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2016 – Newsletter 2 – Visit us at the Garden Expo!

Visit us at the Garden Expo! Newsletter 2 – Thursday, February 4, 2016 What’s the first sign of spring? 2016 Garden Expo Miniature Gardens are BIG at America’s Best Flowers! Blooming plants in February? You bet! We have seeds…lots and lots of seeds! Classic Brand Bird Feeders Are you Edgerton area folks ready for Valentine’s Day? America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball Current Hours Cottage Grove location open 9am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday. We are closed on Sundays for the month of February. Edgerton location open Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm What’s the first sign of spring? […]

2016 – Newsletter 1- Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Newsletter 1 – Thursday, January 14, 2016 Current Hours We have spring fever…how about you? Visit us at the 2016 Midwest Garden Expo America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program Employment Opportunities Floral Designer Needed Our 2016 Newsletter Upcoming Events for 2016 Recipe: Crock Pot Chicken Tacos Current Hours Hours for our Cottage Grove location for the month of January are: 9am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday.  Closed on Sundays Edgerton location is open: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm Sat 8:30am-5pm Sun 9am-4pm We have spring fever…how about you? Start planning your spring garden!  America’s Best Flowers is open for business.  We have vegetable and […]

2015 – Newsletter 45 – Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas Everyone! Newsletter 45 – Tuesday, December 22, 2015 Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Ideas! How about a Gorgeous Poinsettia? Floral Designer Needed Employment Opportunities Upcoming Events for 2016 Recipe: Caramelized Onion Dip Holiday Hours Our Cottage Grove hours for the month of December are Tuesday, December 22 – 9am-6pm Wednesday, December 23 – 9am-6pm Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve  – 9am – 4pm Friday-Sunday, December 25-27 – Closed Monday-Wednesday, December 28-30 – Open – 9am – 5pm Thursday-Sunday, December 31 – January 3 – Closed In January: Regular hours will change to 9am – 5pm on Monday – Saturday, and […]

2015 – Newsletter 44 – Christmas is in the Air!

Christmas is in the Air! Newsletter 44 – Thursday, December 17, 2015 Gorgeous Poinsettias Holiday Gift Giving Ideas Christmas Centerpieces Custom-made Holiday Porch Pots! 30% Off of Holiday Freshness Holiday Decorating Items Festive Porch Pot Accessories Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season! Send flowers for the holidays! Floral Designer Needed It’s so easy to Purchase an America’s Best Flowers Gift Card! Words of Appreciation from Marty! Recipe: Spinach Smoked Salmon and Herbed Cream Roulade Holiday Hours Our Cottage Grove hours for the month of December are Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm, Sat & Sun 9:00am-5pm, except for the following dates: Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve  – 9am-4pm Friday-Sunday, December […]

2015 – Newsletter 43 – Give Something Green for the Holidays

Give Something Green for the Holidays Newsletter 43 – Thursday, December 10, 2015 Holiday Hours Gorgeous Poinsettias Christmas Centerpieces Custom-made Holiday Porch Pots! Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating Items Dogs Love Treats and Toys! Now for the Real Birds! Christmas Guardian Angel and Holy Family Nativity Scene Festive Porch Pot Accessories Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season! Holiday Gift Giving Ideas It’s so easy to Purchase an America’s Best Flowers Gift Card! Recipe: Avocado Chicken Salad Holiday Hours Cottage Grove open Open 7 days a week M-F 9am-6pm Sat & Sun 9am-5pm On Sunday, December 13 we will be closing early at […]

2015 – Newsletter 42 – Bring on the White Stuff

Bring on the White Stuff Newsletter 42 – Thursday, December 3, 2015 Wreath Workshop Holiday Centerpiece Workshop Gorgeous Poinsettias Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating Items Gift Box Amaryllis Festive Porch Pot Accessories Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season! Custom-made Holiday Porch Pots! It’s so easy to Purchase an America’s Best Flowers Gift Card! Recipe: Double Chocolate Brownies Wreath Workshop Click for Larger Image A cheery and festive wreath on your front door is a welcoming and warm way to greet your holiday guests into your home. Join us on Saturday for our holiday wreath workshop.  If you need assistance we’ll […]

2015 – Newsletter 41 – Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Newsletter 41 – Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Wreath Workshop Holiday Centerpiece Workshop Gorgeous Poinsettias Fresh Cut Christmas Trees! Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating Items Holiday Welcome Mats Festive Porch Pot Accessories Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season! Custom-made Holiday Porch Pots! It’s so easy to Purchase an America’s Best Flowers Gift Card! Recipe for Stuffed Bears Recipe: Lisa’s Hot Taco Dip Hours Cottage Grove Mon-Fri 9-6 Sat and Sun 9-5   Edgerton Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 Sat 8:30-5:00 Sun 9-4 Both America’s Best Flowers locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day Wreath Workshop Saturday, December 5Ongoing throughout the day between 9 […]

2015 – Newsletter 40 – Poinsettias for the Holidays

Poinsettias for the Holidays Newsletter 40 – Thursday, November 19, 2015 Holiday Porch Pot Workshop SchoolGrounds Cafe Custom-made Holiday Porch Pots! Gorgeous Poinsettias Fresh Flower Thanksgiving Centerpieces Festive Porch Pot Accessories Exciting Event at our Edgerton Location Wreath Workshop Holiday Centerpiece Workshop Fresh Cut Christmas Trees! Shutterly Beautiful Amaryllis Bulbs for Indoor Winter Blooms Purchase your America’s Best Flowers Gift Cards on-line! Recipe: Creamy Broccoli-White Bean Soup Hours Cottage Grove Mon-Fri 9-6 Sat and Sun 9-5   Edgerton Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 Sat 8:30-5:00 Sun 9-4 Holiday Porch Pot Workshop Saturday and Sunday, November 21st and 22nd Ongoing throughout the day between 9am and […]

2015 – Newsletter 39 – Your Home for the Holidays

Your Home for the Holidays Newsletter 39 – Thursday, November 12, 2015 Spring Bulbs! Last weekend for our Miniature Garden Container Workshop! Exciting Event at our Edgerton Location Holiday decorating can be easy AND fun! Holiday Porch Pot Workshop Festive Porch Pot Accessories May the Decorating Begin! Amaryllis Bulbs for Indoor Winter Blooms Holiday Welcome Mats A Time of Remembrance Purchase your America’s Best Flowers Gift Cards on-line! Recipe: Diane’s Pecan Pie Recipe: Pastry for Single 9” Pie Hours Cottage Grove Mon-Fri 9-6 Sat and Sun 9-5   Edgerton Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 Sat 8:30-5:00 Sun 9-4 Last weekend for our Miniature Garden Container […]

2015 – Newsletter 38 – Ready, Set, Holidays

Get set for the Holidays Newsletter 38 – Thursday, November 5, 2015 Bulbs for Days … and Years! Ongoing Miniature Garden Container Workshop! Fresh Flower Thanksgiving Centerpieces Holiday decorating can be easy AND fun! Holiday Porch Pot Workshop Festive Porch Pot Accessories Custom made Holiday Porch Pots! More Holiday Freshness Coming Soon Exciting Event at our Edgerton Location 90% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs! America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program Ask Irene: Cleaning pots for storage Recipe: Apple Crunch Hours Cottage Grove Mon-Fri 9-6 Sat and Sun 9-5 Edgerton Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 Sat 8:30-5:00 Sun 9-4 Ongoing Miniature Garden Container Workshop! Weekends Now thru […]

2015 – Newsletter 37 – We have BOOtiful DecHORRORations

We have BOOtiful DecHORRORations Newsletter 37 – Thursday, October 29, 2015 Halloween Decorations Bulbs for Days… and Years! 50% Off Pumpkins and Gourds Miniature Garden Workshop Fresh Flower Thanksgiving Centerpieces Festive Porch Pot Accessories 90% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs! America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program Ask Irene: Seeding Grass in the Fall Recipe: Mummy Dogs Hours Bulbs for Days… and Years! Our bulbs are just itching to get in the ground! This is the BEST time to plant bulbs, but this window of opportunity won’t last forever. They can be planted until the ground freezes solid, so take advantage now […]

2015 – Newsletter 36 – Let our Bulbs Light Up Your Spring!

Let our Bulbs Light Up Your Spring! Newsletter 36 – Thursday, October 22, 2015 Beautiful Bulbs These Bulbs won’t plant themselves! Amaryllis Bulbs for Indoor Winter Blooms Bargain Alley Miniature Garden Workshop Mulching Perennials for Winter 80% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program Ask Irene: Overwintering Gardenias Recipe: One-pot Butternut Squash Alfredo Hours Cottage GroveMon-Fri 9-6 Sat and Sun 9-5 EdgertonMon-Fri 8:30-5:30 Sat 8:30-5:00 Sun 9-4 Beautiful Bulbs PDF Version If you can’t see the coupon, click here These Bulbs won’t plant themselves! Click for Larger Image Our bulbs are just itching to get in the ground! Don’t […]

2015 – Newsletter 35 – Bulbify your Garden & Visit our Flea Market this Saturday

Bulbify your Garden & Visit our Flea Market this Saturday Newsletter 35 – Thursday, October 15, 2015 Mumtastic Mums Indoor Flea Market this Saturday! Avoid Spring Regret by Planting Bulbs Mini Garden Workshop Teeny Tiny Halloween Decorations Audubon Bird Feeder Weather Shield 70% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program Only 2 Days Left to Vote! Ask Irene: Hydrangea Winter Care Recipe: Yummy Lentil Soup Hours Cottage Grove Mon-Fri 9-6 Sat and Sun 9-5 Edgerton Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 Sat 8:30-5:00 Sun 9-4 Indoor Flea Market this Saturday! This Saturday, Oct. 17th 9-3, is our last flea market of the season. […]

2015 – Newsletter 34 – O Gourd! So many Pumpkins!

O Gourd! So many pumpkins! Newsletter 34 – Thursday, October 8, 2015 Beautiful Bulb Blends Fresh Pie Pumpkins Scarecrow Workshop 60% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program Woolly Bear Caterpillar Vote for us! Indoor Flea Market Vendor Info Ask Irene: Hydrangea Recipe: How to Bake a Pumpkin Hours Cottage Grove Mon-Fri 9-6 Sat and Sun 9-5 Edgerton Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 Sat 8:30-5:00 Sun 9-4 Beautiful Bulb Blends Click for Larger Image Planting spring-blooming bulbs is such a joy this time of year. No bugs, cool weather, and a fresh breeze. It doesn’t get much better than that! We have […]

2015 Newsletter 33 – Autumn Enjoyment and Scarecrow Fun!

Autumn Enjoyment and Scarecrow Fun! Newsletter 33 – Thursday, October 1, 2015 MUMmify your Landscape Bountiful Bulbs for Beautiful Spring Blooms! Scarecrow Workshop Fun Fall Decoration Bundles 50% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program Vote for us in Best of Madison! Indoor Flea Market Vendor Info Feedback on our New Website Ask Irene: Bird of Paradise Recipe: Carrot Casserole Recipe: Carrot Casserole (as Bev made it) Hours Cottage Grove Mon-Fri 9-6 Sat and Sun 9-5 Edgerton Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 Sat 8:30-5:00 Sun 9-4 Bountiful Bulbs for Beautiful Spring Blooms! Bountiful Bulbs Click for Larger Image Daffodils Click for Larger […]

– 2003 newsletter 1

Newsletter 1 It has been one great week. Snow and now the wonderful spring we have all come to appreciate is finally here. Let?s get out and clean up the yard and start planting. I have gotten a lot of calls about planting trees and shrubs this past week so to everyone it is a wonderful time to plant these. The cooler temperatures allow the plant to establish a root system before the heat of summer. The first year a tree or shrub is planted it still needs to be watered every now and then during the season even after […]

– 2003 newsletter 2

Newsletter 2 I am beginning a series of discussions so do not miss any of them. Let?s start with Begonias. Monk Charles Plumier named begonias after a French official in the Louis the 14 government by the name of Michel Begon. It did not truly become important until the Tuberous Begonias were discovered in South America in 1865. We now have the smaller wax leafed begonias in green and bronze leaf types. I like the Cocktail series and Eureka series. The Eurekas are more vigorous. The Dragon Wing series is a new one that everyone should be growing. Very vigorous […]

– 2003 newsletter 3

Newsletter 3 Wonderful Pansies and Violas. First let me tell you the sooner you get these planted this spring the better they will do for you. We like the penny and sorbet series for violas. For pansies most series are good but we are partial to Sky, Maxim, and Bingo. The large flowered series do not take the heat and weather as well. The pansies that overwinter seem to do so much better in the spring. Pansies are the number one bedding plant in the south. They are planted in mass in lots of ground beds for winter cover. If […]

– 2003 newsletter 4

Newsletter 4 One my favorite plants is Marigold. You may not hear this from many people but I really believe there are three kinds. French, African, and a hybrid of the two called Triploid. The name marigold has two origins. The Virgin Mary supposedly used them on alters, and they were called Mary?s Gold. The second origin came from the plant family of Targetes. Targetes was the grandson of Jupiter. The roots of marigolds exude thiophenes that kill nematodes. They are often planted because they repel insects. We like the Bonanza and Safari varieties. They come in many shades of […]

– 2003 newsletter 5

Newsletter 5 Portulaca. What a wonderful plant. We all know it as the wonderful Moss Rose. We love the variety Sundial. Many colors and an absolutely beautiful Fuchsia color. It loves the heat and dry weather. A lot of people use them around mailboxes by the street. The key is to keep them deadheaded, which is to remove the flowers once they start turning brown. They will bloom till frost. We also grow a couple of flat leafed varieties called Yubi and Duet. They take the heat and dryness even more. They are lower growing and used for ground covers […]

– 2003 newsletter 6

Newsletter 6 I want to talk today about a wonderful plant called Penta. These annuals come from seed. There has been a lot of breeding work the last few years to get better hybrids and clean out the viruses from the crop. The plants originate from Eastern Africa ? Arabia. Penta lanceolata or Egyptian star cluster is the Latin name. It is related to the coffee plant. Butterflies love them so they are included in a lot of butterfly gardens. The seed variety called New Look is a smaller growing variety for the garden. We grow the series called Butterfly. […]

– 2003 newsletter 7

Newsletter 7 I want to talk today about a wonderful plant called Alstroemeria. These come in tuber and seed varieties. The plants originate from South Africa and are clump forming tubers. The seed variety called Jazz is a lower growing variety for the garden but performs very poorly in the heat of summer. The series called Princess Lilies comes from tubers and is designed for gardens and pots. These hold up well in the heat of summer and come in a number of colors. The plant has beautiful striping on its flowers. This is the variety that we carry. There […]

– 2003 newsletter 8

Newsletter 8 Tomatoes is the subject this week. My favorite old time varieties are Brandywine and Marglobe. My favorite Cherry is Sweet 100. I like Yellow Pear. I like Patio tomato for containers and small gardens. I like Floramerica and Celebrity as determinate types. Better Boy Jet Star, and Early Girl are also fine varieties for indeterminate varieties. Seeding: Take moist potting soil and make a small indentation with a pencil length ways and seed in this groove cover lightly and top lightly with vermiculite. Cover with plastic and place in a 70 degree area. Once they come up put […]

– 2003 newsletter 9

Newsletter 9 Peppers and More peppers. We now have them in colors and such beautiful colors at that. Purple, Yellow, Orange and Chocolate. We like Chocolate Beauty, Golden Bell, Purple Beauty and Mandarin. These are bell peppers. Just for your information the colored peppers will never produce as many peppers. The genetic background is just not behind these colors yet. The green pepper I like is Lady Bell. It is an old variety that sets peppers of a good size under adverse conditions. Hungarian Peppers are long but relatively thick about one inch, they come in hot and sweet varieties. […]

– 2003 newsletter 10

Newsletter 10 The Joys of planting in the summer. It is so much fun to watch the plants grow so fast. In the spring plants at times just seem to sit. Cold soils and cold temperatures. Just for your information when the average daily temperature goes from 60 to 70, the rate of growth on a plant doubles. Couple this with the longer days the plants seem to grow before your eyes. In general one has to watch the watering for about two weeks after plants are planted from that time on usually once a week is enough for watering […]

– 2003 newsletter 11

Newsletter 11 Confusion and more Confusion It seems the companies that sell annual flowers are trying to drive us all crazy. We have Wave Petunias, Fiesta Double Impatiens, Celebration New Guinea Impatiens. We had Blitz impatiens and Inca marigolds. Large growers that supply the chains stores wanted the growing to be easier. They dropped Blitz and replaced it with the less vigorous variety of Blitz 2000. They even had the gall to replace Inca with Inca but the plant is now 6 to 12 inches shorter. They created Easy Wave Petunias, Fiesta Ole? Double impatiens, Celebrette New Guinea impatiens. These […]

– 2003 newsletter 12

Newsletter 12 Ed and Carol are traveling across the country looking for the newest and best flowers for next year so I?ll be filling in at the keyboard for the next couple weeks. With the hot days of August just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to cover wonderful plants that work well in shade. Most people are familiar with hostas for shade. They are available in a huge array of sizes, from varieties that mature at 12 inches tall to huge 3 feet tall by 5 feet diameter. Leaf color ranges from bluish green, […]

– 2003 newsletter 13

Newsletter 13 I would love to talk about one of my favorite subjects ? Organic Pest Control. A couple things to remember just because it is Organic does not mean it is less toxic to humans. Even water if taken in a large enough quantity will kill you. It just means the pesticides are from natural occurring things. Sluggo which is iron phosphate is poison for slugs. It works well and is not toxic to small animals and children. Metallic copper works well for fungus control across a broad range of fungus. Jojoba oil is good against powdery mildew. Neem […]

– 2003 newsletter 14

Newsletter 14 Ed and Carol are continuing their travels across the country looking for the newest and best flowers for next year. Hard to believe its August already. Before you know it the kids will be headed back to school, colored leaves will be falling, birds flying south, and snow flying… I?m getting a bit ahead of myself. I mean summer?s not over yet! There is still lots of time to add some excitement to your homestead. It?s also a great way to get the kids out of the house and discovering the fun of planting. Now I can hear […]

– 2003 newsletter 15

Newsletter 15 Ed and Carol are traveling across the country looking for new and exciting flowers. Our retail manager, Jeff, will be filling in while they are away. The invasion is on! The enemy army landed on the east coast nearly one hundred years ago and has steadily worked their way west. They have encountered few natural enemies to slow their conquests. Their mission: food. Their target: your plants. Of course, I am talking about the infamous Japanese beetle. In case you are not familiar with this invader, they are a winged beetle about a half-inch long with shiny metallic, […]

– 2003 newsletter 16

Newsletter 16 Shhhhhh?..be very, very quiet. Mum?s the word! It?s hard to believe that its time to discuss fall blooming mums already! But September is only a couple of weeks away and that means cooler weather isn?t far behind. The spring and summer flowers will be completing their showy splendor and it?s a great time to renew your outdoor d?cor. There are a number of exciting flowers that thrive in the cooler temperatures of autumn and there is plenty of time to enjoy them. Mums are an excellent way to provide fresh color outdoors for fall. They are available in […]

– 2003 newsletter 17

Newsletter 17 Ed is once again traveling around, looking for new and exciting flowers. Jeff, our retail manager, is once again filling in. Autumn officially begins in a few days, and you know what that means? BULBS! Planting bulbs this autumn will give you wonderful spring color without a lot of effort. And for bulbs I always think of daffodils as one of the easiest of all flowers to grow for excellent and easy color. Now before you jump over to the comic section, let me explain why you might want to make some room for some of these bulbs. […]

– 2003 newsletter 18

Newsletter 18 Wow! Carol and I have just completed another 8,000 mile trip in a Ford Escort Wagon, looking for great plants. We now have a total of 205,000 miles.on the car. When you talk to friends tell them you shop at a place where the owners are fanatics about plants. Remind your friends that we grow most of our plants so we can grow them right. Two acres of greenhouses you know. We add composted bark to our soil mix so it shrinks a lot less. This means a lot easier watering for you. We have all seen the […]

– 2003 newsletter 19

Newsletter 19 Like it or not, this is the time of year we need to be thinking of the first visit from Jack Frost. Typically, in the Dane county area, the first killing frost occurs between October 4 to 10. Usually we get ample warning of when a frost is going to occur, it is finding adequate covering that I usually have trouble with. I typically get home when its dark and have to ransack the house and garage hurriedly looking for stuff that will cover my plants. However, by preparing few covers for NOW you can be ready to […]

– 2003 newsletter 20

Newsletter 20 This time of year, most gardeners start winding up their outdoor activities. A lot of the annuals and perennials are starting to fade away as the temperatures start to dip more and more under the freezing mark. Even the trees and shrubs are starting to slowly drift off to dormancy. It?s enough to make us hardcore gardeners cry! Before holing yourself up for the onset of winter, consider the wonderful opportunity this new season offers. There are a host of exciting decorating options for your outdoors that can easily and quickly be used for a fun and exciting […]

– 2003 newsletter 21

Newsletter 21 This weekend and next is our annual Pumpkin Festival!! We will have complimentary apple cider, cookies, candy, and popcorn! Also, our HAY MAZE is setup and ready to go. Be warned, however, it is scarier and more challenging than last years. We also have lots of pumpkins, in all sizes, as well as Indian corn, straw bales, corn shocks, and other fun decorations for your Halloween displays! SEE YOU SOON!!! 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, […]

– 2003 newsletter 22

Newsletter 22 We also have lots of pumpkins, in all sizes, as well as Indian corn, straw bales, corn shocks, and other fun decorations for your Halloween displays! It?s getting to be that time!. By starting early, you?ll have everything taken care of well before its cold and all that white stuff starts piling up. (And in Wisconsin, you never know when that?ll happen!) Time to face it! Now is the time to do a little clean up outside. One of the more important things to take care of is to remove all the dead foliage. That will reduce the […]

– 2002 newsletter 1

Newsletter 1 Who is J. R. Love? A great movie actor? No. Dr. Love was one of the greatest soil teachers at UW Madison. He made us all tell the 10 types of soil by the feel of our fingers. He truly made us appreciate what good dirt was. A garden soil needs to have structure. Good soil when it is of the proper moisture and structure will feel like a sponge and crumble in your hand. To get better soil structure we need organic matter and to do everything we can to enhanse earth worms. Manure and compost do […]

– 2002 newsletter 2

Newsletter 2 What is the perennial of the year? This is not a plant that lasts all year. The Perennial Plant Association submits a ballot to all its? members each year and a plant is chosen each year that has superior plant qualities. We are members of the Perennial Plant Association. We grow and carry about 1500 different perennial plants. The Perennial for the year 2002 is Phlox David. The following plants have been chosen in the past. Echinacea Purple Cone Flower Magnus, Penstemon Husker Red, Rudbeckia Goldsturm, Shasta Daisy Snow Lady, Gaillardia Goblin, Coreopsis Moonbeam, Salvia May Night, Perovskia […]

– 2002 newsletter 3

Newsletter 3 What is a beautiful garden? A garden is like a human being. It needs bones for structure. Flesh for a body. It needs makeup to bring out the best. The bones of a garden are the trees, shrubs, and hardscape items like brick walkways, retaining walls, ponds, and Gazebo?s. The Flesh of a garden is the perennials. The add body, texture, and an ever changing landscape to a garden. Annuals are the makeup. They add the color, the window dressing, the little extra that adds a surprise here and there. They complement and enhance the bones and flesh […]

– 2002 newsletter 4

Newsletter 4 Fertilizer What do the numbers mean? 36 ? 10 ? 36 A very skinner lady. I don?t think so. The first number represents the percentage of Nitrogen in the container. The second number represents the amount of Phosphorus in the container. The third number represents the amount of Potassium in the container. In a 100 lb bag of fertilizer 10-10-10 you would have 10 lbs of nitrogen, 10 lbs of Phosphorus and 10 lbs of Potassium. The rest of the bag would be the filler and of no nutrient value. The nitrogen is used for the green growth […]

– 2002 newsletter 5

Newsletter 5 Wires, Chains and Plastic. What the heck am I talking about? Baskets of flowers come with wire, chain or plastic hangers. Chain hangers are the strongest but tend to fall into the basket so we have discontinued using them. Too many flowers were damaged as the chain dropped and you had to hunt for it amoung the flowers. Plastic hangers are very easy to attach to a basket and are the lowest cost. They are very visible and distract form the beauty of the plants. Wire hangers are stronger and almost invisible when looking at the basket from […]

– 2002 newsletter 6

Newsletter 6 Container Planting is the topic for today. A few simple ideas will go a long way as you decide what to plant. You have to think of your containers as living floral arrangements. You need something tall, something mounding, and if the container is tall enough something trailing. You are all welcome to come to our home/business where I have 50 or so 24 inch containers planted, just trying out new ideas. For the sun try something new like Indian Summer or Cherokee Sunset Rudbeckia for your tall plant. Mexican sunflower or Tithonia is also nice. I am […]

– 2002 newsletter 8

Newsletter 8 Petunia?s and more Petunia?s and where does it all end? There are six general classes of petunias. These classes are Grandiflora, Multiflora, Floribunda, Miniflora, Spreading and Trailing. Grandiflora petunias have the largest blooms up to about 5 inches in diameter. The problem is they are much more susceptible to Botrytis and look very bad after a heavy rain. We grow very few of these for this reason. Common varieties of the Grandiflora are Aladin, Daddy, Dreams, Supercascade, Ultra and Titan. The next group is Multiflora Petunias, which have smaller flowers. Celebrity and Maddness are varieties of Multiflora. Multiflora […]

– 2002 newsletter 9

Newsletter 9 What are Satellite sites? These are our remote selling sites of Sears West Towne, Menards Monana, Menards East Towne, Sun Prairie Rentals. Unque annuals that everyone should use. We carry a trailing plant called Wedelia. It is more vigorous than Vinca Vine and has yellow flowers. We carry Persian Shield. This a wonderful accent plant the gets about three feet tall and has absolutely beautiful purple foliage. Melempodium loves the heat and has many small yellow flowers. We carry Niembergia which takes the heat and is better than Alyssum in a hotter dryer location. Most of the African […]

– 2002 newsletter 10

Newsletter 10 Question? What tales do Marigolds have to tell? Marigolds have many tales to tell. They have exotic names like French, African, Triploids, and Tenufloria. The French Marigolds have three flower types. Flat petals, Round Balls, and Crested Round balls. Colors vary from yellow to orange and almost to red. Common varieties are Disco, Sophia, Hero, Bonanza, and Safari. They all are around one foot but with vary from about 8 inches to 18. The African Marigolds are the ones with the big flowers sometimes 4 inches across common varieties are Prefection, Jubilee, Inca, and Antigua. Height varies from […]

– 2002 newsletter 11

Newsletter 11 What is all the hot news about asparagus? Did you know that there are male and female plants of asparagus? Did you know that about 20 years ago they were able to get all male plants? We probably had the first field of all male asparagus in Dane County in 1986? Male asparagus yields are more than double the female plants and they bear stalks sooner and are much larger. The Female plants produce seed and start little ones everywhere. The neat little rows of asparagus became big patches. We grow Jersey Giant and Jersey Knight, which are […]

– 2002 newsletter 12

Newsletter 12 What are slugs, bugs, and bumps in the night? The bumps in the night are your significant other and unless they bite no need to worry. Bugs in general don?t give us much of a problem. Even if you find a few bugs no need to worry since most plants will do fine with a few. Bugs and plants you know have existed together for many years. My first recourse to help the plant out is to just use a water hose and spray the plant with water and knock them off. I do this every day for […]

– 2002 newsletter 13

Newsletter 13 Why are my plants dying? Did you forget to water them? No I am just kidding but a lot of plant problems are related to watering. In the Madison area we have very hard water. In potted and container plants the PH of the soil continues to rise because of this hard water. The Calcium and Magnesium are the culprits. Do not use soft water, as plants do not like sodium. The kitchen sink cold-water tap is sometimes non-softened water. So what can you do? Use an acid forming fertilizer. It should say for acid loving plants on […]

– 2002 newsletter 14

Newsletter 14 Wow Carol, my lovely wife of 32 years, and I have just returned form our first of many plant searches this summer. Greenwood and Greenville South Carolina. Many many new plants. I will mention a list later in the Summer. Keep reading this column. We are celebrating the July 4th weekend June 29th and June 30 with free Hotdogs and Popcorn. Come on out. Lot?s of Beautiful Summer blooming Perennials and annual containers and baskets for all those parties. Just a reminder the fall mums are starting to grow and we just planted the 10 inch potted poinsettias […]