Fun in the Summer Sun

Newsletter 18 – Thursday, June 19, 2014

Current Hours

Cottage Grove – open Mon-Fri 9-8, Sat and Sun 9-6.

Edgerton – open Mon-Fri 8:30-6, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 54

Shirley's backyard, with a mannequin on a lawn chair with a red hat and yellow shirt
Can you spot the backyard detective?
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I love my mom, but she can be kinda freaky!  And she would be the first one to laugh at this and then, well, she’d agree with me.  How can I say such a thing about my mom?   Well, I’ll tell ya.

Her weirdness really, really kicked in about 10 years ago when my mom found this homeless lady on a curb.  My mom has a big heart and a freaky imagination and did what anyone would have done.  She picked her up, put her in the car and brought her home and she became a member of our family. Whoops, oh, I think I forgot to mention that the homeless lady was a mannequin?

She was the first dummy to join our family.  Now we have a guy dummy living with us.  My mom hates it when I call them dummies, but I call it as I see it. 

Can you see him way back in the corner amongst the Karl Forester grass?  He is sitting on a lawn chair with a red hat on.   See him?

That’s not all.  My mom gives them names!  Yep, you heard me.  She names them.  The guy in the corner has been living with us for a year now and has been nameless up to this spring.  Why did it take her so long?  Well, like I said my mom is weird.  Even though they are not real people she takes the naming thing very seriously. 

As my mom put it ‘this guy has a sophisticated almost bureaucratic look’ which caused her to do some deep thinking. 

Deep thinking about a dummy…are you kidding me? For gosh sakes, Mom, name him Spot or Hank and just get it over with, will ya? Anyway, you put a red hat on him and that, to me, says Hank, Bill, Joe!  Don’t you agree!  Those are nice solid, strong guy names. 

So, one day I’m out in the back yard with my mom and the guy dummy, when out of the blue, my mom starts saying, “I got it, I got it!” I look at her and excitedly wait to hear what she ‘got.’

“His name, Lucy, his name, I finally have the perfect name for him.”

“Oh, yeah!” I reply. (Can’t you just feel the excitement in the air here?)

And then she told me.  Okay, I’ve never known anyone with that name, but whatever, it’s her game! 

My mom told me that he reminded her of a private detective from some TV series way back in 1957 or so.  Isn’t that ancient history I asked her?  She gave me a very dirty look and told me no it wasn’t ancient history ‘cause she used to watch it when she was a kid.  (Wow, touchy, I guess I hit a nerve with that question.)  Then she went on to say that this guy was a very nice looking tall man with perfectly coiffed hair.  (Where does she come up with this stuff?) He was always nicely dressed in a suit and tie or a trench coat.  And he worked with some famous lawyer guy.  Stranger yet, she gave our dummy guy the private detective’s last name, not his first name.  What else could I say to that but, okay, dokey.

Then I said to my mom it would be fun to have a contest to see who could guess the dummy’s name and my mom agreed.  I’ll let my mom tell you how to enter the contest.  Good luck!    


Here we go again with another chance to win a $25.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card to the first person that responds to our Facebook page with the correct answer.  

~Till next time,

Perennial of the Week – Manager’s Special!

Alcea rosea 'Halo Cerise'
Hollyhock ‘Halo Cerise’
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Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'
Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’
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Take your pick!  Choose between the Halo Cerise, the long blooming Russian Sage or the Rudbeckia Goldsturm for this week’s featured perennial. Wait, you don’t have to choose between them.  Why not take several of each?  What a spectacular addition they’ll make to your sun garden.

Come on out and save 20% off of each plant.

The state trooper pulled up alongside a speeding car and
was shocked to see that the little old lady behind the wheel was knitting.
The officer switched on his lights and sounded his siren, but the driver was oblivious.
So the trooper cranked up the bullhorn and yelled to the woman, “Pull over.”
“No,” the old lady shouted back. “Cardigan.”

It’s a very small world

At America’s Best Flowers this weekend!  Come on out, Saturday and Sunday, June 21 – 22, from 10am-4pm for our Herb, Terrarium and Miniature Garden workshop.  We’ll show you how easy it is to create a lovely terrarium and a charming miniature garden that you’ll enjoy for years to come.  We have a wide selection of miniature plants and itsy-bitsy furniture and tiny lawn accessories to choose from.

Bring in your own terrarium and/or containers from home (minus any potting soil or dirt of any kind) or choose from our large variety of pottery.  We also have a limited selection available of open top glass bowls and covered glass containers.

Or how about creating your very own herb garden?  Besides the fact that it’s so easy to grow your own herbs, it’s just way cool to walk out your back door and snip a little rosemary, thyme, oregano or basil (and the list goes on) for your fabulous recipes.    Don’t forget about the parsley and the chive to toss in a tasty green salad.

And remember, America’s Best Flowers provides FREE potting soil at all our container workshops.

I got thrown out of a mime show the other day for having a spasm.
They thought I was heckling.

July 12 is our 1st Flea Market for 2014!

America’s Best Flowers
2014 Flea Market Schedule and Information

July 12 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
August 23 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Sept 14 Sunday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 18 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

We all have too much stuff, don’t we?  Why not take advantage of the opportunity to turn your garage and basement clutter into cold hard cash! 

For participation we require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00.  After you have your space set up on the morning of the flea market, 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, which equals one booth, 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 (booths).  The flea market will be located in our huge blacktop parking lot.  Rain or shine!

[Read the Full Details Here [Updated]]

Are your tools or lawn mower blades dull?


Did you know that dull mower blades rip and tear your lawn?  This can make your lawn more susceptible to drought and diseases. 

Don’t let this happens to your lawn.  If your mower blades are dull we know a pretty sharp guy that can help you out with that and all of your other dull garden tools.   

Don, from Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening, will be here on Saturday, July 19, from 9am-4pm and will, for a nominal fee (collected by Don) sharpen those dull garden tools, lawn mower blades, tin snips, and more.  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.

If you can’t wait until July 19, just give Don a call at 608-358-0547 and he’ll take care of your sharpening needs. 

A pair of cows were talking in the field.
One says, “Have you heard about the mad cow disease that’s going around?”
“Yeah,” the other cow says. “Makes me glad I’m a penguin.”

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 our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Corny Strawberry Jokes

A little boy runs across a farmer who has a truckload of cow manure.
The boy asks him what he is going to do with all that cow poop.
The farmer tells the little boy,
“I’m taking it home to put on my strawberries.”
The little boy looks up at the farmer and says,
“I don’t know where you come from,
but where I come from we put cream and sugar on our strawberries.”

Upcoming Events

Sun, Jun 1 – Mon, Jun 30
Perennial of the Week

Focus is on a new perennial each week.

Sat, Jun 21 – Sun, Jun 22
Herb, Terrarium & Miniature Garden Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own herb container garden, terrarium or miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Jul 12
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Jul 19
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

9am-4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, Jul 26
4th Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser for the Dane County Humane Society

11am-3pm – Bring your dirty dogs out to the garden.

Sat, Aug 9
Customer Appreciation Day at the greenhouse!

Our Kitchen

America’s Best Flowers’ history makes for good reading. It’s the story of the American Dream combined with three decades of ups and downs, prayers and hard work. As with all good stories, there was a beginning, and in the beginning were the strawberries. Acres and acres of sweet, juicy, pick-your-own strawberries. Along with the berries, our customers sometimes would go home with recipes. Most of these handouts from long ago are gone, but three years ago our friend, Marguerite of Sun Prairie, asked if anyone would like the original recipe for our strawberry pie. She makes this every year and wondered if we still had the recipe. We did not, but thanks to her kindness it’s back again. We hope you enjoy it.

Easy Strawberry Pie

Easy Strawberry Pie

  • 2 C water
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1 small pkg strawberry Jello
  • 1 baked 9” pie shell
  • whipped cream

Boil water, sugar, and cornstarch together in a medium sauce pan until thick.  Remove from heat and stir in the dry jello.  Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.  When the mixture just starts to set, pour over strawberries, which have been prearranged in a baked pie shell.  Top with whipped cream.  Refrigerate. Garnish with a mint leaf if desired.

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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