Plant Succulents on your Wall!

Newsletter 17 – Thursday, June 9, 2016

Current Hours

Cottage Grove

Mon-Fri 9-8
Sat 9-6
Sun 9-5


Mon-Fri 8:30-6
Sat 8:30-6
Sun 9-4

June is Perennial Month at America’s Best Flowers!

Perennial of the Week – Caradonna Salvia

Caradonna Salvia
Caradonna Salvia
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The Caradonna Salvia is our featured perennial of the week.  The violet-purple flowers and purple stems of this low maintenance plant will enhance any perennial garden.  Butterflies, bees, ladybugs and hummingbirds will be frequent flyers to your garden.

Starting today, the Caradonna is 20% off this week and will make a striking addition to your cut flower display.

Make & Take
Vertical Succulent Living Wall Class

2 sessions available
Saturday, June 11, 10-noon or 1-3

Have you ever grown succulents on a wall?  Yes, a wall!  Why not join us for a fun Make & Take class on creating a beautiful living wall of unique and interesting succulents.

Our vertical copper metal wall planter has six individual planting pockets that are perfect for a variety of succulents.  It features a metal planting base and a sliding front grate lined with a coco liner.  Convenient holes located at the top of the planter provide easy access for watering, so there is no need to remove the planter from the wall to water.  Also, there are holes throughout the planter that will ensure proper drainage.  Steel hooks are included for easy mounting.  This planter is for outdoor use only.

The cost of the class is $60 which includes the copper metal planter, 6 succulents of your choice, free potting soil and, of course, the talent of our very own perennial manager, Margaret Elmore.

Space is still available. Call us at 608-222-2269 to Pre-Register and Pre-Pay.  This class is limited to 20 total participants.

Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.
How is this possible?
Billy lives in the Southern Hemisphere

Container Garden
Make & Take Workshop
For Shady Areas

Wednesday, June 15, 6:00-7:30

Is your screened in or shady porch area lacking living color?

Let us show you how easy it is to create a beautiful shade loving container garden for these areas. Come on out to this container workshop specifically for shade areas.  We’re happy to assist you if you’d like some help choosing plants or creating a design. You get the enjoyment of planting and playing in the soil, while our helpful container experts are available to answer any questions you may have. They have the knowledge and experience to help you bring your vision to life!

When my three-year-old was told to pee in a cup at the doctor’s office, he unexpectedly got nervous.

With a shaking voice, he asked, “Do I have to drink it?”

Procedure for All Make & Take Workshops

1.    Sign in at the registration table located near the back of the main greenhouse.   You’ll receive a worksheet at this time which we will complete after your container is finished.

2.    Shop for your plants, flowers, and containers.

3.    Return to the registration area and pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!

It’s a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your gardening gloves.  If you forget them, don’t worry, we have a wide variety of reasonably priced gardening gloves to choose from.

We do ask that if you bring in containers from home, please EMPTY all soil from them before bringing them to our greenhouse.  To participate in our container workshops and receive FREE POTTING SOIL AND ASSISTANCE, a minimum $10.00 plant purchase is required per container the day of the container workshop.

Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?

Decorate with Living Color

Are you frantic just thinking about everything that needs to get done before your get-together?  Let us offer a simple and easy solution for decorating your yard, patio or deck!

Our Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets will provide that finishing touch to your entertainment area.  And, if your family and friends are under the impression that you did all the planting and designing, well, we’re okay with that.  Your secret is safe with us!

Things Not To Say During Childbirth….

— Gosh, you’re lucky. I sure wish men could experience the miracle of childbirth.
— Do you think the baby will come before Monday Night Football starts?
— If you think this hurts, I should tell you about the time I twisted my ankle playing basketball.
— That was the kids on the phone. Did you have anything planned for dinner?
— This whole experience kind of reminds me of an episode from I Love Lucy.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Gone are the days for the traditional gift of a necktie for Dad on Father’s Day!  Think outside the box or, well, just think outside!  What guy wouldn’t like to look out in the yard and see one of these rusted iron works of nature?

Duck with Cattails
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Pheasant on Iron Wheel
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New Products Corner

What gardener doesn’t dream of that first sweet juicy vine-ripened tomato? After all this is Wisconsin, where winters can be long and brutal and summers way too short. So we plant with great expectations, and then watch and water and wait for those beautiful red jewels.  Sometimes along the way we discover there’s more to growing them than just digging a hole and dropping them in the ground. So we’ve put together some gardening tips to help you grow sweet delicious tomatoes, herbs and vegetables.

Espoma Tomato-tone
Espoma Tomato-tone
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Tomatoes are “heavy feeders.”  Be sure to get on a regular fertilization schedule.  We suggest Tomato-tone by Espoma for organic gardens.  Tomato-tone is a premium plant food formulated specifically for growing plump and juicy tomatoes. Tomato-tone’s organic composition feeds your plants naturally and will not force rapid growth at the expense of blooms and tomato yield.

Espoma Garden-tone
Espoma Garden-tone
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Garden-tone is an all-natural plant food formulated specifically for vegetable gardens. It is safe, long lasting, and will provide the nutrients necessary for vigorous and productive plants.

Let my words, like vegetables, be tender and sweet…
for tomorrow I may have to eat them!

Seeking Cashier for our Edgerton Location

Do you, or someone you know, enjoy helping people and making their day brighter? Then consider joining our Edgerton team as a part-time cashier! You’ll be able to help people, contribute to light floral duties, and share the joy of plants.

This is an almost year-round position that requires evening and weekend availability. If interested, please call 608-884-8120 and ask to speak to Spike.

Murphy’s Lesser Known Laws

He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

The things that come to those who wait will be the things left by those who got there first.

Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.

The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jun 11
Make & Take Vertical Succulent Living Wall Class

10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Create your very own beautiful living wall of color.
Space is still available. Call us at 608-222-2269 to Pre-Register and Pre-Pay. The class is limited to 20 participants. Price covers all supplies – wall planter, six succulents of your choice and soil.

Wed, Jun 15
Make & Take a Container Garden for a screened or shady porch

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Pre-Registration appreciated. FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant purchase per container. You create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own EMPTY pots or buy some of ours. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sun, Jun 19
Father’s Day

FREE Schoeps ice cream for Dad and the family!

Sat, Jun 25
Make & Take a Summer Miniature Garden

10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant purchase per container. You create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own EMPTY pots or buy some of ours. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sat, Jul 23
6th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring your wonderfully dirty dogs to our garden spa for a bath and nail trim. All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society!

Sat, Aug 6
Customer Appreciation Day!

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

Our dear Bev is still on the mend from shoulder surgery she had about 8 weeks ago now. Her recovery is going quite well, but she is still limited in terms of typing, hence my contribution to the recipes. Bev is the best when it comes to writing up the recipe for the newsletter, as she is somewhat of a recipe savant. With one quick glance, she can easily see what might not make sense or where it can be improved to make it extra fantastic!

Me… not so much. The recipes I share have to be solid for me to recommend, because other than the tiniest of tweaks, I usually follow them to a tee. Well, this week’s recipe is as solid as they come, and very easy! It’s a cake recipe that my grandmother used to make every now and then, and our whole family enjoyed. She always made different cakes, often from scratch, but this was her simple go-to staple. This cake is perfectly sweet and will put a smile on everyone’s face, just like my Grandma Teckie.

Grandma Teckie’s Lemon Sponge Cake

Grandma Teckie’s Lemon Sponge Cake
  • 1 box Lemon Cake Mix
  • 1pkg instant lemon pudding
  • ¾ C water
  • ¾ C oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • ½ C orange juice
  • ¼ C oil

1. Beat all cake ingredients, excluding glaze, 3 mins at high speed. Pour into 9×13 baking dish.

2. Bake 30 mins at 350°.

3. Remove from oven. Poke holes in cake with fork. Pour glaze into holes.