Newsletter 38 – Thursday, October 31, 2013

Open Hours

Open Monday – Sunday

Plant Bulbs Now for a Colorful Spring!

Take a moment and just think about how perfect spring bulbs are.  Once planted, they wait patiently from one year to the next to share their beauty with us.  Daffodils, allium, crocus, tulips, hyacinth and so many others, practically shout with joy when spring arrives.

Plant your bulbs now and you will be celebrating the end of a long cold winter with the brilliant spring color only bulbs can bring!

Q: What is a ghost’s favorite dessert?
A: Booberry Pie!

Green, Green Everywhere

Come on out today and check out our new shipment of tropical foliage.  Choose from Christmas cactus, Norfolk pines, Chinese evergreen, dieffenbachia, crotons, peace lilies and more.  There is nothing like a fresh houseplant to add that special look and feel to any room in your home.  And what a perfect take-along gift for all your upcoming holiday festivities.

Ongoing Miniature Garden Workshops!

Weekends Through – November 17
10am – 3pm

Think small and inside the pot every Saturday and Sunday, through November 17, at our Miniature Garden and Terrarium Workshops.  Join us, from 10 am to 3 pm, for a journey to our miniature world.  Create your very own terrarium or miniature fairy garden just as you’ve seen in the glossy home and garden magazines!

Captivating, Christmas miniatures, little gazing balls, tiny bird baths, mischievous gnomes, petite fairies, small stepping stones, diminutive garden arbors, and miniature fences are just some of the treasures we have waiting here to help you realize your vision. Choose from our wide selection of tiny, live plants to bring your miniature wonderland to life.  Bring your own pot or purchase one here. Soil is free, and design assistance is always available!

We know life is busy so if you are unable to make it to a weekend workshop you are welcome to come in and create your special miniature garden anytime during the week.

Q: Why don’t ghosts like rain?
A: It dampens their spirits!

Just Flown in!

Stone owls in many sizes
A Hootenany in Granite
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Stone Age Creations Boulder Owls are perfect for indoor accents or as unique lawn and garden décor!  As their company states, ‘created by nature…crafted by artisans.’  These are honest-to-goodness boulders that have been carved into owls.  From two inches to twenty, and every size in between, we have just the gift for ‘whooo’ever on your Christmas list loves these wise creatures.

Decorate with Garden Flags

A flag featuring a jolly snowman

Decorate for autumn and the coming holiday season with garden flags.  What an easy and fast way to add a seasonal touch to your garden or yard.  Our flags are made from durable poly-nylon blend fabric that is fade resistant and colorfast.  Many are available in two sizes.

Perennials, Trees & Shrubs Now 70% Off!

Come out and take advantage of our Clear the Bench sale! Our remaining perennials, trees, and shrubs are now 70% off.  This sale applies to existing stock only and no warranty is included with this sale.

Two monsters went to a party.
Suddenly one said to the other, “A lady just rolled her eyes at me. What should I do?”
“Be a gentleman and roll them back to her.”

Winter Workshops

We have several terrific workshops coming in November and December.  More details coming in next week’s newsletter.

  • Holiday Porch Pot Workshop – Saturday and Sunday, November 23-24.
  • Wreath and Paint a Poinsettias Workshops – Sunday, December 1.
  • Holiday Centerpiece and Paint a Poinsettias Workshops –  Sunday, December 8.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 29

Lucy looking droll
"I put a virus on her laptop that replaces all pictures of cats with dogs. That’ll make finding a costume harder!"
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Please cross your paws for my mom AND me!  My mom is going to the vet and she is hoping that the Badger red cast will be taken off today.  My dad and I tried to tell her that her Badger red cast really truly brought the Badger football team good luck, but we got that ‘look’ again and we knew we had better back off. 

Then my mom told me that if she DIDN’T get her cast off today that I would have to dress up as a C-A-T for Halloween!  What? What?

Then she told my dad he would have to dress up as something…I didn’t quite understand what that was.  I’d never heard of that kind of costume before.

Whatever it is it can’t possibly be as bad as dressing up as a C-A-T!

Oh, please remember to cross your paws today!

`til next time,
    ~ Lucy

Upcoming Events

Sat, Oct 19 – Sun, Nov 17
Miniature Garden Workshops

10am – 3pm Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) – Make a mini garden in a terrarium or planter of your choice.

Sat, Nov 23 – Sun, Nov 24
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required)

Sun, Dec 1
Wreath Workshop / Paint A Poinsettia Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required). You can make porch pots too, if you want!

Sun, Dec 8
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop / Paint A Poinsettia Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required)

Our Kitchen

This recipe was developed to satisfy a craving for a sweet and crunchy snack.  The variations you could make are limited only by your imagination.  Any type nut will work, even unsalted dry roasted peanuts from a jar, though you will need to decrease the first baking time to 4-5 minutes for these.  The honey was added to get the cinnamon and sugar to stick to the almonds.  Maple syrup, or any of the flavored ones, would also work for that.  And when you get to the spices, any combination you like could be sprinkled on.  Maybe try pumpkin pie spice on walnuts for a crunchy Thanksgiving treat. 

Put them in a pretty glass bowl for a great party snack, or bake up a few variations and bag them up for gifts for the holiday season.  Enjoy!

Margaret’s Sweet and Crunchy Almonds

  • 1½ cups raw almonds, or other nut
  • honey for drizzling
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/8 to 1/4 t cayenne pepper, optional

Preheat oven to 350.  Cover baking sheet with foil.  Spray lightly with non-stick stray.  Roast nuts 8-10 minutes – until lightly browned.  Remove from oven.  Dump into mixing bowl.  Drizzle with honey to very lightly coat.  Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon (for an added kick, add cayenne pepper). Sprinkle brown sugar mixture evenly over nuts.  Toss to coat. Return to pan.  Roast another 4-5 minutes until nice and brown.  Cool on baking sheet, stirring once or twice.  Store in airtight container.

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
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