e-Newsletter                         May 3, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!
Many years ago, I was a young girl growing up in an ethnic neighborhood in the inner city of Chicago. I was absolutely spoiled by my father. I could ask my Dad for just about anything and he gave me just about everything I asked for. However, it was my mom who had the most influence on who I am. I was always asking her questions. For example: "Can I walk to the library with Thomasine?" "Why?" she asked. My answer was weighed by my Mom along with any hidden or perceived dangers. 
Three Generations at their family's "Mother's Day Picnic" of about 100 attendees!
Pictured is Sue, holding her daughter Jennifer with Sue's mom, Caroline, to her right.
She most often  said "Yes. Just be careful. Use your head". I was 8 and the library was over a mile and three stoplights away. Least you worry about two eight-year-old girls walking that distance by themselves, remember it was a very ethnic neighborhood and many of our relatives' homes and businesses lined our  passage.
I think it was instinctive that I tried to meet my mom's trust each time she said "Yes". She knew the wonders and challenges life offers. She was helping me learn and love through exploring first our neighborhood and then the city and its people. Good choices were rewarded with more freedom every time.

My questions never stopped. Nor did my mom ever give her consent or denial lightly. She was a natural character builder; my character 
Sue Rancak
Greenhouse Sales
 Staff & Educator
especially. She constantly let out more rope for me to explore the world safely while being tethered to home and to her.

My Mom, like so many moms, was selfless. 

Surprise Mom with a fresh flower arrangement for Mother's Day!

This cute-as-can-be arrangement is designed in an adorable painted pot with birds and butterflies nestled in for comfort!

Local delivery available for this Countryside Exclusive Design!

Plant Mom's garden or better yet, bring her in for a shopping spree!

We have all her favorite flowering plants!
Plant her beds with annuals for summer long color!
Annual flats of 48 plants are on sale now for only $15.99

Countryside Home Grown
Hanging Baskets make great gifts! Select from petunias, impatiens, geraniums, begonias and more!
For sun or shade, hanging baskets allow for color almost anywhere!
A tropical retreat is just a visit to Countryside away! Tropical Hibiscus, Gardenias, and humming-bird loving Mandevilla are just what is needed for her deck or patio!
Fountains, statuary and so much more to personalize mom's space in the yard.
Check out our newest selection of animals, benches, gliders, and swinging chairs!
Add a bird feeder or bird house to her favorite garden and watch nature in flight.

Seasonal Bloomers! It is time to share some of the landscape department's favorite flowering plants of this spring season.
The marsh marigolds are blooming in one of Barb's favorite places, the wildflower walk in Trout Valley.

Grace loves the ornamental flowering 'Autumn Brilliance' serviceberry.

This flowering crabapple is a great addition to Laura's front yard!

Contact a designer today and give mom the gift of a blooming landscape! 

Spruce up Mom's landscape with a beautiful Blue Select Spruce. This upright spruce has a true blue color, fast growth rate and uniform shape.
Our 5' tall Blue Select Spruce are on special for $119 and will grow to be a beautiful 40-50' tall with a spread of 20-30'! A great natural habitat for birds - a great color for her landscape!

Give Mom GOLD this year! The forsythia are blooming beautifully this spring. With four varieties to choose from you are sure to find the right one for her landscape. We carry compact varieties that grow to 24" tall or to create a beautiful hedge use 'Show Off' Forsythia that grow 5 to 6 feet tall!  All varieties of forsythia are 20% Off now thru May 17.
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