It has been an interesting week since last Thursday.  We delivered lots of poinsettias to churches – the drivers loved the smiles we got.  It is a hectic time since most of the churches want the plants just before Christmas.  We love the excitement of being a part of helping our customers prepare for Christmas.  All of us at America’s Best Flowers enjoyed Christmas Day with our respective families.
This week we are removing Christmas displays and getting ready for the new year.  We are also preparing for our planting season which starts in January.  There’s always something exciting happening here.  If you get the winter blues you are welcome to visit.  We’re open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. and closed on Sundays during the winter. Next newsletter will be sent out January 7, 2019 with a new format!

On a personal note, I had to be taken out of the greenhouse in a wheelchair a week ago – just too much pain.  I finally figured out that I was taking one of my new drugs at the wrong time.  The doctor’s instructions did not match the directions on the bottle.  Once I changed the time, I got a good night’s sleep.  I had not slept well in 3 weeks.  I am much better now and in little pain as I write this at my desk in the greenhouse. 

Happy New Year!  

What do farmers give their wives at Midnight on 12/31? 

Hogs and kisses! 

Many families have long held traditions of eating certain foods on New Year’s Day for luck and good fortune in the year to come. From our friends in the South who eat black-eyed peas and greens, to Italian families who chose lentils, Japanese families who select Soba noodles, and in Sweden and Norway, they celebrate by eating rice pudding. In fact, many hide an almond in the pudding and the person who finds it is promised prosperity in the new year. Please enjoy this yummy rice pudding recipe from Martha Stewart. Hope you find the almond in yours!
Creamy Orange Rice Pudding

Creamy Orange Rice Pudding Recipe and photo by Martha Stewart


  • 1 orange
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean- split
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of Salt
For directions let’s head on over to Martha Stewart

 A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. 

Employment Opportunities

Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers? 
If so, we may have the perfect job for you!
Part-time Floral Designer (Edgerton)
and Full-time Floral Designer (Cottage Grove) 

We’re looking for Part-time and Full-time floral designers with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. Use your artistic abilities and knowledge of design 
to create floral arrangements for various occasions.

One year previous floral design experience is required; 4 years preferred.

Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.