Perennial Month and Flea Markets!
Newsletter 15 – Thursday, May 29, 2014
Cottage Grove – open Mon-Fri 9-8, Sat and Sun 9-6.
Edgerton open Mon-Fri 8:30-7, Sat 8:30-6, Sun 9-5.
Lucys Story – Chapter 51
I overheard my mom talking to my dad about getting a summer haircut. Should she go to the same person that has been cutting it or should she try a new stylist (fancy word for groomer if you ask me?) On and on and on she went. Really?
What is all the fuss about? Its fur, just do it! Go to the groomer, have a bath, a deep brushing, a nail trim (or should I say a la-de-da manicure).
I tell ya, life would be a lot less confusing if everyone would just cut to the chase and use basic words such as kibble, treats and groomer.
Now, see how easy that makes things?
Hmmm, that reminds me, my nails are getting a little long. Maybe its time for my next mani…oops, I mean nail trim.
Fill that Gap with Groundcover
Dont know what to do about that bare spot in your garden or walkway? Weve got the answer for you! Join us this Saturday, May 31, at 10:00 am and learn from the groundcover expert, Mary Beth, from Midwest Groundcovers. Did you know there is a groundcover for every type of area; sun, shade, dry areas, even walking paths?
Between Mary Beth and our very own perennial manager, Margaret, well have answers to all your gardening questions. And well have garden plans for you to take home too!
After class lets out, stroll on out to our perennial area and check out our wide variety of available groundcovers.
A friend of mine was enjoying his new cars powerful
sound system by driving along with the volume way up.
At a traffic light, he heard someone shout,
Hey, do you mind?
Stopped next to him was a young man in an open convertible.
He pointed to an object in his hand and said,
Cant you see Im on the phone?
June is Perennial Month at Americas Best Flowers
The two-tone single blooms of the Halo Cerise are extra large and extra gorgeous. Theyll make a glorious addition to any sunny garden.
This is a very hardy perennial that will survive Wisconsins cold winters and hot, humid summers.
Stop on out and choose from a selection of our specially priced hollyhocks and receive 20% off.
Summertime is a Fun Time to Entertain!
Let us offer a simple and easy solution to decorate your yard, patio or deck for your summertime fun. Our Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets will give your outside entertainment area that perfect touch.
If youre planning a get together in a week or so let Americas Best Flowers create custom-made container gardens for you. Our talented staff will create beautiful flower containers that will amaze and impress your guests. Just give us a call at 608-222-2269 to arrange a time to meet with our designer.
I was visiting a friend who could not find her cordless phone.
After several minutes of searching, her young daughter said,
You know what they should invent? A phone that stays connected
to its base so it never gets lost.
Were Gearing Up for Flea Market Time at America’s Best Flowers
America’s Best Flowers
2014 Flea Market Schedule and Information
|July 12||Saturday||Flea Market 8am – 3pm Rain or Shine|
|August 23||Saturday||Flea Market 8am – 3pm Rain or Shine|
|Sept 14||Sunday||Flea Market 8am – 3pm Rain or Shine|
|Oct 18||Saturday||Flea Market 8am – 3pm Rain or Shine|
For vendor participation we require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00. After you have your space set up on the morning of the flea market, Americas Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card.
Each vendor will be allowed two parking spaces, which equals one booth, to display their wares. More vendor space is available for an additional $10.00 for each parking space. Additional space must be requested at the time of the initial registration. Each vendor is limited to only one $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card regardless of the number of parking spaces (booths). The flea market will be located in our huge blacktop parking lot. Rain or shine!
Send Al your gardening questions!
Americas Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at email@example.com. Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.
After shopping at a busy store, anther woman and I happened to leave at the same time, only to be faced with the daunting tasks of finding our cars in the crowded parking lot. Just then my car horn beeped, and I was able to locate my vehicle easily.
Wow, the woman said. I sure could use a gadget like that to help me find my car.
Actually, I replied, thats my husband.
|Sat, May 31|
Perennial Gardening Class
10:00am FREE garden plan and class.
|Sun, Jun 1 – Mon, Jun 30|
Perennial of the Week
Focus is on a new perennial each week.
|Sat, Jun 7|
Succulent Garden Workshop
10am-4pm FREE soil and assistance. Bring in your own container or buy one of ours.
|Sun, Jun 15|
FREE Schoepps ice cream for Dad and the family!
|Sat, Jun 21 – Sun, Jun 22|
Herb, Terrarium & Miniature Garden Container Workshop
10am-4pm FREE soil and assistance. Create your own herb container garden, terrarium or miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.
|Sat, Jul 12|
8am 3pm Rain or Shine
The cool wet weather weve had this year has been perfect growing conditions for rhubarb. Judy, a friend here at work, brought me a big bundle. I cant wait to turn some of it into a pie.
Moms Rhubarb Pie
- 4 c rhubarb slices, ½ in thick
- 1 1 ½ c sugar
- 1/3 c flour
- ½ t salt
- 1 t cinnamon, or more to taste
- 1 pkg Frozen deep dish pie crusts (2) or make your own below
Bevs Pie Crust (Makes two 9" crusts)
- 2 c flour
- 1 t salt
- ¾ c vegetable shortening
- 5-6 T ice water
Wash and dry your rhubarb before slicing. Mix sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon in large mixing bowl. Stir in rhubarb. The amount of sugar required depends on how tart the rhubarb is and how sweet you like it. Usually the redder the rhubarb the sweeter it is. The rhubarb I grew up with was the older green variety which was tart indeed.
Preheat oven to 400. Mix flour and salt. Cut in half of the shortening to the consistency of coarse corn meal. Cut in remaining half to the size of small peas (cutting the shortening in two ways makes an extra flaky crust). Add 1 T water at a time, using a fork to mix it in, until the dough holds together when pressed gently with your fingers. Divide in half. Roll out on flour-covered board until your circle of dough is two inches larger than an inverted pie pan. Fold crust gently in half. Lift carefully and line 9 pie pan. Fill with rhubarb mixture. Roll other crust. Cut some slits or a design in the folded crust. Moisten the edge of bottom crust. Cover with top. Trim any excess crust, leaving about ½ inch beyond the lip. Tuck edge under and crimp. Sprinkle top with sugar. Fold aluminum foil strip over edge to keep from getting too brown. Bake 45 50 minutes, or until your filling bubbles up through the slits. Remove foil last 10 minutes. Cool at least 20 minutes before cutting.
Around our house, there was always a debate about whether Moms recipe or Aunt Bettys recipe made the better pie. I was always on my moms side, I think because it is so loaded with rhubarb. Others preferred the creamy goodness of Aunt Bettys custard style. My suggestion, make one of each and see who votes for each. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your results.
Aunt Betty Jeans Rhubarb Custard Pie
- 2 c rhubarb, thinly sliced
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 3 T flour
- ¼ t salt
- 1 extra large egg
- 1 c half & half
- 1 t vanilla
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 Frozen regular pie crust or make your own above using ½ recipe
Preheat the oven to 350. Fit the pie crust into pie pan (not deep dish), crimping the edges. Prick the bottom and sides well with a fork. Bake until the edges of the crust are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool.
Mix rhubarb with 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Transfer to the crust and spread to form an even layer. Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet. Whisk the egg with the half & half, flour, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. Pour over the rhubarb. Fold aluminum foil strip over edge to keep crust from getting too brown. Bake 45 minutes to an hour or until the pie is lightly browned and puffed in the center. Serve slightly warm, dusted with powdered sugar.
This pie is also very good made the day before and chilled overnight.