Hanging Baskets Bonanza!

Newsletter 16 – Thursday, June 4, 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 94

Lucy relaxing in the summer sun
"Now ‘here I go again’ right back to sleep."
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Snippet from Lucy’s journal…

My mom wants to put lights on the lilac bush for nighttime (what is that silly word she used…ambi, bambi, something, something).   I looked at her with that ‘what the heck are you talking about’ look.  And she explained that the word meant ‘mood’.  Well, why in the world didn’t she just say mood, instead of ‘bambi’ whatever!  Honestly, what’s with the fancy words?  Another, I just gotta shake my head and walk away moment.

So, then she tells my dad what she wants to do and he did the same.  He shook his head and walked away. 

Now, I’m sure my dad knows what that ‘ambi, bambi’ word means ‘cause he’s a pretty smart guy.  So, I asked myself ‘why is he shaking his head…’ and then it hit me. 

Silly me! That was his ‘here we go again’ head shake not the ‘what the heck are you talking about’ head shake.  

Phew! I almost missed it.  Ya see, they are close, but there is a slight nuance of difference between the two shake of the heads.   ‘Nuance,’ did you like that? See, my mom’s not the only one that knows fancy words!

Till next time!

Buy 2 Hanging Baskets – Get One Free

Timing is everything, right?  Well, this is THE time to decorate for your summer celebrations!  Decorate on a budget with our hanging baskets.  Purchase 2 hanging baskets and get one of equal or lesser value free. Better yet, there is no limit to this fantastic opportunity! 

Buy 2 – 1 free
Buy 4 – 2 free
Buy 6 – 3 free
and so on …

Get the picture?

And that’s not all.  Our quantity discount still applies.  That’s right! 

When you buy 5 or more hanging baskets there is between a $3-$5 dollar price break per basket. (Note that free baskets don’t count towards earning this price break)

This offer is valid Thursday, June 4 through Wednesday, June 10 at our Cottage Grove location only. Not valid on previous purchases.

Just for You!
Container Garden Workshop
Succulent Garden Workshop

Our last Spring Container Workshop was May 16-17, but as a result of receiving so many phone calls in the last few weeks asking when our next one was we decided to have two more.   These additional Container Workshops will be for one day only and will be combined with other free workshops that we offer.

Join us on this Saturday, June 6, for an additional Container Garden Workshop along with our Succulent Garden Workshop.  The workshops start at 10 and are ongoing throughout the day till 4.  Come in anytime between those hours. 

Succulents in a Terra Cotta Low Bowl
Breathtaking and Easy to Care For
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To participate in our workshops and receive FREE POTTING SOIL AND ASSISTANCE, a minimum plant purchase of $10.00 per container is required and you must use plants and/or accessories purchased at America’s Best Flowers the day of the workshop.

After you have shopped for your succulents, plants, flowers, and containers just pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!

Succulents are the newfound FUN plants for today’s consumers.  No longer limited to the gardens of the Southwest, gardeners are finding new and creative ways to use nature’s most durable plants.  Easy to care for, all you need to do is forget to water them.  They make perfect house plants as well as striking patio specimens.

Our workshops are a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your garden gloves. If you forget them, don’t worry, we have a wide variety of reasonably priced gardening gloves to choose from.  Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting and will help with any and all plant or design questions.

We do ask that if you are bringing in containers from home, please EMPTY all soil from them before bringing them to our greenhouse. 

If you are bringing in large containers please bring in packing peanuts, chunks of Styrofoam or Styrofoam egg cartons to help fill the bottom of your container.  It makes the container a whole lot lighter for you to transport back home and also, easier to rearrange in your garden if you want to change your outside decor.

The second additional Container Workshop will be on Saturday, June 13, and will be combined with our Miniature Garden Container Workshop.

Container Gardening Tip: When planting a puppy, make sure you choose a container that will accommodate the full-grown dog.

June is Perennial Month at America’s Best Flowers

Alcea rosea 'Halo Cerise'
Hollyhock ‘Halo Cerise’
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The two-tone single blooms of the Halo Cerise are extra large and extra gorgeous. These hardy biennials often survive Wisconsin’s cold winters and are a great choice for our hot, humid summers. They’ll make a glorious addition to any sunny garden.

Stop on out and choose from our selection of Crème de Cassis, Halo Cerise, Malva Mystic Merlin, Chaters Double Yellow and Chaters Double Red.  And these  beauties are 20% off their regular price.

TEACHER: George, go to the map and find North America.
GEORGE: Here it is!
TEACHER: Correct. Now, class, who discovered America?
CLASS: George!

America’s Best Flowers 2015 Flea Market Schedule and Information

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

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]

The Earthworm

My daughter-in-law Alma and grandson Eddy were digging for fishing bait in my garden. Uncovering a many-legged creature, Eddy proudly dangled it before his mother.

"No, honey, he won’t do for bait," his mother said. "He’s not an earthworm."

"He’s not?" Eddy asked his eyes wide. "What planet is he from?"

Associate of the Week: Lauren

By Lauren Krouth

Our associate of the week, Lauren, has been kind enough to write this article for our newsletter.

I started in 2011 when America’s Best Flowers started using biological controls and have since honed the program over the last five seasons.  (My associates usually call me the ‘bug lady’.)  I monitor insect populations and plant health, and release beneficial insects, which eat or parasitize pest insects.  I also help wherever I can, whether it’s watering, grooming plants or helping customers!

I love plants!  It’s a joy to be surrounded by the beauty and wonderment of plants everyday.  I enjoy learning about, caring for, and seeing plants thrive and bloom.  It’s also very rewarding to assist customers with their projects and help spread the joy of gardening.

Favorite plants:  Herbs, especially lavender!  I really enjoy their unique textures, tastes, and fragrances!

My favorite hobbies are hiking, biking, being in nature, and identifying wildflowers.

The Art Collector

An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any recent interest in his paintings which happened to be on display.

"I have good news and bad news," the gallery owner replied. “The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death."

"What did you say?" questioned the artist.

"When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings."

"That’s wonderful!" the artist exclaimed. "What’s the bad news?"

"The gentleman was your doctor."

You Can’t Get Here from There

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.

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.

Quite a Puzzle

A father wanted to read the paper, but was being bothered by his little daughter, Susie. Finally, he took a sheet out of his magazine, on which was printed the map of the world. Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to Susie, and said, "Go into the other room and see if you can put this together."

After a few minutes, Susie returned and handed him the map correctly fitted together. The father was very surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly.

"Oh", she said, "on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got Jesus in His place, then the world came out all right."

Upcoming Events

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

Focus is on a different perennial each week.

Sat, Jun 6
Container & Succulent Garden Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE assistance and FREE soil with $10 plant purchase per container. Create a wonderful container and/or succulent garden in our greenhouse. Bring in your own EMPTY container or buy one of ours.

Sat, Jun 13
Container & Miniature Garden Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE assistance and FREE soil with $10 plant purchase per container. Create a beautiful container and/or miniature garden in our greenhouse. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all plants and accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

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.

“This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate two eggs,
but it doesn’t say how far to separate them.”

Gracie Allen

Our Kitchen

Party time is here!  Whether you are celebrating graduations, birthdays, the end of the school year, or summer itself, it is time to fill the backyard with friends and have some fun.  And what goes better with friends and fun than food.

Last year, at our annual Christmas party, one crunchy, salty, yummy snack caught my attention.  After asking around, I learned that one of our ‘young-uns’ had brought it.  Larissa made it from a family recipe that has been a standby for gatherings as long as she can remember.  It makes a very large amount.   Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Cracker Snack Mix

  • 2 6-oz pkgs, original flavor Bugle crackers
  • 1 10-oz box Cheez-It crackers
  • 1 10-oz bag oyster crackers
  • 1 6-oz pkg tiny Goldfish crackers
  • 4 C pretzel sticks
  • ¾ C butter-flavored popcorn oil
  • 1 oz. pkg dry Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
  • 2 t dried dill weed
  • 1 t lemon pepper
  • ¼ t garlic powder

Preheat oven to 250.

Mix all the crackers and pretzels in a large roaster pan.

Mix the oil and seasonings in a small bowl.

Pour the oil mixture over the cracker mix.  Make sure to distribute well.  Stir.

Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

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