Grasp the Moment

Newsletter 21 – Thursday, August 5, 2010

Things You Can’t Recover

The stone…………….after the throw.
The word……………..after it’s said.
The occasion……………after it’s missed.
The time………………after it’s gone.

Over the last few weeks I’ve let the newsletter stray from its traditional format. We are so excited about all the special offers we have for you that we’ve been leading off with deal after deal on plants and pottery. This time of year our remaining plants are so beautiful and just crying out for homes. To help them provide beauty to someone’s life, I’ve tried to be their voices. In doing so, it seems I’ve lost my own.

Last night I met a little girl who helped me get it back. Earlier in the afternoon I had gotten a call telling me of an after-work party in our neighbor’s yard. At the time I was struggling with the first version of this intro. I wasn’t in the mood to add another function to the day, longing instead for the cooler, less humid, bug-free quiet of home. But these neighbors are so very special and it seems there’s never enough time to spend with them.

So shortly after seven, I trudged across the hot asphalt, ducked behind the lilac bushes and saw her, tucked safely in the arms of a loving grandma, taking in the world around her with open eyes. Above her stood a grand elm tree and the sky beyond; beside her sat watchful new parents, not quite at ease with their four-week olds’ introduction to society; and in the next moment this silly grandma ‘wannabe’, awed by the privilege, squatted in front of her stroking the bottoms of her tiny feet. Feet so soft I wasn’t absolutely sure I was touching them.

I soon heard myself telling her mom to enjoy every second, because they rush by so fast and are gone. By the time most of us are old enough to truly believe this, we have only half of our time left. Everyday we are given precious moments in time to grasp onto and cherish. Moments we can never recover once they’ve slipped away. How glad I am I didn’t miss this one. I hope you are too.

Pentas, A Butterfly Favorite

One FREE with Every $20 You Spend

Up to a $7.00 value Free while supplies last


The dark green leaves of pentas provide a backdrop for bright clusters of five-petaled flowers in shades of red, pink, lavender, and purple. Also called Egyptian Star Cluster, or Star Flower for the shape of their bloom, and Butterfly Flower because they are so attractive to butterflies. The pentas we grow are low and mounding, with numerous flower heads held in clusters above the foliage. Warm weather keeps the plant growing fast and blooming constantly with a flower season lasting until frost. Pentas are delightful annuals that are at home in any sunny spot in containers or planted directly in the ground. If you visit the Blooming Butterflies event at Olbrich Gardens, which runs through Sunday, August 8, you will see pentas planted everywhere. For more information visit these websites:

What does a baby computer call its father?

We have savings for you throughout the greenhouses. Our pottery clearance continues with savings up to 75% on a wide selection of top-quality pots in a variety of colors, shapes & sizes. Since there’s always room for another container, this is a great opportunity for you to add to your collection at tremendous savings. Buy a pot, fill it with FREE pentas and you will have a gorgeous container for your patio or deck for just a fraction of the original cost of the pot alone. How good is that?

Our annuals, herbs and water plants are Buy One Get One FREE, and you can save 40% on all perennials, trees and shrubs. We have beautiful plants everywhere you look, so come out today and let us help you choose the perfect ones for you. These special offers do not include fall annuals, mums, asters or fall mixed containers.

Speaking of mums, the red blossoms of Helen and yellow ones of Diana are just beginning to open. If you are ready to replace your summer annuals with color that will last into the cooler weather of fall, plant these two ladies alongside a few pink or blue asters.

What is the astronaut’s favorite key on a computer keyboard?
The space bar

Customer Appreciation Weekend

August 13 & 14

Mark your calendar for Customer Appreciation Weekend at America’s Best Flowers. We are celebrating with FREE ice cream next Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15. While you’re here, take a tour of our grounds. The tremendous colors of the summer garden are everywhere. Butterflies and hummingbirds abound. What a great sight! We invite you to share the beauty. Gather up your friends and family, head on out to the country, and take a break from life. You’ll be so glad you did.

What is a computer’s first sign of old age?
Loss of memory

Iris Divide and Swap – August 14 at 10

German Bearded Iris - Bev's favorite flower

German Bearded Iris – Bev’s Favorite Flower
What’s yours? Let her know at ed@americasbestflowers – attn Bev

Gardening is not quite so ‘miss it and it’s gone’ – gardeners get ‘do-overs’. We can begin planning next year’s garden even before this year’s blooms are finished. To help you make those plans, join us Saturday, August 14 at 10 for our annual Iris Divide and Swap. This will be our fourth season running this workshop and it has grown in popularity each year. All you need to do is bring in a clump of iris that needs dividing. We’ll show you how it’s done, and when we are finished, you’ll have a chance to trade varieties with other iris lovers. This is a FREE event, but we ask that you bring along a Sharpie, a garden knife and scissors and a few plastic grocery sacks.

In Wisconsin, late July to mid August is the perfect time to divide iris. This provides six to eight weeks of rest after their bloom period, but still leaves plenty of time for them to develop a root system before the ground freezes. We always have iris lovers bring in huge clumps which provide many divisions to share, so even if you don’t have iris that need to be divided yet, come on out anyway. We’ll show you how it’s done and share the bounty.

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What is a computer virus?
A terminal illness.

Upcoming Events

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 was there a bug in the computer?
It was looking for a byte to eat.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Here’s a terrific recipe that is especially good for brunch. It’s from Better Homes and Gardens. Serves 6

Mediterranean Frittata

Eggs Mediterranean Frittata
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup half and half, light cream, or milk
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled (2 oz.)
  • ½ cup chopped, bottled, roasted red sweet peppers
  • ½ cup sliced kalamata or pitted ripe olives
  • ¼ cup slivered sweet basil
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup onion-and-garlic croutons, coarsely crushed
  • 2 T finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)

Preheat broiler. In a large broiler-proof skillet cook onion and garlic in 2T hot oil until onion is just tender.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat together eggs and half-and-half. Stir in feta cheese, roasted sweet pepper, olives, basil, and black pepper. Pour egg mixture over onion mixture in skillet. Cook over medium heat. As mixture sets, run a spatula around the edge of the skillet, lifting egg mixture so uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking and lifting edges until egg mixture is almost set (surface will be moist). Reduce heat as necessary to prevent overcooking.

In a bowl, combine crushed croutons, parmesan cheese, and the remaining T of oil. Sprinkle mixture over frittata.

Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 1-2 minutes, or until top is set and crumbs are golden. Cut frittata in wedges to serve. If desired, garnish with fresh basil leaves. Makes 6 servings.

A Different Way of Tracking Time


It comes from a Dutch web site.
Here is what you will see when you look at this clock:

Don’t do anything. It’s automatically adjusted to your time zone. Just look at it and study it. It gives you the EXACT TIME of the DAY in seconds, minutes, hours, the day, month and year.

Just read the green line. Everything’s there. Study it for a few seconds and it will all come clear to you.

1st Line is Seconds
2nd Line is Minutes
3rd line is Hours.
4th Line is Days
5th Line is Months
This is the COOLEST clock I have seen yet!!

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.
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Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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