2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 27

Newsletter 27– September 27, 2007      Bonnies Kitchen    Events


 I was accompanying my 8 year old daughter who was selling cookies door-to-door for the Girl Scouts.  After visiting several homes, she commented on the different styles of doorbells:  some buzzed, some rang, some warbled.  We made a game of guessing what the next bell would sound like. At the precise moment she touched the doorbell at one house, the neighborhood church tower began to chime.  She wheeled around with a look of amazement on her face. “Now that’s a doorbell!”


Bulb Planting Shortcut

Next spring you will also be amazed when your tulips and daffodils, with names like Jetfire, Tahiti, Orangery, Red Devon, Ice Follies and Raspberry Ring, flood your yard with color.  After months of gray, you can have red, yellow, orange, purple and pink popping out of every corner.  All you need to do is plant this fall.  By mixing different bulbs in each spot, you can plant bouquets throughout your landscape.

Bulbs need full to part sun, good drainage, and a location where you can see them from a window, sidewalk or driveway. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, dig a hole 18-24 inches across and 8 to 10 inches deep (put soil on a tarp as you dig).  Loosen the bottom, sprinkle in bulb food according to package instructions, and evenly space 12 to 18 daffodils on the bottom.  Add soil to fill in around the bulbs, leaving the tips exposed.  Sprinkle more bulb food and then add a layer of 12 to 18 tulips, placing bulbs between the daffodil tips.  Fill in the hole. You’ve just planted 24 to 36 bulbs in about 10 minutes.  Now repeat in another location.  In less than an hour, you can easily plant 100 bulbs. 

America’s Best has many different bulbs in stock that can be used in great combinations to bring you exciting spring color.  Come on out today and let us help you choose the right varieties for your needs.


Archeologist: A man whose career lies in ruins.


Time to Decorate for Fall

Last week we told you about our fall decorating bundle consisting of a straw bale, 2-gallon mum bursting with flowers, and a bundle of corn shocks for only $19.99 – a savings of $5.00!  So many of you came in over the weekend for this offer, that we thought we’d better make mention of it again.  And while you are here, you can pick up everything for your fall decorating needs, including pumpkins of all sizes, gourds, Indian corn, ornamental kale and cabbage, fountain grass, and gorgeous asters.  Remember this year our bundle of about 20 corn shocks have been wrapped in a Christmas tree-type netting to keep the corn on the stalks and the mess out of your car.  Simply tie the bundle to the top and carry it away.  Beginning this Saturday, September 29, you can create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow while you’re here.  See upcoming events for details.


A used car is not always what it’s jacked up to be.



Most people think that raspberries are too hard to grow.  Not so!!  I had the privilege of picking raspberries at a friend’s this week, and he reminded me that all he does is cut all the vines down to the ground early in the spring, and provide support in the form of a few t-posts with 3 rows of plastic clothesline tied around the outside of them.  The result is a bumper fall crop. This is my fourth year picking at this place, and I can testify to how well it works.

Whether you eat them in pie, crisp, cobbler, or fresh from the vine, nothing has the unbeatable taste of raspberries.  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, our hefty jumbo plants, regularly priced at $9.99 each, are specially priced at 4/$10.00. To get your plants off to a great start, we recommend you buy a bag of compost to dig into the holes and water your new bushes in with a good root stimulator, like Root-N-Grow.


Did you hear about the snake who gave birth to a bouncing baby boa?



Near perfect weather created a great setting last Saturday, September 22, for our Fall Division of Perennials workshop.  Everyone who attended said they felt their time was well spent.

The perennials we divide in the fall are the ones that bloom in the spring and early summer. Several different types of perennials were discussed, including daylilies, hosta, salvia, lily of the valley, coneflowers, low-growing sedum, perennial grasses, and Asiatic/oriental lilies.

Much information about fall division of perennials is available on line.  Two of my favorite sites are the Ohio State and Iowa State websites.  Their web addresses are available as links from our Homepage.

Fall is also a great time to add new varieties to your flower beds.  America’s Best Flowers is making it even better with fabulous savings on all remaining perennials we have in stock.  Come out today and save 50%.  Next spring you will be so glad you did.


Two silkworms were in a race.  They ended up in a tie.



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


Did you hear about the scarecrow that won an award?  Apparently he was out standing in his field.


Make A Scarecrow September 29-October 14. Everyone’s favorite and tons of fun.  Bring your family and friends, or come by yourself to have unbelievable fun creating your own scarecrow. We provide the basics 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!

Saturday afternoons, September 29, October 6 and 13 from noon-4 PM we will be having FREE children’s activities including a scavenger hunt, and match games.  Keeping with our goal to foster children’s interest in gardening, your child can even plant something to take home and watch grow.  Bring the family or a group of friends, and don’t forget your camera.

To my sweetheart: My cooking’s gotten better since I fondue.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

With the cooler fall temps, this soup will really hit the spot!!  I sprinkle it with fresh snipped flat leaf parsley just before serving.

Spinach Tortellini Soup

2 T olive oil

1 ½ c chopped onions

4 garlic cloves, minced

8 oz. (about 3 cups) sliced fresh mushrooms

4 (14 ½ oz.) cans reduced sodium chicken broth

1 9 oz. pkg refrigerated uncooked cheese-filled spinach tortellini

3 cups chopped fresh spinach

1 1/3 oz. (1/3 cup) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat until hot.  Add onions; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until tender.  Add garlic and mushrooms; cook and stir 2 minutes.

Add broth; bring to a boil.  Add tortellini. Boil 5-7 minutes or until tortellini are of desired doneness.

Stir in spinach; cook 1-2 minutes or until wilted.  Top each serving with cheese.

6 (1 ¼ cup servings).

Per serving: 190 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated), 720 mg sodium and 3 gm fiber.


A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story.  From time to time she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek.  She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again.

Finally she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?”

“Yes, sweetheart,” he answered, “God made me a long time ago.”

“Oh” she paused, “Grandpa, did God make me, too?”

“Yes, indeed, honey,” he said, “God made you just a little while ago.”

Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, “God’s getting better at it, isn’t he?”


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