Newsletter 34 – Thursday, October 3, 2013

Current Hours

Monday – Sunday

Beautiful Bulbs!

Tulip 'Queen of the Night'
Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’
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Beautiful bulbs…two words that will bring you so much joy in the spring!  Every year we like to remind you that fall is the only time you can plant those wonderful spring-blooming bulbs.  Plant now and be the absolute envy of your neighbors next spring! Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium, and more are waiting for you

Just look at the amazing Queen of the Night tulip!  This dark beauty will add the perfect contrast to the yellows and reds of your spring garden.

Pssst…we heard it straight from their own tu-lips…these bulbs want to grow in YOUR  yard and they promise to give you years of beauty.    

When you plant your bulbs is the perfect opportunity to dig in a generous amount of plant food. It’s your only chance you will ever have to get the nutrients the bulbs need for maximum flowering directly under the bulbs in the root zone of your plants. We suggest Espoma Bulb Tone.

It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.

Norman Vincent Peale

Have fun with fall!

Everyone's porch should look this good!
Everyone’s porch should look this good!
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We have a fast, easy, and fun way to decorate for fall! Start with corn shocks, straw bales, pumpkins, gourds and ornamental corn. Add a piece of unique metal yard art and one of our beautiful fall wreaths and your entryway will be ready for the season. Personalize it even more with your own unique scarecrow.  More info below.

Build your very own Scarecrow!


It’s Scarecrow time at America’s Best Flowers. At our Cottage Grove location we will be stuffing straw from 10 to 5 Monday thru Friday and 10 – 4 on Saturday & Sunday, through Sunday, Oct. 13. There is a nominal fee for the scarecrow kit and garage sale prices on the clothing (or bring your own clothes from home).

Or stop at our Edgerton location at 1101 N Main from 10 – 2 on Saturday, October 12 to build your very own custom made scarecrow.

We request that groups building 5 or more scarecrows call ahead. 608-222-2269 or 608-884-8120 for Edgerton.

If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a million times – don’t exaggerate!…

Boston Ferns

Improve the Air Quality of your Home

Houseplants benefit us in so many ways.  Often chosen for the color and texture they add to a room, houseplants are a beautiful addition to any home.  Nothing helps create a pleasant, relaxed mood faster than the addition of a few plants.  Research has shown that the benefits of indoor plants go far beyond decorative, proving that people living in homes and offices with plants have fewer problems with stress-related illnesses.  The group also had lower blood pressure than those living without plants.

Boston Ferns are on the list of best choices for air purification, and ours are especially nice this year.  Stop out today and pick up several for your home and office.

I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.

Ellen DeGeneres

Easy Money for Your Non-Profit Organization!

Did you know that we offer an easy, fun AND profitable fundraising program to non-profit organizations? Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms? What about your school or church music programs?

We provide non-profit organizations the opportunity to keep 25% of the proceeds from the sale of our gift cards. For example, if your organization sold $500 of our gift cards, your organization would receive $125. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

A man telephoned the airline office and asked,
“How long does it take to fly to Boston?”
The clerk said, “Just a minute…”
“Thank you,” the man said and hung up….

America’s Best Flowers is having another Flea Market!

Flea Market

Once again, back by popular demand! We’ve had so much fun and so many positive remarks about our past two Flea Markets that we are going to have a third one!

Clean out your garage, basement, and cupboards and bring your treasures out to our Flea Market on Saturday, October 19, from 8-3.

This time we offer vendors the option of having their booth either inside the greenhouse or outside in the parking lot.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please don’t procrastinate!

Sign up now for our October 19 Flea Market.  We will need your registration by 6:00 pm, Monday, October 14.  A minimum of twelve vendors will be required by October 14 or it will be necessary to cancel this Flea Market. 

For further details please last week’s article.

If you are interested in joining us or if you have any questions contact Marty at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

Send Al your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to Al Lunde, at abflunde@yahoo.com. Al will get back to you promptly.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 25

Lucy is Amused
"I hope when she’s done with the wheelchair, she’ll let me ride it!"
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My mom is acting goofy!  My dad and I are both laughing at her, (quietly ‘cause we don’t want to hurt her feelings.)  My dad says it’s from the medicine the vet gave her.  She starts to read a magazine and then it falls from her hand and then she’s starts snoring!  Golly, my dad has even had to wake my mom up to eat!  What?  I’m going to tell Dr. Sara to never, ever, ever give me that kind of medicine!  Wake me up to eat???  What kind of nonsense is that?

My dad was right about that wheelchair thing.  I keep my tail tucked close and my paws clear when my mom is on the move!  Shhh, don’t tell my mom I said this, but it’s really funny to watch her try to get through a doorway with that thing.

There is one good thing though.  I’m really getting caught up on my naps ‘cause I never ever leave my mom’s side.

`til next time,
    ~ Lucy

Hey, if you want to send my mom a ‘Hi!’ send it to me at abfscimino@yahoo.com.  She gave me complete control of her emails, so I’ve been having a tail wagging, paw stomping (whoops, sorry, mom) good time!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 21 – Sun, Oct 13
Scarecrow Days

M-F 10-5PM / Sat – Sun 10-4PM

Sat, Oct 19
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

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

I’ve been waiting for cooler weather to share these recipes from my friend Jesse.  A few weeks ago, he was on a grilled cheese kick and tried many different combinations some inspired by the web.

Jesse’s Favorite Grilled Cheese Combos

“My favorite is American cheese and then when the cheese is melted pull the slices of bread apart and put potato chips on it for added crunch and put the slices back together. I also like to add pretzels sometimes.”

~ Jesse

  • Pecans make a good topping (tastes like a warm-gooey cheese log)
  • Provolone cheese and bacon
  • Sharp cheddar, bacon and thin slices of apple
  • Your favorite cheese with thinly sliced ham
  • Cheddar-jalapeno bread with Colby Jack cheese
  • Swiss cheese, goat cheese, apples and spinach
  • Mozzarella and provolone with roasted tomatoes and black olives
  • Cheddar cheese and red onion
  • Herb butter and herb breads make great grilled cheese
  • Caprese Grilled Cheese – Mozzarella cheese, ripe tomatoes and fresh basil
  • Pizza grilled cheese – Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, onions, green pepper
  • Mexican Grilled cheese – cheddar cheese, black olives, jalapeno rings, black beans, lettuce. Serve with sour cream and salsa

And of course, the perfect thing to go along with ANY grilled cheese is always Tomato Soup!  I’m not sure where he found this recipe, but it sounds wonderful.

“This is the first time I’ve made tomato soup from scratch.  It was so good, I ended up making two double batches and putting some of it in the freezer.  It’s a great way to use up lots of tomatoes quickly.”

~ Jesse Steinke

Tomato Soup

  • 6 cups chopped tomatoes (remove skins* and seeds**)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt/pepper to taste

Combine tomatoes, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, basil, tarragon and chicken stock in stock pot.  Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Using food processor/blender, puree contents from stock pot.

If you prefer a smooth mixture, run thru a food mill and sieve.  Otherwise, return contents to stock pot and bring mixture to a boil, adding whipping cream. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Yield: 6 cups.

*To peel tomatoes, bring a pot of water to a boil.  Score bottoms of tomatoes and drop into boiling water.  As skins begin to loosen, place tomatoes in ice cold water, skins should then just pull off. 

**Remove seeds by slicing peeled tomatoes in half and scooping out seeds with a spoon.  Do this over a strainer inside a dish to catch the extra juice.


NOTE – Change to recipe for Stuffed Pepper Soup – Sept. 19

I printed the recipe just like it appears on the sheet they gave me.  Two of my coworkers made the recipe, and though both really liked the flavor, they agree that it calls for too much rice.  They both made it exactly as it says, and then had to add more tomatoes and broth to get it to be like soup.  So, please change the 2 cups rice to 1 cup rice so you will get soup rather than a casserole.  Sorry for the trouble.

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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