2008 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 22


Newsletter 22 – August 14, 2008 Events   Customer Appreciation Day

Bonnie’s Zucchini or Yellow Squash Bread


“Fairest of the months! Ripe summer’s queen

The heyday of the year

With robes that gleam with sunny sheen

Sweet August doth appear.

R. Combe Miller


Your Worth

The following crossed my desk this week, and I thought it very appropriate to share during our Customer Appreciation Days.  Although it is specifically about women, I am sure that men who read it will appreciate the truth it speaks of a spouse, mother, daughter, grandmother, or aunt.


One Flaw in Women

Women have strengths that amaze us all.

They bear hardships and carry burdens

but they radiate happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

And laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in.

They stand up to injustice.

They don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

They go without, so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

And cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about a birth or wedding.

Their hearts break when they hear of a death

They are strong when they think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

To show how much they care.

The heart of a woman is what keeps the world turning.

They give moral support to their family and friends.

Women have vital things to say, and everything to give.

However, if there is one flaw in women,

It is that they forget their worth  Author unknown


Although desperate for work, I passed on a job for a wastewater plant operator.  Among the job requirements was “Must be able to swim.” Reader’s Digest joke 1


Customer Appreciation Days

The most valuable part of America’s Best Flowers has nothing to do with the land or the state-of-the-art buildings that sit on it.  Nor is it our vision for a more beautiful world.  Although our quality plants, knowledgeable associates, community-based activities and commitment to local charities are what make us America’s Best Flowers, we count our customers as the most valuable part of our business.

Without you, no one would enjoy the country setting or walk through the buildings in awe.  Our activities would not exist, if no one attended.  No checks would go to charities without your continued support. And we believe that the world in and around Dane County would be a lot less beautiful, without you.

To show our appreciation, this Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, we will be serving FREE ice cream and popcorn from 11-3.  


What did the pig say at the beach on a hot summer’s day?  I’m bacon!!. joke 2


Fall Mums & Asters

Our gorgeous mums and asters are ready to fill your patios, porches and beds with stunning fall color.  We just brought the earliest varieties of mums in from the field, and are they beautiful!  We grow over 6000 mums in early, mid, and late season varieties to give you an extended bloom period.  Fall asters bloom in brilliant shades of purples and pinks, bringing the fall landscape to life.  We grow our mums in deep pots resulting in plants with very strong root systems, that will flourish under a variety of home growing conditions.

Come on out today and pick up a few pots.  The color they provide will add pizzazz to your fall landscape. They also make wonderful gifts.


One sodium atom says "Oh no! I think I lost an electron"

Another atom asks, "Are you sure?"

"Yeah! I’m positive". joke 3


August Garden Tasks

Our beautiful late summer weather makes it easy to spend time in our gardens. For each gardening season there is the inevitable to-do list.  By using these lists as a guide, we are able to make our time more productive.

One item on August’s list is my favorite task of the year.  It is officially time to divide your iris.  This past Sunday, we had our annual iris divide and swap here at the greenhouse.  About a dozen devoted iris lovers came out, each toting a clump of overgrown iris, eager to share photos and rhizomes with each other.  If you would like information about dividing iris, please let us know.

Division of daylilies can begin toward the end of the month.  The general rule is to allow your plants 4-8 weeks of rest after they bloom before division, although many gardeners take the liberty of dividing daylilies whenever they have the time.

And, of course, August is the time to begin planting your fall flowers.  Your landscape will have an entirely new look if you remove spent annuals and fill in with the bright colors of fall mums, asters, pansies, and flowering kale. Besides the mums, asters, and pansies, we now have small pots of the flowering kale/cabbage available..


You know you’re in Florida when Down South’ means Key West.Joke 4



August 16 & 17 –  Customer Appreciation Days – FREE treats from 11-3pm

September 6    –    How to Divide Perennials 10AM

September 6 & 7 – Fall Container Workshop FREE soil & assistance 10-4pm

September 6-14 – ABF Dollar Days Use your ABF orange bucks.

September 13-14 -Fall Container Workshop FREE soil & assistance 10-4pm

September 15-28 – Scarecrow Days Make your own scarecrow. Free popcorn on the weekends. Fun for the entire family. $12.99 includes scarecrow kit. Bring your own clothes, or purchase ours. An ABF favorite!


You know you’re in Florida when you have to drive north to go to The South.joke 5




To help you keep your outdoor living space beautiful, we will be having two Fall Container Workshops in September.  We provide FREE soil and assistance at all of our container workshops.  Mark your calendars for the first two weekends in September and plan to attend.

We will again have a great selection of fall decorating items for you this year, including mixed containers, straw bales, corn shocks, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, and, of course, our fabulous mums.  Save time by making America’s Best Flowers your one-stop fall decorating outlet.

Add a special touch to this year.  Attend one of our Make-A-Scarecrow Workshops, September 15-28, and create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow.  We provide a kit, which contains your scarecrow’s head, frame and stuffing, for $12.99.  Then we provide assistance and ideas to help you create your unique scarecrow.  You can either bring old clothes to dress it in, or buy some from us at garage sale prices.


The chef at a family-run restaurant had broken her leg and came into our insurance office to file a disability claim.  As I scanned the claim form, I did a double take.  Under “Reason unable to work,” she wrote: “Can’t stand to cook!”. joke 6



Zucchini and yellow summer squash are popping up in my garden. YUM! Here are a couple of easy recipes that you can use them in. I don’t know where I got the bread recipe, but the Summer Squash Soup is from Weight Watcher’s Miracle Foods cookbook. It is so good and healthy, and you could spice it up in a million different ways. I made it 2 days in a row this week!

Zucchini Bread

1/3 c butter, softened

½ cup to 1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/3 cup water

1 t vanilla

1 ½ cups grated zucchini

1/3 c chopped walnuts

1/3 c raisins

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup whole wheat flour

1 t baking soda

1 t baking powder

¾ t salt

½ t ground cloves

¼-1/2 t ground cinnamon

¼ t ground nutmeg

In a large bowl, mash the butter with the back of a fork. Mix in the sugar. Add the eggs, water, and vanilla, and stir until the batter is smooth. Stir in the zucchini, walnuts, and raisins. In a medium size bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the flour mixture to the zucchini mixture and fold the two mixtures together gently. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.

Summer Squash Soup

1 T butter

1 ½ pounds yellow squash, sliced and cut in half (about 4 ½ cups)

1 cup chopped Vidalia onion

1 (14 ½ oz.) can FF, sodium reduced chicken broth

1 cup 2% milk

1 ½ T fresh thyme

1 ½ t salt

Freshly ground pepper to taste

Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)

2 T freshly grated parmesan cheese

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat; add squash and onion.  Cover and cook about 13 minutes, or until vegetables are very tender.

Transfer squash mixture to good processor bowl; puree until smooth. Return mixture to saucepan. Stir in next 5 ingredients; cook, uncovered, over low heat until thoroughly heated.

To serve: ladle 1 cup soup into individual bowls and top with parmesan cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Calories 86, Carbs 11.1 g, Fat 3.1 (sat 1.8g), Fiber 3 g, Protein 4.1 g, Calcium 101 mg


My son is the manager of a glass and window company and advertised in the paper for experienced glaziers.  Since a good glass man is hard to find, he was pleased when a man who called about the job said he had over 10 years of experience. 

“Where have you worked as a glazier?” my son asked.

The man replied, “Dunkin’ Donuts.”!”joke 7


If you haven’t had enough yet:

You know you’re in Florida when:

You understand why it’s better to have a friend with a boat than to own a boat yourself. Joke 8

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Ichnatucknee and Withlacoochee Joke 9

You regularly wear flip flops to church. Joke 10

You’ve hosted a hurricane party Joke 11

An alligator once walked through your yard. Joke 12

Sweet tea is served at every meal. Joke 13

You were 25 before you saw snow. Joke 14

You’ve worn shorts to Christmas dinner. Joke 15

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and only one sweatshirt. Joke 16

And last but not least

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level. Joke 17


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