Come On Out for Lunch On Us!
Newsletter 25 – Thursday, August 6, 2015
Cottage Grove location open
Sat and Sun 9-5
Edgerton location open
Customer Appreciation Day
Here at Americas Best Flowers, we are so fortunate to have such great customers, and we know it! To show our appreciation and have some fun, we would like to invite you out to the greenhouse this Saturday, from 11-2, for a complimentary picnic lunch!
The Cottage Grove Area Historical Society will be serving up brats, hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob. Each person will receive a ticket to redeem for their choice of either a brat or hot dog, AND a corn-on-the-cob or chips. Youre also welcome to purchase additional food and beverages in addition to your free meal. Proceeds go to the Historical Society.
Bring the family, come on out and enjoy a day in the country!
Q: How do you prevent a Summer cold?
A: Catch it in the Winter!
Buy One Gerbera Daisy Get One Free
Freshen up your patio, deck and yard with color, lots and lots of color! (And save money while youre at it!)
Purchase one 6 Gerbera Daisy and get one free. There is no limit. This offer is good through August 12th and is valid at both of our locations. This offer is good while supplies last and is not valid on previous purchases.
Early Fall Mums
At this point in the season, some of your summer annuals can be looking a bit bedraggled, so now is the perfect time to spruce things up! Our earliest mums have started blooming and look beautiful! By replacing those non-blooming plants with mums, youll instantly bring color back into your landscape. Our mums are large, full, and covered in blooms. We also have some gift-ready with foil and a little scarecrow that are absolutely adorable!
Q: What do you call a French guy in sandals?
A: Phillipe Phloppe.
Cabbageworms Give Butterflies a Bad Name
I can be tending my garden, admiring the bounty it will soon provide when suddenly, a little white flash flutters by. As a butterfly admirer, I am enchanted until I realize what it is, and then Im instantly flushed with annoyance. Such a stark change in reaction can only be spurred by the imported cabbageworm and knowing their capacity to destroy my cabbage, kale, and broccoli. The caterpillars chew large, irregular holes in the leaves and can reduce them to sticks if you let them.
If you catch the damage early, youll be able to control these pests by spraying periodically. I highly recommend Captain Jacks Deadbug Brew. Its an organic spray containing Spinosad, which is derived from a bacterium, and kills caterpillars. It has a short residual and doesnt affect most beneficial insects. It does affect bees though, so blooms should be avoided and spraying done later in the day. It works only when it comes in direct contact with the caterpillar, so thorough coverage on the upper and underside of the leaves is essential. Its very effective, and sure beats tediously searching for and hand-picking those hard-to-see caterpillars!
Captain Jacks Deadbug Brew comes in a ready-to-use spray, concentrate or a bottle that attaches to the end of a hose. Come out and pick up a bottle today!
Turning Trash to Treasure!
Our next fantastic flea market, on August 22nd, is just around the corner. This is thrilling for experienced and novice treasure hunters alike, as you really never know what youll find. Its always a surprise and you may find just what youve been looking for or what you dont even know you need.
Theres still plenty of time to sign up to be a vendor. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to turn your garage and basement clutter into cold hard cash! Flea markets are not only fun, but they are so very easy to participate in! Just bring your treasures out to the greenhouse, display them like you would for a garage sale, sit back and sell. Thats all it takes!
If interested in becoming a vendor, please click here for more information.
2015 Flea Market Schedule
|August 22||Saturday||Flea Market 9am – 3pm Rain or Shine|
|Sept 19||Sunday||Flea Market 9am – 3pm Rain or Shine|
|Oct 17||Saturday||Flea Market 9am – 3pm Rain or Shine|
Two Year Old
My two-year-old cousin scared us one summer by disappearing during our lakeside vacation.
More than a dozen relatives searched the forest and shoreline, and everyone was relieved when we found Alex playing calmly in the woods.
"Listen to me, Alex," his mother said sharply. "From now on when you want to go someplace, you tell Mommy first, okay?"
Alex thought about that for a moment and said, "Okay. Disney World."
Art in the Garden
Join us for our annual Art in the Garden event here in the greenhouse on Sept. 12, 2015 from 9 to 3. This will be our 6th year hosting this event, where we bring together talented, local artists to sell their art, crafts, and wares. Some of the items available include: jewelry, paintings, weavings, carved gourds, pottery, woodworking, textiles, photography and much more!
This is a wonderful opportunity to decorate your home, find a gift for a friend, or get a jump on Christmas shopping. Its just so special when you know a piece is one-of-a-kind and you get to meet the artist who made it.
If interested in participating as a vendor, please click here for information.
|Sat, Aug 8||
Customer Appreciation Day at the greenhouse!
11am-2pm Enjoy a FREE brat/hot dog & corn-on-the-cob served by the Cottage Grove Historical Society. Cottage Grove location only.
|Sat, Aug 22||
9am-3pm Rain or Shine
|Sat, Sep 12||
Art in the Garden Craft Fair
9am-3pm Talented artists display and sell their unique items.
|Sat, Sep 19||
9am-3pm Rain or Shine
|Sat, Sep 19 – Sun, Oct 18||
|Sat, Oct 17||
9am-3pm Rain or Shine
I was at a miniature golf course on a brutally hot day when I saw a father with 3 kids. "Who’s winning?" I asked cheerfully.
"I am" said one.
"No, I am" said another.
"No," the father said "their mother is!"
A couple of weeks ago, I found out that just like Sharon, Margarets family also has a recipe book. She brought it in for me to look at. Ive picked out a few that I think absolutely must be shared. Im starting with this salad, because it is finally tomato time in Wisconsin. Its easy to adjust the heat by changing the amount of Tabasco sauce you use. I also found a fiery version online that adds 1 finely chopped jalapeno to the veggies and 1 tsp of horseradish to the dressing, instead of the Tabasco sauce.
Fire & Ice Tomato Salad
- 6 large tomatoes, quartered
- 1 large green bell pepper, sliced thin
- 1 large red bell pepper, sliced thin
- 1 large red or Vidalia onion, sliced thin
- 1 large cucumber, sliced thin
- ¾ c cider vinegar
- ¼ c water
- 2 t salt
- 1 ½ t celery salt
- 1 ½ t whole mustard seed
- 1 t sugar
- 1/8 t red pepper or Tabasco sauce, or more to taste
- 1/8 t black pepper
Place tomatoes, peppers, onion and cucumber in a large bowl. Hand toss to combine ingredients.
Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, remove from heat. Pour hot vinegar mixture over vegetables. Chill for several hours or overnight.