Many people think that when the spring rush is over, things really slow down for us, which to a certain degree is true. However, summer and early fall are extremely busy times for us “behind the scenes” because we are already preparing for next year!
Our planning for production entails travelling to various field trials to observe all the different varieties of annuals and perennials to see how they perform. Over the years, Ed and Carol have traveled the entire US, into Canada and the UK, to examine tens of thousands of plants to see if they are suitable for us to produce for YOU.
This year we will attend the Ball Field Trails in West Chicago, IL. They display acres of gardens and comparison trials for attendees to view and many of the new varieties for 2019 will be showcased.
UW West Madison Agricultural Research Station
We also have a local field trial that occurs each year at the University of Wisconsin West Madison Agricultural Research Station. Each year, the Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin chooses a crop to put on trial. This year, we chose to highlight Petunias. We have 340 varieties of Petunias on display there. Since the Research Station’s gardens are open to the public, you can go and visit. By early August, this should be a spectacular display.
We also attend buying shows to secure all of the garden art and accessories, pottery and garden chemicals, etc. that we need for next spring. Rowena, our Marketing Director and Chris, our Customer Service and Commercial Account Manager were just in Atlanta buying pottery at the Michael Carr showroom. We purchase pottery from 6 different companies in an effort to find the right mix of products for everyone!
We round out the end of summer and usher in early fall by attending three other buying shows in Rochester, MN, Cleveland, OH and in the Wisconsin Dells, searching out fun, interesting, trendy, functional products for you! We seldom buy things by the pallet, as most products are hand-picked and custom tailored to fit the buying needs of our customers.
Our truest joy is to service our customers. We put a lot of time and effort into getting just the right products and plants. Do you have a special request? A product that you have been looking for and can’t find? Send us an email and we’ll see if we can find it at one of our shows.
~Betty
 BUY 1 Hanging Annual Basket Get 1 FREE
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Available at Cottage Grove location only. 
Excludes houseplants and tomato baskets. No coupon necessary.
ALL PRE-PLANTED CONTAINER GARDENS
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Container Garden Blowout Sale!*

Get instant impact for your front porch or deck this summer.

Offer expires July 18, 2018 Available at Cottage Grove location only. 
Not valid on previous purchases. While Supplies last.
*Valid for container gardens $24.99 and above
20% OFF
All Fruit Trees, Forsythias and Peonies 

HURRY! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SALE!

Limited quantities on hand. Call store for details.

Offer expires 07/18/2018. This is available in both locations.
Not valid on previous purchases.
What do you call two young married spiders?

Newly webs.

Ornamental Grasses 
Nothing provides structure, texture, shape and height in your perennial garden better than ornamental grasses. They provide color and movement to your garden like no other plant. Used as specimens, in mass, as borders or as the backbone of your garden, the varieties of ornamental grasses are endless.

Ornamental grasses are attractive not just in appearance, but because they are low maintenance. Most are heat and drought tolerant, too. They provide 4 seasons of interest in the garden plus add the benefit of food and cover for wildlife, such as birds, in the winter. Choosing the right grass for your situation is important, as some are more tolerant of shade and wet areas than others.

Here are our top five ornamental grasses:
Karl Forester Reed Grass: Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’
Blue Oatgrass: Helictotrichon sempervirens ‘Saphirsprudel’
Fountain Grass: Pennisetum alopecuroides “Hameln’
Maidenhair Grass: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’
Northwind Switchgrass: Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’
If you are looking for year-round impact, consider using ornamental grasses in your garden. They tolerate a wide range of conditions and bring graceful motion, composition and hue to your garden. You’ll be pleased with how your garden becomes more vibrant and full of life with the addition of these magnificent grasses.
Ornamental grasses are our Perennial of the week.

 

All Ornamental Grasses are 20% off this week. Applies to our Cottage Grove location only. See store for details. Offer not valid on previous purchases and only on in-stock items. While supplies last.

 
Fairy Gardens
 

 

Children love them. Adults arrange, rearrange, collect, buy, build and fuss over them in general. They are magical and enchanting! They are an addiction! If you haven’t gotten yourself and/or your children into fairy or miniature gardening, there is no time like the present!
We have reduced the price on nearly all of our miniature gardening accessories to help you join this craze. These are a perfect projects to work on with the kids this summer. 
Don’t know how to start? Let us help. Here are a few tips:
 
Start small. This seems kind of obvious, right? It is miniature gardening after all! But I mean, small, as in not a lot of “stuff”. Many people start with one central focal point like a door, small house, pathway, fire pit or bench. Start with one of these and build little by little from there.
Keep your “scale” consistent. You don’t want a 4″ tall fairy for a 2″ long bench.
Do you want a “fairy” garden or do you want gnomes, elves or trolls to inhabit your garden? Maybe you don’t want any of these or maybe you want all of these. That’s okay, too! You can choose a theme if you desire like Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz or Peter Rabbit! Your garden can be themed to match these stories.
Add some plants if you desire. Some people like to put plants in their fairy gardens, some don’t. It’s personal preference, yours to decide, there is no right or wrong answer. If you want to use plants, choose miniature plants. Seems obvious, right? We have a selection of plants in 2″ pots that are perfect for the smallest of fairy gardens. These plants work well: Sempervivum, Stonecrop, Oxalis, Baby’s Tears, Miniature Ivy, Peperomia and many others.
Bring the enchantment of a fairy garden into your home this summer. Let us know how we can help with the magic!

 

Rudbeckia

 

Rudbeckia, also known as Gloriosa Daisy or Black Eyed Susan, is a wonderful annual, available in many varieties which include some annuals, some perennials and some biennials for use in the garden or containers. When purchasing Rudbeckia, it’s important to know exactly what you are buying, so there’s no disappointment. Many of the varieties available are annuals in our area, but most self-seed readily, so will be present from year to year.

 

 

The following is a list of the varieties we grow, their color and whether they are annual, perennial or biennial. These plants will be fabulous in fall containers!
Autumn Colors (Zones 3-7) Bicolor shades of yellow, orange, red and brown with brown cones. Annual or Biennial
 
Cherry Brandy (Zones 5-7) Deep Maroon and Cherry red petals surround dark chocolate centers and brown cones. Annual
 
Chocolate Orange (Zones 5-9) Golden orange petals and broad, chocolate brown centers and brown cones. Annual
 
Denver Daisy (Zones 5-9) Golden Yellow petals with a Mahogany eye and a brown cone. Annual
 
Irish Eyes (Zones 5-8) Golden Yellow with olive green eye. Annual
 
Maya (Zones 5-9) Double flowering, golden petals with brown cone. Annual
 
Goldsturm (Zones 3-8) Yellow, daisy-like flowers with brown cones. Perennial
These lovely flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They can be used in perennial borders, cutting gardens, containers or as dried flowers. They are deer and rabbit resistant and bring wonderful texture and form to the garden. Rudbeckia are heat and drought tolerant and love to be in full sun, but will tolerate partial sun. Plant them in masses to capture their full beauty.

 
Floral Notes
Flowers from the garden

 

 

We have talked in the past about cutting flowers from your perennial gardens to use in vases in your home or in arrangements to give away. A wonderful flower for this use,
that also happens to be the July flower of the month, is Larkspur or Delphinium. Larkspur comes in a wide range of colors from whites, to pinks, purples and blues. In fact, it is one of the few true blue colored flowers. This makes it a commonly used flower
in our floral shops to fill the need for blue flowers in arrangements. As always, cut them early in the day and bring them into the house quickly, where you will recut the stems and place them in water with floral preservative.

 

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!

 

Full-time / Part-time Floral Designers 
Cottage Grove and Edgerton Location
 

 

We’re looking for a Full-time and 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 banana do when it saw the monkeys?

Split.

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!

 

Perennials: Drought Tolerant Plants
Saturday, July 14, 2018
10 am – 11 am
 
8th Annual Dog Wash 
Benefiting Dane County Humane Society
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED

 

Create a Tropical Plant Paradise 
Saturday, July 28, 2018 
10 am – 11 am
 
 
Shrubs for Birds and Wildlife 
Saturday, August 4, 2018
10 am – 11 am
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

 

 

 
Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread

 

 

Who needs two slices of bread when juicy, plump tomatoes top these cool cucumber sandwiches? Tip: Always use a serrated knife, which cuts through the tomato’s skin without damaging flesh and losing juice.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cucumbers, seeds removed, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for serving
  • 6 Texas Toast slices or other thick white bread slices, toasted
  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 lb. assorted fresh tomatoes (about 3 large), cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Thinly sliced chives
How to Make It:

 

Step 1
Stir together cream cheese, cucumbers, red onion, dill, mint, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until well combined.

 

Step 2
Spread about 1/4 cup of the cucumber mixture onto each slice of the toasted bread. Top each with 2 to 3 tomato slices and drizzle each with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Sprinkle tomatoes with chives, salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

 

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!