2006 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 27

Week 27 (9/28/2006)


“The things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.”


Don’t let this happen to you!  America’s Best Flowers has beautiful mums, asters, ornamental kale and pansies just waiting for you to take them home.  We also have a good selection of perennials, roses, shrubs and trees.  But don’t delay, with our special fall pricing they won’t last long.


“Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside of us.”


When we were children we knew how to let the music out.  This week America’s Best Flowers was blessed to be able to share with two special groups of children as they created their entries for our “SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN CONTEST”What a joy it was to watch the youthful energy and exuberance that went into these very special scarecrows.  This is our first year for this contest and we are pleased to have two delightful entries. ‘Scarecrow Student in School Dress Code,’ which was submitted by Three Angels Christian School and ‘Scarecrowhood of the Traveling Pants,’ submitted by Miss Troia’s third grade class from St. Dennis School, adorn our front display inside our main greenhouse.


The kids have done their job, now it’s YOUR turn!!!


Come on in and vote for your favorite scarecrow Entries will be on display through October 21.   Voting is done with canned goods which will be donated to the Atwood Community Food Pantry, so be sure to bring plenty.  Both classes worked very hard and are so excited about winning a pizza party, compliments of America’s Best Flowers.  Their schools will receive a $50 gift certificate for school beautification from America’s Best Flowers for their participation.


“Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.”


While you’re here voting, we invite you to “Build Your Own Scarecrow.”   America’s Best has the perfect setting for you to bring the whole family and enjoy creating one-of-a-kind scarecrows. Don’t miss out on this chance to personalize your fall decorating.  We have helped build scores of unique scarecrows this week, and everyone involved has had a wonderful time. Due to overwhelming turnout for this workshop, we are extending it through Sunday, October 15.  We will have staff on hand from 10 – 4 each day to help you.  We start with a kit, available for a small fee, which includes the wooden frame, straw, burlap, head, face and twine.  Clothing for your scarecrows can be brought with you, or purchased from us at garage sale prices.  Apple cider and treats are available on weekends.


“I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her.  I would point out something and ask what color it was.  She would tell me, and always she was correct.  But it was fun for me, so I continued.  At last she headed for the door, saying sagely, ‘Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!’”




How to Winterize Roses – Quick Class by our own Sharon Stickford.  Saturday, October 21st 10AM.


Create a Holiday Porch Pot – Saturdays, November 11 & 18 from 10 – 3 and Sundays, November 12 & 19 from 1 – 4.  Design unique Holiday Porch Pots to decorate entryways, decks, and porches.


Holiday Open House Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th.  Get a free photo with Santa with a food or monetary donation. Pets are welcome. These donations go to the Second Harvest Food Pantry.




“Why is it, when a door is open it’s ajar, but when a jar is open, it’s not a door?”




Planting bulbs in individual holes has long been accepted as the way to have guaranteed blooms in the spring.   Over the past decade or two, other methods have emerged.  Just last week I was visiting with Jan, our representative from Langeveld Bulb Company.  His suggestion for quick and easy planting is to dig 2 or 3 holes for each large bag of bulbs.  Using a shovel, dig a hole 8 inches deep and as big as a bucket.  Loosen the soil in the bottom a little, sprinkle in bulb food, using the formula on the box or bag for the number of bulbs you are planting, and then put 12 – 18 bulbs in each hole.  Space them evenly, fill the hole with soil, water and you’re done.  


This method creates a vivid, dynamic look in the spring.  Instead of evenly spaced single stalks, you will have a mass of blossom, somewhat like a bouquet.  You can mix and match colors and bulb types as you like.  Keeping in mind that most daffodils bloom a little earlier than tulips, you can extend the bloom period by mixing them in the same hole.  Jan encourages us to plant bulbs in perennial beds rather than annual beds, due to watering requirements.  Annual beds, for the most part, need frequent watering during the hot summer months.  This creates a ‘too wet’ environment for the bulbs.


This is a great activity to do with your spouse, a friend, or your child.  One of you can dig and cover, while the other handles the bulb food and bulbs.  Using this method, you can plant hundreds of bulbs in an hour.  If you’re like me, every spring you look around your yard and wish you had planted more bulbs.  This is the year to do it.!! America’s Best Flowers has a great selection of spring-blooming bulbs for you to choose from.


“A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour!’”




The bridge over the interstate at Cottage Grove Road is now scheduled for completion sometime in December.  Reaching America’s Best Flowers can be just as easy as it always has been, as long as you know where to turn. The following are alternative routes you can use to easily reach us.


 If you are coming from north of Cottage Grove Road, you can go east on Milwaukee Street to Sprecher Rd. Go south (right) on Sprecher to Cottage Grove Rd. and turn left, go about one mile to Vilas Hope Road.  We are on the right, about a quarter mile from the corner.


If you are starting out south of Cottage Grove Road, you can go out Buckeye Road to Sprecher Rd. Turn north (left) on Sprecher, go to Cottage Grove Road, and turn right, go about one mile to Vilas Hope Road.  We are on the right, about a quarter mile from the corner.


Another alternate route for those coming from the south or west, is to take the Beltline (Hwy 12/18) east to County AB (which is about one mile past I90).  Turn North (left), stay on AB until it intersects with Vilas Hope Road.  You will go up a hill, past a cemetery, through a four-way stop, and around a bend. Turn north (right) on Vilas Hope Road.  We are up about two miles on the left.


Whichever way you choose to come, we promise the trip will be worth your time.  America’s Best is filled with ideas to help you decorate for fall.  From Happy Hanging Ghosts and Skeleton to straw bales, corn shocks and pumpkins, we can help you create a fun fall atmosphere.  Our selection of fall pottery will give your plants a fresh seasonal look.  Stop out today to check it out.


“John and Marcia were having some problems with their marriage and decided to get some help.  The first time they saw the doctor, he was conducting a group session and asked them to join in.  The doctor began by saying, ‘I would like to see how much you know about each other.  I am going to start with you fellows.  I’ll go around the room and I would like you to tell me what your wife’s favorite flower is.’  At this point, John smiled, leaned over to Marcia and whispered, ‘It’s Pillsbury, am I right?’” submitted by a reader


Bonnie’s Kitchen


Whenever I’m dieting (as I have been since Monday, ugh), I like to have a simple meal of soup, salad, and some whole wheat, fiber packed bread.  This soup satisfies me and I really enjoy the taste.  You can substitute 2 dozen Littleneck clams and use turkey bacon too.  Yum!


Manhattan Clam Chowder

                                                                                      Serves 4

2 slices bacon

2 ribs celery, thinly sliced

1 onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 (6 1/2 oz) cans chopped clams

¾ c bottled clam juice

1 lg. potato, peeled and cubed

2 carrots, chopped

1 t dried thyme

1 bay leaf

1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes

2-3 drops hot pepper sauce


Cook bacon in large saucepan until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble and set aside.

Add celery, onion and garlic to drippings in pan.  Cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Drain juice from clams into bowl.  Set clams aside and add juice to onion mixture.  Stir in clam juice, potato, carrots, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Stir in tomatoes with juice. Heat on high to boiling and reduce heat to low.  Add clams, cover and simmer 8 minutes. Discard bay leaf and season with hot sauce.  Stir in bacon.


138 calories, 10 g protein, 22 g carbohydrates,2g fat, 20 mg. cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 1,001 mg sodium (yeah, I know).


“A second grader came home from school and said to her mother, ‘Mom, Guess what.  We learned how to make babies todayl’


The mother, more than a little surprised asked fearfully, ‘That’s interesting.  How do you make babies?’


‘It’s simple,’ replied the girl, ‘You change the ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es’.’”

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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DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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