2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 18

Newsletter 18 – July 26, 2007  Bonnies Kitchen


The pessimist may be right in the long run, but the optimist has a better time during the trip.


In the garden, it’s so easy to notice how dry it is, how many weeds there are, and all the dried flowers waiting to be deadheaded.  While the garden will truly suffer if we don’t take care of these things, our walk through it will be much more enjoyable if we look past the weeds to the shiny new leaves; past the dried flowers to butterflies on newly opened ones, and past the parched earth to the incredible life it holds.


A crock full of thyme would be a Jim Croce planter (thyme in a bottle).




Growing herbs can be a real pleasure for all your senses – beauty, fragrances, great tastes, wonderful foliage, and more.  Tonight, July 26, at 6:30 pm, Mari Lynn Haugh will be presenting information on the many uses of herbs.   Mari Lynn serves on the Board of Directors for the Madison Herb Society.  We were privileged to have Mari Lynn work for us in our perennial department last year, and are thrilled she is coming back to do her “Herbs are for Everyone” Ask-the-Expert workshop for us.  We invite you to attend this FREE class.  You will have opportunity to ask Mari Lynn all your herb questions, and if we are lucky, to sample delicious herbal tidbits.


From a Church Bulletin – “The ‘Peacemaking Meeting’ scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to a conflict.”




Vegetables and Bedding Plants planted in the ground.  Young plants need daily watering to ensure a constant moisture supply.  Established plants need at least one inch of water per week – more when bearing fruit.  Check the soil around the plants and when it’s dry one inch down, it’s time to water. 


Container Gardens and Hanging Baskets:  Check your containers every day for water.  Most baskets and many containers will need to be watered once, or even twice a day, depending on the weather.  We suggest you fertilize every seventh watering.


Perennials:  Newly planted perennials need daily watering until established, at least one to two weeks, depending on the weather.  After that, apply the one inch per week rule.


Trees and Shrubs:  Newly planted trees and shrubs should be watered every 4-5 days for their entire first year, unless rainfall is abundant.  Place the end of your hose next to the base of the plant and let the water trickle very slowly for about two hours.  This will allow the root zone to become thoroughly saturated.


Established Lawns: Your lawn should be watered when the grass blades don’t bounce back up after being walked on.  One inch of water per week, applied in no more than two applications, should keep your lawn green and healthy.  It is best to water early in the morning, before the heat of the day.  This keeps evaporation to a minimum, and allows plenty of time for the grass to dry before nightfall, which will help prevent fungus problems.


Newly Seeded or Sodded Lawns:  For better germination, we suggest you mulch grass seed with straw as soon as it’s planted. Once seed has germinated or sod has been layed, they must not be allowed to dry out.  Water daily with a sprinkler until there is good growth.  Early morning is again the best time. Once established, we are back to the one inch per week rule.


Ponds also require an occasional addition of water.  Check your pond weekly and add water as needed.  Water plants have variable depth requirements, so you need to keep the water levels consistent.


I went to the store to buy some insecticide, “Is this good for beetles?” I asked the clerk.  “No,” He replied.  “It’ll kill ‘em.”




The bright red Disco Belle Hibiscus growing by my mailbox has long been a favorite of mine.  Unfortunately, Japanese Beetles really like it, too.  This year I decided to try something other than hand picking to get rid of them. Our knowledgeable sales representative for chemicals suggested I try Bayer Advance Dual Action Rose & Flower Insect Killer in a ready to use bottle.  I took the bottle home two weeks ago and thoroughly sprayed my hibiscus.  So far, so good.  I haven’t seen any beetles; but even better, the leaves and blossoms don’t have unsightly holes in them.  If you are having beetle problems, I suggest you give this product a try.  You’ll be glad you did.


Another thing you can do to prevent Japanese Beetle damage in your yard is to select plants that are resistant to them.  Ash, Red Maple, Redbud, Magnolia, Sweetgum, Dogwood, Burning Bush, Forsythia, Lilac, Arborvitae, Holly, Juniper, Spruce, Pine, and Yew are good choices for woody plants.  Suggested annual and perennial plants include: ageratum, begonia, columbine, coral bells, coreopsis, dusty miller, foxglove, hosta, lantana, larkspur, pachysandra, poppy, showy sedum and viola.


From another church bulletin – “Ladies don’t forget the rummage sale.  It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house.  Don’t forget your husbands.”




Herbs are for Everyone – Thursday, July 26th6:30PM FREE ASK-THE-EXPERT 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 Saturdays  Watch for upcoming dates


If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown too?


Bonnie’s Kitchen


Scented geraniums were the 2006 Herb of the Year.  These scented geraniums are well suited for growing in containers, but can also be planted in the ground. They thrive in sunny locations in evenly moist soil.  The lime scented is my personal favorite but there are strawberry, apple, orange, chocolate mint, lemon and even a citrosa scented geranium that serves as a deterrent for mosquitoes.  Right now we have many different varieties in stock, but perhaps the overall favorite is Rose Geranium


Rose Geranium Muffins

2 c all purpose flour

4 t baking powder

½ t salt

1 orange peel, grated

12 sugar cubes

3 T melted butter

3 T chopped rose geranium leaves

1 egg, lightly beaten

¾ c milk


Preheat oven to 375F. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.  Mix together egg, milk, and melted butter, stir into flour mixture until just moistened.  Chop geranium leaves very fine, mix with grated orange peel and a squirt of orange juice.  Spoon muffin batter into greased muffin tins, filling no more than 2/3 full.  Roll each sugar cube in the herb and orange peel mixture to coat.  Press a coated sugar cube into center of each muffin as if planting a seed. Brush top of muffins with melted butter.  Bake about 20 minutes or until lightly browned.


I was in my car one day listening to a guy on the radio help callers with their home problems.  One woman called up, hysterical after finding a skunk in her basement.

“Leave a trail of bread crumbs or cat food from your basement to your backyard,” suggested the show’s host.  “That’ll get rid of it.”

An hour later the woman called back, even more upset.  “Now I have TWO skunks in my basement!”


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