June is Perennial Month

Newsletter 23 – Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cottage Grove location open hours

Mon-Fri 9-7
Sat – 9-6
Sun 10-6

Edgerton location open hours

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 45

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My dad & mom are walking around the back yard talking and I hear my dad say 'Wow, the yard looks great! Now that we're all done we can sit back and enjoy it.'Then I hear my mom say, 'Ya right!'There was something in the tone of 'Ya right' that made me holler to my dad 'Run, Dad! Run Quick!  She AIN'T done, silly man!'And did he, you ask?  Nope!
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Please don't judge me, but I'm going to keep my distance from the mayhem that is about to take place.And this looks like as good a spot as any!~Lady

Summer Miniature Garden Make & Take

Saturday, June 10, 10am-Noon or 1pm-3pm

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Think small and inside the pot this Saturday, June 10, for our Summer Miniature Garden Make & Take.  Create your very own miniature fairy garden just as you’ve seen in the glossy home and garden magazines!Captivating, little gazing balls, tiny bird baths, mischievous gnomes, petite fairies, small stepping stones, diminutive garden arbors, flamingoes and patio furniture are just some of the treasures we have waiting here to help you realize your vision. Choose from our wide selection of tiny, live plants to bring your miniature wonderland to life.To participate in our workshops and receive FREE POTTING SOIL AND ASSISTANCE, a minimum plant purchase of $10.00 per container is required and you must use plants and/or accessories purchased at America's Best Flowers the day of the workshop.After you have shopped for your succulents, tiny plants, accessories and containers just pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!Our workshops are a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your garden gloves. If you forget them, don’t worry, we have a wide variety of reasonably priced gardening gloves to choose from.  Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting and will help with any and all plant or design questions.We do ask that if you are bringing in containers from home, please EMPTY all soil from them before bringing them to our greenhouse. We do reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.  Pre-registration is appreciated.
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Perennial of the Week – Salvias

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If you are looking for an easy growing, low maintenance, sun to part shade perennial, look no further!  We have the perfect flower for you!Salvias,commonly referred to as Sage represent a huge family of glorious plants that attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees.  They are sure to  add depth and dimension to your garden area!We are featuring the Caradonna and the May Night Salvias this week.   Both are drought tolerant and resistant to pesky deer and rabbits.  These two perennials will grow in average, clay and sandy soils.  Their magnificent blooming period can be extended by deadheading the entire spent spike.The Caradonna Salvia, is a long blooming and clump-forming perky perennial.  The foliage height is 18” tall and the flowering height is 24-30" tall.  Once mature the Caradonna will spread up to 18". This aromatic perennial has gray-green foliage with dark purple stems and features dense spikes of rich violet-blue flowers.The May Night Salvia is an excellent perennial known for it's cold hardiness and tolerance to heavy clay soils. This is a long blooming and clump-forming perky perennial.  The foliage height is 18” tall and the flowering height is 18-24" tall.  Once this perennial reaches maturity it will spread up to 12-18". This aromatic perennial has gray-green foliage with dark purple stems and features dense spikes of rich indigo flowers.   Did you know that the color purple has a variety of effects on the mind and body, including uplifting spirits, calming the mind and nerves, enhancing the sacred, creating feelings of spirituality, increasing nurturing tendencies and sensitivity, and encouraging imagination and creativity.Just imagine the calm you'll feel as you relax in your yard surrounded by the purplish blooms of these two salvias.Need another reason to come out to America's Best Flowers?  Our beautiful Salvias are twenty percent off this week
Q: Why did the weatherman bring a bar of soap to work?

A: He was predicting showers.

Somewhat Organic Soap

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Somewhat Organic Lemongrass Bar SoapLemongrass Bar Soap
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Now when you visit our greenhouse, you can get dirty in the soil AND get what you need to clean up! We are carrying a line of high quality soaps that not only smell fantastic but are also 85% organic and vegan! They are 4 oz and contain essential oils and extracts that nourish your skin and enhance your mood so that you actually feel better when you’re finished using it.We have some useful blends such as Gardener’s Scrub (for deep cleaning) and Camping (which contains essential oils that repel bugs)! We also carry a wide variety of the classics including, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose Hips & Orange, Thyme & Cloves, Tea Tree, and Gentle Baby.Our assortment of 8.3 oz foaming hand soaps include; Unscented, Cloves, Citrus, Almond and Gardeners Scrub.The package says it’s only “somewhat” organic “because the soap making process uses lye, a non-organic ingredient which prevents any bar of soap from being 100% organic.” So this is as good as soap gets!Now is a great time to stock up 'cause this week it's:BUY 3 BARS OF SOAP – GET ONE FREEORBUY 3 FOAMING SOAPS – GET ONE FREE
Q: Why did the gardener need a cork?

A: His garden sprung a leek.

We can help with the decorating!

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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!
Floral TributeMan to florist: ‘I’d like a bunch of flowers, please.’

Florist: ‘Certainly, sir. What flowers would you like?’

Man: ‘Er.. I’m not sure…Ummm..’

Florist: ‘Let me help you, sir – what exactly have you done?’

Fresh Flower Delivery

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Did you know that there are all kinds of flower bouquets?  There are; I'm thinking of you!,  You're always on my mind!, Thank you for being a friend!, Happy Anniversary!, Happy Birthday!, and, of course, I love you! bouquets.Then there are the; I'm sorry!, Please forgive me!,  I didn't mean to say that to you!, I'm sorry I forgot to water all your beautiful hanging baskets, Honey!  I take it back, I didn't mean to laughed at your new hair style! bouquets.Whichever category you fit into give us a call and we'll create the perfect solution for 'your' situation and deliver it!To order flowers or plants for delivery, for any occasion, just contact us at either our Cottage Grove location at 608-222-2269 or www.americasbestflowers.net or our Edgerton location at 608-884-8120 or 1-888-287-1411 or www.edgertonfloralandgarden.com.Please keep in mind that flower and plant selection may vary between our locations.
What most looks like half of a watermelon?

The other half.

Employment Opportunity

America's Best Flowers has an immediate opening for an experienced Perennial Manager.This person must have a broad knowledge of a variety of perennials, trees and shrubs which includes the basic care and maintenance required for our Wisconsin environment.  Duties include but are not limited to assisting retail customers, taking care of greenhouse inventory, unloading and properly documenting plant shipments. Schedules fluctuate on a weekly basis thus week days and weekends are required. This is a forty hour per-week position. Physical stamina is a must.  This position requires you to be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and to work in all weather conditions. If you are interested in this position, please email Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com or call 608-222-2269.
Junk VegetablesThe elementary school cook prided herself on the healthy meals she provided with lots of vegetables and fruits. When the power failed one day, the cook couldn’t serve a hot meal in the cafeteria, so at the last minute she whipped up great stacks of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches.

As one little boy filled his plate, he said,

"It’s about time. At last — a home-cooked meal!"

Upcoming Events

Summer Miniature Garden Make & Take
Sat, Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Drop in to create a captivating scene you can hold in the palms of your hands! Buy or bring an empty vessel; free potting mix & design help with minimum $10 plant purchase per pot, see store for details. Pre-registrations welcome at 608-222-2269. All plants & accessories must be purchased on-site. Lots of tropical, succulents, accents, miniature plants & evergreens to browse!
Father’s Day – FREE Schoeps ice cream for Dad and the whole family!
Sun, Jun 18
Customer Appreciation Day!
Sun, Jun 25
7th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society
Sat, Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bring your wonderfully dirty dogs to our garden spa for a bath, nail trim, and a poochie portrait. All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society!
Native Plant Class
Sat, Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn about native plants and how to care for them. An expert will share tips and answer questions at this informative and fun class.
Butterfly Gardening Class
Sat, Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

I can't even guess how many times a week what we eat depends on the first thing I lay my hands on when I open the fridge.  A couple of weeks ago, there was a container of rotisserie chicken staring up at me.  Almost daring me to make something different with it.  My sister had given me one of those free little  'how to make a meal in 30 minutes' type brochures.  There was a recipe for a raspberry pecan chicken salad that sounded wonderful.  Except I didn't have raspberries, but a little digging turned up some grapes.  It called for orange yogurt, but I decided raspberry or lemon would work just as well.  The green onions turned into finely minced regular onion and I left out the spices I didn't have.The end result was actually quite delicious so I wrote it down.  Hope you enjoy, too.

Chicken Salad with Pecans & Fruit

• 1 – 6 oz carton fruit flavored yogurt like orange, lemon, or raspberry• 1/2 cup mayonnaise• 1/4 t freshly cracked black pepper• 2 teaspoons fresh dill, or 1/2 teas. dried• 3 cups cubed cooked chicken• 1/4 – 1/2 c finely minced green onions, to taste• 1/2 c thinly sliced celery• 1/4 c chopped pecans, toasted*• 1 cup fresh fruit, raspberries or grapes work well


Mix first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.  Stir in chicken, onions, celery and pecans.  Fold in fruit just until moistened.Delicious on a bed of greens with a side of sliced tomatoes.  Also great as a sandwich with a leaf lettuce.*To toast pecans, cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring often.