40% Off Plant Stands, Jam & Jelly Plants and More!

Newsletter 31 – Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cottage Grove location hours

Mon-Fri 9-6
Sat 9-5
Sun 10-5

Edgerton location open hours

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 52

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It's been kinda hard following what my mom and dad have been talking about lately!  One time it's as clear as the tail on my….whatever, and well, other times, I get so confused I hafta walk away.Over and over, my mom's been saying she is ready to be 'tired'!Ok, so what's the big deal here?  I get tired after playing ball, after a long walk, after eating a big meal, ya know what I'm saying and I DON'T MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT!There I've said it!  If you need more rest, mom, then take a nap or 2 or 3 every day like I do.  It's as simple as that, right?Then one day my mom and dad sat down on the grass with me and explained what being 'tired' meant.  It means my mom would have more time to spend with me.  She wouldn't be rushing out the door in the morning 'like a chicken with it's head cut off' (ahh, that is what my dad says about my mom when she leaves for work, not me!)  We could go for more walks.  We could play more in the back yard together.  We could lay in the sun and watch bugs crawl, butterflies fly, bunnies and squirrels run thru the yard…together!Are ya kidding me?  Then get 'tired!' I say!But then my mom told me something very, very sad and, well, I'm struggling big-time with what she told me… She said that I wouldn't be able to talk to you every week!HUH!?  What?!  Come on, that can't happen…can it?I mean, I'd don't know what to do if I couldn't pour my heart out to all of you…My tail was dragging so low that my mom said she would look into whether or not I could maybe talk to you every now and then, but it kinda depends on whether or not you'd like to hear from me.So, here's what I'm thinking, my mom is Shirley and her email address is abfscimino@yahoo.com, if you'd still like to hear from me can you please send her an email and tell her so?It would make me really, really happy if you did!~Lady 

ALL Plant Stands – 40% OFF

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No, we are not kidding! All sizes, all shapes, and all styles of plant stands are 40% OFF.  If you've been thinking about making a few changes either inside or outside of your home now would be a $ saving time to do it!   Take advantage of this opportunity to save 40% OFF of ALL our Plant Stands!(Note: We only have plant stands in stock at our Cottage Grove location)Remember, Christmas is in the air.  Wouldn't this be a great gift for the plant lover in your life?
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Hanging out with my 90-year-old mother, I sighed, then said to my 96-year-old uncle, “She’s so stubborn.”

He shook his head sympathetically and warned,

“You’re going to have trouble with her when she gets old.”

Zinnia 8″ Pots BUY-1-GET-1 FREE

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Zinnias are pretty and oh-so popular…especially now with our BUY-1-GET-1 FREE offer!Perky 8" potted zinnias will add a little sass and a burst of bright, bold colors to your patio, deck and yard!   Along with the Magellan mix pictured above, we have scarlet, pink and salmon colored zinnias for you to choose from.  Did we mention that butterflies are attracted to zinnias?As always, there are no limits! If you buy 5, you get 5 FREE!  If you buy 10, you get 10 FREE and so on!Stop out soon for the best selection!
“Has your son decided what he wants to be when he grows up?” I asked my friend.

“He wants to be a garbage man,” he replied.

“That’s an unusual ambition to have at such a young age.”

“Not really. He thinks that garbage men work only on Tuesdays.”

All Jam & Jelly Plants – 40% Off

Our Berry and Grape Plants are 40% off!  There’s nothing like having your own fresh, homegrown berries and grapes. They simply taste better! These plants will produce berries for years to come, making this a fantastic deal!We have limited quantities of the following:

  • Blueberry – Bluecrop, Patriot, Bonus, and Northland
  • Goji Berry – Big Lifeberry and Sweetlife Berry
  • Grape – Fredonia (Black), Seedless Concord (Blue), and Reliance (Red)
  • Raspberry – Fall Gold, Autumn, Bliss Red, K-81-6, Heritage Red, and Royal Purple
  • Strawberry – In flats and hanging baskets!

(Note: These plants only in stock at our Cottage Grove location)

It’s amazing how a person can compliment and insult you at the same time.

Recently, when I greeted my coworker, she said,

“You look so gorgeous, I didn’t recognize you.”

Espoma Organic Products 40% OFF

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Keep your garden healthy with Espoma Organic Plant Foods products.  For over 85 years, Espoma Tones have provided a wide selection of products that you can use with confidence!  Each product has a complex blend of long lasting natural organics that break down slowly for steady, continuous feeding.We carry a wide selection of Espoma products for your gardening needs such as: Tomato-tone, Plant-tone, Flower-tone, Bone Meal, Holly-tone, Garden-tone, Tree-tone and the list goes on and on.Shop now and save 40% off of all your plant food needs.Espoma Soil is not included in this offer.
I once gave my husband the silent treatment for an entire week, at the end of which he declared,

“Hey, we’re getting along pretty great lately!”

Art in the Garden Craft Fair Vendor Information

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This year’s Art In The Garden will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Setup and CHECK-IN begins at 7:00 a.m. You must be ready to sell by 9 a.m.To participate this year, we will require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 for a single booth and $35.00 for a double booth. After you arrive and have your booth space set up, we will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card (regardless of the booth size.)To register, you can either send us a check or stop by our garden center in Cottage Grove. A registration form will be at our Customer Service desk.  If mailing your check for a space, please include a brief note stating that it is for the Art in the Garden event.  Be sure to include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. Send your check to:America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
This is an art and craft fair!  We ask that the items you are selling be handmade or at least semi-hand made.Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, draping, displays, products and booth security. Art in the Garden will take place inside our main greenhouses. In the event of rain, some of our plastic roofs may leak. YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE PLASTIC DRAPING to cover your items/booth if rain is forecast. This is a rain or shine event.Please dress accordingly. On sunny days the greenhouses can become quite warm by mid-day. Shoes and shirts MUST be worn at all times.We have two booth sizes. The single booth is 6 ft. long. The double booth is 12 ft. long. ALL BOOTHS ARE APPROXIMATELY 6 ft. DEEP. A 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.Please call 222-2269 or e-mail me, Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com with your booth size choice NO LATER than Friday, August 25th, 2017. Your registration fee will be required to reserve your booth no later than Wednesday, August 30th.  If we have not received your fee by then your booth space will not be held.Upon request we will provide vendors with flyers for advertising.  Please stop at our greenhouse and pick up a supply to post in appropriate places. Please be sure you receive permission before posting them.Items deemed inappropriate by our management to sell in a family atmosphere will be and can be excluded at any time. There is NO SMOKING or firearms allowed on our property.Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.
My five-year-old, Matt, worked with a speech therapist on the ch sound,

which came out k. The therapist asked him to say chicken.

He responded with kitchen.

They tried again and again, but it always came out kitchen.

Undeterred, she pushed him for one more try.

Matt sighed and said, “Why don’t we just call it a duck?”

Fresh Cut Beautiful Flowers

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Is this a beautiful bouquet or what?!  If you would like us to deliver it to you or some other special person just give us a call and we'd be happy to do just that.  Or if you're in the neighborhood feel free to stop on in and pick it up.As always, if you're ordering flowers for someone and not quite sure what type to order for a person or occasion, our floral experts will be happy to assist you.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, plant and container selection may vary between our locations.
My 11-year-old grandson spent a beautiful Saturday playing video games.

His older sister tried coaxing him outside by warning, “Someday, you’re going to be 30 years old, single, and living in Mom’s basement playing video games all day!”

His reply: “I can only dream.”

Upcoming Events

Butterfly Gardening Class
Sat, Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our Kitchen – By Kayla

Wow!  We need to have a pot luck luncheon every week!  Here is another fabulous recipe that Judy brought in for our goodbye luncheon a couple of weeks ago for the soon-to-be bride, Bev Wilson.You're going to love these pickles!

Refrigerator Pickles

• 6-7 sliced cucumbers• 1 medium thinly sliced Vidalia onion• 2 cups sugar• 1 tsp mustard seed• 1 tsp celery seed• 1 cup cider vinegar


Mix sugar, mustard seed, celery seed and cider vinegar in a medium pan and boil until sugar is dissolved.Let cool.Arrange alternating layers of sliced cukes and onions in a large bowl.Pour cooled mixture over the cukes and onions.  Store covered in refrigerator.  Will keep up to 6 weeks.