set aside.

 

2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage to the pan, breaking up the sausage into smaller bits. Cook sausage until cooked through, and no pink remains, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to a minute more. Remove pan from heat.

 

3. Beat the egg lightly in a large bowl. Mix in the ricotta, chopped spinach, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese, basil, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and sausage mixture. Fill each cooked pasta shell with some of the ricotta, spinach, sausage mixture.

 

4. Spread 1/2 cup chopped canned tomatoes over the bottom of each of the baking dishes. Arrange the stuffed pasta shells in the dishes. Spread the remaining tomatoes over the top of the pasta shells.

 

At this point you can make ahead, to freeze (up to four months) or refrigerate before cooking. (If freezing, cover with foil, then wrap with plastic wrap.)

 

5. Heat oven to 375°F. Cover the pans with foil and bake for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbling. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, bake uncovered for 10 more minutes.

 

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!