Bulbs are just like Eggs!

Newsletter 33 – Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Avoid Springtime Regrets!

Plant your bulbs now

Every year we remind you that fall is the only time you can plant those wonderful spring-blooming bulbs.  Plan ahead and you will be the envy of your neighbors next spring!  Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium, iris and more are waiting for you.  Bulbs are an investment with a payback of years and years of springtime beauty.

When you plant your bulbs is the perfect opportunity to dig in a generous amount of plant food. It’s your only chance you will ever have to get the nutrients the bulbs need for maximum flowering directly under the bulbs in the root zone of your plants.  We suggest Espoma Bulb Tone or Bone Meal.

Bulbs are just like eggs!

Do you agree that a bigger egg makes a bigger omelet?  Well, it is the same with bulbs.  The bigger the flower bulb is, the bigger the flower will be!

But the resemblance goes further than that! Like eggs, bulbs are graded by size before they are sold, with the largest ones fetching the highest price. The smallest ones, which have not yet stored enough energy to produce flowers, are sold in large amounts for low prices, often by mail-order magazines and big-box stores looking to keep costs low.

We only stock bulbs big enough to produce flowers right away in their first spring.

For more details, see this article by Bemis Farms Nursery, who also took the picture showing the dramatic difference in size between the high and low end of bulbs. (I would have taken my own picture, but our biggest bulbs won’t fit in an egg carton at all!)

I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.

Groucho Marx

We have fall decorating bundles!

Buy it all together and save
Buy it all together and save
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We have a fast, easy, and fun way for you to decorate for fall!  We have mums, corn shocks, gourds, pumpkins and ornamental corn that will get you in the mood for the fall season.  Add a few of our brilliant mums and asters and you are all set for a beautiful autumn!

To make things even easier, America’s Best Flowers has an Autumn Bundle that includes one of our gorgeous mums, a straw bale, and a bundle of corn shocks, all at special savings.  Add two more mums and save even more. 

Our corn shocks are netted (like a Christmas tree) so they can be safely tied to the roof of your vehicle, keeping your car clean and the shocks free from wind damage.  We’ll even provide the twine.

Our supply is limited, so don’t lose out on the chance to have the coolest looking yard on the block. 

Come on out and celebrate the fall season with us!

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.

Groucho Marx

Build your very own Scarecrow!

Scarecrow!
Scarecrow!

It’s Scarecrow time at America’s Best Flowers. At our Cottage Grove location we will be stuffing straw from 10 to 5 Monday thru Friday and 10 – 4 on Saturday & Sunday, now through Saturday, Oct. 12.  There is a nominal fee for the scarecrow kit and garage sale prices on the clothing (or bring your own from home). 

Set your lovely or scary creation on a straw bale, use a few corn stalks for background and surround the whole scene with brilliant mums and pumpkins, and you will have a fabulous fall display.

Or stop at our Edgerton location at 1101 N Main from 10 – 2 on Saturday, September 28 or October 12 to build your one-of-a-kind scarecrow.

We request that groups building 5 or more scarecrows call ahead.  608-222-2269 or 608-884-8120 for Edgerton. 

Hey kids, come on out and make a bird feeder!

Come on out to our Make and Take Bird Feeder Workshop this Saturday, September 28, from 10– 12.  We will have pinecones, sticks, Cheerios, pipe cleaners, and birdseed for you to use to create your very own bird feeder.  There is a nominal fee for this workshop.  Prices range from $2.00 – $3.00 per feeder.  No pre-registration required!  Cottage Grove location only.

Your neighborhood birds will be very, very happy that you did!

P.S. We will not be using peanut butter.

I must confess, I was born at a very early age.

Groucho Marx

They are very hard to see but we do have camouflage gloves!

Is there a hunter in your house that needs a new pair of gloves for the hunting season?  Stop in and check out our Camo Grip Gloves by the Bellingham Glove Company. The camouflage part is made of polyester and cotton knit while the palm is textured latex. 

What a great gift for hunters!

Easy Money for Your Non-Profit Organization!

Did you know that we offer an easy, fun AND profitable fundraising program to non-profit organizations? Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms? What about your school or church music programs?

We provide non-profit organizations the opportunity to keep 25% of the proceeds from the sale of our gift cards. For example, if your organization sold $500 of our gift cards, your organization would receive $125. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Q: Who is the dogs favorite comedian?
A: Growlcho Marx!

America’s Best Flowers is having another Flea Market!

Flea Market

Once again, back by popular demand!  We’ve had so much fun and so many positive remarks about our past two Flea Markets that we are going to have a third one!    

Clean out your garage, basement, and cupboards and bring your treasures out to our Flea Market on Saturday, October 19, from 8-3. 

This time we offer vendors the option of having their booth either inside the greenhouse or outside in the parking lot. 

  • Inside space is limited and vendor space is smaller.  Each vendor will have a 10 x 10 area.  This inside area is toward the back of our main greenhouse, so vendors will need to transport their items on carts, which we will provide.  We do not allow vehicles inside the greenhouse.
  • Outside space for each vendor is two parking spaces.   

  To participate we require a non-refundable registration fee of $20.00.  After you arrive and have your space set up, we will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card.  More outside 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 one $20.00 gift card regardless of the number of booths.

Rain or shine! Set up time is at 6:30 am and the starting bell is at 8.  This event will end at 3.  Vendors will need to bring their own furnishings, tables, awnings, chairs, etc, whether inside or out.

For safety purposes all vendor vehicles must be parked in a separate area and will not be allowed in the market area until after 3 pm.  Space is limited.  Don’t wait to register! 

To register please send a check to America’s Best Flowers for the number of booths you would like to reserve.  In the memo section of your check please put ‘Flea Market’.  For clarity include a short note stating INSIDE vendor booth or OUTSIDE vendor booth, the number of booths you are requesting, and a telephone number and/or email address for contact purposes.

Our mailing address is America’s Best Flowers, 4311 Vilas Hope Road, Cottage Grove, WI 53527

There are a few restrictions on what may be brought to the flea market at our greenhouse.  They are as follows:

  • No firearms or ammunition,
  • No live animals,
  • No flowers and/or plants,
  • No alcohol or tobacco is allowed on America’s Best Flowers’ property.

Remember, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

If you are interested in joining us or if you have any questions contact Marty at abfrobbins@yahoo.comor call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

Q: What did the cowboy say when the bear ate Lassie?
A: "Well, doggone!"

Send Al 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 Al Lunde, at abflunde@yahoo.com. Al will get back to you promptly.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 24

Lucy smiling
"I’m happy she’s home!"
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Yeah, the vet fixed my mom’s sore paw.  The bad part was that my mom had to be gone overnight.  I really missed her.  My dad scratched my belly a lot that night and told me that when mom’s paw was healed we could go on more walks.  That made me happy, but I still really, really missed her!

I was so excited to see my mom come home.  I know my mom was happy to see me too ‘cause she cried.  Mom’s do that when they’re both happy and sad.  It can be confusing sometimes, but I know these were happy tears!  We cuddled for a while then my dad said it was time my mom rested.  He pushed my mom’s wheelchair into the bedroom and got her into bed.

He was so gentle with her…I really love my dad.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 21 – Sun, Oct 13
Scarecrow Days

M-F 10-5PM / Sat – Sun 10-4PM

Sat, Sep 28
Make & Take Bird Feeders

10am – 12pm – Kids come out & build a bird feeder for your feathered friends.

Sat, Oct 19
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Oct 19 – Sun, Nov 17
Miniature Garden Workshops

10am – 3pm Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) – Make a mini garden in a terrarium or planter of your choice.

Sat, Nov 23 – Sun, Nov 24
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required)

Sun, Dec 1
Wreath Workshop / Paint A Poinsettia Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required). You can make porch pots too, if you want!

Our Kitchen

This weekend is Homecoming for West De Pere.  Our twin grandson football players will not only be scoring touchdowns, they will be escorting beautiful young ladies as part of the homecoming court.  So, of course, we’ll be there.  This raised-on-a-farm-in-Iowa grandma has made it a habit to always bring treats along.  Often times it’s cookie dough, all mixed up and ready to bake.  Two weeks ago it was that delicious peanut butter cake.  I’ve been searching recipes for something quick and different, when I came across this on Facebook. 

I tested it last night in the 8×8 pan.  When the timer went off at 20 minutes, I opened the oven door to a brownie that was liquid in the middle and had risen up to the top of the 2” deep pan.  At this point I was a bit doubtful how it would turn out, but quickly closed the door and set the timer for the other 5 minutes the recipe calls for.  Again it was very jiggly in the middle.  Again I closed the door, but this time decided to try 3 more minutes.  Well, after repeating that process one more time – total of about 32 minutes – I pulled it out.  It had deflated a bit, though the sides were still at least an inch and a half high.  We waited only 15 minutes before putting a big piece in a bowl and covering it with ice cream.   Yum, yum, double yum.  The gooey dark chocolate reminded me of those wonderful volcano cakes I’ve had occasionally at restaurants. 

I plan to try it again in a 9 x 9 pan, and knowing me, I will have to see what happens if I double the batch and bake it in a 9 x 13.  For that one, I’ll probably use only three eggs, especially since I always buy extra-large (just like my bulbs). 

However you package it, the idea of giving it as a gift is a good one.  For this weekend, I will take it in a Ziploc bag (or 2) as a dry mix, for them to bake later.  It would also be great in a care package to college kids who have a kitchen. 

Brownie Mix

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
Directions

At Baking Time Add: 2 Eggs, 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil, 1 teaspoon Vanilla. Add chopped nuts, if desired.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes in an 8×8 or 9×9 pan.

Put mix in plastic bags or mason jars.

SEE YOU SOON!!!
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
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627