Bugs that Crunch n’ Munch

Newsletter 17 – Thursday, July 14, 2011

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

Only 4 days left!
NOW through July 17

America’s Best Flowers

Redeem your orange bucks on ANYTHING we sell
for up to 50% off your total purchase.
We have a great selection of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs;
and don’t forget that beautiful piece of pottery
you’ve been looking at all season.

But wait, there’s more

All Roses, Trees and Shrubs
Now 20% off

Use your Orange Dollars and save up to 50% more!!

 I smell a bargain!!

Buddleia 'Black Knight'
Buddleia ‘Black Knight’
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Indulge yourself with the fragrance of grown-in-your-own-garden roses and buddleia (butterfly bushes).  Or perhaps you might choose Clethra (Summersweet).  We have Ruby Spice, Sixteen Candles, and Hummingbird varieties available to sweeten your summer breezes.  These hardy shrubs bloom later in summer and attract hummingbirds, making them the perfect choice for summer planting.  Another fragrant shrub is the lilac.  While it’s too late to enjoy their gorgeous blooms this year, plan ahead for spring.  What would May be without large bouquets of lilac filling your home with their incredible fragrance. 

Hundreds of other bargains are here waiting for you.  So grab your orange dollars and come on out.  We are open 9-8 weekdays and 9-6 on the weekend.  To make your trip even more fun, bring a friend along.

“Dirty hands, iced tea, garden fragrances thick in the air
And a blanket of color before me,
who could ask for more?”

Bev Adams from Mountain Gardening by the Gardening Gal

Japanese Beetles go Crunch!

They crunch and they munch until the flowers and leaves of your favorite plants are riddled with holes.  Not picky, they will crunch your beans, peas, corn, tomatoes, peppers, all types of berries, grapes, and most fruit trees.  They also love ornamentals like roses, phlox, zinnias, impatiens and hibiscus, just to name a few.  Early last week I spotted the first signs of damage to the leaves of my beautiful red hibiscus that grows by my mailbox.  I put a tickler in my brain to be sure and bring home the spray that would make them go away.  But since mental ticklers leave a lot to be desired, the past few days my beautiful plant has become more and more crunched by these shiny, green bottomless pits.  So now there is a different crunch, the one that happens when I knock them to the pavement and stomp, resulting in disgusting beetle juice all over the soles of my shoes.

Don’t follow in my gross footsteps and procrastinate the treatment of your plants.  We have several products that are easy solutions to the invasion.  For your roses and ornamental plants, we recommend Bayer Advanced Rose and Flower Insect Killer; Insect, Disease and Mite Control; or Tree & Shrub Protect and Feed, available in an easy-to-use hose end attachment bottle.  For your fruits and veggies try Bayer’s Citrus Fruit and Vegetable, Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew or Earth-tone’s Insect Control

Trapping is also possible. Safer’s Japanese beetle traps use a pheromone bait to lure beetles to the trap.  Refill baits are available so it is not necessary to purchase new traps every year.  For best results, place them at the edge of your property, far away from any plants you are trying to protect.

A more permanent method of control is the application of Milky Spore powder.  One bag covers 7,000 square feet and three applications in spring, summer and fall for two consecutive years is guaranteed to work for 10 years. 

Back to bargain talk.  Right now Bayer is offering up to a $6 Rebate on the purchase of Bayer Advanced products.  We have the forms available on the shelf.  Combine that with your dollars and you can save your plants for pennies.

Why don’t sheep shrink in the rain?

Succulent Workshop

Saturday, July 23 from 10 to 4

Succulents in a Terra Cotta Low Bowl
Breathtaking and Easy to Care For
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This year we are growing an incredible assortment of succulents. These are the perfect plants for hot, dry areas.  So easy to care for, all you need to do is forget to water them most of the time. An added bonus, when fall comes you can bring them inside for the winter. Saturday, July 23 we are hosting our first ever Succulent Workshop.  Let us help you create your own unique container, or plan ahead for gifts for dorm rooms, teachers and the holidays.  We’ll have a variety of planters for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.  As always soil and design help are free of charge. Mark your calendar and join our design team anytime between 10 and 4.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jul 9 – Sun, Jul 17
Summer Dollar Days

Redeem your collected orange ABF dollars for up to 50% off your total purchase.

Sat, Jul 23
Plant your Own Succulents Workshop

10AM – 4PM Select from our wide variety of easy to care for succulents and create your own indoor container. Free soil and design assistance.

Sat, Aug 6
Customer Appreciation Day

11am – 3pm Free Pizza for our loyalty customers

Sat, Aug 20 – Sat, Aug 27
Dog Days of Summer

Kicks off with a dog wash on the 20th, then continues with dog-themed giveaways the rest of the week. Donations go to Dane County Humane Society

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Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

Our Kitchen

America’s Best Flowers’ history makes for good reading. It’s the story of the American Dream combined with three decades of ups and downs, prayers and hard work. As with all good stories, there was a beginning, and in the beginning were the strawberries. Acres and acres of sweet, juicy, pick-your-own strawberries. Along with the berries, our customers sometimes would go home with recipes. Most of these handouts from long ago are gone, but a couple of weeks ago our friend, Marguerite of Sun Prairie, asked if anyone would like the original recipe for our strawberry pie. She makes this every year and wondered if we still had the recipe. We did not, but thanks to her kindness it’s back again. We hope you enjoy it.

Easy Strawberry Pie

Easy Strawberry Pie

  • 2 C water
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1 small pkg strawberry Jello
  • 1 baked 9” pie shell
  • whipped cream

Boil water, sugar, and cornstarch together in a medium sauce pan until thick.  Remove from heat and stir in the dry jello.  Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.  When the mixture just starts to set, pour over strawberries, which have been prearranged in baked pie shell.  Top with whipped cream.  Refrigerate. Garnish with a mint leaf if desired.

Hygiene is in the eye of the beholder.
One lunch time I watched the woman in the sandwich shop
Spreading mayonnaise on my bread,
And noticed part of her grubby work shirt was dragging across it.
“Excuse me,” I ventured, “your sleeve is in the mayo.”

“No problem,” she reassured me.
“I need to wash it anyway.”

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