Newsletter 14 – June 4, 2009
“A helping word to one in trouble is
like a switch in a railroad track
An inch between wreck and smooth,
Henry Ward Beecher
GUEST SPEAKER TONIGHT
Our series of guest lectures continues tonight, June 4, at
6:30 pm. You can learn how
to have FOOL PROOF SUN GARDENS from Rhonda Weber of Northern Sunset
Perennials. Rhonda has been
involved in all the facets of growing perennials since childhood. She
will present a power point presentation showing fabulous designs for sun
gardens and things to think about as you design your garden.
Rhonda will also touch on various garden types.
As always, the class is FREE. There will be handouts, including a FREE garden plan. This
is a rare opportunity for you to learn from a true expert. Please
plan to attend, we’re sure you’ll be very glad you did.
The human brain is
a wonderful thing. It
starts working the moment you are born, and never stops until you stand
up to speak in public. Joke 1
HERB CLASS BACK
by Popular Demand
We had standing room only at last Saturday’s Herb Class
presented by Mari Lynn Haugh of the Olbrich Herb Society. The lucky ones
got chairs. People were
sitting on the floor and listening at the door. It
got so crowded several of you left because you couldn’t hear. We had
requests for a repeat performance, and Mari Lynn graciously agreed to
help us out and teach another class.
Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 pm she will be back, so mark your
calendar to take advantage of this opportunity. The class will emphasize
designing, planting, growing and harvesting herbs, as well as the many
uses of herbs in your food and home. A favorite part of the class seems
to be the discussion about making herbal gifts. I know that I (Bonnie)
plan to make an herbal pizza dough that can be put in a decorative jar
to give for Christmas gifts next December.
Check out our herbal
bread and dipping oil recipes that were served at our Herb Fest last
A conclusion is
simply the place where you got tired of thinking Joke 2
A birdbath or fountain can add so much to your outdoor living
area. A water feature provides soothing sounds for you to enjoy, as well
as attracts birds. This week, at America’s Best Flowers, you will
receive a FREE jumbo hanging
basket, valued at $39.99, with the purchase of any in-stock birdbath or
fountain. Our selection of
water features ranges from elegant to whimsical.
Combined with a stunning hanging basket, this is the greatest
deal around. We invite you to come out today and check out our water
features while the selection is still good.
Don’t be so open
minded your brains fall out. Joke 3
This week, Al, our general manager, has allowed me to choose
the pick of the week. My
choice comes with a story. Please
humor me, it’s good for my soul to tell it.
My Grandmother Wilson was an avid gardener.
Year round her window sills were filled with pots and bottles,
each serving as home to some type of plant.
As spring approached, the dining room table was shoved right up
to the window to expand the growing space so she could start her
cuttings for the garden. In
rural Iowa, fifty years ago there was no America’s Best Flowers for
her to shop at, so she had mastered the skills required to keep stock
plants over from year to year and propagate new starts from them.
Though very time consuming and messy, her true gardener’s heart
loved every minute of it.
After my dad married my mom, Grandma, like all good
gardeners, decided to teach her these skills, too. Soon, Mom’s
windowsills were also filled with assorted pots and jars containing
starts of various plants, from sweet potatoes to African violets, but
her all-time favorite was double impatiens.
Grandma had called them rosebud impatiens, and my mom always
referred to them as ‘my little rosebuds.’
Earlier this week, as I walked by the bench of the Fiesta
series of double impatiens we grow, I paused for a moment.
Even though I lost my mom five years ago this month, I could
almost see her standing there, her amazement at how many ‘little
rosebuds’ we have. If she
were still with us, I would buy a flat of every color and fill her shady
areas just so I could once again see the delight on her face they gave
Warm summer weather makes June the perfect time to plant
double impatiens. Plant in well-drained soil in an area that receives
bright light, but not direct afternoon sun, keep moist but not wet, and
feed every week or two with a bloom booster fertilizer.
Your reward will be season long ‘rosebuds’.
If you are an average American, in your life,
you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights. Joke 4
Every year our container workshops are a huge success.
Many of you attend them all.
We have been receiving calls asking when the next one is.
There are no container workshops scheduled in the near future,
but you can contact us at 608-222-2269 and schedule an appointment with
one of our designers. The only requirement is that you purchase all of
your plants here. You may bring in your own pots or purchase one of
ours. There will be a
nominal charge for soil, however, the advice and scintillating
conversation are absolutely free.
It is never wise to
let any piece of electronics know that you are in a hurry. Joke 5
A perennial, by definition, is a flowering plant that lives
over two or more seasons. They
die back to the ground with frost but their roots survive the winter,
and generate new shoots in the spring.
There are plants that fall somewhere between perennial and shrub. Buddleia, commonly known as butterfly bush, falls into this
category. In a warmer
climate the butterfly bush is indeed a bush.
Here in Wisconsin, it performs more like a perennial.
flowers on long arching stems from mid summer until frost act as a
butterfly magnet. Growing
from the ground up each year, butterfly bushes reach about five feet.
We have six colors available, including pink, red, magenta, blue,
purple and bi-color.
A magician was
driving down the road – then he turned into a driveway. Joke 7
Thursday, June 4
6:30 PM FREE Right
Plant, Right Place Rhonda Weber, from Northern Sunset Perennials,
will show you how to choose and care for the perfect perennial plants
for your sunny garden
Wednesday, June 10
6:30 PM Herb
Class with Mari Lynn Haugh. Back
by popular demand. An
overview of planting, growing, harvesting and using herbs.
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. Please
give us your input. We’re
A woman was
bragging about her son, a college student:
brilliant! Every time we get a letter from him we have to go to the
lucky,” her friend said, “Every time we get a letter from ours,
we have to go to
the bank.” Joke 8
There is no question that June is the season.
If you have one or more weddings on your calendar, we want to
remind you that a gift certificate from America’s Best Flowers is the
perfect gift. There is no
faster way to help beautify the newlywed’s home than to fill it with
flowers. If they haven’t
yet been bitten by the gardening bug, you may be introducing them to a
lifelong love of gardening. Make it easy on yourself, stop out today and
pick up a gift certificate for all the young lovers on your list.
They’ll be so glad you did.
shouldn’t eat health foods.
They need all the
preservatives they can get. Joke
is a delicious and HEALTHY cookie recipe. I love it, and got the recipe
from Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
c softened butter
c packed brown sugar
c granulated sugar
t baking powder
c all-purpose flour
c rolled oats
c flaxseed meal
c wheat germ
oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped
c dried cranberries
c chopped walnuts, toasted
1. Preheat oven to 350
degrees. In large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on
medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown and granulated sugars,
cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of
bowl occasionally. Beat in flour. Stir in rolled oats, flax, wheat germ,
chocolate, cranberries, and walnuts (dough will be a little crumbly).
2. Drop dough by rounded
teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11
minutes or until tops are lightly browned. Let cookies cool on cookie
sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Makes about 30
Trying to do my share for the environment, I set up a trash basket
at my church
and posted above it this suggestion:
“Empty water bottles here.”
I should have been a little more specific,
Because when I went to check it later, I didn’t find any bottles
But it was full of water.” Joke 10
SEE YOU SOON!!!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless