According to Business Insider, the average American spends 90,000 hours of their lifetime at work. With that in mind, it is important that you work with people you like, that you enjoy
being around. I have been in management for 32 years and in my opinion, one of the most
difficult tasks is employee recruitment. Advertising, interviewing, checking references,
background checks, hiring. It can be a long and arduous process.
A lot of people say about their places of employment, that their co-workers are like family.
Here at America’s Best Flowers, we would say the same. When you spend 90,000 hours with people that aren’t your family, you darn well better at least like them, right?!
For several months, we have been searching for a Head Grower. With Ed’s diagnosis, we
wanted to relieve some of the burden on him to be in the greenhouse. Trained Growers are
hard to come by. Many of the resumes I received were from former cannabis master growers looking to get back into mainstream horticulture. I guess the six figure salaries they were drawing (yes, six figures!) wasn’t enough to keep them in that industry. More proof that
money isn’t everything.

Our interview process involves getting a sense for who a person is and whether they would be a good fit for our team. As I tell everyone, we are a very harmonious group and it’s important that we have someone that can be integrated into our group. I am happy to say, we have found that person!

This past Monday, Lorelei joined us as our Head Grower. She brings with her a degree in
Horticulture from UW Madison and experience from several landscape companies. She also
interned at Olbrich Botanical Gardens and was a Research Assistant at the University. She comes with very high regards from her former co-workers and supervisors. We are very excited to have her a part of our team!
A couple days with her and I know she’s going to be a huge asset and you are going to love
her! She will be around to help identify plants, give plant care advice and answer questions in general. If you see her next time you are in, please give her a big “Welcome”. Me, I feel like we won the lottery!
30% OFF
All Fruit Trees, Forsythias, Peonies, 
Magnolias, Berries, Select Evergreens 
and 
Asparagus Flats
  HURRY! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SALE!
Limited quantities on hand. Call store for details.
Quantities limited, while supplies last. This is available at both locations.
Not valid on previous purchases.
A Spotlight on Hoya
When I was a young horticulture student at UW Madison, I saw this plant in the old glass
greenhouses on campus and thought “Why would anyone want to own one of those? It’s just a green plant with waxy leaves.” How naïve was I!
Photo courtesy of Joyce Kidd

 

Hoyas are one of the easiest houseplants to grow and their porcelain flowers with stars in the centers can be delightfully fragrant. These vining and twining plants come in a variety of leaf types, such as variegated foliage, twisted, crumpled foliage, string-bean-like foliage and many others. They can be grown in a hanging basket, pot or urn, with their foliage trailing down or they can be trained on a trellis or totem to grow upwards, providing vertical interest to any spot.
 
These plants should be grown in bright light such as that supplied in a north window. Keep
them from the hottest sun, as the leaves will scorch. Water when the soil is dry to the touch. Plants prefer to be grown on the dry side rather than too moist and in fact overwatering will surely kill them. Fertilize during the growing season with Miracle Gro All Purpose fertilizer. Always read and follow the label instructions.
 
Hoyas are considered one of the top air-purifying plants, so if you are looking for something to improve your indoor environment, these plant can help. Flowering is best achieved by keeping the plants slightly pot-bound, so resist the urge to bump up plants that you would normally re-pot. When you do re-pot your Hoya, use a well-drained mix such as Espoma’s African Violet Mix.
If you are looking for a versatile, yet beautiful houseplant to brighten up a corner of your
home, take a look at Hoyas. Their interesting foliage and unique clusters of beautiful porcelain flowers are sure to win you over!

 

Why did the M&M go to school?

Because he really wanted to be a Smartie!

Mums are ready!!!
 
With the weather as warm as it has been, I know it’s hard to think that Fall is just around the
corner, but it is! The kids are going back to school, the regular football season starts next
week and I have even seen some trees turning their fall colors. And our Fall mums and asters are ready! We have a wide selection of single colors available and we have our tricolors, which are 3 different varieties of mums per pot. Looking for pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale or peppers? We have those, too! Come out and see our selection. 
 

 

 

 
Floral Notes
“Sunflower Farm Centerpiece”
Comes in a hand glazed, oven-to-table 
stoneware serving dish. 

 

Sunflowers are bright late-summer bloomers. They are relatively easy to grow and make a great cut flower for arrangements. The best time to cut sunflowers is in the morning. Look for blossoms that are just starting to fully open. Fill a vase with warm water and use a flower preservative according to the directions. 
The flower preservative destroys the bad bacteria in the water and prolongs the life of the flower. It will take up water best if it is cut at a 45 degree angle. After cutting and arranging the sunflowers, keep the bouquet out of direct sunlight. Replace the water and preservative every one to two days to extend the life of the sunflowers.
Sunflowers pair prettily with blue delphinium and yellow solidago. Bring some sunshine home today.
Edgerton 
Cottage Grove

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) Location
 

 

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.
A minimum of four years previous floral design experience is required.
Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.
Why can’t you work in an orange juice factory?

Because you can’t concentrate

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!
 

 

Pick Your Own Mum From Our Mum Fields
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am – 12 pm
This is a day you don’t want to miss! First come, first served! You will get a chance to choose which mum to take home with you and have an opportunity to get your picture taken in our mum field! Adults only allowed in the mum field.

 

Fall Container Porch Pot Workshop
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am – 2 pm

 

Winterize Your Garden with Chris and Deb
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10 am – 11 am
 
Art In The Garden
Saturday. September 22, 2018
9 am – 3 pm

 

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

Recipe

 

To those who attended our “Cooking with Herbs” class you know how good this is!
If you missed this free workshop you really missed out on some good eats.

 

Josh, our guest instructor from
cooked up some tasty treats for all to enjoy!

 

Thank you so much Josh!!!
 
 
Herbed Grilled Cheese Sandwich
(4 Sandwiches)
 
8 slices of your favorite bread, sourdough works well
1 C Shredded Mozzarella
1 C Shredded Gouda
1 T Parsley
1 T Basil
1 T Cilantro
1 T Tarragon
½ Red Onion, sliced
Chopped Kale
Mix shredded cheeses and herbs together, set aside. Heat pan to medium heat and add red onion and kale. Sauté for 5 min or until slightly soft. Build your sandwich by adding ½ C of cheese and some of the onion/kale mixture. Drizzle a little olive oil on each side of the sandwich and place in pan on medium heat. Grill for about 5 min on each side or until golden brown.
 
 
Tomato Soup with Dill
1 T olive oil
5-6 tomatoes, use whatever you have, even grape or cherry
3 C vegetable stock
¼ C fresh dill, chopped
½ onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 C cream
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes
Bring a stock pot to medium heat with olive oil. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 5 min. Add your tomatoes. If you’re using romas, cut them in half. Add your stock and simmer on medium for 20 minutes. Cool for a few min and transfer to a blender. You can leave some of the soup chunky by reserving half of the mixture. Blend until smooth. Return to stock pot on medium/low heat. Stir in cream, seasonings and dill.

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!