This has been an unforgettable week. Our headlines were inundated with what seemed like only violence and hatred. In the span of a few days, we had what is believed to be a racially-motivated killing of 2 in Kentucky; at last count 14 pipe bombs were sent to prominent US figures, politicians and a former President and 11 Jewish members of the Tree of Life Synagogue were slaughtered. When will it stop?

I was raised in a family in which we were taught everyone was considered equal, everyone deserved respect and everyone had the right to be loved. Maybe that’s why it is so difficult for me to understand how people can be so full of rage and hate toward each other, only because they don’t look like them, think like them, act like them, speak like them, worship like them or love like them.

Hate is driven by fear. The fear of others not like them. The fear of change. Why do people fear others that are not like them? Why not embrace them and all their differences? Learn from them. I am fortunate enough to have racial and ethnic diversity in my own family. I say fortunate because my life has been enhanced by them being a part of my life. I actually feel sorry for those people who cannot see diversity as a blessing.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families affected by every one of these tragedies. As Tuesday, November 6th comes upon us, remember that our right to vote is one way in which we can affect change. We have to all agree that change is needed. We may not all agree on what that change is, but certainly we cannot go on living with the violence and hatred that is so pervasive in our day-to-day. Choose to do your small part.

Audre Lorde, well-known writer, feminist and civil rights activist once said, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.”

 

Threadleaf Aralia

Also known as Spider Aralia, its finely divided leaves and airy texture are two characteristics to describe this wonderful indoor plant. It has narrow, saw-tooth-edged leaves that are a coppery hue when young, turning to a dark green, almost black as they mature. This plant is a must have for any indoor houseplant collection.

Spider Aralia prefer bright to moderate light. Place them near a sunny window, but take care not to place them in the direct sunlight, as the leaf tips and edges may burn. Plants prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees. Temperatures below 60 degrees may cause damage to the foliage, so keep them warm!

Water your plant when the top inch becomes dry. It’s better to underwater this plant than overwater it, so when in doubt, error on the dry side. As with most houseplants, Spider Aralia benefit from high humidity. If possible, mist plants occasionally and provide supplemental humidity with a room humidifier, placement near a kitchen or bath or by placing plants on pebbles in a tray of water.

 

Plants should be fertilized every two weeks during the growing season and monthly during the winter months, with a fertilizer such as Miracle Gro Indoor Plant Food at ½ strength. Always read and follow the directions on the label. Aralia like to be pot-tight, but when needed, repot in the spring or summer. Use a container no larger than 2″ more in diameter than the container it is currently residing in. Use our Custom Potting Mix for quick rooting and establishment in its new pot.

Spider Aralia have low toxicity, so are relatively safe around cats, dogs and children. However, as a precaution, we always recommend keeping your pets and children away from plants.

These Aralia can achieve a height of 5-6 feet or more indoors. They make wonderful floor plants in and around furniture. Their lacy leaves will create a dramatic effect, when silhouetted against a bare wall with the use of a spotlight. No matter where they are used, the delicate nature and beautiful foliage of Spider Aralia is sure to please you!
Why was Cinderella not very good at softball?

Because her coach was a pumpkin.

 

Cyclamen

I remember my days as a Grower when one of my favorite crops was Cyclamen. We had bench after bench of these plants with their colorful flowers resembling shooting stars or butterflies in flight. Flowers came in every shade of red, pink and lavender, along with white and petals were ruffled, striped, picotee or edged with white. It was a sight to see masses of these fanciful flowers!

These gorgeous plants are popular holiday plants as they grow and bloom naturally in cool, humid environments during the fall, winter and spring. We have an assortment of Cyclamen in our greenhouse now for you to take home.

Once at home, provide them with bright light by placing them in an east or west-facing window. It’s important that they not get too warm, so keep their environment between 45-65 degrees. This means they should be in the coolest room in your home for longevity.

Proper watering of Cyclamen is critically important. Water when the surface of the soil is dry, but do not allow the plant to wilt. When watering, do so from below the leaves. Water on the leaves, stems and tuber (the central “bulb”) causes these to rot. Better yet, water plants from the bottom by placing water in a saucer and allow the plant to sit in the saucer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, discard any remaining water. Do not allow the plant to sit in water.

To encourage flowering, remove spent blooms by twisting them and sharply removing them from the central tuber. While actively growing, fertilize the plant every two weeks using Miracle-Gro Blooming Houseplant Food. Always read and follow the label directions.

With proper care, Cyclamen can bloom for up to three months. After that they begin to yellow, die back and begin a dormancy period. During dormancy, reduce watering and discontinue fertilization. They can be dormant for 2-3 months, after which they begin to grow new leaves from the tuber again. Once you see new growth, you can begin watering. The plant should bloom naturally next fall.

Add a Cyclamen to your holiday décor this year or give one to a friend or family member as a gift. Their elegant blooms and relative ease-of-care make them a great choice for any home or office.


Spring Bulbs Are on Sale!

Would you like to see your very own crocus, tulips, daffodils or other favorite Spring flowering bulb be the herald of Spring 2019? Now is the time to plant those bulbs!

In order to grow and bloom properly, Fall bulbs need cold chilling, which of course they get naturally here in Winter. They also need to be planted before the ground freezes, so waste no more time. We have all remaining Spring bulbs on special for 40% off.
 
We still have a good selection of tulips including doubles, parrot tulips and Darwin tulips. You are certain to find something that pleases your eye in the Daffodils we have as well as Muscari, Scilla, Fritillaria and Crocus. If the fragrance of Hyacinth is something you enjoy, you’re in luck! We have a handful of all colors-yellow, white, blue, pink and lavender.
For those who love Ornamental Allium or Ornamental Onion, such as Globemaster, we have a few of those available, too. These make wonderful specimen plants or focal points in your garden. Best of all, they’re hardy to zone 5, so with a little bit of mulching, you don’t have to dig them in fall.
Take advantage of our 40% off sale price and plant your bulbs in mass groupings for maximum show. It will make your garden the envy of your neighbors next Spring!

Floral Notes

 

It’s hard to believe, but we have officially turned the calendar over to November! This means we are getting closer to the holiday season.
Whether you are looking for a Thanksgiving centerpiece or just a beautiful fall arrangement, we can design exactly what you need.
Stop in or call either of our 2 floral shops to order that perfect floral piece for any budget.
Cleaning out your basement or garage before winter?
Do you have a bunch of America’s Best Flowers’ pots and trays? 
Well you’re in luck!
Here at America’s Best Flowers, we reuse as many plastic pots and trays as we can. This helps us to control costs and keeps a bunch of junk out of the landfill.
 
Unfortunately, though, we can’t reuse everything. Pots and trays that are cracked or broken
or ones that we do not use in our own production, we cannot take back. Many of these can be recycled, so you can return them to a recycling facility or place them in your recycle
container. Always check your local ordinances for specifics about what they will accept.
Here’s what you can return to us for reuse, if you would like:
 
Any pot that has the America’s Best Flowers logo on it.
The trays you bought your packs in- if you bought Marigolds, Tomatoes, Begonias, Impatiens, Peppers etc. in 4 packs that were in a carrying tray, we can take the TRAY back. We cannot reuse the 4 pack.
 
Any “terra cotta” decorative pot- you might have purchased Mandevilla, Bougainvilla,
Alstromeria, Geraniums, Mixed Containers and other items in these.
If you have questions, please feel free to call or email us. Pots and trays may be returned
during store hours only. Please do not leave trays and pots in front of the store after hours, as often times when things are left out and it’s windy, they end up all over the parking lot, our neighbor’s yards, down at Ed and Carol’s house etc. You get the picture.

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) 
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We’re looking for a Part-time floral designer 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.

One year previous floral design experience is required; 4 years preferred.

Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.

 

 Which side of the turkey has the most feathers? 

The outside!

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What Our Customers Say About Us

  • Another pleasant and profitable day at America’s Best Flowers flea market yesterday. The staff, the vendors and the customers are all just as the name implies the best.

    - Bobbie J.
  • Bring your own pots to this place and set up in a potting work station. You can use their soil and expert advice to make your purchase selections… Fun to do with kids.

    - Melle.
  • Awesome place, always friendly and helpful. Beautiful choices for plants!

    - Catherine C.
  • Everything was beautiful today, enjoyed my time there shopping!

    - Deb V.M.
  • Kudos to the crew at ABF for green houses filled with beautiful flowers & creative gardening elements.

    - Deb M.
  • Love this place and the great flowers and wonderful staff… They helped me pick the plants and they built the basket for me right on the spot. The rest of my plants look great too.

    - Julie A.