These Bulbs are Itching for Soil

Newsletter 38 – Thursday, November 3, 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 16

Lady sprawled on the floor full of food and regret

“Food just doesn’t taste as good as love.”

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My tummy hurts!  I hope my mom gets home from her road trip real soon…


These Bulbs are Itching for Soil – 30% Off

At this point in the season, we’re commonly asked if it’s too late to plant bulbs. The answer is… no way! This is the ideal time to plant bulbs! Plant them now until the ground freezes, which could mean you have lots of time if this late temperature trend continues. Last year, one of our associates planted them into December!

Take advantage of this sale now, while the favorite varieties are still available. There are plenty of beauties to choose from, but they’re going fast!

Dwarf Iris ‘Harmony’

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Cupped Narcissus ‘Pheasant’s Eye’

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Spring Flowers make lovely bouquets!

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What’s Beethoven’s favorite fruit?

Grow Your Own Garlic! – Bulbs 30% Off

Plant your own Vampire Repellant!

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Growing your own garlic bulbs is so simple. They are planted in the fall, just like spring blooming bulbs and they’re also 30% off! Plant as soon as possible, so they have some time to develop before the ground freezes.

Unlike store-bought garlic, our seed garlic varieties are perfect for our climate and prepared for optimal growth. We have California Softneck (which keeps well after harvest), German Red Hardneck, and Music Hardneck (which develops big beautiful cloves). Just one pound of cloves can produce 7 to 10 pounds of garlic!

Garlic prefers cooler temperatures and well-drained soil. Separate the cloves and plant pointed end up 4” deep, and mulch for the winter. Remove mulch in spring and pinch off flowers as it grows. Harvest in the summer when the leaves turn brown. Dry in the sun for a few days and store in a cool dry place until use. See… easy peasy!

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Hippa who?
I’m sorry, I can’t tell you that.

Pumpkins for Parties – 50% Off!

Celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest with pumpkins this Thanksgiving! They make lovely decorations for all of your festivities, and they’re 50% off!

Here’s a neat idea for serving drinks at your next party: a pumpkin tap! Just cut out the top of the pumpkin, clean out the insides, insert a tap to the lower side, pour in your drink of choice and ice, cover with top, and serve! How fun is that?! And even more fun with warty, bumpy, white, or striped pumpkins!

Sale does not include pie pumpkins or gourds. Hurry out while supplies last!

Why was the jack-o-lantern afraid to cross the road?
It had no guts!

Fresh Thanksgiving Floral Centerpieces

Heart of Fall Centerpiece – 49.99

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Order your fresh floral centerpiece today for a beautiful Thanksgiving table! A centerpiece is that extra touch to really make your guests feel welcomed and special. Not hosting this year? Gift a centerpiece to your host for a heartfelt and memorable ‘Thank you.’

Choose from either the Heart of Fall bouquet or the Autumn Gathering candle centerpiece, designed by our talented florist staff at our Edgerton location. Please note actual arrangements may vary from pictures shown, according to availability.

Autumn Gathering Centerpiece – 64.99

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Call 608-222-2269 to order now through November 19th. By pre-ordering, you’ll be ready to simply pick up your centerpiece from our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location at a time that works for you. For an additional fee, we’ll deliver to Cottage Grove or the eastside of Madison, with 48 hours advance notice.

What does the man in the moon do when his hair gets too long?
Eclipse it.

Coming Soon…

We hear jingle bells in the distance! Look for our fresh evergreen trees, wreaths, and boughs in the coming weeks. We also have several fun Holiday Make & Take workshops coming up, so check our Event Calendar for details!

Have a group of girlfriends with a free afternoon? Book a private group session to create holiday porch pots with one of our design professionals! It’s a great way to spend time with friends, get crafty, and share the fun. Call us at 608-222-2269 to book a time!

90% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs

This is the best deal of the year! Perennials, trees, and shrubs are 90% off!! Selection is limited, but there are many perfectly good plants are available. Come pick up as many as you can before they’re all gone!

This is a continuation of our progressive sale, where the percentage off increases by 10% each week. 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.

What do you call cows that have a sense of humor?
Laughing stock.

Mulch Perennials for Winter

Late fall is a great time to mulch yourperennials to protect them from the stress of winter. 2-3 inches of mulch helps keep in moisture, but more importantly, it helps regulate the temperature of the roots. We have several kinds of mulch available.

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?

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

How do you impress a baker when you’re picking her up for a date?
Bring her flours.

We’re getting closer!

The cooler just got a fresh coat of paint and is really looking cool now! Each week, we get a little closer to having floral bouquets, fresh cut flowers, and fresh centerpieces at our Cottage Grove location. Please pardon our extra dust and mess as we remodel. We’re hoping to have our floral shop up and running by the holidays!

In the meantime, our Edgerton location can provide beautiful arrangements that we can deliver from Cottage Grove with a little advance notice. Give them a call at 888-287-1411.

Upcoming Events

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.

Sat, Dec 3
Christmas Open House

9am-3pm Holiday celebration! Free kids activities! Free treats and refreshments!

  • Picture with Santa 11am-1pm
  • Face Painting 10am-1pm
  • Felt Ornament Make & Take (ages 3-5) 10am-1pm
  • Bead Ornament Make & Take (ages 6+) 10am-1pm
Sun, Dec 4
Holiday Wreath Make & Take

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

Sun, Dec 11
Holiday Centerpiece Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create that finishing touch for your holiday table with a festive holiday centerpiece! Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake it becomes a muffin.
Muffins are healthy.
You’re welcome.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

When I consider what recipe to make, I usually follow the KISS principle, which stands for “Keep it simple, stupid.” While it doesn’t seem like the kindest saying, it just means that systems perform best when kept simple. For me, this means that recipes turn out best when they are simple to make, with simple ingredients.

Right now, with everything being pumpkin this and pumpkin that, I’m craving something with pumpkin, but in a more simple, less sugary form than most. Since making bran muffins for the first time about a month ago, I’ve found that muffins can be easy to make (once you have the ingredients) and somewhat healthy, so of course, why not healthy pumpkin muffins. This recipe is from a blog called “Cookie and Kate,” from which I got a soup recipe that was fantastic. I’m sure this will be great too!

To get extra tips for substitutions for certain ingredients, visit the original blog post.

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice or cloves
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. If necessary, grease 10 cups of your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and maple syrup or honey together with a whisk. Add eggs, and beat well. Mix in the pumpkin purée and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice or cloves.
  3. Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined. If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, fold them in now.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the ten muffin cups. For these muffins, it’s ok to fill the cups a little higher than you normally would. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats, followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake muffins for 23 to 26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack. These muffins are delicate until they cool down (you have been warned!), so it’s best to wait until they have cooled down to remove them from the tin. You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan. Enjoy muffins as is or with a spread of nut butter or regular butter.