2006 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 30

Week 30 (10/19/2006)


“Home is the place where we can grumble the most, and still be treated the best.”


Saturday, October 21, is Sweetest Day!!!!!!


Let us help you treat your sweetheart to the best.  America’s Best Flowers has just received a fabulous assortment of easy-care tropical plants.  Beautiful blooming orchids and bromeliads, or any of our great assortment of foliage plants are wonderful ways to show your sweetheart how much you care.  Match your favorite plant with one of our colorful Scheurich pots, and you have a gift he or she will remember forever. 


“Happy memories never wear out…Relive them as often as you want.”


UPCOMING EVENTS at America’s Best Flowers make memories.


How to Winterize Roses – Great News!  Roses are Perennials!  A workshop full of information designed for you to learn how to protect your roses against harsh Wisconsin winters.  Free workshop will cover several types of winterization methods including blueprints for a structure to cover the entire bed.  Class by our own Sharon Stickford.  Saturday, October 21st at 10AM.  Don’t miss it!!


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.  Use your choice of greens, dogwood, floral picks, eucalyptus, cattails, dried hydrangeas, berries and more, to create a dramatic statement.  Bring a friend!!


Holiday Open House Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th from 9 – 6.  Our Winter Wonderland. containing over 6,000 ABF-grown Poinsettias, Christmas trees, hand-decorated wreaths, boughs, roping, Holiday Porch Pots, Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus and more, will fill you with the ‘Spirit of Christmas’.  Free family photos with Santa from Noon-2 PM with a food or monetary donation to the Second Harvest Food Pantry. Pets are welcome.  Complimentary cookies and hot beverages.


Create a Holiday Centerpiece – Saturday, December 16 at 10 AM.    Create an elegant holiday centerpiece using fresh greens, candles, berries, and more, for your home.  We’ll provide assistance and all materials.  Registration required. $35 fee. Call 222-2269 for additional information.


“Take time to laugh, for it is the music of the soul.”


As much as we love the holidays, this time of year can be a bit stressful for everyone.  America’s Best Flowers invites you to visit our greenhouses often during the next few weeks, and let our plants work their magic on you.  A stroll through our luxurious tropicals is guaranteed to relax you.  For a few moments, you can be far away from your worries.  Our big greenhouse, overflowing with poinsettias, will take your breath away** as the brilliant colors of the season grow brighter each day.  Visit us often and be amazed.  The super-oxygenated air will rejuvenate your spirit!  Take a little time out for yourself.  You deserve it!! 


**“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” George Carlin




Now is the perfect time to plant amaryllis for holiday bloom.  America’s Best Flowers offers exotic amaryllis bulbs, which will create unique gifts or home decoration.  Come in today for the best selection.  If you’ve never grown an amaryllis before, you will be amazed how simple it is.  Just choose your bulb, match it with a gorgeous pot and plant.  Six to eight weeks later, you will have huge breathtaking blossoms.  Plant several to use as gifts for those hard-to-please people on your list.  We guarantee they will love them.


“At long last the good-humored boss was compelled to call Fisk into his office.  ‘It has not escaped by attention, that every time there’s a home game at the stadium you have to take your aunt to the doctor’


‘You know you’re right, sir,’ exclaimed Fisk.  ‘I didn’t realize it.  You don’t suppose she’s faking it, do you?’”


Question Corner

If you have gardening questions you would like answered in this newsletter, please e-mail them to ed@americasbestflowers.com  To make sure it reaches my desk, please put “Question for Newsletter” in the subject line.


“Last week you told me I needed to dig my summer bulbs.  What do I do with them after they’re dug up?”


To review: summer bulbs; such as dahlia, begonia, caladium, elephant ears and gladiola, are not hardy enough to be left in the ground in our Wisconsin winters.  If you would like to keep your bulbs to plant again next year, cut the stems off about 4 inches above the ground.  Remove the clump gently from the soil, keeping it intact.  Allow to dry thoroughly in a dry,frost-free area.  Crumble excess soil away from the bulbs.  Trim off all hair-like roots.  Pack roots in a shallow tray, covering them with dry potting soil.  Large bulbs, like elephant ear, can be stored in a brown grocery sack.  Store in a cool place (40 – 50 degrees) for winter.


“I know that you are still selling perennials, isn’t it too late to plant them?”


No.  Most perennials can be planted as long as the soil can be worked.  Just remember to mulch them well to keep the soil around them from freezing and thawing.


“What is the difference between a piano and a fish?  You can’t tuna a fish!”




The bridge over the interstate at Cottage Grove Road is still under construction.    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.


“According to a recent article on nutrition, eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Nutritionists say there is a simple way to tell if you’re eating right.  Colors.  Fill your plates with bright colors.  Greens, reds, yellows.


In fact, I did that this morning.  I had an entire bowl of M&M’s.  It was delicious!  I never knew eating right could be so easy!”


Bonnie’s Kitchen


I like to serve this with a thinly sliced, crusty baguette, and spinach, red onion, and fresh orange salad!



Heat oven to 350’

1 pkg. turkey tenderloins

3-4 t olive oil

8 small red potatoes, quartered

4 medium carrots, sliced ½” thick

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 T flour

10 ¾ oz. can chicken broth

1 c dry red wine

1 t thyme

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 c frozen baby lima beans, thawed

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, cut in half

1 c chopped, fresh parsley


Cut turkey into ½” chunks.  Heat oil in heavy dutch oven. Add turkey, potatoes, carrots, garlic and onion. Cook and stir 10-12 minutes.  Sprinkle flour in, and cook and stir for 1 minute.  Add wine, chicken broth, thyme, and pepper.  Bring to a boil and add lima beans and mushrooms. Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley before serving.


“Why was the piano on the porch?   Because he forgot his keys!”

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.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627