2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 28

Newsletter 28– October 4, 2007     Events>    Bonnie’s Kitchen>


What’s a mummy’s favorite flower?   Chrysanthemummy


No matter how hard I try, what words I use, or how many times I say it, I simply cannot tell you how wonderful our mums are this year.  Each variety that opens is bigger and brighter than the last.  Chrysanthemums are available in early, mid and late varieties, and with many flower forms, including daisy-like, decorative, pompons and buttons.  And while they all are great, the later into the season it gets and the cooler the nights are, the more beautiful the plants become.  Some of our mums measure over two feet across, and many are just beginning to bloom.  These late mums will provide color in your landscape until the snow falls. 

Everyone who stops out is amazed at what they see, so plan to come out and see for yourself what I’m talking about.  But you might want to hurry, we’ve already sold over 5000 and they’re leaving by the truckload. 


What do you call a mummy who hums?    A hummy mummy


Time to Decorate for Fall

And there’s no better place to start than with a unique scarecrow of your own creation. Our Build-Your-Own Scarecrow event started last Saturday, and what fun everyone had!  When you come out, we will start you off with a kit that contains everything you need to begin.  Add a great outfit (bring your own or buy from us at garage sale prices), and you have a scarecrow that will be the envy of the neighborhood.  If you set your creation on a straw bale, use a few corn stalks for background and surround the whole scene with brilliant mums, fountain grass and pumpkins, you will have a fabulous fall display.  We will be building scarecrows every day through October 14.  Stop out anytime and one of our staff will be glad to assist you. For the next two weekends we will be serving complementary refreshments and have children’s activities from noon to 4 on Saturday afternoons.  See Upcoming Events for details.


What kind of music do mummies dance to?  Rag time. (or rap depending on your age)



Nothing adds fall and winter interest to your landscape like grasses. These hardy perennials are quite adaptable, with most willing to grow in partial or full sun, poor or fertile soil, and dry or moist conditions.  Requiring very little effort from the gardener, grasses come in many heights, colors, and textures.  Their height can vary from a few inches to several feet.  Their foliage travels through the entire blue to green color palette, ripening to rich shades of gold. The seed heads and foliage are especially beautiful when the sun strikes them.  Because they maintain their form throughout the winter months, grasses can be used like shrubs.  As with all landscape choices, care should be taken to plant the appropriate size for the location.  Come out today and let us help you choose the ones that are right for you.


How do mummies like to drink their coffee?  De-coffin-ated.



Every year America’s Best Flowers grows several hundred of our customers’ favorite shrubs, including wiegela, spirea, physocarpus (nine bark), yews and more.  We start with young plants in June, plant them in our deep nursery containers and put them in the field with our mums, where they grow their little hearts out.  By October they are big, sturdy plants just waiting for someone to take them home and plant them.  If your landscape needs a facelift, these may be your answer.  We have tremendous savings on all our shrubs and trees right now, so come on out today and let us help you find the ones best suited to your needs.


Who was the best mummy wrapper in Egypt?  The wizard of gauze.



Every day we get phone calls from gardeners looking for particular varieties of perennials. Often times we have just what they’re looking for, and if not, a close substitute.  When these customers come out, they are delighted with the selection we have left, and even more so, with the condition of the plants.  Our experienced nursery staff has worked very hard all summer to take good care of our stock.  If you’ve put off refurbishing your gardens by convincing yourself it’s too late, think again.

October is a great time to work in the yard.  The heat of the summer has passed, taking the mosquitoes with it.  As you clear out spent annuals, it’s easy to see where you need to add perennials, and while you’re digging, it’s hardly any extra work at all to plant spring-blooming bulbs, like daffodils and tulips.

America’s Best invites you to visit us today and let us show you how easy it is to make your landscape beautiful.  Next year you’ll be so glad you did.


Where do you find cat mummies?  In a purr-amid.




Why doesn’t the mummy have any hobbies?  Because he’s all wrapped up in his work.

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!


How does a mummy hide?  He wears masking tape.


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 plant something to take home and watch grow.  Bring the family or a group of friends, and don’t forget your camera.


What do you call a mummy eating in bed?  A crummy mummy.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Chili With Pumpkin

This is a delicious recipe packed with Vitamin A-don’t tell the kids!        Serves 4

1 T canola oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 large red bell pepper, diced

I medium green bell pepper, diced

1 t minced garlic

¾ lb extra lean ground beef

2 cans (15 oz. each) canned diced tomatoes with green chilies*

1 can (15 oz.) canned pumpkin

2 t chili powder

1 can (15 oz.) fat-free chicken broth, divided

salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, heat oil. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add peppers and garlic. Cook until peppers are tender.  Remove peppers and onions from pan and set aside.  Add ground beef to skillet and cook until meat is brown.  Return onions and peppers to skillet. Add diced tomatoes, pumpkin, chili powder and 1 c of the chicken broth. Stir to mix. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-20 minutes. Add additional chicken broth to thin to desired consistency.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

*If you prefer a milder chili, use seasoned diced tomatoes of your choice.

If desired, top with shredded cheese or a dollop of sour cream.


A mummy came into a restaurant.

“What will you have?” asked the waitress.

“Nothing for me,” said the mummy.  “I just came in here to unwind.”


If you’re not mummified yet, here’s a couple more


Why did the mummy go on vacation?  He needed to unwind.

What do you get when you cross a mummy with a vampire bat?  A flying bandaid.


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