Return of the Easter Bunny

Newsletter 5 – Tuesday, April 3, 2012

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

The Easter Bunny Returns

The contest prizes: a pair of kid's gardening gloves, branded either Dora the explorer or the Cars franchise
The Prizes for our Kid’s Naming Contest
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Our Pink Easter Bunny will be here! Don't forget your cameras!
Our Pink Easter Bunny will be here!
Don’t forget your cameras!

Our great big lovable pink Easter Bunny is back!  Join us for our Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 7, from 10:00 – 2:00 PM.  Rain or shine!!  Bring the kids out to our America’s Best Flowers Cottage Grove location. This event is designed for children 6 years of age and under.

Hey, kids, we need your help!  We have a bunny and two chickens that need names.   Come out to the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday and enter the Name the Hopper and Cluckers contest.  Contest winners will receive a pair of gardening gloves and a small garden trowel.  

Don’t forget your camera! 

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

Just a reminder

America’s Best Flowers will not be open Easter Sunday.

Lilies in the Greenhouse

Lilies in the Greenhouse
Lilies in the Greenhouse
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We have the most vibrant colors of lilies this season.  They make a great gift for mom, grandma and for you!  It’s a simple yet beautiful way to decorate for your Holiday table.  You can choose from a deep orange lily, white Easter lily, dark plum lily or a lavender lily. 

After the blooms begin to fade and die off, don’t throw them away.  Plant them in your yard.  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.

What happened to the egg when he was tickled too much?
He cracked up.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar

America’s Best Flowers has a full season of events scheduled.  This season we are having 10 container workshops.  You make the mess and we clean it up!  We have herb and vegetable garden workshops on the schedule too.  Our hope is that we have a little something for everyone.  For a quick review of our schedule of Upcoming Events just add https://www.americasbestflowers.com/events/index.html to your favorites.

What did the bunny say when he only had thistles to eat?
Thistle have to do!

Do we have your email address change?

Please let us know if your email address has changed and we will update our files.  We want you to continue receiving our weekly on-line newsletter.

Also, to give you more advance notice of our weekend events our weekly on-line newsletter will be sent on Tuesday rather than Thursday. 

How can you tell which rabbits are the oldest in a group?
Just look for the grey hares.

Questions?

If you have a specific vegetable or flower gardening question send our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, an email at abflunde@yahoo.com.  Al will get back to you promptly.  We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.  

A Sunday school teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A small child replied, ‘They couldn’t get a baby-sitter.’

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 7
Community Egg Hunt

10am – 2pm Rain or Shine! FREE candy. Children 6 and under. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Enter the Name the Bunny and Name the Chicken contests.

Sat, Apr 14 – Sun, Apr 15
Herb Container Workshop

10am – 4pm Free soil. Let us show you how to plant and design an herb garden.

Sat, Apr 14 – Sun, Apr 15
Vegetable Seed Starting Workshop

10am – 4pm Free soil. Buy your seed packets and seeding trays and we provide the soil. Get a jump on spring!

Sat, Apr 14 – Sun, Apr 15
How to Plant a Veggie Garden Ongoing Class

10am – 4pm Drop in and ask your questions!

Sat, Apr 21 – Sun, Apr 22
Open House

Free hot dogs and popcorn from 11am to 3pm. Come see all of our new beautiful plants.

Sat, Apr 21 – Sun, Apr 22
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am – 4pm Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

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Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson
In a departure from my easy fix meal format, I’m sharing a recipe Bonnie gave me several years ago when I needed something special for a party. It is from a book called Barnyard Birthday Bash, though I’ve seen similar ones online. While not the quickest thing I’ve ever made, they have to be the cutest. Hope you enjoy!

Chicken Little Stuffed Eggs

Chicken Little Stuffed Eggs
  • 12 eggs
  • ¼ – ½ t salt, to taste
  • 2-3 T salad dressing or mayonnaise
  • ½ to 1 t yellow mustard
  • 24 pimiento pieces – I take them from my jar of olives
Directions

Gently boil eggs in a large saucepan over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes.  You want the yolks of these eggs completely dry, but don’t overdo it or they will get dark.  Remove from heat.  Drain. Cover with cold water. Allow to cool a few minutes and the peel. Cut a thin slice from the wide bottom of each egg so it will stand straight – do not cut into yolk.

If you want colorful eggs, put on disposable gloves. Place enough water in 4 coffee cups to completely cover one egg, about ½ cup.  Color the water in each cup with a few drops of food coloring – I used green, blue, yellow and pink (red).  You could create other colors by mixing the food colorings. The different colors take different amounts of food coloring, remember you can always add more. One at a time, dip peeled eggs into cups for a minute or two, until they reach the desired color.  Gently lift egg from cup with a spoon, draining all color solution from spoon, allow to drip and then place cut side down on plate.  Do not allow them to touch. Do 3 eggs of each color. The first time I made these I didn’t have enough food coloring in my water and it took forever for the eggs to get the bright pastel colors I wanted.

After the eggs are completely dry, cut off the top of each egg about 1/3 of the way down from the pointy end. You can make a straight cut, or you can use a very thin sharp knife to make small slanted cuts to form a saw-tooth edge.  Carefully remove the top portion.  Set aside.  With a small slender spoon or knife, remove most of the yolk from each egg.

On a flat plate, mash yolks thoroughly with fork.  Sprinkle with salt.  Add 2 to 3 T salad dressing or mayonnaise and a small amount of yellow mustard.  Mix well.  Mixture should be moist but not wet.  With small spoon, refill large section of egg with yolk mixture, heaping filling.  Place reserved top portion on each egg, allowing face to stick out in front.  Place two tiny pimiento pieces on yolk mixture to resemble eyes. Alternately, you can use tiny raisin pieces or slices of pimento-stuffed olives for eyes and a bit of carrot for the nose.

Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chilled. 

When I make these I chop dark green lettuce leaves to create a grassy bed to place my chicks on.  They are always the hit of the party.


Here is a much quicker Easter idea:

Cottontail Bunny Salad

  • 1 chilled pear half
  • 1 red hot candy
  • 1 raisin, cut in half
  • 2 slivered almond pieces
  • 1 scoop cottage cheese
  • 1 lettuce leaf
Directions

Place pear half, cut side down, on individual lettuce leaf.

Making small slits to help hold in place, add red hot for nose, raisin halves for eyes, almonds for ears, and cottage cheese for tail.

SEE YOU SOON!!!
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!
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