2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 16

Newsletter 16 – July 12, 2007  Bonnie’s Kitchen


When you dream in color, it’s a pigment of your imagination.


Everyone at America’s Best Flowers is dreaming orangeFor the first time ever, we are redeeming America’s Best Dollars during the summer.  Through Tuesday, July 17, you can bring in your dollars and use them for up to 50% of your total purchase.  Just think, that fabulous ceramic pot you’ve had your eye on all spring can be yours.  Or maybe it’s one of our elegant jar fountains that’s been calling your name, or the nine-piece Royal Palm Dining set with its huge umbrella or our great gabezo.  This week only, whatever you’ve been longing for can be purchased with your orange dollars for up to half off.  We are offering you this early redemption opportunity so that you can enjoy your purchases for two additional months.  So hurry out today.  Get that special item before someone else does. 


Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, but when they lit a fire in the craft it sank.  Proving once and for all that you can’t have your kayak and heat it, too.




Don’t let the birds be the only one’s living in your garden.  You, too, can spend hours enjoying the feel of the breeze on your face, the chatter of outdoor creatures and the fragrance of your flowers, while sitting in your new gazebo.  America’s Best Flowers’ has just the one for you.  Chosen for its classic design,  this gazebo will add style and function to your outdoor living space.  Come on out today and see the display model set up in our parking lot.  It comes complete with mosquito netting, so you can enjoy your coffee and morning paper, a respite from the midday sun, or a cool refreshing drink at the end of the day without being bothered.  Treat yourself today, you’ll be thrilled with your choice.


The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.




Plants in containers are a truly wonderful way to add beauty to patios, balconies, entries, or wherever you want a cheery touch.  Now that we are into the truly hot days of summer, keep in mind that plants in containers will dry out faster than plants in the ground.  This time of year it may be necessary to water every day to keep your pots looking their best.  And keep in mind that plants are just like us.  If water was the only thing we consumed, we might get a little spindly looking, too.  Feed all your plants on a regular basis.  For containers you might consider a bloom boosting formulation, like Miracle Gro Bloom Booster flower food.  The high phosphorous content helps to keep heavy feeders happy.  Remember – never fertilize a dry plant.  I try to fertilize the morning after a good rain.  This works well when we have regular rain, but if not, don’t wait.  Your plants could starve.  Just water with a hose, wait an hour or so and fertilize per package instructions.


A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.




Have you noticed the roses?  The heat of the last couple of weeks has transformed them from the ordinary to the fabulous.  To help keep your roses blooming all summer, be sure to remove all spent blossoms and feed them on a regular basis with a quality food like Bayer Two-In-One, which also helps keeps insects at bay.  To keep black spot and mildew at bay, avoid getting the foliage wet when watering and be quick to use Bayer All-In-One Rose at the first signs of a problem.  You will be greatly rewarded for the time you spend with bigger, brighter and more beautiful blooms.  If roses are your passion, be sure to attend our Rose Workshop on September 30.  Read more about it under Upcoming Events.


Reading whilst sunbathing makes you well-red.




Take a good look at your hands.  If they are little worse for the wear, it’s time for a little pampering.  America’s Best Flowers has a new product line this year that will help your hands return to their soft, pre-gardening condition.  O’Keeffe’s Working Hands skin therapy comes in two formulations, and is especially designed for people who suffer from cracked, split skin. The highly concentrated formula stimulates your skin’s natural repair process by hydrating the skin, altering its pH balance and retaining moisture. 


While we’re on the subject of your hands, it is definitely time to replace the gloves that are wearing thin from your hard work.  West County work gloves will do a good job protecting your skin while you do the weeding of summer and digging and transplanting of fall.  They are available in a variety of sizes and colors and are a great way to reward yourself for a job well done.  Remember – with your orange dollars you can save up to half.


Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat minor.


EEEEYEWW!  Earwigs – and other crawly things


Earwigs on the sidewalk

Earwigs on the grass

Earwigs in the flower pots

Will soon breathe their last.


Bayer Complete Insect Killer is your best defense against these creepy looking disgusting bugs.  Come on out today and pick up a bottle or bag.  In a few days the bugs will be gone.  Great news – the same product also works for Japanese Beetles. 


While we’re on the subject of bugs, the final count of Gypsy Moth Caterpillars and pupae that I hand-picked from my 12 oak trees was just over 9,000.  Joy filled my heart when I drove into the garage after work on Monday and saw 12 Gypsy Moths fluttering against the inside panes of the windows.  With the hatch comes the end of the hand-picking.  It is not in my plan to try and catch the moths.  I am resting on the fact that I’ve done my share and there are 9,000 less moths than there would have been.  If half were female and half of those successfully laid 600 eggs each, that means there will be 1,350,000 less worms next year. 


A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.




This Tuesday evening, September 10, at the Native Plant Workshop, Joe and Diane Powelka showed us some beautiful specimens of native plants; explained, in lay terms, how to best garden with them; and answered our many questions.  Joe is the national president of Wild Ones Natural Landscapes. Diane is a Master Gardener on their board, and also works at America’s Best Flowers.


We still have a nice selection of native plants and invite you to browse our Native Plant section in the perennial department. These plants tend to have beautiful blooms, and are known for their fine fragrance.  What’s more, because the root system of these natives is so large, they withstand drought and adverse conditions. Our knowledgeable perennial staff will be happy to assist you.


There was a man who entered a local paper’s pun contest.  He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win.  Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.




Make a Summer Container – Thursday, July 12th and Tuesday, July 17th from 4-7PM.  FREE SOIL AND ASSISTANCE  Sharon and Winnie will help you create a “drop-dead gorgeous container” that will withstand the summer heat. Looking for something for the shade or sun or mixed conditions?  No problem! We’ve got the plants for you. These workshops are by far our most popular event and most people make more than one. Color outside the lines and throw perennials and herbs into your pot for spectacular results.


Herbs are for Everyone – Thursday, July 26th 6:30PM FREE CLASS!

Join Mari Lynn Haugh as she explains the many different uses of herbs.


Make a Fall Wreath – Tuesday, August 14th and Thursday, August 16th 6:30 PM Design a beautiful silk and grapevine wreath for indoor or outdoor use. This is another of our “Make and Take” events. Pre-register by calling 222-2269.


How to Winterize Roses – Sunday, September 30th 1PM.  Join rose experts Sharon Stickford and Jean Schultz as they share their knowledge on everything you need to know to ensure having healthy roses following even the harshest of winters FREE EVENT


Divide and Swap

Last fall we began a series of Divide and Swap Saturdays. We featured iris, daylilies and Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Gardeners came out and learned how to properly divide clumps of bulbs. They exchanged varieties with other gardeners to add new and exciting color to their garden!  If you would be interested in this activity, please e-mail or give us a call (222-2269)and let us know what you would like to ‘Divide and Swap’  Watch future newsletters for times.


A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West.  He slides up to the bar and announces:  “I’m looking for the man who shot my paw.”


Bonnie’s Kitchen


Curry Chicken Salad


Recipe from “Mad About You”      Madison Junior League         



2/3 c mayo (I use light)

1 T mustard

1 t curry powder

1/8 t salt


4 c cooked chicken (about 3 breasts)

1 8 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained, or 1 fresh pineapple

1/3 c raisins

1/3 c thinly sliced celery

3 T thinly sliced green onions

1/3 c slivered almonds, toasted

6-8 lettuce leaves such as Boston, Bibb, or Romaine

1 lb. red grapes


Dressing: in small bowl combine all ingredients.  Mix well. Set aside.


Salad: In a large bowl, mix chicken, pineapple, raisins, celery, and green onions.  Pour dressing over and mix until well coated.  Refrigerate 1 hour.


Arrange lettuce leaves on plates.  Spoon chicken salad over lettuce and sprinkle with sliced almonds.  Garnish with grapes.


Three friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise the funds.  Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, the rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair.  He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not.  He went back and begged the friars to close.  They ignored him.  He asked his mother to go and ask the friars to get out of business.  They ignored her too.


So the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to ‘persuade’ them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he’d be back if they didn’t close shop.


Terrified, they did so – thereby proving – that Hugh, and Hugh alone, can prevent florist friars.


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