Don and the Magic Grinding Wheel

Newsletter 31 – Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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

They don’t get any sharper…

Then Don from Universal Saw and Tool Sharpening!  Don and his magic grinding wheel and belt grinder will get you ready for your fall or spring yard work.  Don will be here both Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, from 10 AM – 4 PM, and will for a nominal fee (collected by Don), sharpen those dull garden tools.  Look for our signs in the parking lot directing you to the drop off area. 

Don will be able to sharpen most items while you are enjoying your time at the greenhouse.  For more difficult sharpening Don may need to take your items back to his shop.  They may then be picked up at America’s Best Flowers the following week.  

Come on out to our greenhouse, drop off your tools and while Don is grinding away take some time and stroll the grounds.  We have beautiful mums and asters, among other things, that may just have to go home with you.  Speaking of mums…

Our mums are gorgeous!

A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
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Our mums are homegrown right here!  We planted them, we watered them, we fertilized them and we watched them grow!  Then they go directly from our home to yours. 

America’s Best Flowers has mums galore; our fields are overflowing with early, mid and late blooming plants in more than 30 shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender and purple.  

They look spectacular in pots on the porch, deck and patio or planted in the ground bordering your sidewalk or driveway.  Enjoy the brilliant colors of fall with strong and hardy mums from America’s Best Flowers. 

Check out our article in September 4th newsletter for more information on planting mums

Big, Beautiful Bulb Blow Out Sale!

Now is the time to plant bulbs for next spring!   And, now is the time to come out and take advantage of us.   All of our bulbs are 20% off.  We have a large selection of tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth and other bulbs to choose from.  Remember, bulbs are a promise for a beautiful spring flower garden.

Bulb food is important!

Espoma Bulb Tone
Espoma Bulb Tone
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When planting your bulbs be sure to dig in a generous amount of plant food. It’s the only chance your bulbs have to get the nutrients they need for maximum flowering.  This year we are featuring Espoma Bulb Tone.

We are not out of our gourd(s)!

It’s so easy and fun to decorate for fall, isn’t it?  Put together a few mums, corn shocks, pumpkins, ornamental corn, and gourds in the yard and you’re done! 

Have the coolest looking yard on the block with our Autumn Bundle.  America’s Best Flowers has an Autumn Bundle which includes one of our larger-than-life mums, a straw bale and a bundle of corn shocks, all at special savings.  Add two more mums and save even more.

Our corn shocks are netted (like a Christmas tree) so they can be safely tied to the roof of your vehicle, keeping your car clean and the shocks free from wind damage.  We’ll even provide the twine.

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi


Skeletal Scarecrow
Skeletal Scarecrow
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It’s scarecrow time at America’s Best Flowers.  Our resident expert scarecrow builders will show you the ropes on how to build your very own straw person.  The stuffing is ongoing throughout the day from 10am to 5pm seven days a week.  The straw will be flying at America’s Best Flowers through Saturday Oct. 13.  Act like a kid again or bring your kids!  Kids of all ages are welcome! It’s an ideal activity for groups of all ages.  We have a large assortment of different ensembles to choose from.  Accessories galore to add that perfect touch to your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow.  The cost of the scarecrow kit is $14.99.  The kit consists of a frame, a burlap head, a funny face, staff assistance and straw, lots of straw.  Clothes in all sizes are available at garage sale prices, but you are welcome to bring your own outfit or old costumes.   Don’t forget to bring your camera!

For groups of 5 or more, please call ahead 608-222-2269.  This will allow us to plan ahead and have enough staff available for your group. 

Name the Scarecrow Contest #1

After building your oh-so-special straw person, be sure to enter our contests.   Our rootin-tootin Cowgirl scarecrow needs a name!  Stop by and give her a great big wild, Wild West ‘howdy’!  The deadline to submit your entry is October 13th. The winner will be presented with an Autumn Bundle which includes; one mum, one straw bale and one corn shock.

Win the Scarecrow Contest #2

Hay, you still have time to enter.  Our second contest is a drawing to win our scarecrow of the week.  This week’s drawing for our Silver Lady scarecrow, will be on Saturday, October 6th and the winner, of course, wins our Silver Lady scarecrow.

Did you hear?

America’s Best Flowers is going to be open until December 15!

It gets even better!

We have 3 upcoming holiday workshops!   On November 17 & 18, we have a Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop.  Then join us on November 24 for our Paint a Poinsettia Workshop.  The last workshop for the year is the Holiday Centerpiece Workshop on December 9.  More details about these workshops coming in future newsletters.

Please pre-register for these 3 events with Martin Robbins at or call us at 608-222-2269.

Beautiful Geranium hanging baskets!

Not only are our hanging geranium baskets gorgeous, but they are on sale for $10.00.   Choose from orange, violet, different shades of red or a combination of red and white geraniums.   In fact, all of our hanging baskets are on sale!  Stop on out and pick up a few!


America’s Best Flowers wants you to succeed, so if you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly. We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein

Lucy’s health update!

Lucy was diagnosed with arthritis last month and Dr. Sara told us it was very important to keep her moving.  Our instructions were to take her on short, slow walks once or twice a day.  And that’s how we start each and every day now.  Well, good news!  Lucy is doing so much better.  She is able to jump up on the couch now and she even has a frisky-ness to her step.  

Okay, now it’s full disclosure time.  What I didn’t mention earlier was that Lucy had gained 7 pounds in a matter of 2 ½ months.  Let’s get real here, no two-or-four legged girl needs that tidbit put in a newsletter, right?  Thus the weight omission.  It’s also obvious that someone was over feeding her.  I’m sorry, please don’t judge me!  I’ve used the one cup measuring scoop forever and then I mistakenly thought ‘Who needs a measuring cup’.  Well, obviously, I do!  Man did I feel bad.  So, we’ve been back to the measured scoop for about 4-5 weeks now.  Lucy gets one scoop in the morning and one at night.  Okay, more full disclosure, she gets one tablespoon of boiled lean hamburger in with her kibble with each meal.  Anyway, between the walks and measured food Lucy has lost 2.2 lbs. 

Is there a moral to the story?  Well, I guess there is something to be said about exercise and portion control.  Hmmm, I’ll have to give it a try, wait, let me think about it for a while, I’ll get back to you.

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Chore list

My parents are both busy professional people and have trouble finding time for chores and home maintenance. On weekends they each make a list of things to be done. Father’s list is never completely crossed off, but Mother’s always is. Puzzled, I asked her how she managed that.

"Simple," she answered with a satisfied grin. "I do the chore first, and then I put it on the list and cross it off!"

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 22 – Sat, Oct 13
Scarecrow Days

10am – 5pm Seven days a week. Come in and make your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow!

Sat, Oct 6 – Sun, Oct 7
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am – 4pm Sharpen your tools for fall or spring yard work.

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Mini Art in the Garden

9am – 3pm We invite you to stop in and pick up your fresh winter decorating items and, to shop at our mini-Art in the Garden. We are planning on six local vendors joining us for the weekend.

Sat, Nov 24
Painting Poinsettias

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sun, Dec 9
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

A couple of weeks ago Jim brought home a Black Angus rump roast, thinking we would put it in the crockpot.  It was such a beautiful cut of meat, I knew there had to be a better way to prepare it, so I went online to see what I could find.  This 5-star recipe from turned out wonderfully.  It reminded me of a lean version of a prime rib.  Though not quite as tender, carved across the grain it was close.

In a break from my normal approach, I followed the instructions almost exactly. The only difference was that I only had it at room temperature for about 30 minutes so it took 25 minutes per pound to get to the medium rare doneness we like, really hot but still almost red in the middle.  If you want pink rather than red, it might take closer to 30 minutes per pound, depending on how long you allowed it to warm to room temp,  but remember the longer you cook it, the less tender it will be, and like a prime rib, the outside will be more done than the middle, providing a variety of doneness for your guests.  

When I told Jim I was putting this recipe in the newsletter, he told me to be sure and let you know it was the best roast he has ever eaten. Enjoy!

The Truly Perfect Rump Roast

  • 1 (4 lb) rump roast (room temp.)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup water

1.    You might wish to use more salt and pepper.

2.    Pre-Heat the oven to 500 degrees.

3.    Prep the roast by making 4-5 slits in the roast and filling the holes with salt, pepper and 1/2 of a clove of Garlic.

4.    Now Salt and Pepper the rest of the roast.

5.    Put the Roast in the oven and sear for 20 minutes.

6.    Then add the water, the chopped onion and reduce the temperature to 275 degrees.

7.    Cook for 20 minutes per lb. I like mine rare so that is what you will get if you cook for this period of time.

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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DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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