2008 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 29

Newsletter 29 – October 2, 2008

A must read story   Huge purple balls of color   Story why Leaves FalRecipe       Lot more Riddles



“The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood,

have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go,

and so many generations pass into silence,

that we may well wonder what ‘the story of the trees’ would be to us

if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand

Author unknown quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938


Change is in the Air – Again

When I backed my car out of the drive this morning, brown oak leaves took flight from the places of rest they had found in the night.  As they flitted over my windshield, the certainty of the season became real.  A few years back the reality that each of us has the privilege of enjoying each season only 80 times or so, caused me to look at things a little differently.  Cutting the last iris bloom of the year, I know that I have one fewer season to enjoy my favorite blossoms.  The last boat ride in autumn, the family reunion each summer, holidays with friends, grandchildren’s concerts, the annual vacation; each of these are available to us in limited quantities.

Fall is like that, too.  Leaves fall, chilly breezes blow, twigs snap underfoot.  As you rake, don your jackets, and rake some more, take time to ‘live’ the season.  Touch and smell the leaves, snuggle into the warmth of your jacket, listen to the sounds of fall.  Store all of this deep in your mind so you can bring it back, to live over again in memories.

Fall Perfection

Nothing says ‘Fall’ like the chrysanthemum.  America’s Best Flowers is known for our home-grown mums, which are available in a wide range of colors.  Our huge plants are covered with unbelievable numbers of buds and flowers. A terrific value at our regular price of 11.99, they become a tremendous one when you buy them in quantity.

Buy 1- 4 Mums     Pay 9.59 each

Buy 5- 9 Mums     Pay 7.99 each

Buy 10-19 Mums       Pay 6.99 each

Buy Over 20 Mums           Pay 5.99 each

HURRY OUT!  At these prices they won’t last long!


New this year at America’s Best is the ‘Frost-Kissed’ mum.

We start with a perfect mum, add a little floral magic and the result is a shimmering masterpiece.  Stop out today for a peek.


Why do mummies have trouble keeping friends?

They’re too wrapped up in themselves. joke 1


Is HOMECOMING in Your Plans?

We have the perfect backdrop for your photos.  All summer our expert staff have cared for, watched over and fussed with our plant inventory, resulting in incredible annual containers that have never looked better.  Whether you’re going for traditional, tropical, or eclectic, we have it.  And at tremendous savings.  All our annuals are now 50% off our regular prices.  Come on out today and let us help you create unforgettable memories.


What did the orange pumpkin say to the green pumpkin?

Why orange you orange? joke 2



Pumpkins, Indian corn, funky gourds, broom corn, straw bales, scarecrows, and corn shocks are the basic elements of fall decorating.  Add bright color with mums and asters, and you have a recipe for success.  Our creative team has outdone themselves displaying ways to bring exciting color and merchandise together for great fall ideas.  To make things really easy for you, we’ve put together Autumn Bundles, which include combinations of straw, corn shocks and mums, at significant savings.  Combine them with your very own scarecrow, and make a REALLY unique decorating statement!


Last Call!  If you didn’t make it out to build your scarecrow, it’s not too late.  We are still set up with everything you need.  We do ask that you avoid Saturday, October 4 from 12 – 3.  The area has been reserved for a large group of young people.  Our best advice is for you to give us a call, 222-2269, to set up a time so we can be sure to have someone available to get you started.


Why are black cats such good singers?

They’re very mewsical.joke 3



Don’t Forget to Plant Grape Hyacinth and Allium

If asked to name the first thing that pops into their head when someone says fall bulbs, most people would say tulips or daffodils.  While these do make up the majority of bulbs planted in the United States, there are several under-used minor categories gardeners should explore.

One of the lesser known bulbs is Bellavalia Pycnantha, giant grape hyacinths.  http://www.vanbloem.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=PLANTS.plantDetail&plant_id=235

Its dark blue flower spikes reach 8-10 inches and bloom in late spring after most grape hyacinths (muscari) are finished.  Bellavalia Pycnantha is an heirloom muscari, which looks wonderful planted under tall, late-blooming yellow daffodils.  It has been said that muscari, with its tiny blue pearls, are the jewelry of the garden.  They have even been compared to the delicate work of Faberge eggs.  Muscari make good cut flowers, for small vases.

Another often overlooked bulb is Allium Caeruleum – Blue Allium.  Dating from 1830, this heirloom plant is a vigorous grower which multiplies rapidly.  Blue Allium produces clear blue flowers on 24” stems that are suitable for cutting and drying.  http://www.hort.net/gallery/view/lil/allca/  Allium bloom after most bulbs, but before many perennials, making them wonderful fillers.  A member of the onion family, the airy blooms are pest repellent, an excellent choice in areas with deer, squirrel and rabbit problems.

Both of the above varieties do best in full sun and well-drained soil.  Plant them 4 inches deep, spacing them 3 to 4 inches apart.  Cover, mulch well and next spring you will be rewarded with some of the best true blues in the gardening world.

Don’t forget to grab a few other bags of fall bulbs to complete your spring show.  Next spring you’ll be so glad you did.


What did Dr. Frankenstein get when he put his goldfish’s brain into his dog’s body?

I don’t know, but it’s great at chasing submarines. joke 4


Did You Know?

Everyone knows that the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs change color and then drop in the fall because days are shorter and cooler.  According to the online Brittanica encyclopedia, autumn is referred to ‘fall’ because of these falling leaves.  What might not be quite as commonly known is how the trees actually do it.

As the days of autumn get shorter and cooler, trees begin their preparations for winter.  Layers of cells form at the base of each leaf, creating a little plug in the stem where it joins the tree’s branch.  This plug stops the movement of water and nutrients into the leaf, as well as trapping the sugars that are already there.  These sugars produce anthocyanins, which are responsible for the reds, oranges and yellows of fall leaf color.

To read more about how and why leaves change color, and ways for you to enjoy it, visit http://www.na.fs.fed.us/Spfo/pubs/misc/leaves/leaves.htm

For another way to have a little fun with fall leaves, click on this link  http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10308


What would a monster’s psychiatrist be called?

Shrinkenstein. joke 5


2009 Garden Journal Available

The Madison Area Master Gardeners Association publishes an annual garden journal as a fundraiser.  For information visit their website at: http://www.madison.com/communities/mamga/library.


What do you get when you cross a were-wolf with a drip-dry suit?

A wash-and-werewolf. joke 6



Fall is the perfect time for pumpkin recipes.  And for the best tasting results, I always start with fresh pumpkin.  Contrary to popular belief, baking your own pumpkin is soooo easy.  And the taste – ooh-la-la.

The most important thing is to start with a pie pumpkin.  Do not use pumpkins that are sold for jack-o-lanterns.  Their flesh is watery, stringy, and less flavorful.  Pie pumpkins, which are bred for flavor, are dark orange and about the size of a cantaloupe.  Come on out today and pick up a couple so you can impress everyone with the wonderful pumpkin creations straight from your kitchen.

Although you can microwave pumpkins, I strongly suggest using a regular oven.  It only takes a bit longer, but the result is definitely worth it.

Start by cutting the pumpkin in half, discarding the stem and seedy pulp.  Be sure to save the seeds for roasting.

Place the pumpkin halves face down in a shallow baking dish and cover with foil.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 1 ½ hours, until the pumpkin is soft when you apply gentle pressure (use a hot pad and test right through the foil).

Allow to cool, scoop out flesh and puree in a blender or food processor, or mash.  A 4-5 pound pumpkin should produce about 2 cups puree.  Use in recipes like you would canned pumpkin.

Now that you have wonderful pumpkin, visit the following website, search for pumpkin and enjoy!!  http://www.northpole.com/Kitchen/Cookbook/

One of our patients wasn’t taking any chances.

Prior to her operation, she taped notes to her body for the surgeon.

“Take your time”

“Don’t cut yourself”

“No need to rush”

“Wash your hands”

After the surgery, as I helped the patient back into her bed,

We discovered a new note taped to her,

This one from the doctor

“Has anyone seen my wrist watch?” joke 7


This is the time of year I get a bit carried away with riddles.

So if you can take a few more, read on:

What do you say to a ghost with three heads?

“Hello, hello, hello.”

How can you tell when windows are scared?

They get shudders.

Why wasn’t the vampire working?

He was on his coffin break.

Why did the witch’s mail rattle?

It was a chain letter.

Why was the zombie so grumpy?

She woke up too early in the mourning.

What do goblins mail home while on vacation?

Ghost cards.

How do ghosts fly from one place to another?

By scareplane.

What do you call serious rocks?

Grave stones.

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