Chalk Contest for Kids

Newsletter 19 – Thursday, June 20, 2013

Current Hours

Monday – Friday

Saturday – Sunday

Perennial of the Week – Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ Catmint

Nepeta 'Walker’s Low' Catmint
Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ Catmint
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The soft gray-green foliage of the Nepeta is highly aromatic.  The large lavender-blue blossoms occur heavily from late spring through midsummer and will reappear for a second heavy bloom in the autumn. Even when not in bloom it is a compact and very attractive plant.  To get a denser, bushier growth and quicker reflowering, cut it back several times during its first bloom season.  This perennial is resistant to drought and is perfect for your sun garden.  In fact, the Nepeta was named 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year!

As always the featured perennial of the week is twenty percent off while supplies last!

Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.

Join us this Saturday for our Succulent Workshop!

Saturday, June 22 from 10am to 2pm

Succulents in a Terra Cotta Low Bowl
Don’t miss our Succulent Container Workshop!
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Select from our wide variety of succulents and create your own unique container.  Succulents are easy to care for inside or out.  We’ll have a variety of planters for you to choose from, or bring your own.  As always soil and design help are free of charge. 

Dan hated dogs, he hated them with a passion. One morning Dan was driving his car down a busy street when to his surprise he saw ahead of him a fellow running full force with 2 big dogs after him. “I’ve just got to save this guy”, thought Dan, and with that he quickly sped up along side of him, rolled down his window, and screamed “hurry, hop in!” “Thanks!” said the fellow opening the door, “it’s always hard for me to get a ride when I have my two dogs with me!”

Hey, all you junior Picasso’s and O’Keefe’s!

Sidewalk Chalk
Bring your Chalk!

Bring your colored chalk and come on out to America’s Best Flowers on Saturday, June 22, from 10am- 2pm.  Your blank canvas is waiting for you!  We’ll have a designated area in our parking lot for you to create your very own masterpiece.  There will be three age groups, 2-5 years old, 6-10 years old, and 11-15 years old and a winner will be announced for each age group.  The grand prize winner will receive a $20.00 Papa Jimmy’s gift card. 

For safety reasons we are requesting that parents stay with their children, regardless of age, while they are Chalking the Garden.  As this is a fun activity for the kids, we ask that parents please resist the temptation to assist your child with their artwork. 

It’s kind of tough to create chalk art in the rain, so if it’s raining cats and dogs this coming Saturday this event will be cancelled.  The good news is that we have two more Chalk our Garden Events on Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, August 24. 

Mother – I need to speak to the doctor, it’s an emergency, my infant has a temperature of 101.
Doctor to Secretary – Find out how she’s taking the temperature.
Secretary – How are you taking it?
Mother – Oh, I’m holding up OK.

America’s Best Flowers is having a Flea Market!

Clean out your garage, basement, and cupboards and bring your treasures out to our Flea Market on Saturday, July 13, from 9am-4pm.  To participate we require a non-refundable registration fee of $20.00.  After you arrive and have your space set up on that morning, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card.  Each vendor will be allowed two parking spaces to display their wares.   

More vendor space is available for an additional $10.00 for each parking space.   Additional space must be requested at the time of the initial registration.  Each vendor is limited to only one $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card regardless of the number of parking spaces.

Rain or shine! Set up time is at 7am and the starting bell is at 9am.  This event will end at 4pm.  Vendors will need to bring their own furnishings, tables, awnings, chairs, etc..

For safety purposes all vendor vehicles must be parked in a separate area and will not be allowed in the market area until after 4pm.  Space is limited.  Don’t wait to register! 

There are a few restrictions on what may be brought to the flea market at our greenhouse.  The following items are not allowed:

  • Firearms or ammunition
  • Live animals
  • Flowers and/or plants
  • Alcohol or Tobacco

Remember, one man’s (or woman’s) junk is another man’s (or woman’s) treasure.

If you are interested in joining us contact Shirley at or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269. 

Love Letter Joke

Dear Herbie,
I know it was our joint decision for you to go off to the army for the year, but it’s so hard not having you here. We are married, doesn’t it make sense that we should be together? I’m so miserable without you, it’s almost like you’re still here.

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 Al will get back to you promptly.

Music in our Garden!

Decorative Musical Notes

This summer America’s Best Flowers would like to offer a venue for the young and talented in the area!  The dates for this event are Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, July 27. 

We do not provide instruments or a microphone.  The ‘performers’ would need to bring their own equipment.  Electricity will be available.

There are still time slots available, so if you know of any groups or solo artists in the area that sing and/or play musical instruments and would like to perform at our greenhouse please contact Shirley at  

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 11

My cell phone rang one day last November and the caller ID identified my friend Diane as the caller.  I answered ‘Hey, Ditzy Broad’ (I’m betting you have special names for a few of your very close friends, too!)  All her broken voice could muster out was ‘Shirley’ and I knew. 

‘Casey?’ I asked and she responded with a heart broken sob.  

Diane and Casey had been out for one of their usual daily walks.  Gosh, that dog loved his walks! The two of them had their own MO.  Casey would pull ahead and then stop to sniff and then Diane would be in the lead.  Moving toward the next smell Casey would recapture the lead.  And so it went, back and forth, time after time.  Diane had taken the lead once again.   When Casey didn’t respond to her gentle tug, she looked back and saw him.  Casey was on the sidewalk laboring to breathe and was struggling to stay on his feet.  He collapsed in a heap.  Diane helped him to his feet and Casey managed to walk one more block toward home when he crumpled again.  As Diane dropped to Casey’s side a car pulled into the driveway that was next to the sidewalk.  A gentleman got out of his car and saw what was happening.  As he ran over to help he recognized his friend Jeff’s mom on her knees hovering over this heap of a precious dog.  He immediately said. ‘Let’s get him in my car!’  He gently picked up this ninety pound dog and placed him in the backseat of his car.  Diane crawled in the backseat to be with her boy as he gasped for breath.  Fortunately, the veterinarian office was just a few blocks away.  The vet took Casey immediately into the treatment room and Diane stayed in the waiting room, but not for long.  Diane thought to herself ‘Casey is my dog, I’ve got to be with him’ and she charged into the treatment room. The vet had placed an oxygen mask over Casey’s face.  She turned toward Diane and gently told her that Casey’s heart was giving out. 

A very short time later, as Casey was listening to his mom’s voice telling him how much she loved him, sweet Casey’s big and gentle heart stopped.

It was about a month later that Diane and I decided it was time for Lucy to go over to Casey’s house.  As we pulled in the driveway Lucy did the usual ‘Oh boy, I get to play with Casey.  Let me out of this car’, routine. 

Diane was waiting at the back door.  We knew this was going to be tough.  And not just for Lucy.  Usually, Casey would be right there to greet us.  Lucy ran into the house right past Diane and went from room to room looking for Casey, wagging her tail the entire search. Diane and I stood at one end of the hall and watched.  Lucy stood at the far end of the hall, by the bedrooms, looking confused.  Where was Casey?  This was the end of the house, there was no place else to search.  Lucy turned her head toward us and she knew. 

Don’t ever doubt the love between dogs, my friends.  Diane and I both heard it that day.  The mournful whimper that came from Lucy’s soul was for her friend who was never going to be home again.

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

If any of you other dog people want to share a dog story send it to

“Excuse me, this coffee tastes like mud.”
Waiter- “Yes sir, it’s fresh ground.”

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jun 22
Contest for Kids

10am – 2pm – Bring your colored chalk & color our parking lot! A prize winner for each age group (2-5) (6-10) (11-15) A PAPA JIMMY’S $20.00 GIFT CARD for the Grand Prize winner.

Sat, Jun 22
Succulent Workshop

10am – 2pm – FREE soil and assistance. Bring in your own container or buy one of ours.

Sat, Jun 29
Music in the Garden

High School talent featured at the greenhouse!

Sat, Jul 13
Flea Market

9am – 4pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Jul 20
Contest for Kids

10am – 2pm – Bring your colored chalk & color our parking lot! A prize winner for each age group (2-5) (6-10) (11-15) A PAPA JIMMY’S $20.00 GIFT CARD for the Grand Prize winner.

Sat, Jul 27
Music in the Garden

Musical talent featured at the greenhouse!

Our Kitchen

My inheritance from my mom included her dark green metal 3×5 recipe box.  She had a unique filing system.  Whichever recipe she made last was stuck in the front of the box.  So I would find a bread recipe behind a casserole behind a salad, and so forth, with the labeled dividers neatly tucked in the back.   For the past nine years, I had been unwilling, perhaps even unable, to straighten things out and get the recipes behind their proper tabs.  Two weeks ago, when I was in search of the lost fudge recipe, I finally decided it was time.  Into the living room I went, box in hand, and settled down on the couch in front of the empty coffee table.  Partway in I was reminded why I had put off the task.  So many recipes, so many memories of days gone by.  By the time I was finished, I know the tears running down my cheeks had little to do with Grandma’s lost fudge recipe.  

The good news is what I did find.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll share some of them with you.  I’m starting with one I’ve never actually tasted.  I can tell this one is a more recent addition because she actually wrote out the directions.  Her older ones just listed ingredients because, in her day, all homemakers knew how to put them together.  In the top right-hand corner she wrote Real Good.  That’s all the recommendation I need. Hope you think so, too.

Apple Brownies

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup nuts
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • Powdered sugar or Cool Whip

Cream butter, sugar, eggs & vanilla.  Mix well, add flour, baking powder & salt.  Stir in apple and nuts.  Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes.  When cooled, sprinkle powdered sugar over top with flour sifter, then serve with Cool Whip.

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
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