Happy Father’s Day

Newsletter 18 – Thursday, June 18, 2015

Current Hours

Cottage Grove location open

9 – 8 Monday through Friday
9 – 6 Saturday and Sunday

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-6:00
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 96

"…I hate thunder … almost as much as mustard."
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Snippet from Lucy’s journal…

My mom tells me that the word ‘hate’ is naughty and I agree with her. So, I never, ever use that word.  But it slipped out the other night.  And what would make me use that word?  Thunder, that’s what!

Ya see, we hadn’t been paying much attention to the weather and all of a sudden BOOM!  We all jumped, looked bug eyed at each other and then my dad frantically ran looking for my thunder shirt while my mom stayed real close to me.

I was shaking so hard my teeth were chattering, but I still managed to mumble, ‘I hate thunder!  I hate thunder!  I hate thunder!’

Meanwhile from the other room, my dad was hollering, ‘I can’t find it.  I can’t find it. I can’t find it!’ My mom looked at me and we both knew what the problem was.

Ya see, my dad has a hard time finding things (even in the refrigerator) and my mom’s standing response to him regardless of whether he’s looking for his glasses or ketchup is ‘It’s next to the mustard.’

So, my mom left my shaking side and was back, in no time with both my thunder shirt and my dad.

Ahhh, once I was swaddled in my thunder shirt it was as if someone had magically turned off the thunder.

Later, my dad sweetly looked at my mom and said, ‘I suppose you found Lucy’s thunder shirt next to the mustard, huh?’

My dad’s a funny guy.

Till next time!

I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.

Will Rogers

Happy Father’s Day!

Hey Dad, bring the family out to America’s Best Flowers this weekend and the Schoep’s ice cream is on us!

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.

Jim Valvano

Buy 1 Impatiens Hanging Basket – Get One Free

Brighten up your patio, deck and yard with many shades of color!

Decorate for your summer celebrations with impatiens, double impatiens and sunpatiens and save $. Purchase one impatiens hanging basket get one of equal or lesser value free. There is no limit to this fantastic opportunity! 

Buy 1 – 1 free
Buy 2 – 2 free
Buy 3 – 3 free
and so on …

Our quantity discount still applies. 

When you buy 5 or more hanging baskets there is a price break. (Note that free baskets don’t count towards earning this price break)

This offer is valid Thursday, June 18 through Wednesday, June 24 at both the Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations, while supplies last. Not valid on previous purchases.

Perennial of the Week – Asiatic Lilies

Lilies are our featured perennial this week.  A wonderful addition to any garden that has a minimum of four hours of sun, lilies will provide beautiful color and fragrance during July and August.  Lilies grow in average, well-drained soil and make great cut flowers.  Hummingbirds are attracted to lilies of all types. 

The Asiatic Lilies at America’s Best Flowers are just coming into bloom.  Lilies are available in white, all shades of yellows, oranges and pinks, and red. These truly hardy plants bring a dimension to your border garden that no other plant can offer.   These beauties are 20% off the regular price. Come see us today to get the best selection.

You can dole out a dollar in 293 different ways if you use pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars and a dollar coin.
Say experts at the mathematical Association of America

Thrivent Magazine

There is still time to register for the June 27th Flea Market!

June 27 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
August 22 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Sept 19 Sunday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 17 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Prime spots are available for our June 27th Flea Market!

For vendor participation we require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00.  After you have your space set up on the morning of the flea market, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card. 

Each vendor will be allowed two parking spaces, which equals one booth, to display their wares.  More vendor space is available for an additional $10.00 for each parking space.  Additional space must be requested at the time of the initial registration.  Each vendor is limited to only one $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card regardless of the number of parking spaces (booths).  The flea market will be located in our huge blacktop parking lot.  Rain or shine!

[Read the Full Details Here]

New Products Corner: Burnout

Bonide Burnout

Got weeds?  We can help!  BurnOut, by Bonide, is a fast acting weed and grass killer that will show results in less than an hour.  BurnOut is for non-selective control of herbaceous broadleaf and grassy weeds.  It comes in a handy ready to use 32 fluid ounce spray container.  BurnOut is a people and pet safe product.

A father carries pictures where his money used to be.

Author Unknown

Exit Ramp – Closed

An alternate route from google maps
See text for a live link to this map
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The road construction on Cottage Grove Rd and Stoughton Rd (Hwy 51) may change the route some of you will take to get to the greenhouse this year.   See this article for information.

Since Southbound entrance and exit ramps onto 51 will be closed, those coming from the north will need to get off Hwy 51 at the Milwaukee Street exit.  Go left (east) at the bottom of the exit ramp and stay on Milwaukee St. until you get to Sprecher Rd.  Turn right (south) go to the first stop light, which is Cottage Grove Rd.  Turn left (east) go 1 mile and then take a right (south) on Vilas Hope Rd.  We are down one half mile on the right.  Hope to see you soon!!

Click here for a live version of the pictured alternate route.

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.

Author Unknown

Send Irene your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to Irene, at abfirene@gmail.com.  Irene will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Each week we will be featuring a question, along with the answer, that one of our customers has sent to Irene.  We hope that this may be of help to you. 

Q: I divided up irises and daffodils, can they be planted now?
Do I cut the green stems off and leave only the bulb?


A: Hi there,

The ideal time to divide most iris (German bearded, Siberian & Japanese) is late summer or early fall. The typical time to divide and plant daffodils is later in the fall. Because you have already divided them, it’s best to go ahead and plant them. You are basically transplanting live plants rather than dormant bulbs.

You can trim foliage back to 6-8 inches, but do not cut off all the leaves — the plants need them to grow and put energy into their roots. After flowering, leaves feed a daffodil bulb to grow bigger and to make little bulblets off the sides, producing more flowers. Daffodil leaves can be trimmed back once they turn brown, signaling that the plant has gone dormant until next spring.

For iris, new, nubby rhizomes (the elongated iris "bulb") form off the big "mother" rhizome after it finishes blooming. Normally when dividing iris, you remove the big "mother" rhizome, because it will not bloom again — only the new ones do. But in your case, you want to get the "mother" in the ground so it can produce next year’s rhizomes.

Treat them like any transplants you would put in the garden now and water well.  Water transplants about twice weekly for several weeks to help them get established, then weekly if we are not getting an inch of rain per week. You may or may not get blooms on the iris next spring, but they should settle in and bloom soon enough!

Happy gardening,
~ Irene

Upcoming Events

Mon, Jun 1 – Tue, Jun 30
Perennial of the Week

Focus is on a different perennial each week.

Sun, Jun 21
Father’s Day

FREE Schoeps ice cream for Dad and the family!

Sat, Jun 27
Flea Market

9am-3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Jul 25
5th Annual Dog Wash

11am-3pm – Bring your wonderful dirty dogs out to our garden spa for a bath and nail trim. Benefits the Dane County Humane Society.

Sat, Jul 25
2nd Annual Fund Raiser for Cottage Grove Police Dog "Larz"

Cancelled Larz is unfortunately not available for a visit this year. The rest of the festivities continue unimpeded.

Sat, Aug 8
Customer Appreciation Day at the greenhouse!

11am-2pm Enjoy a FREE brat/hot dog & corn-on-the-cob served by the Cottage Grove Historical Society. Cottage Grove location only.

If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.
(or in this case Aunts!)

Our Kitchen

I’ve been talking a lot about family recipes this year.  I want to thank Sharon again for sharing so many from her family cookbook.  Thinking about family recipes brings back so many memories of days gone by.  I have so many of my Aunt Betty, the aunt who spent so many weekends at our house on the farm in Iowa.  Uncle Norman loved to come out and help my dad in the fields and while the men were busy working, Aunt Betty would sit at the kitchen table with me and sing a non-stop medley of what still are my favorite songs while we played 500 Rummy or Double Solitaire. Over the years I learned all the words to those many, many songs and was able to sing one with her just a week before she passed.  What sweet, sweet memories.

Monday Aunt Betty would have turned 84 years old.  In her honor, I would like to share a food memory with you.  She brought this bean salad to family potlucks long before anyone worried about fiber, protein and carbs, but if made with Splenda and light mayo it is a truly healthful dish.

I’m planning to make it for the next potluck I’m invited to.  I know I’ll hear a memory of her precious crystal clear voice singing, “How much is that doggy in the window…” while I chop the eggs and pickles.

If you have memories you would like to share, please email me at abfbev@yahoo.com. I would love to include them in future newsletters.

Aunt Betty’s Bean Salad

Aunt Betty’s Bean Salad

  • 10 boiled eggs
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • celery
  • sweet pickles
  • salt and pepper
  • sugar
  • mayonnaise or Miracle Whip

That is the way it is written.  No instructions or amounts.  Cooks of old weren’t influenced so much by words and numbers as by taste and availability. But since you’ve never tasted it, I’ve come up with some suggestions.

First, peel and chop the eggs.  Then drain and rinse the beans.  Since the crunch of the celery and sweet pickle is what really makes this good, try a cup of chopped celery and ½ – ¾ c chopped gherkin-style sweet pickles.  Salt, pepper and sugar really are to taste, start with ½ t salt, ¼ t pepper and 2 T sugar (or Splenda) and adjust after you’ve tasted it.

Use just enough mayo to moisten and bind together, taking care not to get so much that the dressing becomes runny, start with a scant cup and add more if desired.  Keep in mind this salad seems to get a bit juicier as it sits.  Aunt Betty always used regular Miracle Whip, but you could use your favorite, and the lite version of either would work just fine.

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