Newsletter 28 – September 10, 2009
There can be no other occupation like gardening,
in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work,
you would find them smiling.
Dollar Days are here. Rummage through your drawers, glove compartments,
handbags and pockets, dig ‘em out, and bring ‘em in beginning at 9AM
Saturday morning, September 12. This is the time when you can redeem
your orange bucks for up to 50% off your total purchase of our entire
stock. No exceptions. The only limitation is they cannot be used with
birthday cards or other coupons. Imagine the possibilities - trees,
shrubs, perennials, a mixed fall container, pansies, bulbs, herbs, and
how about that big gorgeous ceramic pot you’ve looked at every time
you walked through our doors? It’s all here and waiting for you.
If you’ve been
to Dollar Days before, you know not to wait too long for the best
selection. We’ve even kept the special and sale pricing on and you can
STILL use your dollars for up to an additional 50% off that sale price!
We love to see the happy faces of our customers as they realize the
great deals they got by using their orange dollars.
your loyalty and know you have many choices of where you can shop. That
you choose us is something we do not take for granted and Dollar Days is
one of our ways of saying thank you.
We will be open from 9 until 6 on weekends and 9 to 7 during the
week for this event.
What’s the difference between bird flu and swine flu?
For bird flu you need tweetment,
for swine flu you need oinkment!
The summer days
are shortening, your gardens are perhaps producing a bit less, yet the
gardening pleasures now are fabulous. The cooler temperatures, coupled
with fewer mosquitoes make for a gardening Utopia.
We’re proud of
our spring bulb collection, and they are the perfect answer for the
gardeners who wants bloom from spring through fall.
Bulbs add glorious color to yards and landscape when it’s far
too early to plant annuals. Some even before the trees leaf out.
They’re a super investment, of your gardening time and dollars,
because you will enjoy their beauty for years.
The most frequently asked question at ABF regarding
bulbs is how deep to plant them. A good rule of thumb is to dig a hole
at least twice the height of the bulb. Plant in well drained soil, with
a little added some compost, especially if you have a lot of clay in
your bed, in full to part sun. The best time to plant is October,
because you want the bulbs to get watered and sprout some roots before
the ground freezes. Most folks buy them now, when there is a good
selection. Keep them in a cool dry location until you put them in the
ground. There’s a good information link to the University of Illinois
about bulbs: www.urbanext.illinois.edu/bulbs/planting.html
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Straw bales are
already in stock, pie pumpkins, Indian corn, gourds and corn shocks
arrive Friday. All of these
are Wisconsin grown, and we are proud to do our part in selling local
products. I always decorate
early, in part because I love those things, but also, to get the most
out of the season. Soon you’ll be able to join us making scarecrows at
out Scarecrow Workshop. Excitement
is in the air!
We want to share
a great link for you to get the most out of the season this year. It’s
and they will issue weekly fall color reports for the entire state. It
has 11 classic fall drives, and even information on touring
A good compost pile should get hot enough to poach an egg, but not so hot it would cook a lobster.
measurable rainfall for the past several days, Ilene, our perennial
manager, reminds you to continue to water your plants regularly,
especially trees, shrubs and perennials that you planted this season.
The first year is critical to the plant’s success and you want to
protect your investment and hard work.
left a packet of seeds in my pocket and my coat turned into a Chia
September 20 Dividing Perennials at 1 PM
Sept 21 – Oct 4 Scarecrow Days – Make your own scarecrow and we’ll clean up the mess. Real family fun! Refreshments on weekends.
September 24 Make a Fall Container Workshop from 4-8 pm
September 27 How to Winterize Roses at 1 PM
America’s Best Flowers gift certificates make the perfect gift for your favorite gardener. Remember, they never expire and may be used on everything we sell.
man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can take care of.
6000 fall mums in over 30 varieties. Our fields are filled with early,
mid and late blooming plants that come in shades of white, yellow and
gold, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender and purple. You have to see them
to believe how full and lush these beauties are.
When you do, we think you’ll say we grow the most beautiful
mums in town. Picture your home decorated with blazing color! This week
we want to tell you about a gorgeous variety we grow called Jennifer. It
has a bronze center surrounded by a rich yellow–gold and is such a
warm and inviting ambassador of autumn.
mums as an annual They bring
immediate color and last a long time.
If you plan to try to have them come back next year, plant them
deeply in the ground, as soon as possible. Mums prefer a sunny,
information on planting, pruning, feeding and mulching mums, refer to
last week’s newsletter. To get
there, go to our homepage www.americasbestflowers.com
and click on newsletters, 2009 and then Newsletter 27.
If I could only grow green stuff in my garden like I can in my refrigerator.
I made this for work and while we enjoyed it, there was a
little something missing. I adapted it this weekend and it was very
good. I think the secret is serving it on Triscuit Rosemary and Olive
Oil crackers. But what’s great is that it only takes minutes to
prepare, can go on the grill or in the oven, which I prefer, and makes a
super easy and very delicious appetizer.
Warm Italiano Spread
(8 oz. pkg.) Neufchatel cheese
plum tomato, chopped
c finely shredded 5 cheese blend
T grated parmesan
basil, if desired (chiffonade about 4 or 5 leaves)
and Olive Oil Triscuits
*To chiffonade fresh basil, take several leaves and place on top of
each other. Roll them tightly (up the long side) and slice them finely
as you move down the roll.
grill to medium. Place unwrapped Neufchatel cheese on 8” square sheet
of heavy duty foil. Give the pesto a dash of cayenne, stir it up and
pour over cheese. Next, sprinkle with the tomatoes and Italian cheese.
Sprinkle it all with the grated parmesan.
foil on grill; cover with lid. Grill 8-10 minutes or until shredded
cheese is melted and Neufchatel is softened, but still holding its
foil to platter. Serve spread with crackers.
year round by baking in a 375 degree oven 12-14 minutes or until cheese
is melted and Neufchatel is softened, but still holding its shape.
New Age Veggie Song:
Peas would rule the planets, and love would clear the bars.
It was the dawning of the Age of Asparagus, Age of Asparagus.
SEE YOU SOON!!!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless