2018 – Newsletter 17 Mother’s Day ideas

2018 – Newsletter 17 Mother’s Day ideas

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Hello Edward,

 

To all our Moms and Mothers that are reading this right now, we would like to say, “Thank you!  Thank you for everything you do, for nurturing us, encouraging us to be ourselves and for providing us with your unconditional love.”

 

We wish you a Mother’s Day full of laughter and lots of hugs!
 
 
 
Because for everything they do, Mothers deserve ALL the kind words.

Regal Geraniums

Regal Geraniums, also known as Martha Washington Geraniums, bear no resemblance to their more commonly recognized garden namesake. The blooms of Martha Washington’s are attractive, made of velvety petals, with lovely ruffled edges. Their leaves are light green, toothed, with a citrusy fragrance. These geraniums make a beautiful gift or can be used in containers or garden beds. A popular early spring plant, these are the perfect gift for Mom!

 

Regal Geraniums require well-drained soil. Water when the top 2 inches of the soil become dry. They do not like to be wet, so do not over-water them. Fertilize plants while in bloom with a low nitrogen-high potassium fertilizer such as that found in “bloom booster” types such as Miracle Gro Bloom Booster. Always read and follow label directions.
These plants will grow between 12″ and18″ tall. Deadhead the faded flowers to encourage
continued bloom. If you are planting them outdoors in containers or garden beds, good
companion plants are Sweet Potato Vine, Bacopa, Foxtail Fern and Coleus. They will need
bright, direct sunlight for the biggest, as well as the most blooms. However, you’ll want to avoid the scorching hot, afternoon sun, as this can be too much for these delicate blooms.

 

Give Mom a beautiful pot of Martha Washington Geraniums for Mother’s Day. They are a gift representing elegance and grace, one befitting “our Moms” out there. The luxurious, velvety blooms are sure to be a hit!

Beautiful like Mom

 

Calla lilies are often used in weddings, as sympathy flowers and in other floral arrangements. Their stately, elegant blooms are unmatched in purity and beauty. Colors range from the purest of white to yellow, pink, rose, purple, lavender, black and red. Some are even bi-colors such as yellow trumpet -shaped flowers, flamed with red. Speckled foliage is an especially attractive feature on some of them!

Calla Lily have an interesting history, having meaning in both Greek and Roman mythology.
According to history, each of the colors symbolize something different: White symbolizes
purity and innocence. Yellow symbolizes gratitude. Pink symbolizes appreciation and
romance. Purple symbolizes royalty and admiration. Black symbolizes elegance and mystery. Red symbolizes beauty and courage.

Used as a cut flower, container plant or in a garden bed, this magnificent flower is sure to
“wow” you with its majestic beauty. These lilies, which are actually not really lilies, are
closely related to the Philodendron, Jack in the Pulpit, Dieffenbachia, Spathiphyllum (Peace
Lily) and Caladiums (Elephant Ears). Native to South Africa, they are kept happy with warm
temperatures and ample water.
If you would like to plant Calla in a garden bed or container, you may do so here in Wisconsin for the summer. Plant in full sun to light shade, after danger of frost has past and the soil has warmed to at least 65 degrees. They should be planted in well-drained soil. Fertilize Calla Lilies once a month during the growing season with Miracle Gro Bloom Booster. Always read and follow the label directions.
If you want to save your Calla Lilies for the following year, cut off the flower stems after the
blooms have faded. Continue to provide fertilize once a month until the foliage begins to
yellow. When the leaves have died back completely or after the first frost has killed the foliage, dig up the rhizomes. Trim off the foliage, leaving an inch or two of the stem attached. Allow the rhizomes to “cure” in a warm, dry place for several days. After they have cured, put them into a box with barely damp peat moss and store the box in a dark place at 50-60°F.

Periodically over winter, check to make sure the rhizomes are not too moist (rotting) or too
dry (shriveling). Calla Lilies can provide many weeks of enjoyment whether planted in a container or a garden bed for cutting. Their grand, trumpet-shaped flowers bring an elegance and magnificence to any container or arrangement. If you have a statement with which to express, Calla Lilies should be your choice of flowers with which to say that statement. Their glorious blooms will leave a lasting impression on all who come into contact with them!

 

 
That Shabby Chic / Farmhouse Style
A whimsical touch to any home or garden!
We have an array of new products that will give your home and garden that chic, urban farmhouse style. Just fill one of these containers with a potted plant and voilà you have a decorative piece you can be proud of.

 

If you are looking for more of a shabby chic look, this bird cage or sphere filled with succulents or trailing plants, would be a perfect match for your home.

We have a variety of products to choose from that are sure to charm your creative soul!

 

Floral Notes
 
Mother’s Day is this Sunday!
Send her a bouquet full of love and charm.
Pictured above is the Country Beautiful Bouquet
$69.99

 

Call either our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location today 
to get your flower orders delivered in time for Mother’s Day. 
 
*Please note that all floral delivery orders will be made prior to Sunday.
 
Edgerton 
Cottage Grove

Employment Opportunities

 

 

 

Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers and in the dirt?
If so, we may have the perfect job for you.
We are looking for a few good people to join our team.
Part-time Floral Designer:  Edgerton Location
 
We’re looking for a Part-time floral designer with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. General knowledge of floral design is needed. Positions include some customer service, watering, plant maintenance.
Grower/Biological Control Technician: Cottage Grove Location
 
Do you have a horticulture background? We are searching for the right candidate to take over the responsibility of Grower for our operation. We are approximately 2 acres under cover and grow almost all of our own product. Pest control is done primarily through monitoring and release of biological controls. Minimum requirements are a two year Horticulture degree and ability to pass the State Pesticide Certification exam. This is a full time, permanent position.

 

If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way mom told you to in the beginning.
Upcoming Events 2018 – Mark your Calendars!!!
 
2018 is full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!

 

 

 

All Hands In!!
Come plant up a pot in our greenhouse and leave the mess behind!!

 

How it works: You bring in your own empty container or purchase one from our vast collection on hand. Pick out the flowers you like for your container and America’s Best Flowers provides you with our secret soil blend, slow release fertilizer and guidance with planting, if needed. You leave with a beautiful creation to take with you and best of all, leave the mess behind!!

 

In recognition of Armed Forces Day & with Memorial Day weekend coming soon, we will have red, white and blue flowers on hand for you to create a one-of-a-kind, unique container. If red, white or blue doesn’t suit your fancy, we certainly have lots of other colors from which to choose! Just bring in your own EMPTY container or 
purchase one from us and let the fun begin!!

 

 

Rabbit and Deer Prevention for your Yard
Saturday, June 2, 2018
 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Those cute and lovable bunnies and deer sometimes can be a nuisance. Join us as our expert talks about which plants are rabbit and deer resistant, as well as control options 
you can use in your garden. 
 
 
Attracting Hummingbirds to your yard! 
Saturday, June 2, 2018
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 

Do you want to know which perennials will attract hummingbirds?

 Join us in our perennial department as we discuss which
flowers and shrubs attract these gorgeous birds.

 

All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

 


Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
  • 8 (6 to 8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups (8 oz. ) Sargento® Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or green onions
  • Optional garnishes: Sour cream, salsa
1. Preheat broiler. Place 4 tortillas on a foil-covered cookie or baking sheet. Coat tortillas with cooking spray. Turn tortillas over.

 

2. Combine cheese, beans, corn and cilantro; mix well. Spread mixture evenly over tortillas; top with remaining tortillas, pressing gently. Coat tops of tortillas with cooking spray.

 

3. Broil 6 to 8 inches from heat source until golden brown, about 3 minutes. With a large spatula, turn quesadillas over. Continue broiling 3 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Cut each tortilla into 4 wedges; garnish as desired.

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!
 

What Our Customers Say About Us

  • Another pleasant and profitable day at America’s Best Flowers flea market yesterday. The staff, the vendors and the customers are all just as the name implies the best.

    - Bobbie J.
  • Bring your own pots to this place and set up in a potting work station. You can use their soil and expert advice to make your purchase selections… Fun to do with kids.

    - Melle.
  • Awesome place, always friendly and helpful. Beautiful choices for plants!

    - Catherine C.
  • Everything was beautiful today, enjoyed my time there shopping!

    - Deb V.M.
  • Kudos to the crew at ABF for green houses filled with beautiful flowers & creative gardening elements.

    - Deb M.
  • Love this place and the great flowers and wonderful staff… They helped me pick the plants and they built the basket for me right on the spot. The rest of my plants look great too.

    - Julie A.