Oh no! The Easter Bunny hid all our Eggs!

Newsletter 7 – Thursday, April 2, 2015

Current Hours

Cottage Grove location open

9 – 6 Monday through Friday
9 – 5 Saturday
Closed Sunday

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5

Both locations will be closed on Easter Sunday

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 85

Lucy laying in the leaf-covered lawn, far away from the camera
"By now, I’ve learned that hiding outside is the best course of action when mom has an idea if I don’t want to be painted, vacuumed or flea marketed."
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Snippet from Lucy’s journal…Autumn 2014

We haven’t been getting much sleep around our house lately.  My dad’s been dreaming…a lot!  He’s been kicking and throwing his arms around like craaazy! Ok, I know we all dream, but this is serious ‘cause he’s fallen out of bed 2 times.  He doesn’t get hurt, but still we are worried about him.

So, me and my mom have been talking about how to keep him safe in bed at night.  Suddenly, my mom got a silly look on her face and said, ‘Lucy, I think I have an idea!’  And that’s all she would tell me.  I don’t know, but by the look on her face something tells me this is going to be good! 

I’ll keep you posted.

Till next time!

A cartoon bunny sitting on a pile of decorated Easter eggs
Our Pink Easter Bunny will be here!
Don’t forget your cameras!

Our resident Easter Bunny just can’t wait to see you at our Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 4, from 10:00  – 2:00. Rain or shine (it’s an indoor egg hunt!)

This is an on-going four hour event, so don’t worry about getting here right at 10:00.  Sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast with the family and then pile everyone in the car and come on out and join us for the fun!

The silly pink wabbit has hidden plastic eggs throughout the greenhouse.  From 10:00 – 2:00 kids can hunt for eggs.  The kids bring their bounty up to the front of the greenhouse and exchange them for a small bag of candy.  Bring your Easter basket or a bag to carry your eggs in.

Our Cottage Grove location will be accepting donations for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry. Our Edgerton location will be accepting donations for the Edgerton Outreach Food Pantry.

What does the Easter Rabbit get for making a basket?
Two points, same as anyone.

Easter Lilies at the Greenhouse

Easter lilies make a great gift for mom, grandma and for you!  It’s a simple yet beautiful way to decorate for your Holiday table. 

After the blooms begin to fade and die off, don’t throw them away.  Plant them in your yard.  If you’re lucky, your lilies will grow and bloom in your garden for years to come. 

Wait until all chances of a frost have passed and transplant your lily in your garden.  Plant it in full sun, in somewhat of a rich soil and in a well-drained area.  In the fall, apply bulb fertilizer or blood meal on top of the soil and carefully work it in without disturbing the bulbs.  Cover with mulch in colder climates to protect the bulb from freezing.

Don’t panic if your lily doesn’t come back until the second year after it is transplanted.  Sometimes bulbs have been forced to bloom and need a year to recover and return to its normal cycle.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  We hope that you will be-holding one of our beautiful lilies this season.

How many hairs are in a rabbit’s tail?
None, they’re all on the outside.

Pansies & Violas

The Beacon of Spring

By Judy

These things sell so fast we had to carry these off into the woods just to take this picture
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Every spring pansies and violas provide the first brilliant color in the greenhouse.  Pansies are one of the most popular cool weather flowers.  Thriving in the cool days and cold nights of spring, they withstand temperatures in the low 20’s.

Cool Wave pansies are a true trailing pansy and are one of our newer varieties.  Blooms are about 1¾ inch across and are quite durable through rain and inclement weather. We have them in yellow and mixed colors, available in baskets and pots.

We also carry many of the pansy and viola varieties that you have come to love in flats, pots and baskets.  It is our hope that the ‘Cool Wave’ pansy will also become one of your favorites.  With many colors, varieties and pot sizes to choose from, you will be sure to find the perfect colors for your gardens and containers.

Come see us to get yours before they are all gone!

What do you get when you cross a bunny with a spider?
A harenet.

New Products Corner

Stainless Steel Gazing Balls

By Marty Robbins

All Sorts of Shapes and Sizes
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Nostalgic mirrored garden ornaments that rest on pedestals are making a comeback. Gazing globes date back to the 13th century when they were introduced into Italian country gardens.  They were meant to bring happiness, ward off evil spirits and attract fairies. In Victorian times a globe near a gate allowed you to look around the corner to see who or what was approaching from the other side of the fence or hedge. 

There is no need to worry about breakage or animals knocking them over in your garden! Our durable and unbreakable stainless steel globes will provide years of enjoyment. Light dances off these shiny orbs while providing the ever changing reflection of your garden as it grows.

We currently have a good selection in a variety of sizes and colors. We also have unique pedestals for every garden design from whimsical to traditional. A gazing globe would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift as well.

Seed Potatoes and Onion Sets

Our seed potatoes and onion sets have arrived!  The varieties of potatoes we have are Red Norland, Yukon Gold, Kennebec (all purpose white), Russet Burbank (baker) and All Blues.

And we have red, white and yellow onion sets available.

What’s the best way to catch a unique rabbit?
You ‘nique up on him.

How do you catch a tame rabbit?
Tame way, you ‘nique up on him, too.

Interested in learning a life-saving skill?

America’s Best Flowers is teaming up with Fevolden Farm LLC to teach Compression Only CPR (Hands Only CPR) throughout the day on Saturday, April 18, 2015 between 10am and 3pm. 

Tom and Ginny Olson will be on site to provide hands-on training on CPR, the Heimlich maneuver for relief of choking, and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  There will be no charge for this training and it is open to anyone 10 years of age and older.  Just drop in and learn.  Expected time commitment – 15-30 minutes.

In addition to their experience with alpacas and alpaca products, Tom & Ginny have many years of experience in the health care field.  Ginny has over 20 years experience in critical care as a Registered Nurse followed by 10 years as a Nurse Infomaticist at the Madison VA Hospital.  Tom has over 30 years experience teaching safety and emergency response classes at Madison College and the Madison VA Hospital.  Both are retired volunteer Deer-Grove EMTs and have been teaching CPR for over 30 years as certified instructors for the American Heart Association.

What do you call a rabbit with fleas?
Bugs Bunny.

Thanks, Al!

For the past 8 years when anyone at the greenhouse was searching for an answer we would always say, ‘Go ask Al.’ 

Al Lunde was our resident go-to-guy regarding anything and everything at the greenhouse.  In fact, in our weekly newsletter we had the ‘Send Al your gardening questions!’ section for our readers.  Al would then promptly send you a response.  

Those days are gone!  Earlier this year, Al decided to retire from America’s Best Flowers.  We wish him much luck and relaxation in his retirement. 

Al is a hard habit to break though.  Just yesterday one of our associates said, ‘I don’t know, why don’t you just go ask Al?’

How does the Easter Bunny stay in shape?
He eggercises by doing hareobics!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 4
Community Egg Hunt

10am-2pm – Indoor – Rain or shine! FREE candy! For children 6 and under. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Accepting items for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.

Sat, Apr 11 – Sun, Apr 12
Terrarium & Miniature Garden Container Workshop

10am-3pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own terrarium or miniature garden. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sat, Apr 18 – Sun, Apr 19
Spring Flower Show

9am-6pm We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season and a HUGE selection of new pottery.

Sat, Apr 18
Herb Container Workshop

10am-3pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own herb garden. Bring in your own EMPTY containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Apr 18 – Sun, Apr 19
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

9am-3pm Get your tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, Apr 25
Earth Day Celebration

10am-2pm Free children’s activities. Bring a white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls, plant flower seeds and more.

Our Kitchen

Here’s another recipe that would make a wonderful Easter dessert.  Years ago we were treated to this scrumptious cake.  I cannot remember who brought it in.  But I do recall it is the recipe she always made for her grandson’s birthday. It’s cold, creamy wonderment on a plate.  Enjoy!

Dillon’s Cream Puff Cake

  • 1 c water
  • ½ c butter
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 c flour
  • 3 eggs

Heat oven to 450.  In medium saucepan combine water, butter and salt.  Heat until butter is melted.  Add flour all at once.  Stir until flour leaves sides of pan and forms a ball.  Remove from heat.  Let cool while you get the eggs.  Add one egg, beat with large spoon until mixture is stiff.  Add 2nd egg, beat until mixture is stiff.  Add 3rd egg, beat until mixture is stiff and forms into ball.  Make sure it isn’t still shiny, but don’t over beat.

Spread mixture in a 9 x 13 cake pan.  Bake at 450 for 20 minutes, reduce oven to 325 and bake another 20 minutes, or until golden and puffy.  Let cool completely.

Mix large package instant pudding** (vanilla or whatever flavor you want).  Spread on cooled cream puff, spread whipped cream or cool whip on top of pudding.  You can also drizzle chocolate on top.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Cut into squares.

**Bev’s note – I grew up on hot, creamy homemade puddings, made with whole milk and fresh eggs from our own cows and chickens.  I don’t have these same ingredients anymore, but I am stuck in the past as far as thinking all puddings should be cooked.  My solution is to use the cook kind of pudding mix and make it with whole milk.  If you decide to do this, you will need to make the pudding ahead of time so that it has cooled to room temperature before you assemble the cake.

Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
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4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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