2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 24

Newsletter 24– September 6, 2007    Events   Bonnie’s Kitchen        


 The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.  Frank Hubbard


But how boring is that!  A better way is to gather all your America’s Best Dollar$ and come on out for Dollar Days.  Starting this Saturday, September 8, you can use ABF Dollar$ for up to one half your total purchase.  Trees, shrubs, perennials, mums, fountains, and furniture can all be yours at amazing $aving$.  It’s also a good time to stock up on all kinds of gardening items, like gloves, tools, garden chemicals, and pottery. 


Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde



Next spring your gardens will look like a million bucks if you use your ABF Dollar$ to buy a variety of bulbs from our great selection.  Spring flowering bulbs are perhaps the most underused plants in today’s gardens.  By spending a little time in the fall, you get a fabulous show in the spring.  With a little planning you can extend the spring bulb season from March to June.  But don’t delay.  Bulbs are one of the favorites our customers like to use their Dollar$ on.  Plan to be here first thing Saturday morning for the best selection.


You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy. Garth Brooks


Let us increase your wealth tonight.  Money can’t buy the knowledge Jan Vergeer, our great representative from the Langeveld Bulb Company, will be sharing at our Fall Bulb Workshop, because this “Ask-the-Expert” workshop is absolutely FREE.  Jan, one of our most entertaining speakers, is sure to have many fresh ideas on how to use bulbs to bring fabulous beauty to your home.  He has promised to teach us how to plant 40 bulbs in 10 minutes.  If this sounds like your kind of gardening, plan to attend tonight at 6:00.  You’ll be glad you did. 


I am having an out of money experience. Unknown


Come early tonight and attend our Fall Container Workshop, which features free soil and assistance.  Bring in your favorite container or buy one from us and let us help you create a one-of-a-kind planter for your entry or deck.  Whether you choose mums or other hardy fall plants, these fall containers are guaranteed to brighten your outdoor living space.


Poverty is a blessing hated by all men. Italian Proverb


And so are mosquitoes.  If you are being carried away by these pesky insects, we suggest you try Bayer Advanced Garden Power Force Mosquito Killer.  This ready-to-spray product attaches to your garden hose, making mosquito control easy and convenient.  One 32 oz. bottle covers 5,333 square feet, killing mosquitoes on contact and continues protecting for weeks.  Don’t let mosquitoes trap you indoors.  Come on out today and pick up a bottle so you can enjoy the rest of the summer in your yard.


I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. E. E. Cummings


The Cutting Garden

All summer, as I walk along the sidewalks of my neighborhood and drive along the streets of yours, I can’t help but notice beautiful blossoms growing in tremendously different situations.  Whether it be the orange daylily sticking its head around the corner of a foundation, or cosmos thriving at the edge of a compost heap, plants can be at home anywhere.  I’ve seen beautifully manicured gardens, complete with flowers from A-Z, and I’ve seen yards with only a few marigolds struggling to bloom under a tree.  Whatever the situation plants find themselves in, they try – to grow – to bloom – to carry on the tradition of generations of plants before them – and in the process they delight us with beauty.  With only a little planning on our part, they can also provide the blossoms necessary to create gorgeous cut-flower arrangements.

Fall is the time to begin that planning, so that next summer your gardens will be full and lush, just begging you to bring out the scissors and cut to your hearts content.  Come out today and wander through our perennial area.  Take your time and read the tags – if plants make good cut flowers, the tags will say so.  And don’t forget the bulbs.  Daffodils and tulips are the cut flowers of spring, so be sure to buy plenty.  In years to come, they will reward you with ever increasing numbers of blooms. 

With this backbone of bulbs and perennials, all you will need to add next spring are the great cutting annuals like zinnias, celosia and snapdragons.

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income. Errol Flynn


Shrub of the Week: Weigela

There’s Red Prince, Minuet, Wine and Roses, and Fine Wine.  Even the names sound elegant!  Masses of red, pink or white trumpet-like flowers in spring and late summer attract hummingbirds. With leaves of green or rich dark red, arching branches lend a graceful accent to a border or plant in masses for a hedge. Most weigela need a sunny spot for best color and bloom, but there’s new variety named Eyecatcher and it certainly is!  It’s a 2 foot shrub with variegated leaves in two shades of green that prefers partial shade.  From the 6 foot tall White Knight to the 1 foot Midnight Wine there’s sure to be one perfect for your yard.

Don’t knock the rich.  When did a poor person give you a job? Laurence J. Peter


Fall Container Workshops FREE SOIL AND ASSISTANCE and we clean up the mess!  Design a beautiful autumn container using your choice of mums, ornamental kale and cabbages, grasses, colorful coral bells – whatever tickles your fancy!

Thursday, September 6       4-7 PM

Saturday, September 15    10-4 PM                

Tuesday, September 18       4-7 PM

Dividing Perennials Saturday, September 22at 10 AM.  Another in our series of ASK-THE-EXPERT CLASSES.  Let our knowledgeable staff show you how to divide different types of perennials. 

How to Winterize Roses – Sunday, September 30, 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

Make a Scarecrow  September 29 thru October 14 One of your favorites, and tons of fun.  Bring your own clothes or purchase ours at thrift store prices. Free popcorn and hot cider available on the weekends.


I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money. Pablo Picasso


Bonnie’s Kitchen


Zucchini Gems

8 muffins

These freeze well and recipe can be doubled.

¾ c flour

¼ t baking soda

¼ t baking powder

¼ t salt

¼ t cinnamon

1 egg

½ c sugar

¼ c oil

1 c grated, unpared, zucchini

½ c raisins and nuts combined

Mix flour, baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon and set aside.

Beat eggs, oil, and sugar until blended.  Add flour mixture, zucchini, raisins, and nuts and stir until dry ingredients are moistened.

Fill buttered muffin cups 2/3 full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Loosen edges and remove.

Raw zucchini can be grated ahead and frozen so muffins can be made later in the year.


One beautiful Sunday morning, a Minister announced to his congregation:


“My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons:  a $1,000 sermon that lasts five minutes, a $500 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes, a $100 sermon that lasts a full hour.  Now, we’ll take the collection and see which one I’ll deliver.”


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
https://www.americasbestflowers.com/home.htmlAlso 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