2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 11

Newsletter 11 (5 /31/2007 )

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Cat Prayer

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray this cushy life to keep.

I pray for toys that look like mice,

And sofa cushions, soft and nice.

I pray for gourmet kitty snacks,

And someone nice to scratch my back,

For windowsills all warm and bright, For shadows to explore at night.

I pray I’ll always stay real cool

And keep the secret feline rule

To NEVER tell a human that

The world is really ruled by CATS!


All cat lovers among us should enjoy the humor this week, which has been inspired the new, extremely mischievous kitten at Bonnie’s house.


What do you call a cat that has swallowed a duck? A duck filled fatty puss.


One of our most frequently asked questions is when is it safe to plant outdoors? The answer is NOW NOW NOW!  Many people plant on Mothers Day, but in Wisconsin, Memorial Day is a much safer bet. If you are still planting, or dreaming of doing so, rest assured, it certainly is not too late. Come on out and see us! Our greenhouse is alive with bloom.  If you were here in early May, you will be amazed at how much things have changed. The plants have matured and are bigger, lusher, and splashier, just loaded with bud and blooms.  The amazing palette of color will overload your senses.


Wait until you see our Asiatic and Oriental Lilies!  They are always beautiful, but this year each stem has an amazing number of blooms.  The Tiny Todd variety is a creamy white and delicate pink.  Black Bird is a brilliant deep orangey-red.  Tiny Ghost boasts blooms of intense burgundy and Garden Party is pure white with a yellow center. They are all so beautiful, you won’t be able to leave the greenhouse without one.


Why don’t cats play poker in the jungle?  Too many cheetahs!


The Pick of the Week for annual flowering baskets, is the eye-catching Verbena, which is just loaded with thick gorgeous flowers.  Head out to the smaller back greenhouses to see these beauties, and sneak a peek at the Scaevola, Evolvulus and Convolvulus baskets while you are there.


Along the way you will notice that ceramic birdbaths are back in stock due to VERY popular demand. They come in cobalt, brick, teal and other rich shades and the price is excellent.-A GREAT value for your outdoor living space, or for a gift for DAD.


While you are here, please take the time to check out our perennial, shrub and tree area.  The yellow Magnolia trees, curly willows, and other unusual trees and shrubs are just waiting for you to take them home and plant them. Ilene has outdone herself this year with her 2007 selections.


We want gardening to be a fascinating compulsion that fills your life with meaning, enjoyment and relaxation. We truly care about our customers, and pledge to do our very best to make your trips to Americas Best memorable experiences.


Where does a cat go when it loses its tail? The retail store!


Along those lines, we’ve got your summer planned!  Get out the calendar and jot down these events. There are so many opportunities to explore the world of gardening here at Americas Best Flowers. We try to offer a large choice of FREE courses, which we hope are of interest to you.  If there is a topic you would like to learn more about and think it would make an interesting class, let us know.  We will do our best to make your wishes come true.


HOSTA OPEN HOUSE , Saturday, June 2


We also like to pass along news of fun events around town.  This Saturday, June 2nd from 9AM-4PM you are all invited to Ed Schulz’s gardens for a Hosta Open House.  He lives at 410 Lincoln St. in Verona.  Ed will be speaking on hostas here in June, and is president of the Madison Hosta Society. Many of us were lucky enough to take a tour there last year and saw many varieties we had never seen before.  If you have a shady lawn and are interested in turning it into a garden extraordinaire, do not miss this chance to see one.


What does a cat like to eat on a hot day?  A mice cream cone




Thursday, May 31 6PM

CONTAINER WATER GARDENING  another Ask the Expert FREE CLASS by Jan Vermeer of the Langeveld Company.

Jan will educate and entertain you as he teaches us how easy container water gardening can be! Imagine relaxing on your deck listening to the gurgling sound of an elegant water garden container. You can use flowering beauties or curly looking grasses, cannas, and tender looking water hyacinths. Allow your creative inner self to design something that will knock everyone’s socks off!  We invite you to join us and explore the possibilities.


Tuesday, June 5 4-7PM and Tuesday, June 12 4-7PM


FREE soil and assistance. Join us in our Potting Shed for what is always one of our most popular events. Add annual and perennial plants of different texture, heights and color to create a stunning and eye-catching container. Whether you need a sun or shade container, we will help you to end up with a most pleasing finished product. Come on out and get your hands dirty-we’ll even clean up the mess!


Saturday, June 16th 10AM


We’ll help you make a beautiful grapevine and silk summer wreath for indoor or outdoor use-perhaps a red, white and blue one for the upcoming Fourth of July, or one filled simply with beautiful blooms and greens. Pre-registration required at 222-2269. Cost of workshop is $35.


Thursday, June 21 6:30PM

HOSTA WORKSHOP Another FREE Ask the Expert CLASS by Ed Schulz,

President of the Madison Hosta Society. Join us as Ed discusses What Makes Hostas Different?  He will cover basic requirements, selection and care, as well as answer all your questions.  Take this tremendous opportunity to learn more about the hosta, the king of all shade gardening plants.


Tuesday, July 10 6:30PM

NATIVE PLANT WORKSHOP Another FREE Ask the Expert CLASS by Joe and Diane Powelka.  Joe is the National President of Wild Ones Natural Landscapes and will discuss prairie and woodland plants. Learn how to restore native plants and natural landscapes.


Future Events


Last fall we began a series of Divide and Swap Saturdays. We featured iris, daylilies and Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Gardeners can come out and learn how to properly divide clumps of bulbs. Then you can exchange your variety with other gardeners to add new and exciting color to your garden!. Watch future newsletters for times.


Why did the person with an unspayed female cat have to go to court? For kitty littering.


Bonnie’s Kitchen


My family got a BRAND NEW CAT named Tess last Saturday from the Dane County Humane Society.  She is such a cutie, so loving-yet bratty, fearless and has my German Shepard shaking in her paws!


Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Red Onion Chutney

6 servings


1 T oil

1 ½  c chopped red onion

½ c firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 c red wine vinegar

¼ c dried fruit bits

¼ t pumpkin pie spice


Pork and Apples

2 (3/4 lb.) pork tenderloins

3 apples, cored, cut crosswise into ½ inch rings


Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, cook 8-11 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. In small bowl, combine 2 T of the brown sugar and 4 t of the vinegar, mix well.  Set aside.


Add remaining brown sugar and vinegar, fruit bits and pumpkin pie spice to onion in saucepan, mix well.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cook 20-25 minutes or until fruit bits are plump and mixture thickens.  Set aside.


Meanwhile, heat grill.   Lightly brush pork with some of the reserved brown sugar and vinegar mixture. When ready to grill, cook on medium heat 18-22 minutes or until no longer pink in center, turning once.


Lightly brush apple rings with remaining brown sugar and vinegar mixture, place on grill during last 10 minutes of cooking time.  To serve, cut pork diagonally into slices.  Serve with apples and chutney.


I like to serve this with grilled sweet potato wedges and a tossed green salad


What do you get if you cross a cat with a canary?  Shredded Tweet.

May the Holy Spirit Guide You!  God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
President 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

Also President of The Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin  http://www.cfgw.org/ an Organization that is a division of the six group Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) a 3 Billion dollar industry with over 4700 businesses and over 43,000 employees in Wisconsin
Senator Representing Wisconsin members of the American Nursery and Landscape Association – ANLA
Also Board member of Garden’s Beautiful Garden Centers
Also member of legislative of Committee of WGIF

Also Board Member of (WGIF) Wisconsin Green Industry Federation

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