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Newsletter 32 – Thursday, September 25, 2014

Current Hours

Cottage Grove open
Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat and Sun 9-6

Edgerton open
Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 68


"My nose is a weapon of sleep disruption"
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Nobody is going to believe me, I just know it!  But I’m telling you it was an accident.  It really truly was. 

Half way through another heatless night, to get warm, I got in-between my mom and dad in bed. 

Now stop!  I know what you’re thinking… “She did it!  Lucy really did the ‘cold nose on her mom’s neck’ trick to get the heat turned on!”  And many of you are saying “That a girl, Lucy! You deserve to be warm!” Others will think, “Oh, Lucy.  How could you?”

But I’m telling you it was an accident.  ‘Cause after I had time to think about the ‘cold nose on the neck’ trick I felt really bad.  I mean, gosh, I love my mom how could I even think of doing something like that.  And I know my dad felt terrible about giving me the go ahead wink.  So, I did exactly as my mom told me to do…I bucked up! 

As I was doing my circle routine before I lay down between them…it happened.  Yep, cold nose to the neck! 

The scream I heard made my fur stand straight up!  It sent one colossal shiver down to the very tip of my freezing tail.  I jumped off the bed and into my own bed on the floor and lay there trembling. I’d never ever heard a shriek like that before in my life. 

Then I heard my mom’s voice.  “Honey, are you alright?”

Yep, you got it!  My freezing cold nose touched my dad’s neck.

Someday I know my dad and I will laugh about this…someday.

~Lucy

Hey, We’re in the Running!

We just found out that America’s Best Flowers has been included in this year’s Best of Madison Readership Poll. 

If you feel that we are the Best Garden Center in the area please vote for us.  It’s easy to do and takes just a couple of minutes.  All you do is go to the Madison Magazine Best of Madison website,  www.madisonmagazine.com.  Under ‘Pick a Category,’ choose ‘Home & Lifestyle’ then scroll down to ‘Lawn, Garden & Landscape.’  America’s Best Flowers is the first one listed.  Thanks so much for taking the time to do this.  As always we appreciate your loyalty.

Q: Why was the math textbook so sad?
A: He had a lot of problems!

Lots of Beautiful Bulbs!

Pheasant’s Eye Daffodil
Pheasant’s Eye Daffodil
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In the spring, is there anything more lovely then discovering the tips of green peaking through the barren landscape?

Wisconsin winters are too long and too cold! We promise that when next spring rolls around you’ll be so glad that you took a little time this fall to plant bulbs. 

Every year we like to remind you that fall is the only time you can plant those wonderful spring-blooming bulbs.  Plant now and be the absolute envy of your neighbors next spring! Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium, and more are waiting for you.

The Narcissus ‘Pheasant’s Eye’ is a classic. It is a highly scented perennial that flowers in April and May.  The simple elegance of this flower will add grace and charm to any garden.   

When you plant your bulbs is the perfect opportunity to dig in a generous amount of plant food. It’s your only chance you will ever have to put the nutrients the bulbs need for maximum flowering directly under the bulbs in the root zone of your plants. We suggest Espoma Bulb Tone.

Did you know?

When planting your fall bulbs, to protect them from birds, squirrels and chipmunks, try our Repels-All animal repellent granules around the bulb. After placing bulbs in the planting hole, apply one tablespoon of Repels-All into the hole making sure granules surround the bulb. Backfill with soil and you’re all set.  Repels-All is NOT a poison, it is a repellent. Its unique blend of ingredients causes a mild irritation to animal’s nasal passages. When an animal touches, tastes or smells Repels-All, it triggers a natural instinct to escape/avoid and the animal simply leaves.

Where’s the English Channel?
I don’t know – our television doesn’t pick it up.

We have fall decorating bundles!

Everyone's porch should look this good!
Everyone’s porch should look this good!
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We have a fast, easy, and fun way for you to decorate for fall!  We have mums, corn shocks, gourds, and pumpkins that will get you in the mood for the fall season.  Add a few of our brilliant mums and asters and you are all set for a beautiful autumn!

To make things even easier, America’s Best Flowers has an Autumn Bundle that includes one of our gorgeous mums, a straw bale, and a bundle of corn shocks, all at special savings.  Add two more mums and save even more.

Our corn shocks are netted (like a Christmas tree) so they can be safely tied to the roof of your vehicle, keeping your car clean and the shocks free from wind damage.  We’ll even provide the twine.

Our supply is limited, so don’t lose out on the chance to have the coolest looking yard on the block!

Family Fun at Scarecrow Days!

Family showing off their scarecrow
Check out the fun a local family is having while making their very own one-of-a-kind scarecrow
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Scarecrow time is here at America’s Best Flowers (Cottage Grove location).  We are stuffing straw from 10am to 5pm on Monday – Friday and 10am – 4pm on Saturday & Sunday, running through Sunday Oct. 12.  There is a nominal fee for the scarecrow kit and garage-sale prices for scarecrow clothing (or bring clothes from home). 

Set your lovely or scary creation on a straw bale, use a few corn stalks for background and surround the whole scene with brilliant mums, fountain grass and pumpkins, and you will have a fabulous fall display.

For groups of 5 or more, please call ahead 608-222-2269.  This will allow us to plan ahead and have enough staff available for your group. 

Come on out and have yourself a hay-day!

Birthday Gift

A fellow was very much in love with a beautiful girl. One day she told him that the next day was her birthday. He told her he would send her a bouquet of roses… one for each year of her life.

That evening he called the local florist and ordered twenty-one roses with instructions that they be delivered first thing the next morning.

As the florist was preparing the order, he decided that since the young man was such a good customer, he would put an extra dozen roses in the bouquet.

The fellow never did find out what made the young girl so angry with him.

Mums, Mums and More Mums!

Our mum fields are overflowing with 4,000 early, mid and late blooming plants in multiple shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, burgundy, lavender and purple.  We grow our mums outside (to make them hardier) in a 2 gallon container and they are twice as big as what you normally find.  You have to see them to believe how full and lush and bursting with blooms they are.

How do you make a group of lawyers to smile for a photo?
Just say, "Fees."

Fairy Garden Halloween Accessories

The world's cutest haunting
Hauntings like these don’t always clear up after Halloween. But fear not, we have a spray for that.
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Aren’t they adorable? Have fun decorating your fairy gardens for Halloween!  We have a spooky assortment of ghost, skeletons, pumpkins, grave stones picks, pumpkin fairy masks and even witch hats for the fairies for you to choose from.

Did you know we have houseplants?

a display of dozens of houseplants on shelves
More houseplants than you can shake a stick at!
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Take a look at some of our lovely family of houseplants:

Easy Money for Your Non-Profit Organization!

Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?  America’s Best Flowers fundraising program begins each fall on October 1 and runs through April 1, 2015.  We have designed it to be quick, easy, and profitable.  In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group. 

What else makes our fundraiser so special?

1.    Your group gets 25% of the total value of the America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell!
2.   
Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and our Edgerton locations!
3.   
America’s Best Flowers gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!

Offer your customer that perfect gift to give for the holidays or any occasion.  To help promote your fundraising efforts be sure to advertise that an America’s Best Flowers gift card maybe used to purchase items for the coming holiday season.  We will have beautiful poinsettias, Christmas trees, decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths, holiday hanging baskets, Grab and Go Porch Pots, and much more for your holiday decorating needs.  Many non-profit groups have told us that ‘America’s Best Flowers gift cards almost sell themselves!’ 

How do you get started?  One way is to take orders for our gift cards.  Your customers make payment directly to your group.  Submit your completed order to us and we will process it.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total order will be due when you pick up your gift cards.  Another way is to purchase, in bulk, several different denominations of gift cards to sell at your organization’s activities.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total is due when you pick up your bulk order.  Some groups do it both ways! 

All holiday orders must be placed with us on or before Monday, December 15.  The cards will be available for you to pick up in a few days time.  Your orders may be submitted weekly, or all at one time.  If you need a gift card after December 15 just give us a call and we will make arrangements with you.

Learn more about our fundraising program by visiting our website www.americasbestflowers.com or email me at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Let’s work together to make this your best fundraiser ever!

Farmers Market Schedule

Weather permitting America’s Best Flowers we will be at the following local farmers markets:

Tuesdays Cambridge 2-6pm www.cambridgewi.com
Wednesday Lake Mills 2-6:30pm www.lakemills.org
Friday Stoughton 7-1pm www.stoughtonwi.com
Saturday Sun Prairie 7-12pm www.sunprairiefarmersmarket.com

For exact farmers market locations please refer to the above websites.

Teacher: Be sure that you go straight home
Student: I can’t, I live just round the corner!

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.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 20 – Sun, Oct 12
Scarecrow Days

M-F 10-5pm / Sat – Sun 10am-4pm –

Sat, Oct 18
Flea Market

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.

Sat, Nov 22 – Sun, Nov 23
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Sun, Nov 30
Wreath Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Sat, Dec 6
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Our Kitchen

For those of you who still have zucchini left in the garden, Mary has shared a new way to use it.  These are good enough to actually buy some at the market if yours is finished producing.  Pour yourself a tall glass of ice cold milk, sit back and enjoy!!

Zucchini Cookies

  • ¾ c butter
  • 1 ½ c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup grated zucchini
  • 2 ½ c flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 c nuts
  • 1 c chocolate chips
Directions

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray or grease cookie sheets.

Cream butter and sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.  Stir in zucchini. Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl.  Add to creamed mixture in batches.  Mixing well after each addition.  Add nuts and chocolate chips.

Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheets.  Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven.  Allow to cool a minute or two on sheet before transferring to a wire rack.

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