2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 26

Newsletter 26– September 20, 2007      Bonnies Kitchen    Events


My doctor told me to start my exercise program very gradually.  Today I drove by the store that sells sweat pants.



There are homeowners who approach gardening in this way.  They admire the gardens at Olbrich, drive past the lilac bushes in the arboretum and gaze longingly at the carefully manicured landscapes in their neighborhood, only to return home to the lone silver maple growing slightly off-center in their own front yard.  They covet the beautiful gardens adorning the pages of magazines on their coffee tables, and reminisce over snapshots of gorgeous places they have visited on vacation.  But their own backyards have only overgrown rows of arborvitae blocking the sun’s attempt at providing light to less than vigorous lawns. 

If this sounds like anyone you know, please pass the word that America’s Best Flowers can help. By starting with a backbone of trees and shrubs, continuing through a selection of perennials and finishing with an assortment of spring-flowering bulbs, anyone can have the beginning of the ‘work-in-progress’ that will someday be gazed longingly upon by gardeners of the future. The trick is to get started. 

If you get the basics planted this fall, your gardens will be ready next spring to be filled in with annuals. Come on out today and let our experienced staff help you select the plants that are best for your growing conditions, as well as answer any questions you have. 


Why is it when you transport something by car it’s called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship it’s a cargo?


Time to Decorate for Fall

AVAILABLE FRIDAY AFTERNOON;  Mini Pumpkins, pie pumpkins medium, and large pumpkins , corn shocks, straw bales, Indian corn, gourds, asters, mums and more.

Corn shocks are always so hard to transport, and if you can’t fit them into a vehicle, you tend to lose the corn off the stalks, or have most of the shocks blow away as you drive down the road – and then there’s the mess!  We’ve solved these problems for you! This year, you can purchase a bundle of about 20 stalks that have been wrapped in a Christmas tree-type netting for just $4.99. Simply throw the bundle onto the top of your vehicle and carry it away.

We’ve even got a way to save you a bit of money for autumn decorating. Purchase one of our bundles! The Autumn Bundle would include a beautiful bloom-packed mum (2 gallon pot size-it’s huge), a bale of straw, and corn shocks, all for $19.99 allowing you to save $5.00. And come out between September 29th and October 14th, to make your own scarecrow to set on your straw bale and complete your wonderful outdoor fall scene. The neighbors will be green with envy.


Thieves who steaI corn from a garden could be charged with stalking.


RASPBERRIES – The Taste of Fall

Whether they’re in pie, crisp, cobbler, or fresh from the vine, nothing has the unbeatable taste of raspberries.  This luscious, juicy fruit can be grown in your own backyard.  Just imagine taking a short walk before breakfast and returning with a bowl of fresh-from-the-vine berries to eat with your cereal.  Fall is a great time to plant raspberry vines, and do we have a deal for you!   While supplies last, you can buy four of our hefty jumbo plants, regularly priced at $9.99 each, for only $10.00.  Most people think that raspberries are too hard to grow.  Not so!!  All our fall-bearing varieties require is a good pruning in the spring, a little support and adequate moisture throughout the growing season, to produce a great harvest. 


You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.



This Saturday, September 22, America’s Best Flowers is hosting an Ask-The-Expert Workshop on Dividing Perennials.  Several different types of perennials will be discussed.  This is a hands-on workshop, so dress for the garden.  Keep in mind that the perennials we divide in the fall are the ones that bloom in the spring and early summer.  If you want, bring snapshots of your own gardens to share.  They are always great fun to see. 


Don’t be irreplaceable, if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.



How to Divide Perennials Saturday, September 22nd 10AM

Let our knowledgeable staff show you how to divide different types of perennials.

How to Winterize Roses Sunday, September 30, 1PM  FREE EVENT A must attend workshop by Sharon Stickford and Jean Schultz designed to teach you everything you need to know to ensure having healthy roses following even the harshest Wisconsin winter.

Make A Scarecrow September 29-October 14. Come with the family, friends, or by yourself to have unbelievable fun creating your own scarecrow. We provide the basics you need for a small fee.  Bring your own clothes, or purchase some from us at garage sale prices. Popcorn and cider will be available on weekends.  A Rain or Shine event!


Anything worth taking seriously is worth making fun of.


Bonnie’s Kitchen

The southwestern-style vinaigrette brings just the right flavor to this delicious salad. It takes awhile to julienne the vegetables, but is worth the effort. The tortilla chips add extra crunch, and can be used to scoop up every last bite!

Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

4 servings

I lb. medium shrimp in the shell (peeled and cooked)

1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 avocado, diced

1 carrot, julienned

1 green bell pepper, julienned

1 red bell pepper, julienned

1 c jicama, julienned (optional)

½ English cucumber, julienned

½ c julienned scallions

1 t minced fresh red or green hot pepper, or more to taste

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

3 T fresh lime juice

1 T white wine vinegar

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ c chopped, fresh cilantro

2 T extra virgin olive oil

Salt and Pepper

1-2 heads butter lettuce

6 ounces baked tortilla chips

Poach “shell-on” shrimp in medium pot in barely simmering water for 4-5 minutes until pink and opaque. Drain and peel. Combine shrimp, beans, avocado, carrot, bell peppers, jicama (if using), cucumber, scallions, and hot pepper in large bowl and toss lightly to mix.

In small bowl, combine the lime juice, vinegar, garlic and cilantro. Whisk in the oil.

Pour vinaigrette over the shrimp salad.  Toss lightly to mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make a bed of lettuce on the individual plates. Surround the lettuce with the chips. Heap shrimp salad in the middle and serve at once.


Not that I need reminding, but time flies much too fast.  When I was a teenager, I used to whine to my parents, “Just once I would like to see Aerosmith in concert before I die.”  The other day my 13-year old son, an aspiring rock star, blew my mind with this, “Dad, I’d like to see Aerosmith just once before they die.”


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