Container Workshop this Saturday!
Newsletter 29 – Thursday, September 4, 2014
Cottage Grove open
Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat and Sun 9-6
Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4
Lucys Story – Chapter 65
I know this weekends Badger football game is only a pre-season game, but, hey, this girl is all about looking good for any and all football games!
So, in order to complete my Badger outfit it was between my new red and white leash with the black handle and my new red and white leash with the clear handle. It was a tough decision to make, but Ive made it! Im going with my new red and white leash with the black handle.
My very creative friend, Jeff, makes hand-made leashes that glow, yep, you heard me, glow in the dark! How cool is that? Jeff made both leashes for me and I just love them!
I like the way the black-handled leash looks with my beautiful black fur, yet the clear-handled one just says sassy to me. I wore the clear-handled one to the vet last week and the vet even said I looked sassy!
Another really nice thing about my new leashes is that they are short (just like my mom and me!) Jeff can make them in different lengths, so my mom asked Jeff if he would make us short ones.
Now that my Badger outfit is complete Ive gotta start working on the folks for a Packer leash. The Packer game is tonight, so I gotta think quickly here. What is my strategy going to be? Do I pout or do I play my trump card and act totally heartbroken that I dont have a complete Packer outfit?
Hmmm, first things first, I feel a nap coming on.
P.S. Hey, Cutter, thanks for the treat ideas! I do like carrots and Im okay with apples (if there is a little peanut butter on them.) I had a frozen thingy this weekend. It had honey, plain yogurt and peanut butter. Yummmy! Let me know if you want the recipe, Cutter.
P.S.S. Hey, if any of you fellow styling dogs out there are interested in a leash just have your mom or dad send Jeff an email at email@example.com.
EVER WONDER …
Why the sun lightens our hair,
but darkens our skin?
Why don’t you ever see the headline
‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?
If flying is so safe, why do they call
the airport the terminal?
Autumn Container Workshop
Come out to our Container Workshop
this Saturday, September 6, from 10 4 PM
Pick out your favorite mum, add one or two of our perfect perennials, even a shrub and well help you create a beautiful autumn container to showcase your home, deck or backyard. Autumn, with its plethora of vibrant and sultry colors, is the time to appreciate our Wisconsin beauty!
Our workshop starts at 10 AM and is ongoing throughout the day until 4 PM. Come in anytime between those hours. Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting.
We do ask that, if you are bringing in your containers from home, please empty all soil from them before bringing them into our greenhouse. We will provide fresh and FREE potting soil for your creation and we even clean up the mess.
When planting larger containers please bring in packing peanuts, chunks of Styrofoam or Styrofoam egg cartons to help fill the bottom of your container. It makes the container much lighter for you to transport back home and easier to rearrange in your garden.
Hey, while youre here…
Why not pick up your Fall Bulbs?
September is the time to plant bulbs for next springs bloom. Our fall bulbs have arrived. Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium, iris and more are just waiting for you to take them home. Remember, bulbs are an investment in the future.
When you plant your bulbs is the perfect opportunity to dig in a generous amount of plant food. Its your only chance to get the nutrients the bulbs need for maximum flowering directly under the bulbs in the root zone of your plants. This year we are featuring Espoma Bulb Tone and Bone Meal.
EVER WONDER …
Why women can’t put on mascara
with their mouth closed?
Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?
Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?
Easy decorating for your football party!
Of course, all your guests eyes will be on the TV during the games, but come halftime, or should we say, chowtime, people will be sure to take notice of the spectacular mums in your yard, container garden, or deck.
Its only natural that youd use mums from Americas Best Flowers to decorate. After all, Packer and Badger fans deserve only the best.
To keep your mums looking vibrant and healthy as long as possible please review the following information:
Light: Full sun for maximum bloom
Water: Water well after planting until established
Sept-Oct: Bloom Season
November: Cover with 4-5 inches of soil for winter protection. After ground freezes, mulch soil around plant with hay or straw.
Garden mums are zone 5 perennials and should be considered tender perennials in WI. They must be given protection to survive the winter. We do not guarantee that mums will over winter.
EVER WONDER …
Why is it that doctors call what
they do ‘practice’?
Why is lemon juice made with
artificial flavor, and dish washing
liquid made with real lemons?
Art in the Garden
Featuring Local Artisans
Saturday, September 14, 9am-3pm
Our 5th Annual Art in the Garden event is right around the greenhouse corner.
Over 25 talented Wisconsin artists will be at our greenhouse displaying their unique creations. Some of the items available include: jewelry, paintings, weavings, carved gourds, pottery, woodworking, textiles, photography and much more!
Remember to mark your calendar for our 5th Annual Art in the Garden event on Saturday, September 13, from 9-3. What a great opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!
Art in the Garden Vendor Information
There is still room for vendors at this year’s Art in the Garden event.
Our 2014 Art in the Garden event will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Setup and CHECK-IN begins at 7:00 a.m. You must be ready to sell by 9 a.m.
To participate this year, we will require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 for a single booth and $35.00 for a double booth. After you arrive and have your booth space set up, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card (regardless of the booth size.)
To register, please either send us a check or stop by our garden center in Cottage Grove. A registration form will be at our Customer Service desk. If mailing your check for a space, please include a brief note stating that it is for the Art in the Garden event. Please include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. Please send your check to:
America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
This is an art and craft fair! We ask that the items you are selling be handmade or at least semi-hand made.
Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, draping, displays, products and booth security. Art in the Garden will take place inside our main greenhouses. In the event of rain, some of our plastic roofs may leak. YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE PLASTIC DRAPING to cover your items/booth if rain is forecast. This is a rain or shine event.
Please dress accordingly. On sunny days the greenhouses can become quite warm by mid-day. Shoes and shirts MUST be worn at all times, NO BAREFOOT attire will be allowed.
We have two booth sizes. The single booth is 6 ft. long. The double booth is 12 ft. long. ALL BOOTHS ARE APPROXIMATELY 6 ft. DEEP. A very limited number of 6 ft. long steel mesh top tables are available if you need a display table. Tables are on a first come first serve basis and you are responsible for covering the steel mesh top. Your display and products MUST fit with-in your designated area. After unloading your vehicle it must be moved to the designated parking area for vendors.
To register for this event we must have both your booth size and registration fee no later than Monday, September 8, 2014.
Please call 222-2269 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your booth size. If we have not received your registration fee by Monday, September 8, 2014 then your booth space will not be held.
Upon request we will provide vendors with flyers for advertising. Please stop at our greenhouse and pick up a supply to post in appropriate places. Please be sure you receive permission before posting them.
Items deemed inappropriate by our management to sell in a family atmosphere will be and can be excluded at any time. There is NO SMOKING or firearms allowed on our property.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.
EVER WONDER …
Why is the man who invests all
your money called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the
slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why isn’t there mouse-flavored
Send Al your gardening questions!
Americas Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at email@example.com. Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.
EVER WONDER …
Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
You know that indestructible black
box that is used on airplanes? Why
don’t they make the whole plane out
of that stuff?!
If con is the opposite of pro, is
Congress the opposite of progress?
|Sat, Sep 6||
Autumn Container Workshop
10am-4pm FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and well clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy some of ours.
|Sat, Sep 13||
Art in the Garden Craft Fair
9am-3pm Talented artists display and sell their unique items.
|Sun, Sep 14||
8am 3pm Rain or Shine
|Sat, Sep 20 – Sun, Oct 12||
M-F 10-5pm / Sat Sun 10am-4pm
|Sat, Oct 18||
8am 3pm Rain or Shine
|Sat, Oct 18 – Sun, Nov 16||
Miniature Garden Container Workshops
10am-3pm Every Weekend FREE soil and assistance. Create your own miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.
A great big thank you goes to Mary for sharing another way to use zucchini.
This is her moms recipe and she always had to double it because the family liked it so much. I cant wait to try it.
Zucchini Cheese Soup
- 3-4 lbs zucchini, sliced
- 3 stalks celery
- 5 green onions, including green tops
- 2-3 chicken bouillon cubes
- water to cover
- 2 cans cream of chicken soup
- 2 soup cans milk
- ½ C grated sharp cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 c light cream
Simmer first five ingredients until vegetables are tender.
Puree in a blender and return to kettle.
Add soup and milk. Heat to just below boiling.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add cream just before serving.