Happy Thanksgiving!

I have many fond memories of Thanksgiving, going all the way back to my childhood. When I was younger, we used to get all of my Mom’s family together. My Grandma had 16 grandchildren. Some of my cousins were more like brothers and sisters than cousins to me and I’m very fortunate that many of us still stay in touch. When we got together, we always had so much fun.
Gatherings usually involved games. You should know my family is extremely competitive. It’s not how you play the game or whether you had fun, but did you win?! Not really, but it is why you play, right?!
We would go out and play football or stay in and play Clue, Yahtzee or this game where everyone would get a dictionary and look up some crazy word and its definition and then make up some other definitions for it. We’d read all of those and then give everyone a chance to guess what the correct definition was. Those games would always include side-splitting laughter because I have some very creative relatives and they could make up some pretty hilarious definitions!
Even Grandma liked to win and she did, a lot. She always did so with grace and respectability. I’ve always tried to live by her standards. Many times failing, but hopefully more often than not, achieving a conduct for which she would be proud.
She lived through the Great Depression and was always grateful for everything that was given to her and done for her. She lived frugally and didn’t often “splurge” on herself. I learned from her that despite the fact that life will present you with great hardships, and at times you think you may not be able to survive them, you are strong enough to overcome anything if you have your health and a support system to help you.
For me, I am grateful every day for my family and friends, for without them, there are many times when I have thought that life had simply brought too much to handle. However, with their love and support, I have navigated each and every challenge. This Thanksgiving, I hope that as you are gathered around the table, you are able think about those people who have impacted your life in a positive way and be thankful that they share this journey with you.

 

~Betty

Creative and Fun!!!
Thank you to all of those who attended our first weekend of Porch Pot creation! We had a fun weekend and were so impressed by the creativity exhibited by all! We had Christmas music, hot cocoa, cookies, mini cream puffs and plenty of inspiration! Every pot was unique and imaginative. No two pots were the same. We even had a young girl make one for her Grandma, in purple, because that’s her favorite color.
Your porch pot should be watered when you arrive home, so that the sand freezes. This keeps the greens fresh and in place. Try to place your pot out of the wind and sunlight. Doing so, will ensure your greens last longer.
For those of you who missed it, don’t fret. We have two more Porch Pot weekends and we’re still taking reservations. This Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th and next Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd, reserve your opportunity to create your own, one of a kind, Porch Pot. Saturdays are from 9:00-3:00 and Sundays are from 10:00-3:00. Please note, the workshop is at our Cottage Grove location only.
So grab your sister, brother, friend, Mom, neighbor or come by yourself! We have botanicals, glittery picks, natural elements, bows and more. You will have an enjoyable time and a beautiful pot to adorn your porch, patio or balcony this holiday season. You’ll be the envy of your neighbors!

Oh Christmas Tree…Oh Christmas Tree…
 I remember as a kid, we would go to the Christmas tree farm to cut our own tree. It was a much-anticipated event, all bundled up, trudging through the snow, looking for just the right one. “Nope, that has an open spot.” “No, that has a crooked trunk.” “Sorry, can’t take that one, there’s no top to put the star.” Sound familiar?

 

 

 Visiting the tree farm is a great family event, one that I recommend for everyone, especially with children. It will create lasting memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. However, if you don’t have the time or the desire to walk acres and acres of evergreens, looking for that magnificent tree, we have the solution for you. Our trees are grown by a tree farm right here in Wisconsin, delivered direct to our door and they are ALL beautiful trees!
All of our Christmas trees are Canaan Fir. These trees have a strong, pyramidal form. Their boughs are dense with lustrous dark to bluish-green needles that have whitish-silver undersides. They have great needle retention, so you don’t have to worry about needle-drop before you get to the big day. The delightful scent of the of the holidays will fill your home, as Canaan Fir are wonderfully fragrant!
When you purchase a tree from us, we will give the tree trunk a fresh cut, so it’s able to absorb water when you put it in the tree stand. Add some Tree Moist Christmas Tree Granules or Auraco Christmas Tree Preservative to increase moisture retention and keep your tree fresher and greener.
If having a beautiful, real tree is something you would like for your home and you don’t have the time to cut your own, stop out and let us show you our Canaan Firs. You are sure to find one that will make your Christmas magical!

 

Poinsettias
As a grower, Poinsettias are one of those crops for which you can kind of lose appreciation. They are a long term crop, many growers having started them in their greenhouses in July. A lot of work goes into producing them. Our poinsettias are grown in our Edgerton location. Spike, our grower and manager there, has been growing poinsettias for over 20 years.

 

 

When we choose varieties, that decision is based upon how well we think the plants will hold up in your home, church or business. We choose plants based upon differences in timing of the coloring, how well the color holds or how well the flowers, which are actually the small yellow centers of the colorful “bracts”, stay on the plant. Only the ones we feel will perform best are chosen.

 

 

Of course we have all the standard colors, Red, White and Pink. We also have Marble, which is White bracts with Pink in the center, Cinnamon, which is Pink bracts with Red flecks and Jingle Bells which is Red bracts with cream-colored flecks.
We also have some non-traditional varieties. Winter Rose is a Red poinsettia with “wrinkled” bracts that look like they are gathered. It is a truly unique plant. Luv U Pink is a beautiful Red Poinsettia with Hot Pink detailing. Luv U Pink is my favorite poinsettia. There’s nothing quite like it.
If you are looking for something really stunning, we offer painted and glittered poinsettias. Copper, Purple, Blue. With glitter. Without glitter. We have many options to match your pleasure and décor.
When you take your poinsettia home, place it in a warm, bright location, away from hot or cold drafts. Water the plant when the soil surface becomes dry. Do not allow the plant to wilt, but also do not overwater the plant.
Poinsettias sometimes get taken for granted because they’re not perceived to be one of the “cool kids”. They aren’t considered to be trendy or chic. With the newer varieties and the endless possibilities with painted and glittered poinsettias, they can be, though and deserve a second look. And for some, trendy or chic doesn’t matter, traditional is the name of the game and that’s cool, too. We have everything you need, no matter your goal.

What kind of keys does the Gingerbread Man carry?

Cook-keys!

Lavender
The holidays are quickly approaching and for some that means insomnia, anxiety, stress, depression and fatigue may set in. All the hustle and bustle of attending events, shopping for gifts, decorating the tree, decking out your home for guests, baking all those special treats and cooking that grand meal can really take a toll. Whew, I’m worn out just thinking about it!
We could all benefit from a stress reliever during this hectic season. Lavender could be the answer. Lavender is an herb, well-known for its wonderful fragrance and lovely blue flowers. However, it also has medicinal properties that make it one of the most sought-after herbs of today. It has been proven to have a calming, sedative effect when the scent is inhaled, so now may be the perfect time of year to adorn your home with this soothing herb!

 

Grown indoors in a pot or outdoors in a garden bed or pot, the keys to success are to keep Lavender in full sun, provide good air circulation and do not overwater these plants. They should receive about 6 hours of sun a day. Water when the top inch of soil becomes dry. Lavender plants are not heavy feeders, so do not over-fertilize them. One application per summer of Miracle Gro Bloom Booster fertilizer should be sufficient. Always read and follow the label directions.
Harvest Lavender by clipping the flower stems from the plant, removing no more than 1/3 of the stems at each harvest. It’s best to harvest in the morning when the essential oils are more concentrated. To ensure longevity of the fragrance, clip the flowers just as the buds are starting to open. If you would like to dry the flowers, hang them upside-down in a dark, cool, well-ventilated area.
Lavender has hundreds of uses. Besides the calming properties, it is also used as a first aid ointment for relief of bites, scratches or minor burns. It can be used in a variety of ways as a “freshener” in potpourri and sachets. Add fresh flowers to salads, soups or stews. Lavender can also be used for sauces, syrups, marinades, tea and desserts.
If the impending holidays already have you running ragged, why not stop in and pick up one of our Lavender trees? Unfortunately, they don’t have any flowers right now, but they are super- cute. When your plant does get flowers, then all you’ll have to do is harvest them and stuff them in your pillowcase. You’ll be drifting off to a peaceful winter slumber in no time.

Floral Notes
Spread jolly cheer with a Christmas flower delivery and make the holidays merry and bright!
 
Teleflora’s Halls of Holly Centerpiece

Wish them the happiest of “hollydays” with this elegant centerpiece of roses and winter greens, arranged with glowing taper candles in a hand-painted, oven-to-table stoneware serving dish they’ll enjoy for years to come.

Teleflora’s Winterberry Kisses Bouquet

 

Naturally elegant, the berry branches, frosted finish and dusting of glitter on this gorgeous hand-blown glass cube, add seasonal magic to a bold holiday bouquet of red and white blooms.
 
 *We reserve the right to make substitutions based on product availability.

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)
and Full-time Floral Designer (Cottage Grove) 
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We’re looking for Part-time and Full-time floral designers 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.

 

 

 What do you get when you use a deer-shaped cookie cutter?

Cookie doe!

 

 
Create your festive holiday porch pot using fragrant mixed winter greenery. 
Add decorative touches such as pinecones, festive holiday picks, permanent botanical pieces, birch logs and other elements. We have a wide variety of options from which to choose. 
 
A time honored tradition that grows every year, this is a great way to start off the season with family and friends, as you create your very own decorative pot to adorn your front step, patio or anywhere you want to add that touch of holiday charm. The best part is you take home your creation and just leave the mess behind!
 
We have two weekends from which to choose.
Give us a call today to pre-register for this popular event. 
 
 
November 24 & 25, 2018
 
Saturday  9 am – 3 pm
 
Sunday 10 am – 3 pm 
December 1 & 2, 2018
 
Saturday  9 am – 3 pm
 
Sunday  10 am – 3 pm
 
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9 am – 3 pm 
 
Our holiday open house is in conjunction with 
Christmas In The Grove!
 
Bring the whole family to our Holiday Open House.
Time to get festive and wear those jingle bells as you head on over here.
 
Rest assured our greenhouse will be filled with holiday spirit along with all that is merry and bright.
 
Enjoy the fresh scent of pine and take that comfy cozy feeling home with you. Decorate with fresh garland/roping, pine boughs, fresh Christmas trees and, of course, our locally grown Poinsettias! YES, we grew them in our greenhouses, just for you! 
 

 

 

 
 
 
Children can experience the magic of Christmas as Santa’s Head Elf stops in from 11-1 and will be here to help them write their letters, read stories and most importantly get their letters to the 
big guy himself!



 
 
Our friendly neighbors from State Farm will stop by and serve up free cookies and hot cocoa! Want to see what Nate and his team are up to? 

 

Just click on the cookies!

 

 
 
 
Holiday Decorating & Kissing Ball Make & Take
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10 am – 11 am
COST: $35.00
 
Pre-Pay and Pre-Registration is required
Create an Air Plant Gift
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10 am- 11 am
COST: $20.00
 
Pre-Pay and Pre-Registration is required
 
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

 

 Recipe
 
Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole
“This layered casserole with stuffing, turkey, veggies, mashed potatoes and cheese is the perfect way to serve Thanksgiving leftovers.”
 
Source: AllRecipes

 

 

Ingredients:

 

1 (6 ounce) package STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Turkey

4 cups chopped leftover roasted turkey

2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas), thawed

3/4 cup KRAFT Mayo Real Mayonnaise or MIRACLE WHIP Dressing

3 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/8 teaspoon paprika

 

For recipe instructions Click here.

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!