Newsletter 12 – May 21, 2009
“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.”
Moina Michael 1915
Be Sure to Plant In
MEMORY of Your Loved Ones
To celebrate Memorial
Day, America’s Best Flowers will again be offering a
FREE Engraved Brass Memorial
Plaque with every tree and/or shrub purchase totaling $100 or more from Friday, May 22
through Monday, May 25. What a beautiful way to remember your loved one,
or perhaps a beloved pet. You
may choose a cross, a rose, a dove, a flag, or a cat or dog paw to
decorate the plaque along with the name of your loved one. The plaque
will be mounted on a wooden stake and will be ready for pick up
beginning Saturday, June 13. We have an excellent selection of
ornamental trees and shrubs to choose from, including gorgeous flowering
crabs, magnolias, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, lilacs, shrub roses and
fruit trees. For more information
on Memorial Day history and tradition, visit
“All we have of
freedom, all we use or know –
This our fathers
bought for us, long and long ago.
Rudyard Kipling, The
Old Issue, 1899 Quote 1
The container workshops last Saturday and Sunday were as
fun-filled as usual. But remember, Saturday,
May 23rd is our last Container Workshop of the spring. It
will run from 10-4PM, but keep in mind that this one is Saturday only.
yourselves, take advantage of this time to plant as many containers as
you like. While you’re
here, be sure to plant up an herb planter.
Beautiful herb planters serve you in two ways. Not
only do they provide a source of herbs for cooking, but they are an
attractive addition to any patio or deck or kitchen.
With FREE soil and
assistance being offered this Saturday, you can’t go wrong. If
you would like to bring your own pot, please do, the soil and help is
“Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth:
Rest to each
faithful eye that weepeth.”
Thomas Moore Quote 2
Perhaps you want lush, homegrown vigorous veggies this year. We’ve got just thing for you. Before
attending the container Workshop, join Brian Emerson of the Ag. Research
Center in our meeting room for a FREE Quick Class; Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More! on Saturday, May 23 at
10AM. Brian’s class is not only for the beginning veggie gardener,
but the experienced gardener, who may have questions about a specific
problem, will find the answers here. Plan on attending, and receive a FREE 4 pack of Wisconsin 55 tomatoes. You can’t beat that!
“A hero is
someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than
Joseph Campbell Quote 3
the roads leading to it are not easy to travel.
Barb and her great staff are where they’ve always been, across from the old Hanley’s hardware store on Main Street
in Sun Prairie. Business hours are 9 to 8 on weekdays and 9 to 6 on weekends,
just like at our West Towne site (in the Sears automotive parking lot)
and the main greenhouse here in Cottage Grove. We are open 9 AM to
6 PM on Memorial Day. Special Hours at the farm this Saturday open
until 8 PM.
tents of green
We deck with
Yours has the
The memory shall be
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote
Al’s Pick of the Week
Establishing mums in Wisconsin can be tricky. While
no one can guarantee mums to be perennial in our climate, you increase
your chances of success by planting in the spring.
We have several varieties that we planted for spring.
These plants are in bloom now and offer the bonus of a second
bloom period if you cut them back when the first flush is over.
Early planting gives plants more time to establish a good root
system before the ground freezes. Regular
fertilization and watering, plus a good cover of mulch will also help
insure your success.
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.”
Thomas Campbell Quote 5
Container Workshop from 10-4. Last chance this spring to take
advantage of FREE SOIL AND ASSISTANCE and we clean up the mess!
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. FREE 4-pack of Wisconsin 55
tomatoes to anyone attending the class
Saturday, May 30
10AM FREE Herb Class with Mari Lynn Haugh. She’ll cover
planting, growing and harvesting herbs, including planning and designing
an herb garden and how to use herbs in your food, home & for gifts
Saturday, May 30 Celebrate Herb Fest with
us from 11 – 2, and you can sample herb breads and herb-infused
dipping oil. This annual event is so fun because it gives us the
opportunity to show you how easy it is to add variety to your meals,
just by snipping a few herbs right from your own garden.
Sunday, May 31 1PM
Hosta Workshop with Ed
Schulz, president of the Madison Hosta Society. There’s
nothing like hosta to add dimension, variety and interest to your shade
garden. Learn from the expert how to incorporate them to your best
The Rose Workshop last Saturday helped a lot of you to better
“understand” your roses. One lucky participant won the rose of the
year “Cinco de Mayo”. We’ll be scheduling the How
To Winterize your Roses in Wisconsin for this fall and will announce
in an upcoming newsletter.
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 important it
is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
It’s time for that holiday cookout. Isn’t it
a rule that you MUST have burgers on Memorial Day? We’re featuring a
Salsa burger recipe that’s easy and
good. This would be
especially good served with Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Salad, a recipe from a previous
newsletter, week 18 of 2006.
½ lb. lean ground beef
cup plain bread crumbs
oz. (3/4 cup) shredded hot pepper jack cheese
burger buns, split , toasted
T sour cream
In medium bowl, combine ground beef, salsa and
bread crumbs; mix well. Shape mixture into 12 patties, about 4” in
diameter and ¼” thick. Sprinkle a rounded tablespoon of cheese in
center of 6 patties, spreading slightly. Top with remaining patties;
press edges together firmly to seal.
Grill over medium heat for 11-13 minutes or until
thoroughly cooked, turning once.
Place burgers on bottom halves of buns. Top each
with tomato and avocado slice and 1 T sour cream. If desired, top with
additional salsa. Cover with top halves of buns.
I have another fun and crowd pleasing idea you
might want to try for your cookout this year. A group of us had gone to
Dotty Dumplings several weeks ago, and each of us tried a different
burger from their extensive list of burger options. We had lamb burgers,
buffalo burgers, and ostrich burgers. Last week, when we went to my
sister’s cookout, she and her husband offered a choice of those very
burgers to all their guests. It was so
fun! You can purchase ostrich, ground lamb and bison meat at
Farmer’s Market, Saturdays on the Square, or the Monona Farmers Market
“We, who are
left, how shall we look again
Happily on the sun
or feel the rain
how they who went
Their lives for us
Loved, too, the sun
Wilfred Wilson Gibson Quote 7
SEE YOU SOON!!!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless