Hello Edward,

 

We were outside in the backyard really late last night and I thought, hmmm, maybe this would be a good time to quietly focus and figure out the mystery of the C that hangs on the back fence. What does it mean? What is it for?
I was concentrating really hard when my mom and dad noticed me sitting there staring at the C.  My dad asked, ‘Lady, what are you staring at?’  I looked at them and then looked back at the C. 

‘Oh!  You’re wondering what that C means, huh?  Well, that’s the first letter of our last name.’

 

Then my mom whispered something in my dad’s ear and they both burst out laughing!
‘Ok, what’s so funny?  You guys wanna share the joke with me?’ I asked them.
Good golly, they were giggling so hard I couldn’t understand what they were saying. Then suddenly the words became clear, oh, so clear…
‘Sorry Lady, but it’s also the first letter of the word CAT!’
What? That’s supposed to be funny? I don’t think so!
But I guess it’s just part of raising parents. Once in a while they disappoint you…
~ Lady

 

What bow can’t be tied?

A rainbow!

The Sweet Sound of Spring

 

Nothing says spring has arrived in the perennial garden more than the emergence of Virginia Bluebells. Their pendulous, trumpet-shaped, soft blue flowers begin as pink buds amongst bluish-green, oval foliage. Plant these in masses, in your shade perennial garden, for a stunning display of lovely flowers to enjoy in early spring. If you have ever seen a colony of Virginia Bluebells growing in “the wild”, you know why this is one of the most beloved spring ephemerals!
Other woodland flowers such as Jack in the Pulpit, Wild Blue Phlox, Celandine Poppy, Bellwort and Trilliums serve as wonderful companion plants for Virginia Bluebells. Ferns and woodland sedges provide attractive backdrops for the blue flowers and add interesting texture to the shade garden.

 

 

 

Virginia Bluebells prefer bright sun very early in spring and then shade as spring progresses. They go completely dormant during the summer months, so don’t be
alarmed when the foliage dies back to bare ground in June. After dormancy,
over-plant the area with shade-loving annuals such as Impatiens, Non Stop Begonias, Torenia or Browallia or allow your other perennials to takeover that space in later summer.
Virginia Bluebells can be used to overcome two tough garden issues. If rabbits are
an issue in your yard, you may have success with these plants, as they are considered rabbit resistant. Black Walnut toxicity is an issue for some gardeners. Virginia Bluebells
can be planted under or near Black Walnut trees and show no adverse effects.
Virginia Bluebells support a number of pollinators. Bumble Bees, Honey Bees,
Mason Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbird Moths and Hummingbirds are particularly
attracted to the pendulous flowers, so these plants can be used as part of a pollinator garden.
It’s officially spring when Virginia Bluebells emerge, covering shade gardens and native woodlands everywhere with their attractive pink buds and trumpet-shaped blue flowers.
It’s a declaration to all other plants that winter’s over!

 

For your fine feathered friends

 

 

 

We have a new line of bird baths this spring that we think you will find breathtaking! They
feature hand painted, heat treated, 18 inch diameter glass bowls. Patterns include Cardinals, Poppy, Sunflower, and Chickadees. These impressive works of art can be exhibited with an easel stand for an artful home decoration, displayed in a tabletop stand or paired with a bird bath stand for a beautiful attraction for your water-seeking birds.

 

Some of the bird baths also come with fountains. These fountains are hand painted. Each is made of metal and glass and feature a powder-coated finish. They are UV and weather-
resistant. Each fountain has an adjustable flow rate.

If you are looking for a unique piece of art for your garden or home, check out these beautiful glass bird baths. No one said that taking care of the birds meant you had to sacrifice the appearance of your outdoor décor. These are not your typical bird baths. I guarantee, your neighbors will want one when they see how aesthetically pleasing these are!

 

MAKES A GREAT GIFT FOR MOM
FOR MOTHER’S DAY!

 

 

What fertilizer should I use on…?
A typical question we get here in the garden center is “What fertilizer should I use on….?” There are hundreds of commercially available fertilizer brands, all differing in their analysis of NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium). Something I like to recommend for general purpose use on flowering plants, is Espoma’s Flowertone.

The slow release nature of Flowertone makes it safe to use on just about everything, even seeds. It will not burn the plant’s roots or leach away. The 3-4-5 analysis means it’s slightly lower in Nitrogen and higher in Phosphorus and Potassium, so it promotes blooms and strong growth, rather than foliage.

Flowertone is a 100% natural and organic fertilizer. As with Espoma’s other “Tone” products, it is enhanced with Biotone, a proprietary blend of microbes, which is intended to biologically augment the fertilizer to ensure excellent plant growth.

Use Flowertone on new seeding, containers or garden beds. It can also be used on established flowers. During the growing season, from April-September, feed plants monthly. Application method and rate depends upon where it is to be applied. Always read and follow the label directions.
If you are looking for one fertilizer that you can have on hand to take care of most of the
nutritional needs of your annuals and perennials this summer, Flowertone is the one I would recommend. Its “Blossom Booster” label accurately describes its purpose and the fact that it’s 100% natural and organic makes it my number one choice.

Floral Notes

 

Mother’s Day is approaching fast. Don’t wait until the last minute to get Mom something 
special. Check out the beautiful floral arrangements created by our floral teams at both locations. We will deliver her a fresh bouquet of beautiful flowers that she will love. We have a great selection of flowers and keepsake containers from which to choose.
 

 

 

Show Mom just how much you appreciate all she does for you by saying it with flowers. 
 
Order early to ensure you get the best selection of flowers and containers.
 

 


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.
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.

 

Why did the butterfly get a cell phone?

She wanted to cauliflower.

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!
 
 

 

All Hands In!!
Come plant up a pot in our greenhouse and leave the mess behind!!

 

How it works: You bring in your own empty container or purchase one from our vast collection on hand. Pick out the flowers you like for your container and America’s Best Flowers provides you with our secret soil blend, slow release fertilizer and guidance with planting, if needed. You leave with a beautiful creation to take with you and best of all, leave the mess behind!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 


Monkey Bread

 

 

 

                              

Ingredients:
3 packages of biscuit dough (12 ounce each)        1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of sugar                                                        1/2 cup of walnuts chopped (optional)
2 tsp. of ground cinnamon                                     1/2 cup of raisins (optional)
1/2 cup of margarine
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 inch bundt pan.
 
Mix the cinnamon and white sugar in a bag and cut the biscuits into quarters. 
 
Shake the pieces of bread in the bag with the cinnamon and sugar mix. Place the pieces in the bundt pan. If you are using raisins and walnuts, mix them in with the pieces of dough as you layer them. Use all pieces of the dough.
 
Melt the margarine and brown sugar in a saucepan, allowing to boil for 1 minute.  
 
Pour the mixture over the dough.
Bake for 35 minutes. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes. Then turn over onto a plate.
There is no need to cut, as the bread will pull apart.

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!