The Most Merriest Chistmas Ever

Newsletter 41 – Tuesday, December 11, 2012

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

America’s Best Flowers Holiday Hours

Our hours for the month of December are 9am-5pm except for the following dates:

  • Sunday, December 16 – 9am-3pm (We are closing early this day for our staff Christmas party.)
  • Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve  9am – 1pm
  • Tuesday, December 25 to January 1 –  Closed

America’s Best Flowers will reopen on January 2, 2013

Hours will be 10am-5pm, Monday through Saturday.  For the month of January we will be closed on Sundays.

Also, our last 2012 newsletter will be December 18.  You’ll receive our first 2013 newsletter on Thursday, January 17.

Two snowmen are standing next to each other in a yard.
One says to the other: “Funny, I smell carrots too.”

We have the perfect Christmas tree for you!

Our Frazier balsam mix trees are spectacular!   No gaps or droopy branches on these beauties.  We’ll fresh cut the trunk for you and help you load them up for the ride home.  If you live within 5 miles of our Cottage Grove location we’d be happy to deliver it to your home.  A $10.00 delivery fee would apply for that service.

Home for the Holidays

Add any one of the following festive decorations to your home for that special holiday touch:

Our poinsettia plants are ready for the holidays.  The poinsettia pots are wrapped with colored foil, dressed with ribbon and bow, and decorated with glittered ting for that festive touch.

What an imagination!  A little spray of color here and a touch of glitter there!  Our talented staff have created some gorgeous non-traditional looking Poinsettias.

In a hurry?  Stop by and grab and go with one of our ‘Grab and Go Decorated Porch Pots’!  Fresh greens combined with artificial poinsettias will stand the test of holiday time.

Our Holiday Hanging Baskets will look stunning hanging from a shepherds hook. 

What a festive arrangement for an entryway!

What a perfect gift idea!

America’s Best Flowers gift cards are perfect holiday gifts!  Stop in and pick up a few OR we would be happy to take your gift card orders over the phone and mail the cards for you along with a personal message to the recipient.  They are light weight, easy to wrap and have no expiration date!  It doesn’t get any better or easier than that?

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 and they’ll be happy to assist you.

Houses – Reasonably priced and Zero % interest

Skip Hurley’s one of-a-kind birdhouses will be featured at both the America’s Best Flowers Cottage Grove location and our Edgerton location.  Skip’s beautiful and functional birdhouses will give welcomed shelter for your winged winter friends.  Recycled/reclaimed pine, cedar and copper are a few of the materials that Skip uses for his creations.  A birdhouse and bag of birdseed makes a perfect holiday gift for that bird lover in your life!

No trees?  No problem!
Hang a birdhouse and/or bird feeder from a single or double shepherd’s hook.  It’ll be a European type of lodging for the birds.  Nothing fancy, just the essentials.  The birds will appreciate it!  And yes, America’s Best Flowers has both types of shepherd’s hooks.

Birds need your help in the winter!

Our Edgerton location carries the following varieties of bird feed:

  • Thistle
  • Black sunflower 
  • Wild bird mix
  • Premium wild bird mix
  • Safflower
  • Fine sunflower chips
  • Cracked corn
  • Wild finch plus
  • Cardinal food
  • Spring mix
  • Chickadee blend w/fruit
  • No waste
  • Woodpecker

Prices vary depending on type of bird feed.

If you’d like to order bird feed and pick it up at our Cottage Grove location please give us a call at 608-222-2269.  We’ll have it ready for pick up within 2-3 days.

Knock! Knock!
Who’s there?
Igloo!
Igloo who?
Igloo knew Suzie like I know Suzie…

Fresh and Natural Gifts and Decorating ideas

  • BOXED AMARYLLIS: Boxed gift set complete with bulb, soil and container, choice of 2 colors.  (One box shopping!)
  • PETITE LUCKY BAMBOO: Small bamboo stakes in colorful assortment of ceramic containers.  (Adorable!)
  • Decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths made at our own floral shop in Edgerton.  (Yes, America’s Best Flowers is in Edgerton now, too!)
  • Roping, 10’ and 25’ lengths (Perfect for your holiday decorating.)
  • Bundled greens, assorted greens in 2.5 pound bundles. (More freshness for your holiday decorating.)
  • Cyclamen, Christmas Cactus and Norfolk Island Pine trees in small and medium sizes.  (A lovely gift of nature for the holidays.)

Decorated Holiday Mesh Ribbon Wreaths

These wreaths are perfect for indoor or outdoor decorating. Made by the talented staff at America’s Best Flowers!

This year and next…

As the end of the year quickly approaches we want to say thank you to all of our loyal customers for your past patronage.  Supporting local independent businesses in our community is important to our local economy and benefits all of us.

2013 promises to be an exciting year!  We will be introducing the Hort Couture line of sophisticated and fashionable funky plants.  Watch for the Under the Sea line of sun coleus, with names like Electric Coral, Hermit Crab and Lion Fish to name a few.  We will be growing a wide variety of these unusual coleus.  They will be sure to draw attention to your containers and gardens.  Also, watch for the new Hort Couture Glamouflage Petunia and Blue Zebra Primula.

Remember the name, Hort Couture; Avant Garde, cutting edge, seasonal flowers exclusive to America’s Best Flowers and independent garden centers.  For a sneak peak at some of these unusual plants be sure to visit us at the Midwest Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Center, February 8, 9 & 10.  We also have a large selection of unusual and decorative pottery and garden accents on order set to arrive in March and April.

This is only a small snapshot of what’s new in 2013 at America’s Best Flowers.  Our staff is eager to show you these and many more innovative and stylish new products. 

All of us at America’s Best Flowers wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and New Year!

~Marty 

Container Workshops

As we plan ahead for our 2013 container workshops we look back at 2012 and wonder if there is anything we need to do to improve this service?  We thought who better to give us input on this than our loyal customers.  To those of you that have participated in our container workshops do you have any suggestion on how we might change or improve them?  If you feel that they are terrific just the way they are, well, we’d appreciate hearing that, too!    

Speaking of workshops…

Here are a couple of creations that our talented customers made at our Holiday Centerpiece workshop this past Sunday:

Lisa with her centerpiece
Lisa with her centerpiece
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Stella with her centerpiece
Stella with her centerpiece
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Q: Why don’t you see giraffes in elementary school?
A: Because they’re all in High School!

Employment Opportunities for teenagers 16 years old or older

We have openings for several hard working teenagers!  Do you know a teenager that can work 12 – 14 hours a week beginning in February?  As the season progresses hours could increase per week.   Job responsibilities include moving plants from one location to another throughout the greenhouse, lifting up to 20 lbs on a regular basis and up to 50 lbs on a semi-regular basis, and various job duties as assigned.  

It might be the perfect fit for that teenager in your life.  We have several teenagers that have worked at America’s Best Flowers for 3 or four seasons.

If interested please give us a call at 608-222-2269. 

Cross-eyed Rottweiler

A man took his Rottweiler to the vet and said to the vet: "My dog’s cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for it?"
"Well" said the vet "lets have a look at him"
So he picks the dog up and has a good look at it’s eyes.
"Well" says the vet "I’m going to have to put him down"
"Just because he’s cross-eyed?" says the man.
"No, because he’s heavy" says the vet.

Here is one way you can help the Dane County Humane Society

Hot off the Presses! Purchase your Dane County Humane Society 2013 “Make Your Pet a Pin-Up” Calendar!

Enjoy throughout the year the “Make Your Pet a Pin-Up” calendar that showcases the good looks, fun-loving spirit, gentleness and goofiness of our local animal population. This calendar will make sure you don’t miss those important dates and makes a great gift for special people in your life. You can order the calendar on-line at http://www.giveshelter.org/shop/calendar.html. For more information, contact Jodi at (608) 838-0413 ext. 118 or jwortsman@giveshelter.org.

Pasadena here we come!

Wow!  What an unexpected turn of events with the Badgers.  Who saw that coming?  Hubby tells me that’s the sports world.  Coaches come and coaches go just like the players themselves.  It’s SAD news, really, if only because of the timing and, if truth be told, we do wish Coach What’s-His-Name good luck in Arkansas. 

The GOOD news is Barry’s back!  Go Badgers!

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

An Old man went to the doctor complaining of a terrible pain in his leg. “I am afraid it’s just old age”, replied the doctor, “there is nothing we can do about it.”
“That can’t be” fumed the old man, “you don’t know what you are doing.”
“How can you possibly know I am wrong?” countered the doctor.
“Well it’s quite obvious,” the old man replied, “my other leg is fine, and it’s the exact same age!”

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Chili brings to mind spicy, beefy, tomato filled bowls of comfort.  Several years ago my mind was broadened a bit when I was introduced to one made without the tomatoes and beef.  What is left, you might ask?  A wonderful, new take on comfort.  Just perfect for a cold winter’s night!

White Chili

  • 1 T oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15 oz. cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 14 oz.can low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 4 oz cans green chilies
  • 2 t cumin
  • 2 t dried oregano (or 2 T fresh)
  • ½ t cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups cooked, diced chicken
Directions

In a large pan, saute onions and garlic in oil until golden brown.  Add remaining ingredients except chicken.  Simmer for an hour.  Add chicken.  Heat through.  Serve in soup bowls, topped with a dollop of sour cream and hot-from-the-oven breadsticks. 

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
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