Happy Independence Day

Newsletter 21 – Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day America!

Betsy Ross presenting the original flag of the United States

Current Hours

Monday – Friday

Thursday, July 4th

Saturday – Sunday

Perennial of the Week – Penstemon ‘Husker’s Red’

Penstemon 'Husker's Red'
Penstemon ‘Husker’s Red’
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Back for another week!  The Penstemon Husker’s Red has an attractive upright growth of glossy, red-tinged leaves.  And its small white flowers provide such a lovely contrast.  This sturdy perennial likes full sun and will bloom from late spring to fall.  Both butterflies and hummingbirds are very attracted to this perennial. 

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

Reminder: America’s Best Flowers will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM on Thursday, July 4th.

Are you planning a Fourth of July celebration?

Dragon Wing Begonia Basket
Dragon Wing Begonia Basket
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There is still time to perk up your deck, patio, front and back yards with beautiful flowers and plants from America’s Best Flowers.  We have a wide variety of mixed annual pre-planted containers.  If you need large colorful pre-planted containers, we have them!  If you need colorful mini-containers, we have them too! 

And we don’t stop there!  We have gorgeous hanging baskets that will amaze your guests!  America’s Best Flowers has hanging baskets for both sun and shade.

Not sure of the lighting?  Our Retail Manager, Marty, suggests Dragon Wing Begonias for those ‘iffy’ areas.   

While you’re here pick up a few fresh herbs for your summer cook-out grilling recipes.  What a flavorful way to ‘Wow’ your guests!

Justin: Why does the Statue of Liberty stand in New York Harbor?
Gerald: Why?
Justin: Because she can’t sit down.

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, 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.

Rain or shine! Set up time is at 7am and the starting bell is at 9am.  This event will end at 4pm.  Vendors will need to bring their own furnishings, tables, awnings, chairs, etc.

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.  Don’t wait to register! 

To register please send us a check for the number of booths you would like to reserve.  In the memo section of your check please put ‘Flea Market”.  For clarity include a short note stating how many booths you are registering for, a telephone number and/or email address for contact purposes.

Our mailing address is:

America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

There are a few restrictions on what may be brought to the flea market at our greenhouse.  They are as follows:

  • No firearms or ammunition,
  • No live animals,
  • No flowers and/or plants,
  • No alcohol or tobacco is allowed on America’s Best Flowers’ property.

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.

Teacher: “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?”
Student: “On the bottom!”

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.

What do you call a monkey with a banana in each ear?
Anything you want, it can’t hear you!

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 13

Lucy laying down on the wooden patio nearby a plaster/plastic? bust of an unnamed man
Lucy and friend chilling on the deck!
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Shhhh, we’re having a surprise birthday party for Lucy!  Pictures and party antics coming next week! 

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

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

What did the burger name her daughter?

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jul 13
Flea Market

9am – 4pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Jul 20
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, Jul 27
Music in the Garden

Musical talent featured at the greenhouse!

Sat, Aug 10
Customer Appreciation Day
Sat, Aug 17
3rd Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser for the Dane County Humane Society

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

Sat, Aug 24
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Our Kitchen

The other night Jim and I were talking about our favorite foods.  It took him all of 2 seconds to decide his is lobster.  I’m still working on mine.  My problem is that I really, really like a lot of different foods.  And then there’s that OCD part of me that wants to know what meal are we talking about, what time of the year is it, are we at home or in a restaurant, will we eat inside or out, are desserts included, etc, etc, etc.  After 20 minutes or so, he asked, “Why don’t you just say hot dogs?”  He knows me well!  Given the whole world to choose from, I just might pick a simple hot dog.

So when I was trying to choose a recipe to share with you for the Fourth of July, I stumbled on this one from the Food Network’s Bobby Flay that Bonnie shared in 2009.  I can’t possibly come up with anything more appropriate.  While Bonnie and Bobby would have expected us all to make the guacamole and salsa from scratch, I will count on the ability of the food scientists to do at least as good a job as I could and buy them pre-made.  Enjoy!

Happy 4th of July!

Nacho Dogs

  • 8 beef, turkey or chicken hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns, split ¾ of the way through
  • 1 ½ c grated white cheddar
  • 8 pickled jalapenos, thinly sliced
  • Guacamole (recipe below or your favorite from the store)
  • Salsa (recipe below or your favorite from the store)
  • Blue corn tortilla chips, coarsely crumbled

Heat grill to high. Grill dogs until golden brown on all sides, about 7 minutes. Remove to plate. Place buns on the grill cut side down and grill until lightly golden brown, about 20 seconds. Place hot dogs in the buns, top with cheese, jalapenos, guacamole, salsa and tortilla chips.


  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno, finely diced
  • 3 T finely diced red onion
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 3 T chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine the avocados, jalapeno, onion, lime juice, oil and cilantro in a bowl and gently mix until combined.  Season with salt and pepper.

Grilled Tomato-Chipotle Sauce

  • 4 plum tomatoes
  • 4 T canola oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 t chipotle in adobo puree

Heat grill to high. Brush tomatoes with 2 T of the canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on the grill until charred on all sides. Remove from grill, slice the tomatoes in half, remove the seeds and coarsely chop. Whisk together the remaining 2 T of oil, vinegar, and chipotle puree in small bowl, add the tomatoes and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

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