It’s Time to Plant Bulbs for Spring!

Newsletter 34 – Thursday, October 6, 2016


Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-6
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 12

Lady wearing her new goggles, but closer

“You might be right, Dad. Maybe it is time to put Mr. Tennis Ball out to pasture…”

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I love playing ball, but I guess there is something to that people expression ‘too much of a good thing!’  Me and my mom were having a blast in the backyard the other day.  She was throwing the ball and I, ball player extraordinaire, was catching fly balls and shagging grounder after grounder.  It was a blast, until the next morning that is.  I hurt sooo bad and spent the day limping around the house.   

So, my dad put me on the IR (injured reserve) list for at least a week! 

Later in the day, I overheard my dad talking to my mom about maybe ‘someone might be getting too old to play ball so much.’ 

Gosh, I hope my mom’s feelings weren’t hurt!


Would YOU Like to Win a Mum?

“They’re mums, right? …and mums give hugs, right?”

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“Give me a hug, Mum!”

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FIVE, yes, FIVE lucky people will win one of our beautiful mums!  All you need to do to enter our mum drawing is to send an email, along with your name, to Shirley at  Please put in the subject line ‘I would love to win a MUM.’  That’s all there is to it!

The deadline to enter the drawing is noon on Monday, Oct 10.  We will notify the winners via email on that day.  One entry per household, please.

We will hold the mums for the five lucky winners until 5 pm, Sunday, Oct 16.  The winners may pick up their gorgeous mum at either our Cottage Grove or Edgerton locations.

While you’re here, if you are not already an America’s Best Flowers Loyalty Card Customer please consider signing up to be one.  You’ll receive our informative weekly newsletter online and will also receive valuable coupons in the mail.

Wife: You hate my relatives!
Husband: No, I don’t. In fact, I like your mother-in-law more than I like mine.

We Love Our MUMS!
and our Cheryl too!

From Left to Right: Glowing Cheryl, Sparkling Cheryl

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Everyone thinks their mum is the most beautiful mum ever and that is exactly the way we feel!  But, our mums are outrageously beautiful!  The huge late season mums so many of you have been waiting for are finally coming into bloom. From the Cheryl series, we have the brilliant colors of jolly red, golden, frosty white, sparkling yellow and spicy orange; all in bushel basket size.

Add a pop of color to your yard, your deck, and your front stoop with a bounty of colorful mums from America’s Best Flowers!

What did one Jack-o-lantern say to the other?
Cut it out!

Pumpkins Come in Many Sizes, Shapes, Colors, and Textures!

And we have them all; smooth pumpkins, bumpy pumpkins, warty pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, green pumpkins, orange pumpkins and white pumpkins.  Large, medium and small pumpkins are all here waiting to join your fall decorations or to be creatively carved into a masterpiece for Halloween.

Just look how easy it is to create a fun display!  A few pumpkins, a bale of straw, a few kittens and you’re done!

Yep, and we even have pumpkins for those Thanksgiving Day pumpkin pies!  All that’s missing is the whipped cream!  Yum!

Q: Why do Jack-o-lanterns have stupid smiles on their faces?
A: You’d have a stupid smile, too, if you had just had all your brains scooped out!

Corn Shocks, Pumpkins & Straw Bales are Here!!

Take advantage of all the decorating tools that our Wisconsin fall offers.  Our brilliant colored mums and asters along with our corn shocks, gourds, and pumpkins will add the perfect seasonal look to any porch or yard.

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

PUPIL: “Would you punish me for something I didn’t do?”
TEACHER: “Of course not.”
PUPIL: “Good, because I haven`t done my homework.”

It’s Plain and Simple Folks!

If you don’t plant fall bulbs soon you WILL NOT have spring flowers in April!  So many people come to our greenhouse to buy bulbs of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and whatever else they may have seen sprouting in their neighbors’ yard.  Sadly, we have to tell them that that is not the way of nature and they will have to wait for fall.  Unfortunately, when fall comes it slips their minds until the next spring, and so on and on and on.

Let America’s Best Flowers break that vicious cycle!!  We have an excellent selection of spring-blooming bulbs including tulips of all sizes and colors, bright stately daffodilsfragrant hyacinthsextravagant alliums, and early crocus in a rainbow of colors.

It takes a little planning and preparation to have a truly amazing spring flower show in your yard, so make your future-self happy by planting bulbs this fall. Moreover, don’t forget the fertilizer!  You will never have another chance to get the fertilizer down below the bulbs, directly in the area where the roots grow.  An application of fertilizer at planting time pays for itself many times over with extra bloom in years to come.

50% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs

This week, ALL perennials, ALL trees and ALL shrubs are now 50% off!  What a great time to make those landscape changes that you’ve been thinking about!

This is a continuation of our progressive sale, where the percentage off increases by 10% each week. Take advantage of this sale now to allow your plants more time to become established before winter.  Stop out soon to get the best selection available!

This offer excludes mums and asters and is not valid on previous purchases or custom orders.  There is no warranty on plants purchased at special savings of 40% off or more.

Q: Why did the scarecrow stand up comedian fail?
A: Because all of his jokes were corny!

Scarecrow Days

Scarecrow stuffing days are here and will continue through October 16.  Stop on out between 10-4 Saturday & Sunday, or 10-4:30 Monday-Friday, and we’ll have a staff member available to assist you in making your very own, one-of-a-kind scarecrow.  You get to do most of the building, and we provide everything you need. And we’ll clean up the mess!

Each scarecrow kit contains a wooden frame, a square of burlap for the head, strings for tying, and a variety of felt faces to choose from, as well as plenty of straw for stuffing the body. We have clothes and hats for purchase at garage sale prices, or you’re welcome to bring your own.

This is a fun time for children and adults alike, as you use your creativity to create a character that is cute, scary, silly, or whatever you choose! You can make a traditional scarecrow with overalls and a straw hat, dress them in your favorite sports team attire, or glitz them up for a fancy party. You can even dress them in a Halloween costume which opens the door for all kinds of possibilities. Let your imagination run wild and just have fun!

This is a great time for the whole family or any group! Please call ahead (608)222-2269 for a group of 6 or more people to ensure we have enough staff to help.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Vendors Booths are Still Available for our Last Flea Market for 2016

Clean out your garage, basement, and cupboards and bring your treasures out to our last 2016 Flea Market on Saturday, October 15, from 9-4.

This will be an indoor flea market.  Inside space is limited and vendor space is smaller. This inside area is toward the back of our main greenhouse, so vendors will need to transport their items on carts, which we will provide.  We do not allow vehicles inside the greenhouse.

For planning purposes we need to have your registration by 6:00 pm, Monday, October 10.

The following booth sizes are available:

  • Single booth – 10 ft long x 10 ft deep ($25.00)
  • Double booth – 20 ft long x 8 ft deep ($35.00)

To participate we require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 or $35.00.  After you arrive and have your space set up, we will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card.  Each vendor is limited to one $20.00 gift card regardless of the size of booths.

Rain or shine! Set up time is at 8:00 am and the starting bell is at 9.  This event will end at 4.  Vendors will need to bring their own furnishings, tables, chairs, etc.

very limited number of 6 ft. long steel mesh top tables are available if you need a display table. Tables are on a first come first serve basis and you are responsible for covering the steel mesh top. Your display and products MUST fit within your designated area. After unloading your vehicle it must be moved to the designated parking area for vendors.

To register please send a check to America’s Best Flowers for the size booth you would like to reserve.  In the memo section of your check please put ‘Flea Market’.  For clarity include a short note stating the size booth, whether or not you need a table and a telephone number and/or email address for contact purposes.

Our mailing address is America’s Best Flowers, 4311 Vilas Hope Road, Cottage Grove, WI 53527

There are a few restrictions on what may be brought to the flea market at our greenhouse.  They are as follows:

  • No firearms or ammunition,
  • No live animals,
  • No flowers and/or plants,
  • No alcohol or tobacco are allowed on America’s Best Flowers’ property.

Remember, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

If you are interested in joining us or if you have any questions contact Shirley at or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

Q: What’s black, white, orange, and waddles?
A: A penguin carrying a Jack-o-lantern.

Easy Money for Your Non-Profit Organization!

Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?  America’s Best Flowers’ fundraising program begins this fall on October 1 and runs through April 1, 2017.  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 may be 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 12.  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 19 just give us a call and we will make arrangements with you.

Learn more about our fundraising program by visiting our website or emailing Shirley at

Coming soon to our greenhouse!

We are in a bit of a construction mode at the greenhouse.  We are adding a floral shop to our Cottage Grove location and will soon have fresh cut flowers, floral bouquets, fresh centerpieces and gift ideas for you!  It will make ordering flowers easier for you and delivering flowers easier for us.  If you forget an anniversary or birthday (Yep, it’s happened to us all!) you can simply swing by the greenhouse and pick up fresh flowers and be the hero!

We ask that you please overlook our extra dust and mess as we do our remodeling.  We are hoping to have our floral shop up and running by the holidays!

Upcoming Events

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, Oct 15
Indoor Flea Market

9am – 4pm Rain or Shine

Sat, Nov 19 – Sun, Nov 20
Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create a festive porch pot for the holiday season. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sun, Nov 27
Christmas Miniature Garden Make & Take

10am to Noon or 1pm to 3pm Create an indoor miniature winter wonderland. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sat, Dec 3 – Sun, Dec 4
Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create a festive porch pot for the holiday season. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sun, Dec 4
Holiday Wreath Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create a holiday wreath that will cheerfully welcome all holiday guests. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

This is a recipe I’ve made a few times now and have enjoyed it every time. It’s easy and delicious. It called for 6 fillets, but since I only make two at a time, I easily reduced each ingredient to a third and it turned out perfect. It also calls for a baking sheet, but I used a small glass baking dish.

I also like to squeeze a wedge of lemon over it right before serving.

Baked Lemon-Crusted Cod

  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1- to 1-1/2-inch-thick cod fillets (about 6 oz. each)

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the panko, butter, parsley, and lemon zest. Add a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper and stir to evenly distribute the ingredients.

3. Line a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Arrange the cod fillets on the baking sheet and season all over with salt and pepper. Divide the panko topping among the fillets, pressing lightly so it adheres. Roast until the breadcrumbs are browned and the fish is mostly opaque (just cooked through), with a trace of translucence in the center (cut into a piece to check), 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets. Serve immediately.