2009 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 20

Newsletter 20 – July 16, 2009


Wow Dollar Days are Here     Pasta Primavera   

Perennial of the Week: Fruit! All of it!    

National Blueberry Month

Pick of the Week: Lisianthus


“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone

who can do him absolutely no good.”

Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)


America’s Best Dollar Days!

Dollar Days continues through this coming Sunday, July 19.  Dig those orange ABF Dollars out of your drawers and handbags, and come on out to redeem them on ANY of our merchandise for up to 50% off your total purchase.  These dollars don’t expire, so if you have some from previous years they’re good, too. It’s a great time to choose a tree or shrub for an empty spot in your yard, that perfect piece of stoneware pottery for your entryway, a shepherd’s hook or trellis for up to 50% off, using your pocketful of ABF dollars.


An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have.

The older she gets the more interested he is in her.

Buy One Get One Free Offer Expanded

All of our gorgeous hanging baskets and summer annuals in flats, and five inch pots are now included in our Buy One Get One offer.  What a great time to fill your patio and garden areas with brilliant color.  Come out today for the best selection.  And yes, you can combine this offer with your orange dollars for even greater savings.


Joe got a new car and was reluctant to let his wife drive it.

When she insisted, he finally relented, cautioning her as she departed,

“Remember, if you have an accident, the newspaper will print your age.”


Test Your TV Theme Song Skills

Theme songs stick in our heads for decades.  See if you can identify some at http://www.sptimes.com/2007/webspecials07/interactives/tv-themes-quiz/


Unfortunately, getting a new passport required a new photo.

As I handed my ten-year-old passport and the new picture to the clerk,

I sighed and told her, ‘I like the original better.”.

“Trust me,” she said, “Ten years from now, you’ll like this one.”

Al’s Pick of the Week – Lisianthus

Many things in life are worth waiting for.  The ‘fall in love at first sight’ blossoms of lisianthus are definitely one of them.  Finally blooming with the heat of summer, these great plants will put on their show well into fall. 


Hybrids of the native prairie gentians, lisianthus can actually seem like three flowers in one. The buds look similar to a rosebud, opening to a tulip-like flower, and finally resembling a poppy once they are wide open.  Each blossom lasts for several weeks, so you can enjoy each step of the process.  Their long life makes lisianthus a fabulous cut flower.  Available in white, blue and purple, lisianthus are a great addition to any container or garden planting. 

As a part of our Buy One Get One Free, our 5 inch lisianthus are a great value this week. 


I was having chest pains, but my cardiologist assured me nothing was wrong.

Then I told him I was planning a cruise to Alaska

And asked if he had suggestions for avoiding the discomfort.

“Have fun,” he said with a straight face, “but don’t go overboard.”

PERENNIAL of the Week

All Edible Fruit-Bearing Plants

Rather than a single variety of plants this week, we are featuring all remaining fruit-bearing plants at our special Perennial of the Week savings.  Included in this offer are apple, peach and pear trees; grapes, gooseberries, currants, raspberries and blueberries.  Some of these plants come complete with fruit!


Gardeners of old always said that the best time to plant a tree is yesterday, or better yet, 10 years ago.  The second best time is today so 10 years from now you will have a mature plant that has been bearing fruit for years. 


We invite you to come out today and select your favorites from almost twenty varieties.  We will talk you through the steps in establishing your own little mini-orchard.  I guarantee that in the future you’ll be so glad you did.


In a busy office a computer going down causes quite an inconvenience.

Recently one of our computers not only crashed,

 it made a noise that sounded like a heart monitor.

“This computer has flat-lined,” a co-worker called out in horror.

“Does anyone here know how to do mouse-to-mouse?”


July is National Blueberry Month

The reason is obvious, fresh blueberries are available in the market all month long.  There’s nothing like a few with your morning cereal, or atop a late night bowl of ice cream.  The good news is that you don’t have to make the trip to the market to get them.  Blueberries can actually be grown right in your own garden.  Our North Country Blueberries are hardy to 35 below, grow 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, making them a fine shrub, and will produce up to five pounds of fruit per plant per year at maturity.  Come out today, and let us show you how easy it is to have your own berries just outside your back door.


An accountant was having a hard time sleeping and went to see her doctor.

“Doctor, I just can’t get to sleep at night.” she lamented.

“Have you tried counting sheep?” asked the doctor.

“That’s the problem – I make a mistake and then spend three hours trying to find it.”

Fun Calendar Facts


July is also   National Cell Phone Courtesy Month


July 16     Get To Know Your Customers Day – send us an email telling us something special about yourself

July 17      Wrong Way Corrigan Day

July 18      National Hot Dog Day &

                 National “Toss Away the Could Have, Should Have” Day

July 19      National Ice Cream Day

July 20      National Get Out Of the Doghouse Day &

                 National Hug Your Kid Day

July 21      National Legal Drinking Age Day

July 22      National Rat Catchers Day – Eeeeyeww!


At America’s Best we try to celebrate every day, and how easy is that when you are surrounded by beautiful flowers and wonderful customers?


“How come when you mix water and flour together you get glue. But when you add eggs and sugar you get cake?” I asked. “Where did the glue go?”

“You know darned well where it went!” my sister answered.

“That’s what makes the cake stick to your hips!”

Harvest Time

We know you are chomping at the bit to harvest that veggie garden. There is nothing like the satisfaction you feel sitting down to a meal made with YOUR garden’s fruits and vegetables. It makes the sore back and mosquito bites all worthwhile! But knowing when to harvest is as important as using the right variety of plant or correct plant food. Go to these links to find when produce is just right to be picked.

www.savvygardener.com/Features/harvesting_vegetables.html or



Once you’ve picked all those wonderful fresh veggies at their peak, what are you going to do with them?  It’s a great time to experiment with all kinds of recipes.  If one, or more, turns out fabulous, we want to know about it.


New Recipe Contest!

Beginning next week, we will have the first of three recipe contests revolving around recipes for those veggies from the garden. Each week one lucky person will receive a $25 gift card to America’s Best Flowers. We’re looking for that special recipe you can’t wait to make every year when your garden is harvested, to take to your family reunion, church picnic or whatever. Send your recipes to ed@americasbestflowers.com with subject line of ‘Recipe Contest ‘.All entries are due by the Sunday after the newsletter comes out.


Week 1 Favorite Green Bean or Broccoli Recipe  (submit by July 26)

Week 2 Favorite Zucchini Recipe (submit by August 2)

Week 3 Favorite Tomato Recipe (submit by August 9)


We’ll publish the winners in the following week’s newsletter.


Scientists have found a new link between depression and obesity.

Not surprisingly, it’s a sausage link.


This recipe is from Giada De Laurentis. It’s easy, healthy, yummy and uses those first zucchinis and yellow squash coming out of your garden. Preheat oven 450.

Pasta Primavera

3 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips

2 medium zucchini or 1 large zucchini, cut into thin strips

2 yellow squash, cut into thin strips

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

¼ cup olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1T dried Italian herbs

1 lb. farfalle (bowtie) pasta

15 cherry tomatoes, halved

½ cup grated parmesan


On a large heavy baking sheet, toss all of the vegetables with the oil, salt, pepper, and the dried herbs to coat. Transfer half of the vegetable mixture to another heavy large baking sheet and arrange evenly over the baking sheet. Bake until the carrots are tender and the vegetables begin to brown, stirring after the first 10 minutes, about 20 minutes total.


Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender, but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.


Toss the pasta with the vegetable mixture in a large bowl to combine. Toss with the cherry tomatoes and enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve immediately.


Note: When I saw this recipe, I wondered why they didn’t just steam the veggies, since it would be easier. After making it, I realized that the roasted flavor is what makes this dish so good.


A vacationer e-mailed a seaside hotel to ask its location.

“It’s only a stone’s throw away from the beach,” he was told.

“But how will I recognize it?” asked the man.

The reply came back – “It’s the one with all the broken windows.”


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