Don’t Panic! You still have six days!

Newsletter 44 – Thursday, December 18, 2014

America’s Best Flowers Holiday Hours

Our Cottage Grove hours for the month of December are
9am – 6pm
except for the following dates:

  • Sunday, December 21 – 9am – 4pm (We are closing early this day for our staff Christmas party)
  • Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve  – 9am – 4pm
  • We will be closed from Thursday, December 25 through January 4.

For the month of January

Hours will be 10am – 4pm, Monday through Saturday.  In January we will be closed on Sundays.

Also, our last 2014 newsletter will be December 23.  You’ll receive our first 2015 newsletter on Thursday, January 15.

Our Edgerton hours for the month of December are

Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm except for the following dates:

  • Sunday, December 21 – 9am – 4pm
  • Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve  – 9am – 1pm
  • Thursday, December 25  –  Closed
  • Wednesday, December 31 – 9am – 1pm
  • Thursday, January 1 – Closed

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 79


"I really love the way the room-painting turned out. Why, we should paint every room this way!"
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My mom got home and asked us to please go into the other room so that she could surprise us with the paint color.   Me and my dad looked at each other as we turned to walk into the bedroom…each of us taking a deep breath.  

After a short while we heard her say. ‘Okay, you can come back into the living room now.’  

We both hesitated.  My dad said, ‘You go first, Lucy!’  The look on my face must have said it all cause my dad suddenly said, ‘Just kidding, Lucy, just kidding.  We’ve got each other’s six here.’  (That’s my dad’s code for ‘We’ve got each other’s back!’) 

Slowly, we walked back into the living room and were stunned by what we saw.  Instead of paint cans and paint brushes we saw a plethora of food.  ‘Huh? What’s going on here?’ we both asked in unison and listened as my mom said.  

“Well, you two, it’s like this. Our existing color really looks nice in the living room.  It’s a soothing green, the furniture looks nice with it, the pictures look great against it, but mostly Lucy looks gorgeous surrounded by this color.  And, ya know what else?  There’s just too much stress around this time of year and not enough sweet time spent as a family. So, instead of picking up paint I picked up a fun supper for all 3 of us and we are going to have a picnic right here in our warm and cozy green living room.  We’ll watch it’s ‘A Wonderful Life’ on TV and just cuddle.  What do you two think about that idea?’    

We just stared at her.  Then, me and my dad looked at each other and very slowly we walked over to my mom and just, well, we just loved her with all of our hearts!  

~Lucy

Holiday Gift Giving!

America's Best Flowers Gift Card
Their garden will thank you!
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America’s Best Flowers gift cards are not only the perfect holiday gift for that favorite gardener in your life, but they make a great gift for your child’s teacher or a fellow co-worker.  Why not give an America’s Best Flowers gift card to your holiday host and hostess this season? 

We would be happy to take your gift card orders over the phone and mail the cards for you with a personal message for the recipient. 

Please keep in mind that Friday, December 19, may be the last mailing day for your gift card to get to its destination by Wednesday, December 24.

We would be glad to take your gift card order over the phone and have it ready for you to swing by the greenhouse to grab and go!

Send Flowers for the Holidays!

Our America’s Best Flowers Edgerton location can send special holiday bouquets all over the country.  Call our talented staff toll-free at 1-888-287-1411 or 608-884-8120 and they’ll be happy to assist you.

A father watched his daughter select a very expensive
wedding gown for her Christmas wedding.
He was overheard to say:
"I don’t mind giving you away,
but must I gift wrap you, too?"

Our Christmas trees need homes!

Our display of christmas trees in the parking lot
Fresh Christmas Trees
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We have customers coming back for the 3rd year in a row to get their fresh cut Christmas tree from us.  This speaks volumes for the freshness and quality of our Wisconsin grown Fraser/Balsam mix Christmas tree.

We have several sizes of trees to choose from. We even have a few 9 to 10 foot trees for those wonderfully high cathedral ceilings.  Need a heavy duty stand for your tree?  We have a limited supply of steel arm 25” stance tree stands that will hold your tree safely.

We’ll fresh cut the trunk for you and help you load it into or on top of your vehicle.  If you live within 5 miles of our Cottage Grove location we’d be happy to deliver them to your home.  A $10.00 delivery fee would apply for that service.

Gorgeous Poinsettias

A picture of our poinsettia display, in red, green, and a variegated red-inside/green-outside. Some of the pots are wrapped in gold, red or green foil and some have big red bowties.
This year’s poinsettia come in many colors and sizes!
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Our Edgerton location has been busy growing beautiful poinsettias for the holiday season.  Stop by our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location this week and pick some up for your family, friends and, of course for yourself! 

We have a great selection of, 4", 6" and 8" size poinsettia pots.

If you are interested in a dyed poinsettia, such as lavender, orange, blue or a blended color please call us at 608-222-2269 or e-mail Marty at abfrobbins@yahoo.com to place an order.

Taking care of your Poinsettia

Just a few easy and important tips to keep your Poinsettia plant fresh and vibrant.

If your poinsettia comes in a plastic sleeve be sure to remove it right away.  If the sleeve is left on for more than 24 hours the leaves will droop and may even turn yellow before the holiday season is over.

Situate your poinsettia in an area with bright natural light. Poinsettia plants like a constant temperature.  Keep them away from drafts, heat ducts, etc.   They are not poisonous, but place them away from small children and animals.  If ingested the plant could cause discomfort. 

Be sure to puncture the bottom of the foil wrapper or pot cover to allow drainage.   Place your plant on a waterproof container to catch the over flow when you water. 

Keep the soil evenly moist.  Don’t let the soil dry out completely. And be sure to drain any water that collects in the container under your poinsettia.  This will prevent the leaves from yellowing and dropping.

One couple couldn’t afford a Christmas vacation this year.
However, they did save enough to turn up the thermostat for a weekend.

Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating Items


Some of our Swags
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  • Swags
  • Holiday Hanging baskets
  • Bulk amaryllis as well as gift-packaged amaryllis.
  • Decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths made locally. 
  • Roping, 25’ lengths (Perfect for your holiday decorating.)
  • Cyclamen, Christmas Cactus, and (both decorated and undecorated) Norfolk Island Pine trees in small, medium and large sizes. 
  • Indoor/Patio Citrus Meyer lemon plants
  • Grab-n-Go Holiday Porch Pots
  • Dogwood and willow bundles

Other Holiday Decorating Items


Our display of picks for making porch pots
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We even have a selection of forever-lasting items such as artificial table centerpieces, decorated wreaths and gorgeous artificial bows!

Holiday ‘Grab and Go Porch Pots’


Just grab them and go!
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Stop by and grab and go with one of our ‘Grab and Go Decorated Porch Pots’! What a nice way to greet guests even before they cross your threshold.  Fresh greens combined with artificial enhancements will stand the test of holiday time.

Christmas Centerpieces

Christmas centerpieces can be ordered and picked up at our Cottage Grove location.  For a small fee we will deliver in the Cottage Grove area and eastside of Madison.

All orders require a 1 day turnaround.  The cut off date for ordering a holiday centerpiece is December 19th.

What do lions sing at Christmas?
Jungle bells!

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas


Stone Owls and Penguins
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  • Bird feeders
  • Stone owls with varying wing spans
  • Stone penguins
  • Large ceramic turtle planters
  • Large and small ceramic fish planters
  • Stone fairy houses
  • Beautiful Birdbaths (both ceramic and stone)

More for the birds!

You can make it a happy, hardy, and healthy season for our feathered friends.  We have gift boxed hanging Holiday Birdie Wreaths, from Pine Tree Farms.  This featured wreath will serve up a feast of black oil sunflower, peanuts, colored safflower, and red millet.  Other varieties of wreaths as well as bird seed bells are also available. Stop in and stock up your bird pantry for the winter. 

These would make great gifts for the bird watcher in your life!

Holiday Blowout Sale

We are having a holiday blowout sale of 40-50% off on select pieces of our rustic iron garden art and Christmas décor.  

What a terrific and special holiday gift for that gardener in your life!  And don’t forget about your own garden.   

Our rustic bicycle with baskets filled with your favorite flowers will offer a whimsical look to any garden.

How about a colorful glass ball encased in a metal frame of the globe?

Come on out and see what other items we have on sale!

All Melissa & Doug products are 25% off!

Let the fun begin!  We have all kinds of imagination starters for kids from the Melissa and Doug product line.   

Following is just a sample of the many Melissa and Doug toys we have at our greenhouse:

  • Bollie Ladybug Kids’ Broom,
  • Happy Giddy Bowling Set,
  • Bella Butterfly Pretend Play Tea Set,  
  • Mollie & Bollie Ladybugs Umbrella,
  • Bella Butterfly Bug Houses, and
  • Fun and colorful garden tools and accessories.   

Imaginative and fun holiday gifts for the little ones!

Bollie Ladybug Kids' Broom
Bollie Ladybug Kids’ Broom
Happy Giddy Bowling Set
Happy Giddy Bowling Set
Bella Butterfly Pretend Play Tea Set
Bella Butterfly Pretend Play Tea Set
Mollie & Bollie Ladybugs Umbrella
Mollie & Bollie Ladybugs Umbrella
Froggy Bulldozer Toy
Froggy Bulldozer Toy

Our Kitchen

These recipes are from Al Lunde’s mother.  The Seder Snips are a Norwegian cookie and a family favorite.  The Scones are made several times throughout the year.

Mrs. Holmen’s ‘Seder Snips’ (Syrup Snips) Christmas Cookies

  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c margarine, 2 sticks, warmed to room temperature
  • ½ c dark corn syrup
  • ½ c molasses
  • ½ c milk
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 5 cups flour
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix sugar and margarine until well blended.  Mix dry ingredients together. Mix corn syrup, molasses and milk in another bowl.  Alternately add the flour mixture and milk mixture, ending with flour, stirring well after each addition.  Cover and chill dough overnight in the refrigerator.

Roll very thin (1/8” to 1/16”).  Cut into diamond shapes or use cookie cutters, transfer to lightly greased cookie sheets and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.


Sister Rose’s Scones

  • 2 ½ c flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ¾ c unsalted butter, 1½ sticks, cut into small pieces
  • ¾ c cream
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/3 c currants or raisins
Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients together and cut in butter until size of small peas.  Stir in cream, beaten eggs and currants.  Mix well.  Pat into a circle or square 1 inch thick on a floured surface.  Cut the circle or square into 12 triangles.  Arrange on buttered baking sheet.  Brush with egg wash (1egg beaten with 1/3 cup milk).  Sprinkle sugar on top and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  Enjoy!

SEE YOU SOON!!!
Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627