What do bumblebees, butterflies and bats have in common? If you said they are all pollinators, you are correct! Just think back to the last time you saw butterflies in your garden. Now, think back further to when you were younger. How many butterflies did you see flying around then? There has been a definite decline in population of pollinators and that is visible to many.
We know that more nectar and pollen sources provided by more flowering plants and trees will help improve pollinator’s health and numbers. Pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes will help the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across the country.

 

You can make a difference by starting small. Plant a corner of your garden with pollinator-friendly plants or plant a container garden that is filled with pollinator approved plants and build from there. Remember that one person can truly make a difference. If you have any doubts, then check out the map below. This visual shows you the nationwide effort of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Each dot represents a registered garden where pollinator-friendly plants can be found. Some gardens are big, some small, but bees and butterflies love them both equally. Wouldn’t it be great to be part of a movement that helps pollinators?

 

Click on the map to see the current number of pollinator gardens

 

Help out the pollinators and plant some fragrant and brightly colored pollinator-friendly plants that will serve as a beacon to pollinators passing through.

 

We challenge all of you to plant a pollinator garden and join The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. After you plant those pollinator-friendly plants, make sure to register your garden at www.millionpollinatorgardens.org. Take a picture and share your garden on social media with us. We would love to see it!

 

Come out here on June 16th from 10-11 and attend our free informative workshop where we will discuss plants, pollinators and this great cause!
Who is the king of the insects?

 

The Monarch!

PERENNIAL OF THE WEEK
 
Yarrow  
Yarrow is a versatile, easy-to-care-for perennial that is perfect to use in a perennial border,
as a groundcover, in an herb garden or in a meadow planting. They are pest resistant and
drought tolerant plants, so they make very durable additions to any garden.

 

Varieties of Yarrow (Achillea) come in yellow, red, pink, orange, white and bicolors. They are perfect for cutting and drying and are butterfly magnets! Yarrow has showy flower heads which are composed of tiny, tightly-packed flowers which rise above the beautiful, ferny foliage.

 

Yarrow should be planted in full sun. Tolerant of most soil conditions, even those that are dry and low in fertility, it does best in well-drained soil. Plants should not need fertilization, but do benefit from the addition of a 1″ layer of compost around the base each spring. Divide plants every 3-5 years to rejuvenate them.
This low-maintenance perennial is a must for every garden. Its ferny foliage and umbels of tiny flowers make an attractive addition to any garden and the fact that they attract butterflies is an added bonus!

 

All Yarrow 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.
BASKET SALE

 

BUY ONE BASKET GET $10 OFF EVERY BASKET
YOU BUY AFTER THAT.
 
Not valid on any previous purchases

No coupon required

Offer expires June 15, 2018. Available at our Cottage Grove Location Only.
While supplies last.

Can Hummingbirds Fly Upside Down?

 

Hummingbirds are amazing little creatures. If you have ever had the pleasure of sitting and watching them chase each other or feed on nectar, buzzing from flower to flower, you know how entertaining they can be. They are truly fascinating creatures with some remarkable abilities!
There are more than 300 species of hummingbirds and they are found only in the Western Hemisphere. Of those 300 species, 12 of them spend the summer in North America and then winter in tropical areas. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is the only hummingbird that visits Wisconsin regularly.
Being very adept flyers, they can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and yes, even upside down! Flight speeds of 30 mph are normal, increasing to 50 mph when they are trying to escape and topping out at around 63 mph when they are in a dive.
A hummingbird’s little wings beat 40-80 times per second. Its feet are only used for perching, not for hopping or walking. A hummingbird can hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern.
A hummingbird has a fast breathing rate (250 breaths per minute), fast heartbeat (250 beats per minute while resting and up to 1200 beat per minute while feeding) and high body temperature (105°-108°F). These characteristics require that they feed often, once every 10-15 minutes, in order to sustain their metabolism. They visit between 1000 and 2000 flowers every day, eating primarily nectar, tree sap, insects and pollen. Their specialized long and tapered bill is used to obtain nectar from the center of long, tubular flowers, at a rate of 13 licks per second!
Hummingbirds are very territorial and have been observed chasing each other and even larger birds, such as hawks, away from their territories. Their walnut-sized nest is built by the female and is attached to a branch or tree limb with spider silk. Lichens are used to camouflage the outside and the inside is lined with dandelion, cattail or thistle down.
Courtship and mating are brief, the female being left to raise the young alone. From one to three white, pea-sized eggs are laid by the female and 12-21 days later, the young emerge. Flying begins 18 to 30 days after the young hatch. After leaving the nest, fledglings are fed by their mother for about 10 days.

 

 

The average length of an adult hummingbird is 3.5 inches, with average weight being just 1/8 ounce! Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are thought to live as long as 12 years, but the average is probably closer to 3-5 years.
Destruction of habitat is the greatest threat to hummingbirds. You can attract these little gems to your own backyard by providing suitable habitat for them. Flowers, perches, insects and water are the key components to a healthy habitat that will attract these beautiful birds.
Want to learn more? Click here and visit us this Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 11:00-12:00, when our perennial experts will help you choose the proper plants for your hummingbird garden.

 

 

Are those Green Gumdrops
 or a Shrub?
Have you ever wondered what those green gumdrops are growing in people’s lawns? Likely, they are evergreen shrubs known as Hetz Midget Arborvitae. They are extremely adaptable and hardy. Use in mass plantings, rock gardens, as a hedge and even on a balcony or patio in a container. (If using in a container, it will have to be provided extra protection in winter.)

 

This slow-growing shrub requires full sun. Plant it in an area where it will be protected from drying winds. Mature size for Hetz Midget is 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall, making it perfect for small spaces. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season and remove any die-back.

 

 

With the proper location, spacing and care, Hetz Midget Arborvitae can live 30 years or more. Enjoy its fine textured, evergreen foliage year-round. Those green gumdrops are a sight to see in the crisp white snow!

 

 
Floral Notes
Perennials in your cut flower garden 

 

As our perennials finally start to show some color in the garden, we are reminded of how nice it is to be able to cut fresh flowers from the garden and bring them in to create an arrangement for our home.
 
Pictured above: Yarrow

 

There are several perennials that work well as cut flowers. A few that we love are yarrow, asiatic lillies, delphinium, penstemon, veronica, gaillardia, and many others. Don’t forget about those grasses! They add a very unique look to an arrangement.  
Tips for using perennials as cut flowers: 
 
Cut the flowers early in the day. The heat of the day is not the time to be cutting flowers. Cut the flowers you want from your garden and bring them in quickly. 
Once in the house, give the stems a fresh cut and place them in water right away. Use commercial flower preservatives as they are formulated to extend the life of your flowers. 
 
Keep the vase away from a heat source or the bright sun and if possible store them in the refrigerator while you are away.  Most importantly, Enjoy!

 

 

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 greenhouses 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. 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.

 

 

 How do bees brush their hair? 
 
With a honey comb!
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!
Rabbit and Deer Prevention for your Yard
Saturday, June 2, 2018
 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Those cute and lovable bunnies and deer sometimes can be a nuisance. Join us as our expert talks about which plants are rabbit and deer resistant, as well as control options 
you can use in your garden. 

 

 

 
 
 
Attracting Hummingbirds to your yard! 
Saturday, June 2, 2018
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Butterfly Magnets
Saturday, June 9, 2018
10:00 am – 11:00 am
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

 

Thai Lettuce Wraps  

 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

2 medium bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lb. ground turkey
2 Tbsp. fish sauce
1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
3 Tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. sugar
Lettuce cups (leaves) and Sriracha Hot Sauce, for serving

 

Directions:

1. In a 12-inch skillet on medium-high heat, cook bell peppers in vegetable oil 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add ground turkey and fish sauce. Cook 5 minutes, breaking up meat.

2. Stir in cilantro, mint leaves, lime juice and sugar. Serve in lettuce cups with Sriracha hot sauce, if desired.

 

 

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!