Hi Edward

If chocolate was to disappear from store shelves, would you wonder why?

Would you miss it? Go through withdrawals? What about Coffee? Are you a coffee addict? What if you couldn’t get coffee anymore? Do you realize that these foods, as well as thousands of others, depend upon pollinators for their existence? Take away the pollinators and things like chocolate, coffee, blueberries, almonds, apples, oranges, cherries, avocados and many others will disappear.
This past weekend we held the Million Garden Pollinator Challenge. This is a campaign to register 1 million public and private gardens and landscapes. By increasing the number of pollinator friendly gardens and landscapes, we improve the health and well-being of pollinators and increase their chances of survival.

 

Everyone can do a small part in helping bees, birds, butterflies and even bats. These all function as important pollinators. Conservation of each one of these is vitally important to their survival and our continued enjoyment of the foods that come from crops they pollinate. Planting even just a small garden, one container, one shrub, all of these things can make a difference.
Bees get most of the press because of the difficulties they have been experiencing recently. Because of that, awareness is better and thankfully, people have been doing things to protect them. Reduced pesticide usage, timing of pesticide use and the voluntary banning of certain types of pesticides are all principles that have been adopted to help the bee population.
Birds and butterflies, by nature, are beautiful and people want to have them around. Because of that, it’s easy to convince people to do more things to attract these to their gardens. Who doesn’t want pretty, right?

 

Bats are another story, though. I know most people don’t necessarily want bats around because of the stigma attached to them. We hear things like, “They spread rabies.” and my personal favorite, “They’ll fly at your head and get caught in your hair!” which is something I heard a lot as a kid. Is there any wonder why I have had short hair for nearly all of the 53 years of my life?! In reality, bats are needed to pollinate many important crops, including cocoa. So for all you chocolate lovers, try to see bats in a different light.

This week is National Pollinator week. Our Million Garden Pollinator Challenge is over for this year, but there’s still time to make a difference. Plant a flower, tree or shrub for a pollinator. That’s it, that’s all you have to do. If you desire, plant lots of flowers, trees and shrubs for pollinators and register your garden or landscape. Be one of the million who help to revive the health of our critically important pollinators.
 
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Offer expires 06/30/2018. Available at Cottage Grove location only. 
Excludes houseplants and tomato baskets. No coupon necessary.
What did the beach say when it saw the tide come in?

Long time no sea.

 
SEDUM  
Need a groundcover for sun and heat, something you can plant and forget about? Sedum is the answer! They come in various colors, sizes and textures and are adaptable to the poorest and driest of soils. Ranging from groundcovers that reach only a few inches tall to small, shrub-like plants of 3 feet, you will love these versatile plants!

Choose plants with grayish-blue, maroon, chartreuse, red, variegated or just plain green foliage. Flowers are yellow, red, white, rose and shades of each. Plants have fleshy leaves that can be flat and round, narrow and chubby, large, small and everything in between. This is a very diverse group of plants, with literally hundreds of species available.

Grow Sedum in full sun, the more sun the better, but a minimum of 6 hours a day. Sedums are succulents, so they store water in their fleshy stems and leaves, making them particularly drought tolerant. A sure way to kill a Sedum is to give it too much water or plant it in an area where the roots stay wet.
Sedum can be planted in rock gardens, crevices in walls, slopes, perennial borders, containers, on the roof, really just about anywhere. They are deer and rabbit resistant, so if you have problems with these critters, here’s a great choice to plant. Sedum attract pollinators, especially hummingbirds and butterflies.
Plant some of these attractive, low-maintenance plants in your garden or containers and watch them thrive in places others would give out.
Groundcovers are 20% off this week. Applies to the Cottage Grove location only. See store for details. Offer not valid on previous purchases and only on in-stock items. While supplies last.

Ruellia simplex ‘Purple Showers’
Mexican Petunia
 
If you love the color purple, then this is your year for home, garden and personal accessories! The Pantone color of the year is a purple hue called Love Symbol #2, in honor of the late musician Prince. If you want to honor Prince or just love the color purple, 
Ruellia simplex ‘Purple Showers’ or Mexican Petunia is a must have addition to your garden. 
Mexican Petunia is treated as an annual here in Wisconsin. It is a small shrub with dark green, willow-like leaves that are tinged in purple with purplish stems. It puts on a profusion of lovely, purple flowers all summer-long. Deer are not especially attracted to the plant, so if Bambi is in your yard, no worries! However, hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the tubular flowers, so expect to see a lot of these!
These plants will grow in a wide range of conditions from dry to wet. They prefer to be kept in moist conditions, in full sun, so consider growing them in a rain garden or in a low area of your perennial garden where water may pool. Mexican Petunia are also nice “thrillers” in containers or can be planted in the background in any bed or container.
Mexican Petunia make a beautiful, vertical accent with attractive leaves, stems and flowers all summer. Their gorgeous purple flowers will attract pollinators to your garden, so you have the added beauty of these creatures to enjoy, too. Come in and see what beauty this plant can provide your garden!

 
Floral Notes
Fun and Whimsical Succulent Wreath Workshop 
THIS SATURDAY!
 

 

We are putting a spin on the succulent wreath you will create in this workshop. This means it is not a traditional hanging wreath. We are using reclaimed bundt pans, bake-ware, 
Jell-O molds and such to create a unique centerpiece for your patio table or kitchen counter. Space is limited. Reserve your spot early. 
America’s Best Flowers also has a nice variety of containers and succulents to help you create your own unique succulent garden. Choose from lovely shallow ceramic bowls, rock looking containers and an assortment of pottery. Maybe add in a few fairy garden accessories.
Please note that this class is only available at our Cottage Grove Location. 
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 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!

 

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. 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 carrot say to the wheat?

Lettuce rest, I’m feeling beet.

Upcoming Events 
2018 – Mark your Calendars!!!
2018 is full of new workshops and informational cl
asses for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!
 
Ornamental Grasses and Groundcovers 
Saturday, June 23, 2018 
10:00 am – 11:00 am 
 
Join us for this free informative workshop as our perennial experts talk about ornamental grasses and groundcovers that will make your yard look amazing!

 

 

Succulent Wreath…like no other
Saturday, June 23, 2018
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
 
Create a succulent wreath like no other.
We are breaking the mold with this fun workshop. This is no traditional wreath!
We are creating outside the box. This charming succulent project will look great on your patio table or kitchen counter. 
 
Space is limited, make sure to reserve your spot early!
Cost: $45.00  Instructor: Chris B.
This is a pre-pay class. To register please call or stop in 608-222-2269.
 

 

Perennials: Drought Tolerant Plants
Saturday, July 14, 2018
10:00 am – 11:00 am
 
Join us for this free informative event. Our perennial experts will discuss drought tolerant plant options for those dry areas in your garden.
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

 

Classic Macaroni Salad 
 

 

“This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments on this recipe and it is just a pleasing taste that seems to suit everyone.”

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimento peppers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in the onion, celery, green pepper, carrot, pimentos and macaroni. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving, but preferably overnight.

 

From 2018 Allrecipes.com

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!