Nobody Knows the Deals I’ve Seen

Newsletter 28 – Thursday, August 25, 2016


Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-7
Sat & Sun 9-5

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

Lady’s Story – Chapter 6

Lady curled up on a blanket and pillow with her eyes only barely open

My medicine makes me very, very sleeee…

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I hurt my eye! My mom and dad noticed that I was rubbing and rubbing it the other night. Ouch!  It hurt really, really bad!   It hurt to open it and it hurt to close it. My mom put a cool wet cloth gently over my eye and told me that if I was still rubbing and squinting in the morning that we had to go see the doctor. 

Well, we went to see Dr. Sara.  She is really nice!  Dr. Sara was Lucy’s doctor too!  In fact, when she was checking my heart and talking sweetly to me Dr. Sara called me Lucy.  We all stopped, looked at each other and well, we all just smiled! 

Dr. Sara said it looked like I had gotten poked in the eye by a stick and for it to heal properly I needed to take lots of medicine.  Well, I don’t like taking medicine, but I can be the best four-legged patient ever if it’s presented to me in a nice YUMMY TREAT!

Then we went home and ‘THEY’ put that stupid round thing around my neck and head so that I can’t scratch at my eye.

So, it’s been a few days now and my eye doesn’t hurt anymore. The next best thing is that stupid round thing over my neck and head is gone!  IT’S OUTTA HERE!

And the next, next best thing is that we are going to have a party on Friday, cause it’s NATIONAL DOG DAY!   

I can’t wait to celebrate!  After all, it’s been a ‘ruff’’ week (sorry, but I couldn’t help myself!)

Please be extra good to ALL your furr-kids on Friday!  They love you as much as you love them!


You had me at woof!

Early Fall Mums

Perfect Accents for Fall

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Our earliest mums are beginning to bloom and there are more color options each week!  A burst of fresh color may be just what you need right now!  And our mums will continue to bloom for several weeks to come. 

Foil pot covers are also available in bold fall colors for a lovely accent and finishing touch. Look for them at the service desk and you can choose the colors of both the mum and foil cover for a unique combination. We also have annual fountain grasses that go great with mums and asters!

In other news, kids are going back to school.

The Joy of Fall Gardening

From now until September 15 is a great time to plant cool season vegetable crops.  Fall gardens are easy to grow, and it’s a delightful time to work in the garden – there are fewer bugs and it’s not too hot.  To get you started we have kale, broccoli, Swiss chard plants, and seeds for fall planting.

Because they mature in progressively cooler temperatures, fall crops have a wonderful flavor…much better than spring crops.

Cool fall weather actually holds the crops for you right in the garden so you can enjoy your harvest well into October.  Fall garden care is similar to spring gardening, except you don’t have to water as much.  All you do is dig in a little compost at planting time.  If you don’t have a compost pile available, we have it in ready-to-use bags.

Featured Product – Jellybean Rugs

Our new designs and colors of Jellybean rugs have arrived just in time for fall and the holidays.  These rugs are colorful and fun and can change the feel of a room in an instant!

Our 21×33” Jellybean fashion rugs will brighten up both your indoor or outdoor entryway. These bright and bold colorful rugs are durable and machine washable, and made of 100% polyester with 35% being recycled post-consumer PET plastic. They hold up to multiple washings and are available in a wide assortment of designs and colors. We have tested these rugs ourselves and washed them several times with excellent results.

Take the first step to welcoming your guests at your front door with a bright and festive Jellybean fashion rug!

Check out our 50% Off Items

All 10 and 12” annual flowering hanging baskets are 50% off. (This offer excludes mum baskets, houseplants, succulents, foliage or any 8” hanging baskets.)

All water plants are 50% off.  We have Rain Lily, Variegated Sweet Flag, Blue Spiral Rush or Canna Lily (orange, yellow or pink), available.

All Jam & Jelly Plants are 50% off.  We have Fall Gold Raspberry, Goji Berry and Fredonia (Black), Seedless Concord (Blue), and Reliance (Red) grape available.

All remaining fruit trees are 50% off.

All remaining perennials, in 4-5” square pots, are on sale.  Buy 2 and get 1 free (of equal or lesser value).  Now that the hot weather has passed it’s the perfect time to plant your perennials.

Pamper them ... it's national dog day!

Freshness Daily!

Hand-picked daily!

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Yeppers, we got peppers…and more!  It’s a mini-mini farmers market at our greenhouse! Our fingerling eggplant, sweet peppers, chili peppers, cherry tomatoes and Hungarian hot peppers are fresh and delish!  Stop by and pick some up for the weekend!

It’s Never Too Late to Create…

Your very own fairy garden or miniature garden!  As you can see we have a LARGE selection of miniature and fairy garden items.  Come on out and let your imagination take over.  Create your very own mystical fairy garden or recreate a favorite memory of your past with a miniature garden.

Art in the Garden – Vendor Information

Calling all artists!! Our annual Art in the Garden event (Sat, Sept. 10, 2016, 9-3) is a great way to display your handmade or semi-handmade items and get some exposure! Display and sell your crafts, and you’ll have the opportunity to chat with folks about your fine or funky works of art. We welcome a variety of mediums and styles to make this event really special!

Won’t you join us! If you’d like to know more about becoming a vendor, click here.

2016 Flea Market Schedule and Information

Sept 17 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 15 Saturday Flea Market (Indoors) 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Do you have clutter taking over your home? Taking over your life?! We have the perfect way for you to unload some of your “extra items” and make a profit too! Bring any collectibles, decorations, furniture, tools, knick-knacks, paddy whacks, whatever! For vendor information and also our short list of restricted items please check out our Flea Market Vendor Information.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 10

Art in the Garden Craft Fair

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Talented artists display and sell their unique items.

Sat, Sep 17

Flea Market

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 17

Rose Winterization Class

9:30am – 10:30am

Sat, Sep 17 – Sun, Oct 16

Scarecrow Days

Bring family and friends out to build one-of-a-kind scarecrow(s). Sept 17th-Oct 16th, M-F 10-4:30/ Sat-Sun 10-4

Sat, Sep 17

Learn how to Create a Spring Bulb Garden

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sat, Sep 24

It’s For the Birds

10:00 am – 11:00 am Bird Feeder Seminar presented by Prince Corp.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

It’s tomato time!!! I don’t know about you, but this summer has been really good for tomatoes in our garden. They’ve been delicious, numerous, and of course, they all ripened at the same time. I’m not one to make tomato sauce, so I needed a new easy way to eat these awesome tomatoes. I wanted the classic combo of basil, mozzarella, and tomato, and the flavors really shined in this easy and delectable bruschetta.

I picked up a fancy loaf from the local grocery store by asking the bakery person for “crusty Italian bread” and what I got was called “Pane Di Altumura.” Now, I had no idea what that meant… for all I knew it translated to “This is not crusty Italian bread,” like the famous painting of a pipe. But it turns out that it IS very good crusty Italian bread and it was perfect for this recipe. It was sourdoughy, soft in the middle, incredibly crusty and so yummy when toasted.

For tomatoes, I used sun sugar cherry tomatoes (halved) and jet star tomatoes (diced) from plants started in our very own greenhouses! They were fantastic!

Warm Tomato & Mozarella Bruschetta

  • 8 slices crusty Italian bread
  • 16 oz. (2 cups) fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for brushing and drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup packed basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Slice bread into thin (about 1/2-inch) slices and place on a baking sheet. Brush the tops of each slice generously with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven. Maintain oven temperature.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar together until evenly coated.

Once bread slices are warmed, top each with sliced mozzarella and tomatoes. Return bread to the oven for 6-8 minutes to warm and soften tomatoes and mozzarella.

Remove from oven and drizzle each slice with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with chopped basil, salt and pepper. Serve warm.