Independence Day

Newsletter 17 – Tuesday, June 26, 2012

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

Perennial of the Week – Echinacea ‘PowWow Wild Berry’

Echinacea 'PowWow Wild Berry'
Echinacea ‘PowWow Wild Berry’
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Question:  What perennial flower provides beautiful, colorful blooms and will re-bloom without deadheading? 

Answer:  It’s none other than our perennial of the week the PowWow Wild Berry Echinacea.

The PowWow Wild Berry likes full sun. The deep rose-purple color of its blooms is not only stunning but fade-proof too.  Its sturdy basal branching which means lots of blooms will provide an endless burst of color for you to enjoy.  This compact Coneflower will grow 10–24” tall, is pretty much maintenance free and attracts birds and butterflies.  The PowWow Wild Berry is 20% off this week.  Does it get any better than this?  We don’t think so!

We had a great time in the kitchen the other night.
We boiled up some hyena bones and made ourselves a laughing stock.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks of flower power!

Dress up your deck, patio, front and back yards for your Fourth of July get-together this weekend.  America’s Best Flowers has a variety of annuals and perennials that will impress family, friends and neighbors. 

Looking for an unusual focal plant?  Try our wonderfully fragrant Eucalyptus plant.  It grows in full sun and will get 3-5 feet tall.  It is a wonderful and relaxing accent to any area.  It can also be used in a fresh or dried floral arrangement.

Not sure what food to serve?  Are you looking for a special recipe?  Why not try one of our easy summer grilling recipes that call for the unique taste of a flavorful herb?  Pick up the recipes in our check out area.  Our aromatic herbs are begging to show off your grilling skills!  

A Veggie New Age Song:
Peas would rule the planets,
and love would clear the bars.
It was the dawning of the Age of Asparagus.

Japanese Beetles be gone!

The disgusting shiny green Japanese Beetles are back.  To keep your plants looking good, do not delay treatment.  For your roses and ornamental plants, we recommend Bayer Advanced Rose and Flower Insect Killer, or Bayer Insect, Disease and Mite Control.  For your fruits and veggies, use Bayer Fruit, Citrus and Vegetable Insect Killer Control, Japanese Beetle Killer by Bonide, Captain Jacks Dead Bug Brew or Earth-tone’s Insect Control.    

A more permanent method of control is the application of Milky Spore powder.  One bag covers 7,000 square feet and three applications in spring, summer and fall for two consecutive years is guaranteed to work for 10 years.

Earwigs – Another disgusting bug

Earwig

They will show up anywhere and everywhere.  Enough is enough!  Now is the time to take action.  Following are a few products that we recommend to combat this pest.

Diatomaceous Earth is your number one weapon against these vile insects.  It is safe to use inside and out, as long as you follow package instructions.  A thin layer of this product in and around your pots, flower beds and foundation will go a long way to reducing the earwig population.

Earth-tone’s Bug and Slug Control is another wonderful product.  Simply scatter the bait granules on the soil around or near the plants to be protected. Bug and Slug is labeled for organic gardening.

Or pull out all the stops and try Bayer’s 3-in-1 Insect, Disease, & Mite Control, another great defense to rid your plants of earwigs. Great news – the same product also works for Japanese beetles. This insecticide is long-acting and easy to use.  Just follow label instructions and the creepy, crawlies will disappear. This product is available in a 24 oz ready-to-use spray bottle, a 32 oz. ready-to-spray bottle that attaches to your garden hose, and as a concentrate.   Whichever method of application you prefer, come on out today and pick up a bottle, and your earwig and Japanese beetle troubles will soon be over.

Why is a barn so noisy?
All the cows have horns.

Remember

America’s Best Flowers wants you to succeed, so if you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at abflunde@yahoo.com. Al will get back to you promptly. We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit;
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jun 23 – Sat, Jun 30
Herbs are for Grilling

Special mini garden promotion.

Mon, Jun 25 – Sun, Jul 1
Rhythm and Blooms

Beautiful containers available for sale. Special recipes for your 4th of July cookout!

Sat, Jul 7 – Sun, Jul 15
Summer Sale
Sat, Jul 21
Succulent Container Workshop

10am – 4pm FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container in our potting shed and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy one of ours.

Sat, Aug 11
Tomato Tasting

Taste the difference between fresh varieties. Canning & pickling anyone?

Sat, Aug 18
2nd Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser

11am – 3pm For the Dane County Humane Society

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Good friends around the picnic table at the end of a hot summer day.  How could it get better than that?  With great food, of course. 

One thing I’ve noticed about potlucks is there is often a shortage of hot food.  I’m always looking for easy-to-make, easy-to-take and likely-to-stay-hot dishes.  At a recent neighborhood potluck, my friend, Jeff, brought his wonderful Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  Imagine my surprise when I learned that one of my all-time favorite cooks sometimes uses instant potatoes, too.  As I mentioned in this year’s Second Newsletter, they truly are best when made with real butter and whole milk, though 2% will also work. Everyone at our potluck loved these, hope you do, too!

Jeff’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Jeff’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 13.3 oz box instant mashed potatoes
  • 4 1/3 C water
  • 9 T butter
  • 2 t. salt
  • 3 ½ C milk
  • 1 med onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz package mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 or 3 egg yolks, depending on size of egg
Directions

Preheat oven to 300.

Beat egg yolks in small bowl.  Melt butter in large pan.  Add onion and garlic. Saute a few minutes.  Add water, milk and salt and bring to slow boil.  Turn off heat and add flakes, cover until liquid is absorbed.  Add mushrooms and egg yolk mixture.  Mix well and put in a 9 x 13 pan which has been sprayed with a non-stick vegetable spray or coated with butter.

Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.

Other nice additions are:

  • ½ c parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ c sour cream

The potato box says it makes 20 servings.  But as good as this is, I’m betting closer to 12. 

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.
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