2008 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 15: Independence Day


Newsletter 15 – June 26, 2008     Recipe    Specials     Events  Earwigs




“My advice is not to inquire why or whither,

but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.” Thornton Wilder


So Much to Celebrate!

From the first note of the music to the last sparkle in the sky, Rhythm & Booms will once again astound thousands of us this Saturday night, June 28.  When I moved to the Madison area, I had never heard of Rhythm & Booms.  What a delight that first year was!  The sheer beauty of the fireworks along with the patriotic music had me alternating between goose bumps and tears.  I had the privilege of watching it from across the lake, and the reflections in the water were a mirror image of the brilliant display in the sky.  Like many of you, I haven’t missed a year since.  Though the music and the colors change, the goose bumps and tears remain.  From the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air Guard’s F-16 flyover at dusk, to the final rousing march, accompanied by red, white and blue fireworks, Rhythm & Booms brings out the American in all of us.

Even though talk of the economy, the war, and the political scene often emphasizes the differences between us, the spectacle in the sky reflects the unity.  We are Americans.  And most of the time we are darn proud of it.  We live in a land where we are free to disagree with our government all we want.  But let another government attack and we are quick to defend what we routinely criticize.

When we get caught up in the current frustrations of life, it is so easy to put the reasons to celebrate in the back of our minds – to be brought forward and appreciated on another day.  This is that day.  For a bit of time we need to allow ourselves to forget the price of gas, the flood damage, the American men and women dying in the Middle East, and the balance sheet that won’t balance.

In that bit of time, concentrate instead on the tremendous dreams our forefathers had when they left their homelands for a place where they could be free.  Free to worship their God. Free to govern themselves.  Free to speak their thoughts.  Maybe we can reorder our minds, moving the everyday frustrations to the back, and the reasons to celebrate to the front.

When we stand in respect as the flag is raised, or bow our heads in memory of those you died so we can raise that flag, we are a part of a whole, like the individual sparkles in the dark sky that together make such an incredible sight.

For more on Rhythm & Booms, please go to www.rhythmandbooms.com


Did you hear about the cartoonist in the Continental Army?

He was a Yankee doodler! joke 1


Celebrate our Independence

Join us for FREE ice cream this weekend, as we get a head start on our Independence Day celebration— three, count ‘em, three yummy flavors of Schoeps ice cream are waiting just for YOU.  As you enjoy your refreshing summer treat, you can stroll through the greenhouses enjoying the prettiest plants in Dane County, and reflect on the beauty God has given us to adorn this, the best country in the world.

Everyone wearing red, white and blue this weekend will receive a FREE  red or white select geranium.  Ice cream and FREE plants too!  Why???  Because we loooove you.  So put on your colors, the brighter and more patriotic, the better, and join us this weekend, June 28 and 29, to celebrate being an American at America’s Best Flowers.


What would you get if you crossed a colonial hairpiece with a teepee?

A powdered wigwam!oke 2


Add Pizazz to your Celebration!

Get in a celebratory mood with colorful plantings.  Perhaps the perfect plant for the upcoming holiday, is the Fourth of July Rose. The white and red striped blossoms of this rambling rose look like exploding fireworks.

Other patriotic plants include: Sparkler Impatiens, in cherry, hot pink, and salmon; New Look Celosia, whose blooms look like rockets, and Graffiti Fire Geranium, with blooms mimicking fireworks.

Don’t forget to bring home some red, white and blue containers to add a patriotic tone to your patio.


It was the Fourth of July so the preschool teacher

 decided to tell her class about patriotism.

“We live in a great country, “ she said.

 “One of the things we should be happy about is that,

 in this country, we are all free.

One little boy came walking up to her from the back of the room.

He stood with his hands on his hips and said,

“I’m not free.  I’m four.” joke 3


Keep ‘em Blooming!

You can have a dazzling display of summer bloom by just following a few simple guidelines.  Water your plants regularly, especially if growing them in planters or hanging baskets. Test by lifting the pot or sticking your finger in the soil.  If dry, it’s time to water.  To minimize fungal problems, water early in the day and try to avoid getting water on the foliage.  Be sure to fertilize. Ed’s rule is to fertilize every seventh watering.  So for hanging baskets that dry out every day, that would be once a week.  For other plants it will probably be more like every other week.  Put down a bit of extra mulch to reduce water evaporation and hinder weeds. Your plants will love cooler root temperatures in that smoldering summer heat.  Finally, don’t forget to dead head.  Pinch or cut perennial and annual blooms when they are past their glory. The plant’s energy can then be redirected from producing seeds to producing more blossoms.



What did King George think of the American colonists?

He thought they were revolting!Joke 4


Bridge Out

If you typically come to America’s Best by taking Buckeye to Sprecher Road, we want to let you know that the bridge going over the I90/94 is out.  But don’t let that stop you from coming out.  Just take the last left-hand turn off Buckeye, right before the interstate, Thompson Drive, all the way down to Cottage Grove Road, turn right, and proceed to Vilas Hope Rd as usual.  We’ll be waiting for you.


What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed?

The Fodder of Our Country!joke 5



We like to think that all the plants we grow here at America’s Best are very special.  To help you enjoy them, All trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and water garden plants are now 20% off.  What a great opportunity to decorate your outdoors, just in time for holiday partying.  Whether you need a car full or just enough plants to fill in a few bare spots, we can help you.  Hurry on out today for the best selection.


Achillea Summerwine

Yarrow is an often overlooked sunny perennial.  Hardy in almost any spot, all varieties of yarrow provide long-lasting color.  The rich burgundy of Summerwine is particularly appealing.  A fast grower, yarrow makes a great ground cover for hard-to-mow areas, like a ditch, or around culverts or mailboxes. Yarrow is the perfect cut flower, the more your cut, the more blooms you will have.


Oxo Good Grips Garden Scissors

The end of June is the perfect time to begin cutting back annual baskets and pots. The first flush of bloom is finished, and to encourage continued bloom, we need to faithfully deadhead spent blossoms.  Oxo makes the perfect tool for the job.  These garden scissors have soft, comfortable, non-slip grips, and serrated, stainless steel cutting blades.  These easy-to-use scissors have a half inch diameter cutting capacity, and come with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.  This is the year to treat yourself to a tool that really works.  Come on out today and try out these wonderful scissors.


Earwig Control

Eeeeewwwww!!! They’re back.  The creepiest, crawliest, ugliest of them all. But we are ready for battle.  Bayer Advanced Lawn Power Force Multi-Insect Killer, Bayer Advanced Triple Action Ant Killer, and Monterey’s Sluggo Plus are all excellent weapons for this war.  These granular insecticides are long-acting and easy to use.  Just follow label instructions and the creepy, crawlies will disappear.  Along with their friends – ants, fleas, spiders, ticks, cockroaches and crickets, just to name a few.  And, of course, Sluggo Plus also kills slugs.


Why did the British cross the Atlantic?

To get to the other tide!joke 6




This Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29   from 10-3

Independence Day Celebration

FREE ice cream for everyone.


Dress in red, white and blue and receive a special gift.

What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?

The Americans licked the British!joke 7




Serves 4-6

Honey Ginger Marinade

1 ½ lb. beef flank steak

2 nectarines, each cut into 8 pieces


¼ c red wine or beer

¼ c soy sauce

¼ c dry sherry or chicken broth

¼ c honey

½ t ground ginger

3 green onions, sliced (3 T)

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Mix all ingredients

Prepare Honey Ginger Marinade. Make cuts about ½” apart and 1/8” deep in diamond pattern in both sides of beef. Place beef in shallow nonmetal dish or resealable plastic bag. Pour marinade over beef. Cover and refrigerate, turning occasionally, at least 4 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

Heat grill. Remove beef from marinade; reserve marinade. Cover and grill beef on medium heat 12-14 minutes for medium doneness, brushing occasionally with marinade and turning once.

Add nectarines to grill for last 5 minutes, turning once and brushing frequently with reserved marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Cut beef diagonally across grain. Serve with nectarines.

Taken from “On The Grill” Backyard and Patio Ideas


“Surgeons are Taking a Coffee Break.”

1st surgeon says: “Accountants are the best to operate on because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered.”

2nd surgeon says: “Nah, librarians are the best. Everything inside them is in alphabetical order!!

3rd responds: “Try electricians, man!  Everything inside them is color coded.”

4th intercedes: “I prefer lawyers.  They’re heartless, spineless, and gutless.”

The 5th surgeon, who has been quietly listening, replies:

 “I like engineers…

they always understand when you have a few parts left over at the end.” joke 8

For more humor and information on the 4th, visit www.101july4th.com



May the Holy Spirit Guide You!  God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
President 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
https://www.americasbestflowers.com/home.htmlAlso President of The Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin  http://www.cfgw.org/ an Organization that is a division of the six group Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) a 3 Billion dollar industry with over 4700 businesses and over 43,000 employees in Wisconsin
Senator Representing Wisconsin members of the American Nursery and Landscape Association – ANLA
Also Board member of Garden’s Beautiful Garden Centers
Also member of legislative of Committee of WGIF
Also Board Member of (WGIF) Wisconsin Green Industry Federation

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