Father’s Day

Newsletter 18 – Thursday, June 13, 2013

Monday – Friday

Saturday – Sunday

Happy Father’s Day!

Hey Dad, bring the family out to America’s Best Flowers this weekend and the Schoep’s ice cream is on us!

Touch of Wonder

When I was about 13 and my brother 10, our father promised to take us to the circus. But then at lunchtime there was a phone call – some urgent business that required his attention downtown – and we braced ourselves for disappointment. But then we heard him say, "no, I won’t be able to come down. It’s going to have to wait."

He came back to the table and mother smiled, "the circus keeps coming back, you know."

"I know," he said, "but childhood doesn’t."

After all these years I remember that moment. And I knew from the sudden glow of warmth that no kindness is ever really wasted or completely lost. Because the only thing you take with you to heaven is your family.

Arthur Gordon

Every Dad has a shoe!

Shoe Planters
Won’t he be surprised
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Shoe Planters
There is nothing manlier than planting flowers in your shoes
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Shhh, quietly search way back in Dad’s closet for an old shoe or boot and bring it out to the greenhouse this Saturday, June 15, from 10am-4pm, for our Father’s Day Make and Take Workshop.  Surprise Dad on Father’s Day with his very own shoe planter!  We have a wide (or narrow, get it? wide, narrow as in shoe size) selection of plants and herbs that will fit into Dad’s shoe.

Perennial of the Week – Scabiosa

Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'
Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’
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The Scabiosa is an easy to grow compact perennial with a long blooming period. The lavender-blue flowers and gray-green leaves look great as an edging or in large groups in borders or in rock gardens.  This perennial prefers medium well-drained soil in full sun, but it does tolerate part shade.  Don’t forget to deadhead as it will encourage additional bloom.  Another great thing about this perennial is that butterflies are attracted to it.

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

Teacher (on phone): You say Michael has a cold and can’t come to school today?
To whom am I speaking?
Voice: This is my father.

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

Sidewalk 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. 

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.   Set up time is at 8am and the starting bell is at 9am.  This event will end at 4pm.  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 so don’t wait to register! 

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 abfscimino@yahoo.com or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269. 

What a Card!

Father’s Day was near when I brought my three-year-old son, Tyler, to the card store. Inside, I showed him the cards for dads and told him to pick one.
When I looked back, Tyler was picking up one card after another, opening them up and quickly shoving them back into slots, every which way. “Tyler, what are you doing?” I asked. “Haven’t you found a nice card for Daddy yet?”
“No,” he replied. “I’m looking for one with money in it.”

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

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 abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 10

Pictured: Foreshadowing at its worst

Honestly, I’d forgotten some of the details of this adventure, so I gave my friend Diane a call.  Thinking that between the two of us and our mature over fifty year old brains (you don’t need to know how much over fifty!) we would remember all the details.  Holy cow!  I don’t have a clue as to what has happened to us!  Diane is saying one thing and I’m saying another.  So, after laughing about this, it was left in my incapable hands to tell the story. 

It was a bright glorious spring (?) or summer (?) morning.  See, it’s already started, one of many questionable issues.  Coffee cups in hand, dogs off leashes (in a safe zone), what a jolly foursome we made.  Our dogs were happily sniffing their way across the field by Olbrich Gardens and, us, well, we were two morning groggy women laughing at each other while each attempted to drink coffee and talk and walk at the same time. 

The visual hit us before the olfactory.  Here comes this sweet-looking mama and baby skunk running out from under some flattened cardboard.  Being normal dogs, Casey and Lucy started to chase after them, until, well, mama skunk did what any mama skunk would do. She let fly with her maternal protective mechanism.  Casey and Lucy took off running.  I don’t remember where exactly Casey ended up, but Lucy was nose deep in a flower bed trying to wipe her face, head, eyes and nose into the soft soil.  By the time we gathered the dogs both mama and baby skunk were out of sight, but remnants of their existence hung in the air! 

Lucy and Casey with tomato juice on their sides
Cellphone photos taken in the aftermath
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We quickly walked them home, gasping for any hint of fresh air as we walked.  After getting them into Diane’s backyard, I jumped in my car and went to Walgreen’s and bought every single bottle and can of tomato juice and V-8 they had.  How naïve were we!? 

While I was gone, Diane had grabbed her pot of spaghetti sauce out of her refrigerator and had dumped it all over both of them.  We commenced to pour and rub red slop all over them. 

I can’t imagine what Casey and Lucy were thinking at this point.  What?  They’re rubbing food on us?  How’d we get so lucky?

We both called in late to our jobs.  We did the best we could for the next two hours to fumigate our dogs.  We knew there had to be a better recipe out there because the ‘red slop’ just wasn’t cutting it.  We agreed to look online for a recipe and get back at it again after work.  We did find a recipe that worked better than ‘red slop’.  Gosh, I can’t remember exactly what it was.  Imagine that?  Something like dish soap, hydrogen peroxide and a few other ingredients.     

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that when I called into work I told my wonderful co-workers what had happened to Casey and Lucy.  When I finally arrived at work there were several signs by my cubicle reading; ‘Caution: Skunk Crossing’.  Friends and co-workers, you gotta love them.

On humid days, in weeks to follow, we would once again have the opportunity to reminisce Casey and Lucy’s great adventure.

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

If any of you other dog people want to share a dog story send it to abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jun 15
Father’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

10am – 4pm – Bring in Dad’s shoe to plant!

Sun, Jun 16
Father’s Day

FREE Schoepps ice cream for Dad and the family!

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

Our Kitchen

Marty, our Retail Manager, and his wife Martha have contributed many recipes over the years.  Always well received, they have appeared at many of our readers’ meals.  Here is another winner from the Robbin’s kitchen.

Cucumber Dill Salad with Asparagus

  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 T water
  • ½ C mayo with 2 T grated parmesan
  • 2 t dill weed
  • ¼ t ground black pepper
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced thinly

Place asparagus in microwave bowl with 1 T water and cover with lid.  Microwave on high 3 to 5 minutes. Immediately rinse with cold water and then drain.

Mix together the mayo and parmesan.  Add dill weed and pepper.  Add the asparagus and cucumber.  Toss to coat.  Refrigerate 1 hour and serve.

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