Lady’s Story Chapter 39

We have only ONE winner for Lady’s guess the ‘oldies’ song title contest!

The correct titles were;
#1  Stop! In the Name of Love
#2  Bridge Over Troubled Waters
#3  One (is the Loneliest Number)
(#3 was the tough one.  Take another look at Lady’s picture.  Do you now see the #1 on the back of her head and neck?)
Congratulations, Debra for submitting all 3 correct song titles!  You have won 2 beautiful America’s Best Flowers mums!


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Cuteness Alert!!!
keep this cutie safe this holiday season.
As the days get shorter and we head into the holiday season,we find ourselves retreating to the comfort of our fireplaces and snuggly, warm blankets indoors. Our pets will be spending more time indoors as well and with that comes the challenge of having them around house- plants that we might receive as gifts during the holidays. We love our fur babies so we thought we’d share some information regarding pets and poisonous plants.


If you follow us on Facebook you already know this cutie pictured above. For those of you that don’t, her name is Lily. She’s a new member of the ABF family. This adorable, mischievous golden retriever has gotten herself in her fair share of trouble. Her family spends lots of their time outdoors and she investigates every fungi and leaf during their walks which has led to emergency vet visits. Lily is young and learning her way around this vast world full of wonderful treasures at every corner but rest assured her family is keeping her safe and away from any poisonous plants this holiday season.
Pets by nature are curious creatures. That will, at times, get them into some trouble. It’s important to strike a balance between being able to have all the beautiful plants you would like in your home, garden and landscape and also keeping your pets (and children!) safe.
There is no substitute for providing a safe environment and all of us at America’s Best Flowers want you to do that for your pet and for yourselves. You can use this information to help make informed decisions about what are the right plant choices for you and your family. There are so many gorgeous plants; some which you would never know hold potentially life threatening risks for your pet.
As we venture further into fall and the holidays approach, we’d like to specifically mention those plants common during this time of year and other potential toxicity sources of which pet parents should be mindful.
Toxic Plants:





Poinsettia – The common myth is that poinsettias are poisonous. They can cause gastrointestinal distress and irritations, but unless they would be consumed in very high quantities, they are not actually poisonous.
Interested in a more complete list of toxic plants? Check this out.
Other Toxins Common in October, November and December:
Halloween Candy: Both chocolate and the artificial sweetener xylitol, found in candy and gum, are poisonous.
Glow Sticks: Everyone has seen kids run around with these at Halloween. However, when the trick-or-treating is over, these should be disposed of properly and not left where your cat can chew on them causing drooling and foaming at the mouth if they manage to puncture one.
Foods containing Raisins, Grapes and Currants (Fruitcake!): Many people do not know that consumption of these things cause kidney failure in dogs.
Table Scraps: Ohhhh, the amount of food consumed during this time period! Always a little extra for Fido or Fifi right?! Think again. Table scraps of fatty meats cause inflammation of the pancreas in dogs and cats (pancreatitis) because they can’t handle the extra fat.
Alcohol: Need we say more…
Imported Snow Globes: These contain antifreeze which is fatal in small doses (as little as 1 teaspoon).
Liquid Potpourri: Cats love to lick things and this is no exception.
Mushrooms: These grow all over outside and because some have a “fishy” odor, they are very appealing to puppies who want to eat everything.
Mouse and Rat Poisons (Rodenticides): Fall is moving time for rodents of all kinds. If you are considering using a poison bait, make sure you understand all the risks to your pet, even if your pet doesn’t directly ingest the bait itself.
Tinsel: Cats see tinsel as a shiny new toy and they may end up ingesting it. If they do, chances are it may severely injure or rupture their intestines.
This is by no means an all-inclusive list of everywhere your pet can find trouble. The list of toxic plants is meant only as a guide and is not intended to be used solely for judging whether a plant is toxic or not. Always consult a veterinarian, a pet poison control organization, an emergency veterinary hospital or some other animal professional when it comes to the health and well-being of your pet.
We recommend always erring on the side of caution and while many of us are animal-lovers, we state explicitly that our expertise is in plants only. All data on plant toxicity was taken from the ASPCA and Pet Poison Helpline websites and America’s Best Flowers shall not be held liable for any errors, misrepresentations, omissions or falsehoods. The burden of verification of all toxicity data falls upon the pet parent.
This is the contact information for two of Dane County’s emergency veterinary services:


Veterinary Emergency Services
4902 E Broadway Madison
Veterinary Emergency Services
1612 North High Point Road, Middleton



You may even want to print this page and put it on your refrigerator to have in case an emergency happens.


Click the link below to see a more detailed list of poisonous plants to both cats and dogs.


What happened when the dog went to the flea circus?


He stole the show!



Reuse your Vases!
It appears that the gray days of fall are upon us, and while the days may be dreary our homes don’t have to be! Our designers at our Edgerton and Cottage Grove Locations have multitudes of stunning flowers in various autumn hues to create with. The best part?  You don’t need to break the bank to get gorgeous arrangements. Bring in any of your used vases to us and we will happily fill them with beautiful designs which can save you any where between $10-$20 per arrangement!  What a great way to spread joy in the days ahead.  Contact us today to spread the sunshine!



America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
(608) 222-2269


Edgerton Floral & Garden Center
1101 N Main St
Edgerton WI 53534
(608) 884-8120




Did someone say Peanut Butter?

Peanut Butter Bites
by: Kayla
Peanut butter was put on the planet so humans and dogs could share a common guilty pleasure. Right? Right!! Whether it’s on a sandwich or in one of those dog toys, people and puppies enjoy these treats. Grab one for yourself or use them as treats for your fur baby!


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24


1 ½ cups rolled oats
¾ cup natural peanut butter
½ cup ground flax seed
¼ cup honey


1. Combine oats, peanut butter, flaxseed and honey together until thoroughly mixed. Form into balls. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.


Enjoy these treats with your furry and human friends!
A gnome is in the garden busily destroying some bushes when a house cat appears. 
“What are you?” asks the cat.


“A gnome,” comes the reply. “I steal food from humans, I kill their plants, I make annoying music at night to drive them crazy, and I love mischief. And what, may I ask, are you?”
The cat replies, “Um, I’m a gnome.”

Amaryllis and Paperwhites ARE HERE!!!
Our Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs have arrived! These beautiful bulbs make wonderful additions to your holiday décor. They do not require the long winter, in-ground chilling that most other bulbs do. They can be grown indoors!
For Amaryllis, we have the intense red of ‘Royal Velvet’, the stunning white and pink, streaked ‘Appleblossom’ and the pure white of Mont Blanc. Because bulb size directly relates to how much stored energy it can put into stems and flowers, we purchase only the largest bulbs, providing you with sturdier stems, more blossoms and larger blooms.
Compare our bulbs to those you see in the discount or big box stores and there’s no comparison! Our bulbs are 25% larger or more! That means you will have an Amaryllis that is so gorgeous and notable, it will be the talk of your friends and family. And because Amaryllis can be kept year and after year, a single Amaryllis bulb can become part of your family holiday tradition!
Paperwhites are some of the easiest plants to grow and make wonderful holiday gifts or the perfect plant to place around your home when entertaining. They have fragrant blooms and produce multiple blooms on multiple stems, so even just a few in a small pot bring cheer to an otherwise dark space. We have the variety Inbal, which grows best if forced in potting soil as opposed to pebbles and water. You can purchase these 3 per package or as individual bulbs.
We have a wide selection of plastic and ceramic pots for you to plant your Amaryllis and Paperwhites into, as well as potting soil. If you would like to learn more about growing these bulbs, please visit our blog. We are confident that once you have these holiday classics, you are sure to enjoy them as much as we do!

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A woman called our airline customer service desk asking if she could take her dog on board.
“Sure,” I said, “as long as you provide your own kennel.” I further explained that the kennel needed to be large enough for the dog to stand up, sit down, turn around, and roll over.
The customer was flummoxed: “I’ll never be able to teach him all of that by tomorrow!”

Upcoming Events
Scarecrow Weekends – Time to bring your family and friends out to the greenhouse and build your one of a kind scarecrow!


Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm


October 21 & 22 – Last chance this year!

Other Upcoming Events
Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take
Sat, Nov 18 – Sun, Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Make your place festive with a colorful container brimming with fragrant greens and sparkly accents. Drop in and you’ll get assistance on selection and design and browse glittery botanicals to accent fresh, local evergreen boughs.Then bring it all together with a creation to complement your front door for the holidays and well into winter.

Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take
Sat, Nov 25 – Sun, Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Christmas Miniature Garden Make & Take
Sun, Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Create an indoor miniature winter wonderland with tiny plants and holiday decorations. Come for either workshop, 10-noon or 1pm-3pm. Pre-Registration appreciated.

America’s Best Flowers, 4311 Vilas Hope Road, Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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