Newsletter 29 – September 17, 2009
Gold Can Stay
by Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold,
her hardest hue to hold,
Her early leaf’s a flower;
but only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Days kicked off to a
great start on Saturday. It
was wonderful seeing so many of our good friends again, and even better
seeing how thrilled they were with their purchases. If
you’ve never been here for Dollar
Days, imagine everyone walking around with a fistful of orange
bucks, great big smiles on their faces, busily checking out
all the merchandise, and trying to decide what they’re going to use
them on. Pottery, trees, shrubs, perennials, spring-blooming bulbs,
and mums were the most popular items. If
you haven’t made it out yet, remember this event runs through Sunday
September 20th. 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.
you drooling over this year? A
hydrangea or Tina crab tree? A
particular ceramic pot? A
car/van/truckload of mums? We’ve
left all sale pricing in place, so you can get many items at sale prices
and STILL use your dollars for up to an additional 50% off. What
a deal? For best selection,
come on out today! We’re
waiting for you!
If the left
side of your brain controls the right side of your body,
left-handed people are in their right mind!
Sunday, September 20 1PM
do you put off dividing your perennials because you’re not really sure
how and when to do it? We’re
going to show you how easy it is. Visit us Sunday, September 20 at 1pm,
and our own Margaret Elmore and Bev Wilson, both Master Gardeners, will
take you through our display gardens and demonstrate exactly what to do.
This is another of our FREE
Quick Classes. You’ll be
in and out of here in no time, and leave with a head full of knowledge.
Wait until you see how nice your gardens look next year, after
you’ve divided your plants and given them room to grow.
Best of all, you will be so very proud of yourself for finally
getting it done!
Most of us have a bad habit that we are constantly trying to break.
For me, it’s biting my fingernails.
One day I told my husband about my latest solution; press-on nails.
“Great idea, Honey,” he smiled. “You can eat them straight out of the box.”
fall favorites are in stock. We’re
proud that ours are all locally grown right in the area. It’s so
important to support our neighbors. We are a proud member of Dane Buy
Local. Check out their web page for more info www.danebuylocal.com
busy schedule leaves little time for decorating, we have the answer. Our
Bundle includes one of our larger-than-life mums, a straw
bale and a bundle of corn shocks, all at special savings.
And yes, you can use your dollars, too.
All you will need to finish your display is a unique scarecrow
you can build yourself starting next week.
pumpkins are absolutely great. From
the smallest minis to the largest of our jumbos, they are some of the
best we’ve had in years. As
are the gourds, which are almost completely blemish-free. The
Indian corn is awesome this year, too.
And remember, we sell netted corn shocks (like they net Christmas
trees) so you can safely tie them to the roof of your vehicle and they
won’t be wind damaged. How
easy is that?
I married a younger man, ten years younger than I am.
I figure it like this;
If you can’t find a good man, raise one.”
Days begin next Monday,
September 21. Mark your
calendars for September 21-October 3, and plan to come out
and build your own creative masterpiece. We
began hosting this super fun event in 2005, and some of our friends have
been coming every year since. Scarecrows
are easy to store, just place them in trash bags after Thanksgiving and
put up above in your garage. After a couple of years, you will have
quite a collection for the yard. You can make them in child or adult
sizes. Many folks choose to make a mother and child or Packer or Badger
couple. Our scarecrow
expert, Cheryl, thinks it would be fun to dress them in old Halloween
costumes. Wait until you
see the Frankenstein scarecrow she made! The
possibilities are endless. We’ll
supply you with the kit, and offer you assistance from our talented
scarecrow staff. Bring your
own clothes or buy ours at garage sale prices. This
is wonderful activity for Scouts or Brownies, or any group, regardless
of their ages. Just call
ahead if you have more than 5 so we can be sure to have enough help
available. On weekends
we’ll even treat you to popcorn, candy, and some cider or lemonade. So
come on out and join the fun. You’ll
be so glad you did!
I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford.
Then I want to move in with them.
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.
evening temperatures have arrived and will soon be reaching the point
where light frosts happen. ABF
has an exciting new product from the makers of Liquid Fence called FreezePruf
which will power the freezing point of your temperature-sensitive
plants by up to 9.4 degrees. That’s like moving your plants 200 miles
south! FreezePruf protects
the plant both systemically and externally by enhancing its natural
“anti-freeze” properties and its ability to survive ice crystal
damage. It is biodegradable, and is designed to resist being washed away
by rain or snow. You simply spray it on.
each plant is different in how well it tolerates cold. While Impatiens
and tomato plants will die as soon as it reaches the mid to low 30’s,
a petunia or geranium can tolerate temps in the 20’s.
How long your plant’s life will be extended using FreezePruf,
will vary based on this. One application lasts up to six weeks.
It works best if applied when temperatures are in the 50’s with
at least 12 hours before an expected frost.
The Liquid Fence Company guarantees your satisfaction.
“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.”
we want to tell you about a gorgeous mum we grow called Erica. It’s a
beautiful bright yellow that you can readily see from the street and is
sure to impress your neighbors, and bring a smile to your face. After nearly two decades of working with garden mums, Erica
remains Bev’s favorite.
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.
There is so much good in the worst of us,
and so much bad in the best of us,
that it ill behooves any of us
to find fault with the rest of us.
James Truslow Adams
was I thinking last week when I didn’t include a recipe for something you
could have for the opening season PACKER/BEAR
GAME? I let you down,
Packer buddies. Anyway,
this week, the first recipe is a really good appetizer to nibble on
while you watch next week’s game. The
second is a recipe I found at Better Homes and Gardens and it is
something you can impress people with this fall when you have dinner
guests, or possibly serve at Thanksgiving.
Yum! This chutney pairs well with a glass of spiced apple
cider, or a lovely Pinot Grigio. The
original recipe was just for the chutney, but it is perfect with some
really good crackers and top notch wedges of cheese. I also served it with a main course of pork chops and loved
it, and imagine it would be equally good with poultry.
Cherry Pomegranate Chutney and Cheese
T olive oil
medium onions, chopped (1 cup)
T grated fresh ginger
cloves garlic, minced (1t)
t ground cinnamon
t ground allspice
12 oz. pkg. frozen dark sweet cherries
c unsweetened pomegranate juice
from 1 small pomegranate (3/4 cup)
a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, ginger,
and garlic. Cook for about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until
tender and translucent. Stir in cinnamon and allspice; cook about 20
seconds, until fragrant. Add cherries, pomegranate juice, and sugar.
heat to medium-high. Bring onion-cherry mixture to boiling.
Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes,
stirring occasionally until onion-cherry mixture is thickened.
Remove from heat. Stir in pomegranate seeds and salt. Refrigerate
chutney, covered up to 1 week. Makes 1 ¾ cups
recipe calls for smoked cheese, which I do not care for. I made it with
aged cheddar and was quite pleased with the result. Make ahead tip: Make the potato mixture a day ahead.
Refrigerate in a covered casserole; bake at 325 for 1½ hrs. Serves 8 -
I made a half recipe with four mini-pumpkins.
medium baking potatoes
cup canned pumpkin
t ground nutmeg
cup fat-free milk
cup shredded smoked Jarlsberg or smoked Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
oven to 325. Cut 1/4” off tops of pumpkins, discard tops, if desired.
Remove seeds and fibrous strings from inside of pumpkins. Place
pumpkins, cut side down, on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in preheated
oven for 20-25 minutes or until pumpkins can be easily pierced with a
fork. Set aside.
peel and quarter potatoes. Cook, covered in a small amount of boiling
lightly salted water for 20-25 minutes, or until tender; drain. Mash
with a potato masher, or beat with an electric mixer. Beat in canned
pumpkin, butter and nutmeg. Gradually beat in milk. Stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
mashed potato mixture into pumpkin shells, spooning any remaining potato
into a small casserole. Place pumpkin shells and casserole, if needed,
in a 15”X10” baking pan. Cover loosely with foil.
in preheated oven 15-20 minutes to lightly brown. Makes 8 side-dish
My mother was away all weekend at a business conference.
During a break, she decided to call home collect.
My six year old brother picked up the phone and heard a stranger’s voice say “We have a Betty on the line. Will you accept the charges?”
Frantic, he dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming,
“Dad! They’ve got Mom! And they want money!”
SEE YOU SOON!!!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless