Happy Independence Day
Newsletter 21 – Thursday, July 4, 2013
Happy Independence Day America!
Thursday, July 4th
Perennial of the Week Penstemon ‘Husker’s Red’
Back for another week! The Penstemon Huskers Red has an attractive upright growth of glossy, red-tinged leaves. And its small white flowers provide such a lovely contrast. This sturdy perennial likes full sun and will bloom from late spring to fall. Both butterflies and hummingbirds are very attracted to this perennial.
As always the featured perennial of the week is twenty percent off while supplies last!
Reminder: America’s Best Flowers will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM on Thursday, July 4th.
Are you planning a Fourth of July celebration?
There is still time to perk up your deck, patio, front and back yards with beautiful flowers and plants from America’s Best Flowers. We have a wide variety of mixed annual pre-planted containers. If you need large colorful pre-planted containers, we have them! If you need colorful mini-containers, we have them too!
And we dont stop there! We have gorgeous hanging baskets that will amaze your guests! America’s Best Flowers has hanging baskets for both sun and shade.
Not sure of the lighting? Our Retail Manager, Marty, suggests Dragon Wing Begonias for those iffy areas.
While youre here pick up a few fresh herbs for your summer cook-out grilling recipes. What a flavorful way to Wow your guests!
Justin: Why does the Statue of Liberty stand in New York Harbor?
Justin: Because she cant sit down.
America’s Best Flowers is having a Flea Market!
Clean out your garage, basement, and cupboards and bring your treasures out to our Flea Market on Saturday, July 13, from 9am-4pm. To participate we require a non-refundable registration fee of $20.00. After you arrive and have your space set up on that morning, Americas 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.
Rain or shine! Set up time is at 7am and the starting bell is at 9am. This event will end at 4pm. Vendors will need to bring their own furnishings, tables, awnings, chairs, etc.
For safety purposes all vendor vehicles must be parked in a separate area and will not be allowed in the market area until after 4pm. Space is limited. Dont wait to register!
To register please send us a check 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 how many booths you are registering for, 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 mans (or womans) junk is another mans (or womans) treasure.
If you are interested in joining us contact Shirley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.
Teacher: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
Student: On the bottom!
Send Al your gardening questions!
Americas Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to Al Lunde, at email@example.com. Al will get back to you promptly.
What do you call a monkey with a banana in each ear?
Anything you want, it can’t hear you!
Lucys Story Chapter 13
Shhhh, were having a surprise birthday party for Lucy! Pictures and party antics coming next week!
`til next time,
If any of you other dog people want to share a dog story send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What did the burger name her daughter?
|Sat, Jul 13||
9am 4pm Rain or Shine
|Sat, Jul 20||
Contest for Kids
10am – 2pm Bring your colored chalk & color our parking lot! A prize winner for each age group (2-5) (6-10) (11-15) A PAPA JIMMYS $20.00 GIFT CARD for the Grand Prize winner.
|Sat, Jul 27||
Music in the Garden
Musical talent featured at the greenhouse!
|Sat, Aug 10||
Customer Appreciation Day
|Sat, Aug 17||
3rd Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser for the Dane County Humane Society
11am – 3pm Bring your dirty dogs out to the garden.
|Sat, Aug 24||
8am 3pm Rain or Shine
The other night Jim and I were talking about our favorite foods. It took him all of 2 seconds to decide his is lobster. Im still working on mine. My problem is that I really, really like a lot of different foods. And then theres that OCD part of me that wants to know what meal are we talking about, what time of the year is it, are we at home or in a restaurant, will we eat inside or out, are desserts included, etc, etc, etc. After 20 minutes or so, he asked, Why dont you just say hot dogs? He knows me well! Given the whole world to choose from, I just might pick a simple hot dog.
So when I was trying to choose a recipe to share with you for the Fourth of July, I stumbled on this one from the Food Networks Bobby Flay that Bonnie shared in 2009. I cant possibly come up with anything more appropriate. While Bonnie and Bobby would have expected us all to make the guacamole and salsa from scratch, I will count on the ability of the food scientists to do at least as good a job as I could and buy them pre-made. Enjoy!
Happy 4th of July!
- 8 beef, turkey or chicken hot dogs
- 8 hot dog buns, split ¾ of the way through
- 1 ½ c grated white cheddar
- 8 pickled jalapenos, thinly sliced
- Guacamole (recipe below or your favorite from the store)
- Salsa (recipe below or your favorite from the store)
- Blue corn tortilla chips, coarsely crumbled
Heat grill to high. Grill dogs until golden brown on all sides, about 7 minutes. Remove to plate. Place buns on the grill cut side down and grill until lightly golden brown, about 20 seconds. Place hot dogs in the buns, top with cheese, jalapenos, guacamole, salsa and tortilla chips.
- 2 ripe avocados, pitted and coarsely chopped
- 1 large jalapeno, finely diced
- 3 T finely diced red onion
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 T canola oil
- 3 T chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine the avocados, jalapeno, onion, lime juice, oil and cilantro in a bowl and gently mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
Grilled Tomato-Chipotle Sauce
- 4 plum tomatoes
- 4 T canola oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 T red wine vinegar
- 2 t chipotle in adobo puree
Heat grill to high. Brush tomatoes with 2 T of the canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on the grill until charred on all sides. Remove from grill, slice the tomatoes in half, remove the seeds and coarsely chop. Whisk together the remaining 2 T of oil, vinegar, and chipotle puree in small bowl, add the tomatoes and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.