Newsletter 11 – May 14, 2009
“God is the experience of looking at a
tree and saying ‘Ah!’” Joseph Campbell
This weekend is our second Container Workshop of the season. Saturday,
May 16 and Sunday May 17th from 10AM-4PM you may once again
plant your containers in our potting shed area and we’ll not only
clean up the mess, but offer FREE soil and assistance. It
doesn’t get much better than this. Bring in your own pots, or purchase
some from our outstanding selection of stoneware beauties. We suggest
you plant into a liner which will sit inside the pot for your larger
pieces. It becomes so very easy to change the pot seasonally. So, contain yourself! We hope to see you this weekend. Remember, the
least busy time is Sunday morning before noon.
‘How did you get that horrible swelling on you nose?’
Jimmy: ‘I bent
over to smell a brose.’
‘There’s no b in rose.’
Jimmy: ‘There was
in this one!’. Joke 1
And While You’re Here-
If you love roses, but lack the confidence to grow them, you
won’t want to miss our Rose
Workshop Saturday, May 16th at 10AM another FREE ABF
QUICK CLASS that will teach you selection, planting, pruning and caring
for your Wisconsin grown roses. Sharon Stickford will truly help you
simplify your rose gardening. We get so many phone questions regarding
roses, and each year we encourage people to attend this spring class.
They’re never sorry they did. Join us in our meeting room. You might
just WIN the 2009 Rose of the
Year! Attend the class and you can enter a drawing to win a
beautiful Cinco de Mayo
rosebush, a $29.99 value. Afterwards, why not plant your container at
- Cinco de Mayo Rose
Impossible to categorize as any single flower color, this
wildly bright floribunda offers giant clusters of blooms containing
every shade of red, orange, magenta, purple, smoke, and more! Each
flower is unique, and a fully blooming shrub is a conflagration of
festive colors, enhanced by a fresh-cut apple fragrance you will love.
Just the right size for a low hedge, large containers, or mass planting,
Cinco de Mayo is the standout in any garden setting. Blend of shades of
rust-red and lavender smoke.
this is a dogwood tree’
Camper: ‘How can
its bark.’ Joke 2
Vegetable gardening is bigger than ever this season. In
fact, we had to discourage a lot
of you who wanted to buy and plant your tomatoes during the warm spell
we had in mid-April! Just wait a few more weeks, we pleaded. But it’s
hard to beat spring fever.
If you are fairly new to veggie gardening, or simply want a
few pointers and a quick refresher course, be sure to attend our Vegetable
Gardening; Tomatoes and More, on Saturday, May 23rd at 10AM.
This class will be led by Brian Emerson of the Ag Research Station. All
attendees will receive a complimentary 4 pack of Wisconsin 55 Tomatoes!
What happened to
the camper who swallowed a flashlight?
He hiccupped with delight. Joke 3
While the gorgeous containers Sharon picked last week were
chosen for their beauty, this week’s choice was selected more on the
basis of potential and value. We
have just received a shipment of small Proven Winners shrubs. Some of these hard-to-find varieties are new this year,
including Double Play Spirea, Ghost Wiegela, Vanilla Spice Clethra, and
Cityline Mars, Cityline Rio, and Incrediball Hydrangeas.
Returning this year is the ever popular Sambucus Black Lace,
a cut-leaf elderberry often thought of as a ‘poor-man’s’ version
of the Japanese Maple. This extremely hardy shrub offers color, texture
and variety to your landscape. Another standby is Rhamnus Fine Line, a
deer-resistant, non-invasive buckthorn, which is drought tolerant and
provides fall and winter interest.
Hardy to minus 50, Fine Line makes a fast-growing hedgerow for a
privacy screen or windbreak.
All of these young plants are easy to carry home, easy to
plant and easy to get established in your home landscape; while carrying
the additional benefit of being really easy on your wallet.
The only requirement for the gardener is patience.
But if you incorporate a generous amount of mushroom compost and
Soil Moist into the hole when you plant and use a root stimulator and
fertilize regularly, they will grow surprisingly fast. Stop
out today and see our selection. A
few years down the road, you’ll really be glad you did!
do bees hum?
don’t know the words.’ Joke 4
May 16 Rose
Workshop at 10 AM. If
you have questions about roses, you won’t want to miss this one.
Our own Sharon Stickford, past president of the Madison Rose
Society, will simplify rose gardening and show you just how easy growing
and caring for them can be. HONEST!
May 16, 17 & 23
Container Workshop from
10-4 each day. If you’ve never attended, you may be surprised that we
provide FREE SOIL AND ASSISTANCE and clean up the mess!
May 23 Easy
Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More! 10AM. Vegetable gardening is
back! People have
rededicated themselves to growing their own veggies. In addition to
providing delicious fresh produce, other benefits include the
therapeutic effects of working the soil, which clears your mind; the
physical exercise, which strengthens your body; and the calming effect
of watching your garden grow, which is a tonic for your soul. We invite
you to learn gardening shortcuts and tips from Brian Emerson of the
Madison Agricultural Research Station.
Next week’s newsletter will have details for the weekend of
May 30-31. In the meantime mark your calendars:
10AM Herb Class &
Fest 11-2 Herb Bread &
Oil samples FREE recipes
May 31 1PM
We will have free
classes continuing throughout the season, along with more Make
and Take Workshops. Our goal is
to hold events that are interesting and helpful to our customers.
Remember to give us your input. We’re
How do you
communicate with a fish?
Drop him a line.”
This is a cake that everyone seems to love, and a
good one to take to potlucks. It’s a bit too sweet for my liking, but
most people don’t seem to agree with me. It actually is called
Butterfinger Cake, but I use Heath bars.
box German Chocolate cake
Heath bars, crushed
jar Mrs. Richardson’s Caramel topping
can Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
ounce container Cool Whip
cake according to package directions
soon as cake is done, poke holes 1” apart all over the top with end of
wooden spoon. Immediately pour condensed milk all over top of cake,
making sure to get it into holes also. Follow with the caramel topping.
Cover and refrigerate.
serving, spread with Cool Whip and sprinkle with crushed candy bars.
Butterfingers may be substituted for the Heath bars.
‘Birds, though small, are remarkable creatures.
For example, what
can a bird do that I can’t do?’
Susie: ‘Take a
bath in a teacup.’ joke 6
SEE YOU SOON!!!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless