Happy Mother’s Day!

Newsletter 12 – Thursday, May 8, 2014

"God could not be everywhere, so he created Mothers."

Current Hours

Cottage Grove – open Mon-Fri 9-8, Sat and Sun 9-6.
Note: For the next two weeks, we are open Saturday from 8am-7pm.

Edgerton – open Mon-Fri 8:30-7, Sat 8:30-6, Sun 9-5.

Special Hours for Mother’s Day Weekend!

Saturday 8am-7pm

Sunday 9am-6pm

Just a reminder, easiest shopping hours are early and late.
We look forward to seeing you.

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.
They have clung to me all my life.

Abraham Lincoln

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 48

Lucy laying on the grass next to a garden rake
"I’m just taking a little break before I get back to work."
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We worked like a team in the back yard the other day.  Raking and fluffing the old mulch, pulling weeds, putting down fresh mulch.  Then my dad went back and forth and back and forth cutting the grass.  My task was to help my mom search for her favorite perennials.  She was so excited.  Every time she discovered a hosta peeping through she’d holler for my dad to ‘come look’.  After a few times of shutting off the mower and walking over to look, my dad pretended not to hear her call him to ‘come look’.  You can’t fool my mom though.  I didn’t catch everything she said, but it ended with her shaking her head and muttering ‘Men!’ 

Meanwhile I had my nose to the ground searching for the little returning green things. But the pungent spring air was teasing me, taunting me, pulling me off course.  Oh glorious smelly wonderful spring, welcome back!  I’ve missed you!

~Lucy

Note:  Don’t let Lucy fool you.  The above picture of Lucy was taken while Hubby and I did the yard work.

’til next time
~Shirley

Happy Mother’s Day!

Not sure what flower or plant Mom would like for Mother’s Day?

We can help!  Stop out and pick up an America’s Best Flowers gift card for your mom, grandma, aunt or special lady.  If you’re in a hurry, just call us at 608-222-2269 and we’ll take your order and payment over the phone.  Your gift card will then be ready for you to pick up at our front Customer Service Desk.

Remember, our gift cards do not have an expiration date and may be used at both our Cottage Grove location and our Edgerton location.

Things Mom Would Never Say

"Just leave all the lights on … it makes the house look more cheery"
"How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?"

Our Hanging Flower Baskets Are Beautiful!

Our hanging baskets in the main greenhouse, covered in red, white, pink and other colored blooms!
They look even better in person!
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We have a wide and gorgeous selection of hanging baskets at the greenhouse.   Stop in and grab some for all those special ladies in your life.

While you’re here grab a Dramm watering wand (24” or 30” lengths available) to help water those hard-to-reach places.

Mother’s Day Thought

The advice your son rejected is now being given by him to your grandson.

Wrought Iron Crane Hooks (aka Shepherd’s hooks)

The one-piece design of our ‘American Made’ Shepherd’s hook offers unmatched stability and superior resistance to bending.

We have both single and double shepherd’s hooks at 7’4” in height and short double shepherd’s hooks at 5’4”.  This solid (5/8’ round in diameter) bar has a weather resistant black powder coated finish and deep 12” kickback support.   No assembly required.

Your America’s Best Flowers hanging baskets will look gorgeous hanging and gently swaying from these sturdy shepherd’s hooks.

Send Al your gardening questions!

America’s 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 abflunde@yahoo.com. Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Things Mom Would Never Say

"Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too"
"Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I’ll be glad to feed and walk him every day"

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 8
Mother’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

5pm-7pm – Plant a beautiful ceramic planter with an herb or pansy to give Mom, Grandma, or a favorite aunt.
Reservations are accepted 608-222-2269.

Sat, May 10 – Sun, May 11
Celebrate Mother’s Day
Sat, May 17
Herb Cooking Class

11am-1pm – Cooking with fresh herbs.

Sat, May 17 – Sun, May 18
Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy some of ours.

Sat, May 24
Rose Clinic

10:00am – FREE class on how to select, plant, prune, and care for your roses.

Sat, May 31
Perennial Gardening Class

10:00am – FREE garden plan and class.

Things Mom Would Never Say

"I don’t have a tissue with me … just use your sleeve"
"Don’t bother wearing a jacket – the wind-chill is bound to improve"

Our Kitchen

Don’t you just love potlucks? You never know what tasty new creation will cross your palette.  Jean made this fabulous recipe for our May birthdays celebration last week.  It is so good we just had to share it with you!

Chicken Salad

Bake a roaster chicken, salted, peppered and with lots of tarragon leaves. Cool and cut into chunks. Add chopped celery, red grapes, Braeburn apples, and walnuts. Toss with dressing and chill well before serving.
    Dressing
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 cup salad dressing
    • 3 T. Dijon mustard
    • 1 T. lemon juice
    • Dash of Worcestershire sauce.
    • Lots of pepper
    Directions

    You may want to add more mustard to taste.

    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