Have a Merry Christmas!

Newsletter 45 – Thursday, December 19, 2013

America’s Best Flowers Holiday Hours

Our hours for the month of December are 10am – 6pm except for the following dates:

  • Sunday, December 22 – 10am – 4pm (We are closing early this day for our staff Christmas party.)
  • Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve  – 10am – 3pm
  • Wednesday, December 25 to December 29 –  Closed
  • Monday, December 30– 10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday, December 31 – 10am – 5pm
  • Wednesday, January 1 – Closed

America’s Best Flowers will reopen on January 2, 2014

Hours will be 10am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday.  For the month of January we will be closed on Sundays.

Also, our last 2013 newsletter will be December 19.  You’ll receive our first 2014 newsletter on Thursday, January 16.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 36

My mom and dad keep on asking me what I want for Christmas.  Would I like a new squishy ball or squeaky toy?  Maybe some yummy (but healthy) treats?

They get so excited; I know I have to put something on the list.  Let me see, I suppose I can make use of another toy or two.  Treats are in both my daytime and nighttime dreams, so treats (yes, even healthy ones) are always welcome.  A new collar would be nice (after all, a girl cannot have too many collars!)

This is so tough and I tried, honestly, I tried, but it’s all just stuff!

Don’t they get that?

Well, I finished my list and gave it to them.  After reading it my mom and dad looked at each other, then they laid on the floor with me and wrapped their arms around me.  I think they finally got it!

So, what do I want for Christmas?

All I want is for my mom and dad to love me forever and ever.

`til next time,
    ~ Lucy

Okay, so there was a P.S. on my list…

If you must have something under the tree for me, I spotted an adorable lime green and pink collar at the pet shop the other day…

A Different Kind of Recipe

One December night a few years ago, while I was wrapping Christmas gifts, I was inspired to put my thoughts on paper.  Thoughts of times gone by and the way they have made me what I am today.  If reading this triggers memories for you, memories you’d like to share, please drop me a line at abfbev@yahoo.com

My Cozy Quilt

By Bev Wilson

New rolls of Christmas paper lay abandoned as
 I dig through folded stacks of paper
rescued from years before.

The rescue is a joy itself.
They humor me.
Not something they would do.
Take time to fold and space to store.
It’s so easy just to buy some more.
But as I search for the perfect piece,
my mind returns to seasons past. 
All the love.
I feel so rich.

My paper is my cozy quilt.
Pieced from leftover scraps.
No time today to make the quilt,
but then there are no scraps.

No time to sew the pretty things like mother did and
then to fold and store leftovers to
bring out on a winter day and
remember when and
what they were before.
So cozy. 
But, we don’t do that anymore.

Instead, I have my wrinkled stack, with edges torn.
I choose and see again the book,
the doll, the shirt that matched your eyes.

Some rescues are so dear.
Saved again, year after year.
The Santa with the little pigs,
the Christmas tree made out of twigs,
bears, penguins, frogs and horses, too.
Memories flood my mind anew.

Red and White Poinsettias!

Red and White Poinsettias!
Red and White Poinsettias!
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We realize it can be very difficult to choose between a beautiful red poinsettia and a beautiful white poinsettia.  What a dilemma!  Hmmm, we think we may have the perfect solution for you.  Why not decorate with both colors!  You knew that was coming, didn’t you?

Stop in and pick up several for the coming holiday.  By the way, poinsettia plants make great host and/or hostess gifts!

Q: What did Santa shout to his toys on Christmas Eve?
A: Okay everyone, sack time!!

Holiday Grab and Go Porch Pots and Hanging Baskets

Holiday Hanging Basket
Holiday Hanging Basket
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Our Holiday Hanging Baskets will look stunning hanging from a shepherds hook.

Stop by and grab and go with a few of our Grab and Go Decorated Porch Pots or Holiday Hanging Baskets! What a nice way to greet guests even before they cross your threshold.  Fresh greens combined with artificial poinsettias will stand the test of holiday time.

Q: Why does Santa have 3 gardens?
A: So he can ho-ho-ho.

Send flowers for the holidays!

Our America’s Best Flowers Edgerton location can send special holiday bouquets all over the country.  Call our talented staff toll-free at 1-888-287-1411 and they’ll be happy to assist you.

The Lost Purse

A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her.

Looking in her purse, she commented, "Hmmm, that’s funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills."

The boy quickly replied, "That’s right, lady. The last time I found a lady’s purse, she didn’t have any change for a reward."

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

America’s Best Flowers gift cards are not only the perfect holiday gift for that favorite gardener in your life, but they make a great gift for your child’s teacher or a fellow co-worker.  Holidays and entertaining go together! 

We would be happy to take your gift card orders over the phone and mail the cards for you with a personal message for the recipient. 

Please keep in mind that Friday, December 20, may be the last mailing day for your gift card to get to it’s destination by Tuesday, December 24.

The Gift

"Thanks for the electric guitar you gave me for Christmas," little Chris Cody said to his uncle the first time he saw him after the holidays. "It’s the best present I ever got."

"That’s great," said his uncle. "Do you know how to play it?"

"Oh, I don’t play it," the little fellow said. "My mom gives me a dollar a day not to play it during the day and my dad gives me five dollars a week not to play it at night."

Fresh and Natural Gifts and Decorating Ideas

  • Boxed Amaryllis: Boxed gift set complete with bulb, soil and container. 
  • Bulk Amaryllis,
  • Decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths, (Made at our own floral shop in Edgerton and on-site at the farm in Cottage Grove.) 
  • Roping, 25’ and 50’ lengths,
  • Bundled greens, assorted greens in 3 pound bundles,
  • Blooming Cyclamen,
  • Decorated swags, and
  • Fresh table centerpieces.

Q: What’s the most popular wine at Christmas?
A: "I don’t like sprouts!”

Other Holiday Decorating Items

A whole lot of stems and other pieces used for making porch pots
Just some of the items we have available for decorating!
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Choose from our wonderful selection of artificial table centerpieces and decorated artificial wreaths that will last through year after year of holiday celebrations.

For those of you that like to design and create your own centerpieces or wreaths, we have a wide variety of picks, berries, and gorgeous bows for your decorating needs.

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For the birds!

You can make it a happy, hardy, and healthy season for our feathered friends.  This gift boxed hanging Holiday Birdie Wreath, from Pine Tree Farms, serves up a feast of black oil sunflower, peanuts, colored safflower, and red millet.  Yummo!  Stop in and stock up for the winter. 

Hummingbirds have left us for the winter, but finches remain through the cold winter months.  America’s Bet Flowers has a great assortment of hanging hummingbird and finch feeders, from More Birds. 

These would make great gifts for the bird watcher in your life!

Dog Treat Stocking Stuffers!

A circular plastic bin divided into four sections, each containing about 7 bone-shaped dog biscuits. Most of them have white frosting and/or sprinkles.
The list of ingredients will really blow you away
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Don’t forget the stocking stuffers for your best-four-legged-friends!  We have an assortment of individually wrapped dog treats from Tinity Barkery that will make any dog wag its’ tail!

This wonderful organization is devoted to helping people with developmental disabilities live full and abundant lives.  The Barkery offers them the opportunity for employment in a creative and stimulating environment.  By supporting this organization, you will help to provide both financial support and job opportunities for people with disabilities.

These dog treats are handmade with human quality ingredients.  They do not contain any preservatives, chemical additives, or by-products.

What A Boy Wants For Christmas

Darren remembers accompanying his father out shopping in the toy department of Hamleys one Christmas Eve.
Dad said, ‘What a marvellous train set. I’ll buy it.’
The girl behind the counter looked pleased and murmured, ‘Great, I’m sure your son will really love it.’
Dad replied with a glint in his eye, ‘Maybe you’re right. In that case I’ll take two.’

Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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