Happy Father’s Day

Newsletter 17 – Thursday, June 12, 2014

Current Hours

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

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

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.

William Shakespeare

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 53

Lucy laying down in the shade on her cooling mat
"So … cool …"
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I am one really, really cool dog!   Please, before you take this the wrong way, let me explain.

Last week my mom and dad had been teasing me with clues about a big surprise for me.  Wow, they weren’t just a kidding! I gotta tell you about this!

On the deck the other day I couldn’t figure out what the heck my mom was doing.  She poured water into a flat thingy and then slowly rubbed it with her hands.  Then she called me over.  I sniffed it, looked at it and then looked up at my mom quizzically. 

‘Okay, so now what?’ 

We just stared at one another for a while, and then my mom laid down next to this thing.

‘Oh, this should be good.’  I thought to myself.  

Then my mom said my name and patted this thing with her hand.  I was a little hesitant, but, well, I’d go to the moon for my mom, so, I bravely stepped forward.

It felt kinda weird, but in a good way, ya know what I mean? It was soft and cool and then, well, I got it!  I did the usual pre-lay down circle and slowly lowered myself to blissful coolness. And that, my friends, is where I stayed for the rest of the very warm afternoon. 

And there’s more!  I not only have the cooling mat on the deck under the shade of the lilac tree, but I have one in the house too!   

Some people may say I’m spoiled, but my take on it is that I’m really, really loved!  


Thanks to everyone that entered our ‘guess Lucy’s surprise’ contest on Facebook!  The correct answer is a cooling mat.  Christina guessed correctly and is the winner of our $25 America’s Best Flowers gift card.    

~Till next time,

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!

Something a Dad would never say:
Well, how ‘bout that…I’m lost!
We’ll have to stop and ask for directions.

Perennial of the Week – Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'

This is a reprint of an article written by Ilene Isenberg in 2010. 
Ilene, our former perennial manager, passed away in December, 2011

Bright yellow petals and dark brown cone-shaped centers make Rudbeckia (rood-BECK-ee-ah) a perennial that’s hard to miss. These tough and versatile sun-loving plants are native to meadows in much of the country and flourish in like conditions – well-drained, mostly dry and not too good soil. These "Black-Eyed Susans" will even tolerate partial shade and brighten the back of a bed or border.

Of special interest is "Goldsturm" a variety noted for its stunning three inch flowers of deep gold and three month-long bloom time. This variety has so impressed gardeners that it was named Plant of the Year in 1999 by the Perennial Plant Association.

You need this plant in your landscape! Make a mass planting to attract birds and butterflies. Combine it with Russian sage and asters, sedums and grasses for a swath of color into autumn. And the best part is that Goldsturm is 20% off its regular price at America’s Best Flowers. Run, don’t walk, to add this abundant bloomer to your life.

Another thing a Dad would never say:
Here’s a credit card and keys to my new car – GO CRAZY!

Pond Scum Be Gone!

Water Hyacinth
Water Hyacinth

We just received a shipment of fresh water hyacinth and water lettuce. These valuable additions to your pond oxygenate the water and they also provide spawning ground and hiding places for tenants of your pond (aka fish and frogs).  Stop on out and pick up a few for the health and beauty of your pond!

Another thing a Dad would never say:

Your Mother and I are going away for the weekend.
You might want to consider throwing a party.

No Fuss – No Muss Summer Container Gardens

Our beautiful ready-to-go summer container gardens are just waiting to make your deck, patio and yard pop with color!  Stop in and pick up a few and BAM your decorating is done!

One last thing a Dad would never say:

What do you want to go and get a job for?
I make plenty of money for you to spend.

Coming Soon – Our 1st 2014 Flea Market!

Flea Market

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

Don’t miss out on an 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]]

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 abflunde@yahoo.com. Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Fathers then & now

Fathers of 1900 didn’t have it nearly as good as fathers of today;
but they did have a few advantages.

In 1900, fathers prayed their children would learn English.
Today, fathers pray their children will speak English.

In 1900, fathers passed on clothing to their sons.
Today, kids wouldn’t touch Dad’s clothes if they were sliding naked down an icicle.

In 1900, a father smoked a pipe.
If he tries that today, he gets sent outside after a lecture on lip cancer.

In 1900, a father came home from work to find his wife and children at the supper table.
Today, a father comes home to a note: “Jimmy’s at baseball, Cindy’s at gymnastics, I’m at my yoga class, pizza in fridge.”

In 1900, if a father had breakfast in bed, it was eggs, bacon, buttery toast, and potatoes.
Today, it’s Special K, soy milk, dry toast and a lecture on cholesterol.

Upcoming Events

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

Focus is on a new perennial each week.

Sun, Jun 15
Father’s Day

FREE Schoepps ice cream for Dad and the family!

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.

Our Kitchen

Father’s Day is a great time to bring out the grill. From our June 18, 2009 newsletter, this refreshing way to serve up brats was one of Bonnie’s favorites.  Enjoy!!

Brats with Mango Relish

  • 1 large fresh mango, seeded, peeled, and halved
  • 1 small red onion, cut in ½” slices
  • 4 cooked, smoked bratwurst
  • 4 buns, split
  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, halved
  • ½ t Jamaican jerk seasoning

Brush mango and onion with 1 T cooking oil

Grill (medium heat) mango halves, onion and brats about 8 minutes, or until mango and brats are browned and heated through and onion is crisp-tender, turning once halfway through cooking. Lightly toast buns for 1-2 minutes. Set aside mango, onion and brats.

Lightly brush romaine with cooking oil. Grill 1-2 minutes until lightly browned and wilted, turning once (I’ve had mixed reviews on the grilled romaine, some love it, others not-so-much).

For relish, chop grilled mango and onion. Combine in bowl with 1 T cooking oil, the jerk seasoning, and salt and pepper. Serve brats in buns with relish and romaine.  Makes 4 servings.

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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