‘Ice Cream’ Tulip, Fall Bulbs

Newsletter 25 – Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The cure for boredom is a curious mind.
There is no cure for a curious mind.”

Dorothy Parker

‘Color Your Fall’

The near 90 degree days of the past several weeks make it almost impossible to believe that summer is over.  But the deluge of ‘back-to-school’ ads combined with the cooler temperatures predicted for this weekend confirm that the calendar does indeed say September.  The fall season has arrived and what a great one it is!  A season of color, featuring every imaginable hue of yellow, orange, gold, red, purple, and brown.  

Labor Day weekend kicks off September, and many gardeners take this opportunity to accomplish fall chores.  It’s the perfect time to give your gardens a fresh look by thoroughly cleaning your beds, removing dead foliage and weeds as you make room for the mums and asters which will complete your seasonal landscape transition.  A fresh layer of mulch and you’re done. 

Click here if you would like to know more about the origins of Labor Day.   

A wise teacher sends this note to all parents on the first day of school:
“If you promise not to believe everything that your child says happens at school,
I’ll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home.”

Mums Galore


Imagine brilliant mums and asters filling your patios, porches and beds with stunning fall color.  Our fields are overflowing with thousands of mums in more than 30 shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, pink and purple.  We grow our mums in deep pots resulting in large plants with incredible bud count.  You have to see them to believe how full of bloom they are.  Once you do, we know you’ll agree we grow the most beautiful mums in town.

Johnny was due to start school.
His mother energetically pumped up his enthusiasm,
Buying him new clothes,
telling him about the new friends he’d meet and so on.
Came the first day, he eagerly set off
and came back home with glowing reports about school.
Next morning she woke him up and told him it was time to get ready for school.
“What?” exclaimed Johnny, “Again?”

Have You Ever Heard of an Ice Cream Tulip?

Ice Cream Tulips

“Back-to-School Week” is such an exciting time.  Filled with new clothes, new schools, new friends and new routines.  It’s nice to know that with all the change some things remain the same.   America’s Best Flowers is still the place to go when you need to get away for a bit.  What could be more therapeutic than submerging yourself in a sea of our colorful mums or browsing our wonderful fall bulb collection.

Jesse has spent hours choosing unique flowering bulbs, with you in mind.  Ice Cream tulip, one of the newest on the market, is sure to be a big hit. Quantities are very limited on this delightful variety, so hurry out today.  Other exciting tulip choices includeHeavenly Blend; Deer Resistant blend; and Valentine Candy Blend.  Perhaps you’ll choose the bright hot pinks of Cosmopolitan, the reds and whites of Happy Generation, or the giant red Casa grandes.  If you like daffodils, we have Yellow Cheerfulness, Professor Einstein, Ice King and Parisienne, to name a few.  No fall bulb collection would be complete without crocus and hyacinth.  This year’s orange Odysseus Hyacinth promises to be as fragrant as it is beautiful.  We will also have bulbs for the wild hyacinth which blooms in our front beds in the spring. And, of course, there are several allium to choose from.

There was a typo on a test I was taking.
Instead of “(D) none of the above.”
It said “(D) one of the above.”
So I circled it.

Art in the Garden

We invite everyone to America’s Best Flowers “Art in the Garden Event” on Saturday, September, 18, 2010 from 9 to 4.  Join us for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that features local artisans and crafters displaying and selling their merchandise in an indoor garden setting. This is a perfect opportunity to shop local and get a jump on holiday shopping with these unique items.  We are accepting applications for vendors for this free event. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact us at 608-222-2269 or email Jesse at abfjesse@yahoo.com

‘You need to be careful when writing comments,”
our principal told the faculty.
He held a report card for a Susan Crabbe.
A colleague had written,
“Susan is beginning to come out of her shell.”

Plan Ahead for Scarecrow Days


Fall is fast approaching, and with it Scarecrow Days. There’s no better way to decorate for fall than with a unique scarecrow you made yourself.  Mark your calendars for our Build-Your-Own Scarecrow event, which runs September 20 through October 9.  We build scarecrows every day, so you can stop out anytime and our staff will be glad to assist you.  Refreshments will be served on weekends.  For a small fee, we provide a kit to get you started.  Add a great outfit (bring your own or buy one from us at garage sale prices), and you’ll have a scarecrow that will be the envy of the neighborhood.  Set your creation on a strawbale, use a few corn stalks for background and surround the whole scene with brilliant mums, asters, fountain grass and pumpkins, and you’ll have a fabulous fall display.

My son prefers young teachers.
He thinks it’s fun to watch them age.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 18
Art in the Garden

9 AM – 4 PM Local artisans and crafters will be displaying and selling their merchandise

Today in English we learned absolutely nothing about killing mockingbirds.

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I’m failing geometry because I refuse to believe that pie are squared.

The Fragrance of Home

One of my fondest memories is walking into my mom’s kitchen after school and breathing in the enticing aromas of her cooking.  A favorite was the distinct scent coming from the canner filled with steaming jars of home-grown tomatoes.  In the fall this was a daily occurrence in the big farm house I grew up in.  In today’s busy kitchen, it’s more likely to be a pot of spaghetti sauce or salsa simmering on the stove.  And nothing flavors them like fresh cilantro and flat leaf parsley.  Stop out today and pick up several pots at our special Buy One Get One Free prices.

The school board decided to remove speech and debate
from the course schedule; there was no argument.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Here’s another great way to use fresh cilantro. Combined in a creamy dressing with lime juice and allspice, it adds zing to the crunch of fresh vegetables and tangy fruit. Yum!!

Tropical Chicken Salad

  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup well-drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup well-drained canned chopped mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayo
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 2-3 T chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t ground allspice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 8 cups torn mixed salad greens

In a large bowl combine the chicken, bell pepper, carrot, celery, pineapple, oranges and scallions. Toss to mix. 

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and allspice (the salad and dressing can be refrigerated in separate containers for several hours at this point) 

Just before serving, add the dressing to the chicken salad and toss well. Season well with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on a bed of greens on individual plates, or in a large serving bowl.

One evening, two girlfriends and I went to a nightclub,
only to find the place packed with young people.
At 40, we felt old, but before we could make a dignified exit,
A tall, handsome man approached us.
“Perhaps we were being a little hasty in leaving,” I thought.
Then with a big smile, the man extended his hand to one of my friends and said,
“Hello. Remember me? You were my third grade teacher.”

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!
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