I guess Spring is as impatient as we are

Newsletter 8 – Thursday, February 23, 2017


Cottage Grove location openMon-Sat 9-5
Closed Sundays
Edgerton location openMon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

Lady’s Story – Chapter 30

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The 3 of us went for a nice long walk the other day.  It was so much fun!  We walked and walked and sniffed and sniffed our way through the neighborhood.  (I was the one doing the sniffing, by the way!)  Gosh, so many fabulous smells!  Some were so strong and fragrant that I really, really wanted to roll in them, if ya know what I mean?!Then it was time to head home.  I was ok with that cause it was suppertime and I was kinda hungry.  After I ate the yummy supper my dad made for me, well, it felt like a good time to take a pre-bedtime nap!Yep, life is food…whoops, I mean, life is good!~Lady

Sweet Alstroemeria!

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This sweet Alstroemeria flower resembles a miniature lily.  For those of you that are scent sensitive Alstroemeria flowers are perfect for you, as they have no fragrance!The leaves of the Alstroemeria flower grow upside down.  The leaf twists as it leaves the stem, so that the bottom is facing upwards.  It’s available in a variety of colors such as white, golden yellow, pink, red, lavender, purple, and orange to apricot.Enjoy the delicate beauty of a colorful bouquet of Alstroemeria, add them to a bouquet of other fresh cut flowers or simply add a few baby breathes and ferns as shown in the picture.To order fresh cut flowers or a potted plant for delivery, 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.edgertonflowerandgarden.com.Or, stop in at either of our two floral shop locations and pick up some SPRING to take home!
Tough TeacherA schoolteacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all. On the first day of school, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school.

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible and then busied himself with deskwork. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took the desk stapler and stapled the tie to his chest. He had no trouble with discipline that year.

We have seeds … lots and lots of seeds!

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It’s never too early to start planning for this season’s garden.  If you are planning a vegetable, herb, or flower garden, bring your seed list out to either our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location.  Choose from a huge selection of Livingston seeds at both of our locations.  Also available at our Cottage Grove location is an assortment of Renee’s seeds.
Q: Why do bagpipers walk when they play?

A: They’re trying to get away from the noise.

We make seed planting easy!

Some of the Flower and Vegetable Seed Starter KitsEverything but the seeds, water and sunlight! Click for Larger Image
To help with your seed-planting project, we have the Flower and Vegetable Seed Starter Kit, from Hsu, a Wisconsin based company.  This seed starter kit contains a 32-cell insert and watering tray and is filled with Hsu Professional Potting Soil.  Just lightly moisten the soil, pop in 1-2 seeds in each cell, in the depth directed by the seed package, and cover with soil.  Place in a sunny, warm area.  Mist with water to keep soil moist.  Stand back and watch them grow.  Then transplant when and where appropriate.
Measuring the PoleTwo morons are trying to measure a telephone pole.

They keep trying to climb it and keep sliding down.

Along comes a big, muscle-bound guy and says, “Hey, what are you guys doing?”

The two morons say, “We’re trying to measure the height of this pole.”

The muscle-bound guy wraps his arms around the pole, pulls it out of the ground, lays it down and measures it. Then he picks it up, puts it back in the ground, says “40 feet” and walks away.

The first moron says to the other, “What a stupid idiot – we wanted the height, not the length.”

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program

Spring 2017 is right around the corner!  People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.  What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program and earn funds for your local charities, mission trips, school equipment, school uniforms, etc.America’s Best Flowers would like to help you succeed with your fundraising efforts! Our SPRING fundraising program runs through April 3, 2017.  We have designed this program to be quick, easy, and profitable.  In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group by selling America’s Best Flowers gift cards.What else makes our fundraising program so fabulous?

  • Your group will receive 25% of the total value of America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell!
  • Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations!
  • Our gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!

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Q: Why did Moses wander in the desert for 40 years?

A: Even then, men wouldn’t ask for directions!

Employment Opportunities

Are you looking for a short-term seasonal job?  Do you enjoy people, flowers, and dirt?  If so, we may have the perfect job for you.  We are looking for a few good people to perform retail, customer service and cashier duties.  Plant knowledge is preferred for these positions.These job opportunities would be from approximately mid-April thru mid-June.  We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week.  The total number of hours per week could be between 24 – 40 hours.  Other job duties could consist of stocking and cleaning plants, sweeping floors, corralling run away shopping carts.Another position available is for a Greenhouse Production Associate.  The Greenhouse Production Associate is responsible for all aspects of plant maintenance including but not limited to: watering, moving, shipping, and disposing of all plants while maintaining the quality standards of America’s Best Flowers.  Physical stamina is necessary for this position.We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week.  This is a 40 hour per week position.If you are interested in either of these employment opportunities please email Marty Robbins at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com.
I ran out of ice cream bars the other day, and I cried.

Then I remembered Alexander the Great, and how he wept when there were no more worlds to conquer.

How very much alike we are, I thought.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Mar 25Small Space Gardening Class (11-Noon)
Pre-Registration Appreciated
Sat, Apr 1Vegetable Gardening & Seed Starting Class (10-11am)
Learn from an expert!
Sat, Apr 1Composting Demonstration (11-noon)
Learn the art of composting.
Sat, Apr 1Rose Care Class (1-2pm)
Planting, pruning & maintenance.
Sat, Apr 8 – Sun, Apr 9Spring Open House
We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season and a HUGE selection of new pottery.
Sat, Apr 8 – Sun, Apr 9Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening (9-3pm)
Get your tools ready for easier gardening.

Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

People who live on a boat will tell you they have to get creative with what you have in the kitchen in order to eat a variety of foods at your meals.  I was recently visiting with a boater friend who told me about his all-time favorite treat.  Because he is an artist who paints on the inside of coconut shells, he always has an abundance of coconut to work with.  This recipe has developed over time with lots of experimentation on his part.  He wanted me to stress that you can make changes to suit what is in your cupboard and according to your taste.He starts by toasting the coconut and oatmeal in a large heavy skillet on top of the stove.  Because I was doubling the recipe and the fact that I can never leave a recipe alone, I toasted them separately on baking sheets in a 300 degree oven.  I found the oatmeal took longer than the coconut, so if you use the skillet I would encourage you to start it 5 minutes before you add the coconut.

Chocolate Coconut Granola and Ice Cream Topping

• 1 C old-fashioned oatmeal• 1 C grated fresh coconut – or from a bag, sweetened or unsweetened• 2 T cocoa powder – heaping• ½ t salt• 6 T peanut butter, creamy or crunchy, your choice• 1 T molasses, or more if desired• 3 T honey
Heat a large heavy skillet to medium, add oatmeal, toast 5 minutes, add coconut, toast until golden brown, stirring every few minutes.Sprinkle cocoa powder and salt over oat mixture and mix well.  Move mixture to one side of skillet.  Add remaining ingredients to empty side of skillet.  Stir to mix well and heat.  Then stir into dry ingredients until well coated. Remove from heat.  Allow to cool in skillet.  Store in airtight containers.ALTERNATELYToast oatmeal and coconut separately on baking sheets at 300 – 325 degrees, stirring every 5 minutes.  Oats may take longer than coconut.  Watch carefully once coconut begins to brown so it doesn’t burn.Once they are golden brown, heat skillet over medium heat.  Add peanut butter, molasses and honey, stir until well blended and hot.  Add dry ingredients and stir until well coated.