Herbs Are For Grilling!
Newsletter 15 – Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Youll love your garden … Its our promise!
Herbs are for Grilling
All those dads out there who received new grills for Fathers Day are as happy as a monarch on milkweed. To keep that happiness going, Americas Best Flowers would like to encourage you to get excited about the incredible flavors available to you when you add herbs to the grill. And what better time for delicious grilled food than July Fourth. Stop out today and check out our home-grown herb selection. While youre here, pick up a few recipes featuring the use of herbs on the grill. In no time at all, a simple grilled chicken breast can be turned into a feast. And pork chops flavored with a few herbs will earn you the title of chef extraordinaire. We also have recipes for holiday burgers and desserts available.
Hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.
Perennial of the Week June is Perennial Month!
Hummingbirds Love Our Perennial of the Week
Our Perennial of the Week is sun-loving garden phlox. We have David, Laura and Nicky, as well as the Flame series which is available in white, coral and lilac, all for 20% off this week.
You can count on tall garden phlox (Phlox paniculata hybrids) to provide a colorful summer display in perennial gardens, blooming from mid-summer until late August. Tall garden phlox grow two to three feet, and are often used as background plants in the border garden. Phlox are sweetly perfumed, making them attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
A hummingbird’s brain is 4.2% of its body weight,
the largest proportion in the bird kingdom
Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden
Did you know hummingbirds hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 1290 times per second? They can also fly backwards! These are just a couple of the amazing acrobatics these tiny birds use to captivate our attention.
Hummingbirds feed on nectar, a sweet liquid inside certain flowers. Like bees, they are able to assess the amount of sugar in the nectar they eat. Fussy little birds, they reject flower types that produce nectar that is less than 10% sugar. Last weekend we had a hummingbird in our front yard. With 12 tall oaks on a 50 foot wide lot, our densely shaded yard doesnt provide the habitat for the flowers we usually associate with hummingbirds. They love bright reds, oranges and pinks. But Saturday afternoon I was treated to the sight of a hummingbird feeding on the white blossoms of our Solomons Seal.
In addition to nectar-rich plants, hummingbirds seek out habitats that will provide water, nesting sites and perches. Perches can be as simple as small branches on your trees and shrubs. Small clay saucers of water set around your flower garden can provide the necessary water.
If youd like to attract hummingbirds you may want to consider planting some of the flowers listed below in large patches near trees, where the hummingbirds can rest and perch.
More plants that attract Hummingbirds include:
- Columbine (Aquilegia)
- Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
- Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
- Turk’s Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)
- Bee Balm (Monarda)
- Lupine (Lupinus)
- Beardtongue (Penstemon)
- Phlox (Phlox divaricata, Phlox paniculata) Perennial of the Week June 29
- Salvia perennial, annual and herb types
- Petunias especially red, orange and bright pink
Hummingbirds are very smart –
they can remember every flower they have been to,
and how long it will take a flower to refill.
|Wed, Jun 1 – Thu, Jun 30||
Perennials of the Week
Starting in June, we feature a different perennial each week.
|Mon, Jun 27 – Sun, Jul 3||
Rhythm and Blooms
Beautiful red, white and blue containers. Special recipes for your 4th of July cookout!
|Sat, Jul 9 – Sun, Jul 17||
Summer Dollar Days
Redeem your collected orange ABF dollars for up to 50% off your total purchase.
|Sat, Jul 23||
Plant your Own Succulents Workshop
10AM – 4PM Select from our wide variety of easy to care for succulents and create your own indoor container. Free soil and design assistance.
|Sat, Aug 6||
Customer Appreciation Day
11am – 3pm Free Pizza for our loyalty customers
What do you get when you cross a hummingbird with a doorbell?
- 4 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 20-ounce can pineapple chunks in juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup dark rum*
- 2 sprigs cinnamon basil, chopped, stems removed
- 2 red peppers, cut into chunks
- 12 large pineapple sage leaves, torn in half
- a handful of pineapple sage flowers
Wash chicken and pat dry with a paper towel. Set aside. Reserving juice, drain pineapple chunks. Set aside. Mix pineapple juice, brown sugar, rum and basil in a medium-sized glass bowl. Place chicken in mixture and marinate for at least 30 minutes. Thread chicken, pineapple chunks, red peppers and pineapple sage leaves onto skewers, alternating ingredients.
Place skewers on prepared grill, away from direct heat. Grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side, basting with marinade. Garnish with pineapple sage flowers.
*Substitute ½ to 1 teaspoon rum flavoring for the rum if you prefer.
Rosemary New Potatoes
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Fresh pepper
- 20 small, whole new potatoes
Mix first four ingredients and toss with potatoes. Skewer potatoes and grill for 25 minutes, turning occasionally and basting with olive oil mixture. Goes great with steak, fish and chicken.
Little Johnny and his family lived in the country,
and as a result seldom had guests.
He was eager to help his mother after his father appeared
with two dinner guests from the office.
When the dinner was nearly over, Little Johnny went to the kitchen
and proudly carried in the first piece of apple pie,
giving it to his father who passed it to a guest.
Little Johnny came in with a second piece of pie and gave it to his father,
who again gave it to the other guest.
This was too much for Little Johnny, who said,
"It’s no use, Dad. The pieces are all the same size."