2006 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 32

Week 32 (11/4/2006)


“Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they didn’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming, or are too rigid to depart from the routine.”  Erma Bombeck




With the two biggest holidays of the year fast approaching, it’s time to take steps to insure they be calm, joyful days.  America’s Best Flowers invites you to shop early to reduce your holiday stress later.  Our Christmas merchandise is here and beautifully displayed throughout our greenhouses.  Come on out and get ideas to brighten your home this holiday season!


We also have a great selection of holiday gifts.  Treat the gardener on your list to a pair of leather gloves, ergonomic garden tools, an authentic brass sundial, or beautiful melodious wind chimes.  If you prefer to give gift certificates, America’s Best Flowers’ gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and never expire or lose value.  Come on out today and get a jump on the season.  You’ll be glad you did!!!


“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.” Helen Keller




Submit your family’s favorite Thanksgiving recipe and you could win a FREE POINSETTIA (approx. $20.00 value) for the holidays!  Two winners will be chosen each week between now and Thanksgiving.  Winning recipes will be printed in the following week’s newsletter.  Deadlines for submission are:


          Tuesday, November   7 for Thursday, November   9 newsletter

            Tuesday, November 14 for Thursday, November 16 newsletter

            Monday,  November 20 for Tuesday,  November 21 newsletter


If you have a recipe you would like to enter in our contest, please e-mail it to ed@americasbestflowers.com    Please put ‘Recipe for Contest’ in the subject line to insure it reaches Bonnie’s desk.  All submissions will remain in the running from week to week, so it is not necessary to enter the same recipe more than once.


“Wisdom about life is attained by taking everyday events and turning them into adventures.” Author unknown.


UPCOMING EVENTS at America’s Best Flowers


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.  Choose from our selection 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.


Christmas Tree “For The Birds” Workshop – Saturday, December 9 at 10:00 AM.  Make Christmas fun for the family by decorating a small tree with edible ornaments for the birds.  We’ll provide assistance and all materials.  Pre-registration required. Call 222-2269.  Class size limited. $25.00 fee includes the cost of a small living evergreen tree and all materials to make the ornaments.


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 includes the cost of the centerpiece. Call 222-2269 for additional information.


“Much happiness is overlooked because it doesn’t cost anything.”


Boston Ferns Flourish at America’s Best Flowers


Long, graceful fronds of Boston Ferns fill the air in the front greenhouse at America’s Best Flowers.  Boston Ferns, Nephrolepsis exaltata, are native to Africa, the Americas and Eastern Asia. This wonderful houseplant grows well in any bright cool spot.  Keys to success with these long-lived plants include regular misting, even soil moisture and enough space so the fronds don’t touch other items. 


Come on out today and let us help you choose the perfect fern.  Boston ferms make great gifts for the plant lovers on your list.  Keep it simple this year.  Say ‘Happy Holidays’ with a gorgeous plant that will provide beauty for years to come.


“Be careful of the words you say,

          and keep them soft and sweet;

                   You never know from day to day,

                              which ones you’ll have to eat.”


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.


“Is it too late to plant the perennials I bought a few weeks ago?”


No.  It is not too late to plant. Just remember success with perennial plantings always depends on soil preparation and follow-up care.  This is especially true for late plantings.  When you dig your hole, loosen the soil well, dig in a bit of compost, plant your perennial a little deeper than in the pot. Cover well. Water and apply a couple inches of mulch.  If we have one inch of rain per week, you’re good to go.  If not, please remember to water your new plantings until the ground freezes solid.  This is generally after Thanksgiving in this area. 


“I bought tulip bulbs, but never got them planted.  Now they have little green shoots.  Is it still worth planting them?”


Your bulbs are just fine.  However, they do need to be planted as soon as possible.  Please refer to Newsletter Week #27 for a quick and easy way to plant them.  America’s Best Flowers still has a variety fall bulbs left, and at tremendous savings.  Come on out and pick up several today so you can have beautiful flowers next spring.


“A promise should be given with caution and kept with care!”




We were given just short of a promise that Cottage Grove Road will be open to traffic sometime between November 7 and November 10. Yehhh!!!  This will be just in time for our Holiday Open House.  Until then, you can easily reach us by following one of these alternate routes.


 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.


 “People are like tea bags – you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are.”


Bonnie’s Kitchen


This month we will be featuring favorite Thanksgiving recipes.  In addition to mine, every week we will feature two contest-winning recipes from our customers, as well.  Can you already smell the turkey and the sweet potatoes???  This week, we’ll start off with one of my favorite hors d’oeuvres and a super easy molded relish.




8 oz. Neufchatel cheese, softened

½ c light mayonnaise

1 T lemon juice

¼ t hot pepper sauce

3 scallions-finely chopped

12 oz. lump crabmeat (you may use canned)

½ t salt and pepper

2-3 T freshly grated parmesan

Mix mayonnaise and cheese with a spoon in large bowl until fluffy.  Stir in lemon juice, pepper sauce, and scallions.  Fold in crab, salt and pepper.  Spread in 3 cup baking dish.  Sprinkle with cheese.  At this point you may refrigerate for up to 24 hours.  Bake at 400 degrees, 15-20 minutes until bubbly and golden.  Serve with good quality crackers.


This is a recipe from Al Roker of the Today show.

Per ¼ cup 139 calories




1 12 oz. pkg. fresh cranberries

½ c sugar

1 ½ c boiling water

2 pkg. (3oz) or 1 pkg. (6oz) cranberry flavored jello

½ t ground cinnamon

1 ½ c cold water

1 11oz can Mandarin oranges, drained

½ c chopped, toasted walnuts

Chop cranberries in food processor finely; mix with sugar. Set aside.  Stir boiling water into gelatin and cinnamon in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved.  Stir in cold water.  Refrigerate 1 ¼ hours or until thickened.  Stir in cranberries, oranges and walnuts.  Spoon into a 6-cup mold. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.  Unmold.  Makes 12 servings.  Serve as a relish with turkey and all the fixings.


“There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.  “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.”  So she did and she had a wonderful day.


The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.  “H-M-M,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.”  So she did and she had a grand day.


The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.  “Well,” she said, “Today I’m going to wear my hair in a pony tail.”  So she did and she had a fun, fun day.


The next morning she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn’t a single hair on her head.   “YEAH!” she exclaimed, “I don’t have to fix my hair today!”


Attitude is everything.  As the saying goes, “The kind of life you will have isn’t determined by what happens to you, it’s determined by your reaction to what happens to you.”

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