Mini Garden & Terrarium Weekend Workshop

Newsletter 9 – Thursday, April 11, 2013

Current Hours

Monday – Friday
9am-6pm

Saturday-Sunday
9am-5pm

It’s a very small world

At America’s Best Flowers this weekend!  Come on out, Saturday, April 13, from 10am-4pm for our Make and Take Terrarium workshop and on Sunday, April 14, from 10am-4pm for our Make & Take Miniature Garden workshop.  We’ll show you how easy it is to create a lovely terrarium and a charming miniature garden that you’ll enjoy for years to come.  We have a wide selection of miniature plants and itsy-bitsy furniture and tiny lawn accessories to choose from. 

Bring in your own terrarium and/or containers from home (minus any potting soil or dirt of any kind) or choose from our large variety of pottery.  We also have a limited selection available of gallon-sized open top glass bowls and covered glass containers. 

And remember, America’s Best Flowers provides FREE potting soil at all our container workshops.

Q: How do you make an orange laugh?
A: Tickle its navel!

Are critters eating your flowers?

Bonide Repels-All
Bonide Repels-All
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Marty had a problem with neighborhood rabbits eating his tulips.  After chasing them out of his yard over and over (rumor has it that a neighbor has it all on video!) he decided to try this product.  Marty is very pleased with the results and recommends it to anyone with critter problems.  

Shot-gun REPELS-ALL Ready-To-Use Animal Repellent is made from all natural ingredients but is repulsive to vermin and other undesirable pests.  This product repels in three ways, by sense of touch, taste, and smell.  It protects plants and property for up to 2 months per application.  It may even be used around edibles.  The unique blend of ingredients in REPELS-ALL causes mild irritation to animal’s nasal passages but does not harm the animal, it drives them away, naturally. 

We have it in a 32 fluid ounce and 128 fluid ounce spray bottles.

Our flags are waving to you!

We have a beautiful array of garden flags to personalize your garden or yard with.  Many are available in two sizes, 12X18 and 28×40.  Not only do we have the flags, but we have several types of flag holders and even a flag holder with an 80” ground stake. 

These are just a few of the many designs we offer.

Sunflower FlagHot Air Balloons Flag

Q: What is smarter than a talking bird?
A: A spelling bee!

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 our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at abflunde@yahoo.com.  Al will get back to you promptly.  Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Your Potato Salad Ingredients Have Arrived

Our onion sets and seed potatoes have arrived.  Stop on out and pick some up. 

R U Ready to dig in…

But can’t because your gardening tools are dull?  Don, from Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening, will be here both Saturday and Sunday, April 13 -14, from 10am-4pm and will, for a nominal fee (collected by Don) sharpen those dull garden tools, lawn mower blades, tin snips, and more.  Look for our signs in the parking lot directing you to the drop off area.

Don will be able to sharpen most items while you are enjoying your time at the greenhouse.  For more difficult sharpening Don may need to take your items back to his shop.  They may then be picked up at America’s Best Flowers the following week.

We’re still looking for young and talented kids!

This summer we would like to offer a venue for the young and musically talented!  Our Music in the Garden event will be a great opportunity for kids to perform in a casual outdoor setting.  The dates for this event are Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, July 27.

If you know of a group or a solo artist that would like to perform at our greenhouse please contact Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar

America’s Best Flowers has a full season of events scheduled.  This season we are having 10 container workshops.  You make the mess and we clean it up!  Our hope is that we have a little something for everyone.  For a quick review of our schedule of Upcoming Events just add https://www.americasbestflowers.com/events/index.html to your favorites.

Q: How do you make a hot dog stand?
A: You steal its chair!

Lucy’s story – chapter 4

All I knew about this dog was how she looked in her picture on the Angel’s Wish website, (sad and forlorn) and that her short bio mentioned that she was a great momma to her litter of eleven.  I did not know if she was a jumpy high energy dog or a nervous Nelly.  There are all kinds of moms, you know!

Marge, her foster mom, called for Lucy and she calmly continued her short journey across the patio.   What was going through her sweet and gentle mind at that moment?   Was she hopeful that she was about to meet her forever mom?

I reached down and let her examine and smell my hand and after receiving her approval, I gently stroked her head.  No, I didn’t pat her head.  I don’t like having my head patted, so I try not to pat anyone else’s.

Marge suggested that the three of us go into the house.  As Lucy and I sat on the kitchen floor together talking (I did the talking) and smelling (Lucy did the smelling).  I’m not exactly sure when my tears started, but Lucy raised her head and licked my face.  How sweet was that?  I loved it!  But, it didn’t strike me as anything very unusual for a dog to do until Marge said, ‘We’ve had Lucy and her puppies here for three weeks and that is the first time she has ever licked anyone other than her puppies.’

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

Q: What do you get when you cross a dog with a phone?
A: A golden receiver!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 13
Make & Take Terrarium Workshop

10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own terrarium. Bring in your own terrarium container or buy one of ours.

Sat, Apr 13 – Sun, Apr 14
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am -4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Sun, Apr 14
Make & Take Miniature Garden Workshop

10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Apr 20 – Sun, Apr 21
Open House & New Plants

We have your all-time favorite plants plus our new line of Hort Couture plants!

Sat, Apr 27
Earth Day Celebration

10am – 2pm FREE children’s activities . Bring a white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls, plant cat grass, and more.

Sat, Apr 27 – Sun, Apr 28
Arbor Day Celebration

Receive a FREE Black Hills Spruce with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family.

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

In my quest to bring you delicious and different food, I read a lot of recipes.  Some of them are old favorites that have been buried in my stack, ready to be brought out and served again.  Others are from friends, given upon request from a dinner or dessert I especially enjoyed.  And then there are the ones clipped from magazines and newspapers, just waiting for me to test them for future offerings.  The following are adaptations from the latter.  One version did start out as a quesadilla, but the other was a burger.  I made both, thinking I would choose one to share, but since Jim preferred one and I preferred the other, I decided to give you both.  Each will serve 3 to 4 people.  Serve with a crisp green salad and your favorite icy cold beverage. Enjoy!!

Two Way Quesadillas – Jim’s Way

  • 4 (9-10 in size) whole wheat flour tortillas, I used low carb
  • ¾ lb extra lean ground beef
  • ¾ C salsa, I used medium
  • 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
  • 10 oz chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
Directions

Brown ground beef.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Lay a tortilla on a heated non-stick griddle.  Spoon one-quarter of the meat onto one half.  Top with one-quarter each of the salsa, spinach and blue cheese.  Fold tortilla over filling.  Slide to one side of pan and repeat with another tortilla. My griddle holds only 2, if you have a larger one, you may be able to make all four at once. Cook over medium heat until tortilla begins to brown.   Flip, lifting open edge gently up and over, allowing to pivot on folded edge.  Cook until browned on second side.  Remove to cutting board.  Cover loosely with foil to keep warm while you cook the other two.  Cut each quesadilla into 3 or 4 pieces and serve with sour cream, guacamole and more salsa.


Two Way Quesadillas – Bev’s Way

  • 4 (9-10 in size) whole wheat flour tortillas, I used low carb
  • ¾ lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 C refried beans, I used fat free
  • ½ C chopped fresh cilantro, yes, it is a lot but don’t scrimp here
  • 2 T chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 4 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded
Directions

Brown ground beef.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in beans, cilantro and jalapenos. Lay a tortilla on a heated non-stick griddle.  Spoon one quarter of the meat mixture onto one half.  Top with one quarter of the cheese.  Fold tortilla over filling.  Slide to one side of pan and repeat with another tortilla.  My griddle holds only 2, if you have a larger one, you may be able to make all four at once.  Cook over medium heat until tortilla begins to brown.  Flip, lifting open edge gently up and over, allowing to pivot on folded edge.  Cook until browned on second side.  Remove to cutting board.  Cover loosely with foil to keep warm while you cook the other two.  Cut each quesadilla into 3 or 4 pieces and serve with sour cream, guacamole and salsa.


Quick and Easy Guacamole

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 T finely minced sweet onion
  • Juice from ½ small lime, about 2 T
  • ½ t salt
Directions

Cut avocado in half. Remove pit.  Scoop flesh into a bowl.  Squeeze lime juice over top.  Add salt.  Mash with a fork, leaving it a bit lumpy.  Stir in tomatoes and onion.  Yum!!

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