Independence Day

Newsletter 16 – Wednesday, June 30, 2010

“We on this continent should never forget that
Men first crossed the Atlantic
Not to find soil for their ploughs
But to secure liberty for their souls.”

Robert J. McCracken

America the Beautiful

Thanks to those liberty-seeking men we are all caretakers of this beautiful land. It is up to each of us to take responsibility for our own little corner. With Rhythm & Booms and the Fourth of July this weekend, many of you will be celebrating in your back yards. If your patios and gardens aren’t as bright and colorful as you would like, we have good news for you. The entire staff of America’s Best is ready to help you turn your corner into a beautiful, welcoming oasis. And while you’re here, check out this:

Independence Day “BLOW OUT”

At America’s Best, your Locally-owned Independent Garden Center,

Beginning Tomorrow – July 1-9

40% off Trees and Shrubs

Good on in stock items at Cottage Grove location only
Not valid with any other offers or coupons

What a perfect opportunity to permanently beautify your landscape.

Trees like Spring-flowering crabs and ornamental pears,
Stately three-stem Heritage Birch and
fast-growing Arborvitae

Along with an assortment of hardy shrubs like:
Ninebark, Barberries, Spirea, and Juniper

When mixed with Hydrangeas, ‘Lo and Behold’ Buddleia, and Rose of Sharon

Really can make your spot in the world special.
Come out today and let us help you design a corner fit for a king.

The quality of our nursery stock is incredible. Our knowledgeable staff have
personally cared for every tree and shrub on the property.
Come out today and see for yourself.

Today I’m sharing edited-for-length earwig stories with you:
Dolores writes,
“I now have a new toothbrush as there were two (eeww!)
TWO earwigs chilling on my old one this morning!”

A “Cool” Celebration

A heart styled like the US Flag

We invite you to our Cottage Grove location to celebrate our country’s Independence with FREE ICE CREAM on Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4. We will be serving all day long, so if you like the idea of a chocolate swirl breakfast, or want a cool snack halfway through the day, come on out and see us. While you’re here, check out our red, white and blue containers. Marty and our design staff have been working hard creating planters and hanging baskets in all colors and sizes ready to brighten up your holiday festivities.

“As I was pulling out some dental floss,
I saw the head of an earwig (eeww!) coming through the opening
along with the floss”



Giant photo of an Earwig

Thanks to many of you who emailed us your gross earwig stories. It was really hard to decide which is the grossest, since any time earwigs are involved it is so gross. But this one is Eeww! Eeewww!! Eeeewwww!!!

"One morning, I walked through the door of the wooden shed in our backyard, and hundreds of earwigs dropped from their nest in the crevice above the doorway onto my head, neck and down the back of my shirt. As I jumped around, swatting the creepy critters away, I realized I was squishing many of them against my skin inside my shirt. Yuk! I ran into the house, tore off my shirt and jumped in the shower to wash every last remnant of earwigs from my hair and body. It was the grossest thing to happen to me in a very long time."

Submitted by Randy, who has won a bag of Earth Tone Bug and Slug. Congratulations Randy, and may you never have earwigs rain on you again!

By now, you’ve probably guessed that we really hate earwigs. If you do too, we suggest you try Espoma’s Earth Tone Bug and Slug. It can be used on lawns, vegetables, fruits, and ornamentals to control earwigs, cutworms, sow bugs, pill bugs, slugs and snails. Good for organic gardening. Just scatter Bug & Slug on moist soil around your plants. It lures earwigs, slugs and snails from their hiding places. Ingestion of even a small amount will cause them to stop feeding.

Bug and Slug is so popular we have run out of it twice. Another shipment is due in today, but our supplier has informed us that no more are available at this time. So hurry out and pick up a bag or two while supplies last.

“One morning I started drinking my daily instant breakfast.
Feeling something odd in my mouth, I spit out an earwig (eeww).”


Perennial of the Week – Shasta Daisies

White is such an under-used color in the landscape. Nothing adds dimension to the design of your gardens like a brilliant white. And there are few whites more brilliant than Shasta daisies. Add white to your sunny garden with this week’s Perennial of Week, Shasta Daisies. We have two varieties to choose from.

‘Becky’, winner of the 2003 Perennial Plant of the Year Award, like all Shastas, loves full sun and well-drained soil. The prolific long-stemmed white flowers on this hardy perennial make fabulous cut flowers. Loved by everyone, this plant is an absolute essential for all perennial gardens.

New to us this year, ‘Paladin’ is a unique, vigorous Shasta Daisy with three rows of petals on stiff, upright stems. A new flower-type for a Shasta, the blossoms are so ruffled and multi-layered, they resemble a Victorian collar. The long stems of these beautiful flowers are great for cutting. Their long vase life will provide many days of enjoyment inside.

“After showering, I grabbed my towel from the rack,
and started to dry off when (eeww)an earwig fell from the towel.”


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We all know earwigs like moisture.
Martha, Ethel, Cheryl, Susan and Mary
shared stories similar to the following:
“After taking a big drink of ice water from my spouted thermos,
I felt two earwigs swimming around in my mouth. (eeww)”

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

“One night, tired from gardening, I fixed myself a frozen meal.
After eating a good part of it, I bit into something.
A nasty taste filled my mouth (eeww)
Spitting it out, I found a mangled earwig.”


Bonnie’s Kitchen

What a patriotic looking pizza cookie! Raspberries, blueberries and creamy filling are the red, white and blue toppings on the easy cookie crust. The recipe is from Pillsbury, and it makes 24 servings.

Patriotic Cookie Pizza

Patriotic Pizza
  • 1 roll (16.5 oz.) Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 t grated lemon peel
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup apple jelly, melted

Heat oven to 350°. Spray 12 inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Cut cookie dough into ¼” slices; place in pan. With floured fingers, press evenly over bottom to form crust.

Bake 15-20 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely, about 25 minutes.

In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon peel until fluffy. Spread over baked crust. Arrange raspberries in large star shape in center. Arrange blueberries around raspberries. Drizzle or brush with melted jelly. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Store in refrigerator.

For more holiday desserts, check out these from our past newsletters:

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4,
not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers
who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle,
but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees,
the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.
You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.

Erma Bombeck

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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