Coloring your Landscape

Newsletter 12 – Wednesday, June 2, 2010

“Everything is blooming most recklessly:
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

Coloring Your Landscape

Remember when you were little and the most wonderful gift in the world was the big box of 64 Crayola crayons? How they unleashed your imagination! Violet-blue grass, yellow-orange skies, carnation pink birds and trees in rainbows of color soon filled your coloring book. What wonderful times! Did you ever try to use every one of them on the same page? Or were you like me and saved some of the ‘best’ colors for special pictures you would draw and take to Grandma’s house to put on the refrigerator with cellophane tape (yes I am older than refrigerator magnets).

Do you long for those days when there were no rules, when any color combination you created was rewarded with ooh’s and aah’s by everyone you showed them to. We have good news for you! There are no rules at America’s Best Flowers, just color. Everywhere you look there is bold, fantastic color in every hue of the Crayola box and then a thousand more. While you’re here your imagination can go anywhere you let it. Mix orange and red and purple and blue and yellow and white, all in the same pot if you like. WOW! There is no ‘wrong’ combination.

Nothing looks more fabulous than vivid, vibrant, exciting color! It’s still early in the season, and you have lots of time to color your landscape. Our mixed annual containers are the easiest way to jazz up your outdoor graduation party areas. Annuals add so much rich color and the beauty of planting perennials is that they come back every year. By mixing them in the same planting, you have the best of both worlds. If you’d like help getting started come on out and ask one of our design staff, or come to our FREE CLASSES the next two Saturday mornings.

Icing: What I do in the shower.

"June is Perennial Gardening Month"

June is Perennial Gardening Month

This catchy slogan was introduced several years ago by the Perennial Plant Association June is the perfect time to focus on perennials in your garden. The weather is settled, and the perennials at America’s Best Flowers have never looked better. Celebrate June by discovering new perennials or try planting a "sequential-summer perennial display" of old and new cultivars. Each week in June, we feature a perennial of the week at special savings.

Perennial of the Week – Clematis

Why should you buy clematis? "Cause they’re beautiful, that’s why!!"

These colorful perennial vines can be at home almost anywhere. In addition to the usual planting on trellises, try growing them on a fence, a stone wall, around a tree trunk, or over stumps and rock piles. Use them to frame porches and other entrances or to cover unsightly utility poles. You can also grow them along with your climbing roses, or through shrubs of all kinds. Clematis can also be grown as a ground cover. They even make a good cut flower to add to your vase or float in a bowl.

Perhaps you will choose the large double pink blossoms of Empress, the rich lavender of Elsa Spath, the deep velvet purple of Jackmanii Superba, or the soft mauve of Proteus. Maybe the smaller but iridescent blossoms of Blue Angel or the ruffled dark pink Hagley Hybrid will catch your eye. Or you might pick Dr. Ruppel (ruffled lavender with deep red center) or Mrs. Cholmondeley (very large true blue) for their interesting names alone. Whichever of the summer bloomers you prefer, don’t forget Clematis Paniculata, commonly known as Sweet Autumn. Blooming in August and September, this sweet-smelling clematis should be a part of every garden.

Clematis can be planted in spring, summer or early fall. Select a location with at least 5-6 hours of sunlight. Clematis roots are long and run deep and like it cool and damp, though not soggy. A good idea is to plant annuals around the base of clematis to shade the roots, or mulch the ground around the base of the clematis plant to help keep the soil and roots cool. Always apply a mulch around the base of your clematis through the winter dormant months. With proper care your clematis plant will give you much enjoyment for many years!

Cauterize: Made eye contact with her

FREE “Ask the Expert” Classes

Perennial Gardening Class for Sun

Saturday, June 5th 10AM Join Master Gardener Ilene Isenberg for this class, and receive a free garden plan. Whether you are a beginning gardener, or have been at it many years, we’re sure you’ll walk away with some new ideas. Learn about some of the newer varieties of plants, and feel free to ask your questions. We hope to see you there.

Perennial Gardening Class for Shade

Saturday, June 12th 10AM There are more choices for your less-than-sunny locations than hostas. Lest we give hostas a bad name, they are wonderful plants and there are many sizes, colors and leaf shapes to choose from to enhance your garden’s beauty. But there are also quite a few lovely perennials for shade that you may not have thought of. Ilene is not only a Master Gardener, but she is our perennial manager too, and would love to help you design, or spruce up your shady beds. A garden plan for this class is available, as well.

Fanatic: To cool off the extreme upper portion of the house.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

According to Wikipedia an heirloom tomato is an open-pollinated (non-hybrid) heirloom cultivar of tomato. Due to their incredible taste, heirloom tomatoes have become increasingly popular and more readily available in recent years.

This year we expanded our selection of heirlooms to include White Currant, Cuor di Bue, Caspian Pink, Green Zebra, Pineapple, Ananas Noire, Purple Russian, Mortgage Lifter and the famous Box Car Willie. The first week of June is a great time to plant tomatoes in Wisconsin. The soil is the perfect temperature, the weather is fully settled and our plants are strong and healthy. Come out today and pick up the varieties you would like to try. In a couple of months you’ll be so glad you did.

Understudy: Prepare inadequately for the exam.

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Infantry: A newly planted sapling

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jun 5
Class 10AM – Sun Perennial Gardening

Free garden plan and class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Jun 12
Class 10AM – Shade Perennial Gardening

There are more choices than hostas for shady places. Class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Aug 14
IRIS Divide and Swap

Starts at 10 AM. Bring a clump of Iris to divide and swap with others! Bring a knife, a sharpie pen and plastic bags.

Sat, Sep 18
Art in the Garden

9 AM – 4 PM Local artisans and crafters will be displaying and selling their merchandise

Why should I learn algebra?
I have no intention of ever going there.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

We’ve all had some version of the classic seven-layer salad that was so popular in the 80’s. The other day I brought mine to work, and it started us all talking about how it was almost a comfort food dish, and let’s face it, it’s GOOD! You can change this up any way you want. I use about half the mayo and use Hellmann’s Light. Sometimes I use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon (you’re right! That ISN’T as good). And add or subtract any veggies you might or might not want. I make mine in a deep glass 2-½ qt. bowl, but you can make bigger, shallower salads for a crowd. Adjust amounts of lettuce, veggies and other toppings, as needed.

No Toss Salad

7 Layer Salad
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, torn in bite-size pieces
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 2-3 green onions, tops included, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small pkg. petite frozen peas, or enough to cover salad
  • 1-2 cups good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 T sugar
  • Largely diced tomatoes, or halved cherry tomatoes to cover top of salad
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 3 strips thick cut crispy bacon, crumbled
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, sprinkled lightly over top of salad

Layer first 5 layers in bowl. Spread with mayo and sprinkle with sugar. Cover tightly with saran wrap and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, layer the last 3 ingredients, finishing with sprinkling grated Parmesan over the top of salad.

The new librarian decided that instead of checking out children’s books by writing the names of borrowers on the book cards herself,
she would have the youngsters sign their own names.
She would then tell them they were signing a ‘contract’ for returning the books on time.

Her first customer was a 2nd grader, who looked surprised to see a new librarian. He brought four books to the desk and shoved them across to the librarian,
giving her his name as was the custom.

The new librarian pushed the books back, smiled, and told him to sign them out.
The boy carefully printed his name on each book card
and then handed them to her with a look of utter disgust.
Before the new librarian could even start her speech he said scornfully,
“At least that other librarian we had could write.”

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!
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