Iris Bulbs Are In

Newsletter 25 – Tuesday, August 21, 2012

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

Autumn Container Workshop

Check Out Some of Our Fall Creations
Check Out Some of Our Fall Creations
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It won’t get any better than this…pick out your favorite mum or aster, add one or two of our perfect perennials, even a shrub and we’ll help you create a beautiful autumn container to showcase your home, deck or backyard.   Autumn, with it’s plethora of vibrant and sultry colors, is the time to appreciate our Wisconsin beauty.   Please join us Saturday, August 25th for our Autumn Container Workshop between 10 and 4 pm.  Bring in your own container or for a new fall look select a piece of pottery from our unique and stunning selection.   We’ll not only provide the soil…we’ll clean up the mess.  Over the years these workshops have become favorites with many of you. 

What did the doctor say after she gave her patient a shot?
I hope thistle make you feel better!

Our Beautiful Iris Bulbs are in … come and get them!

'Edith Wolford' Bearded Iris
‘Edith Wolford’ Bearded Iris
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What do Michigan Pride, War Chief, Yours Free, Alizes and Happenstance have in common?  They are six of the bearded iris that just arrived here at America’s Best Flowers.  Mid August thru early September is the perfect time to plant, move and divide iris.  Several weeks of nice weather remain allowing the rhizomes time to develop the strong root systems they need to produce their big beautiful blossoms next May.  Supplies are limited so don’t delay.  A little time spent in your garden this fall will result in years and years of gorgeous flowers.

What did the lawyer say to the judge?
Iris my case!

Art in the Garden

Featuring Local Artisans
Saturday, September 15, 9-3

By Deb Meyer

They’ll be here before you know it!  The holidays.  That special time of year when we go out of our way to find something unique for that hard to shop for, friend or family member.  You know who we’re talking about, the person who has everything, except perhaps a unique artistic, one-of-a-kind creation.

Now you can jumpstart that search, at our 3rd Annual Art in the Garden event.  On September 15, from 9-3, our main greenhouse will be enhanced and transformed by the artistic creativity of over 30 Wisconsin artists, offering you the opportunity to find unique holiday gifts, or a little something special for yourself.  Items will include: jewelry, paintings, weavings, stone carving, pottery, woodworking, textiles, photography and much more!

In addition to the vast assortment of unique creative wares, you’ll be surrounded by the beauty, color and fragrance of fall flowers, and be treated to the sound of Rich Baumann a talented local singer, songwriter and musician. 

So mark your calendar for September 15, bring your shopping list or just set aside some time to stroll through our greenhouses and enjoy Art in the Garden.

Just a reminder – if you would like to display your work, please let us know.  We are accepting registrations for this free event through September 3.  222-2269.

Why was the art dealer in debt?
He didn’t have any Monet

The Joy of Fall Gardening

From now until September 15 is a great time to plant cool season vegetable crops.  Fall gardens are easy to grow, and it’s a delightful time to work in the garden – there are fewer bugs and it’s not too hot.  To get you started we have cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and swiss chard plants and seeds of radish, lettuce, mesclun mix and spinach.

Because they mature in progressively cooler temperatures, fall crops have a wonderful flavor.  Much better than spring crops. This will be especially true this fall because many of you were disappointed with your cool season crops this spring due to the hot weather in June.  Cool fall weather actually holds the crops for you right in the garden so you can enjoy your harvest well into October.  Fall garden care is similar to spring gardening, except you don’t have to water as much.  All you do is dig in a little compost at planting time.  If you don’t have a compost pile available, we have it in ready-to-use bags.

After the drought
Does your lawn need some help?  After this drought many lawns will need some repair and reseeding.  Per our friends at Heritage Seed Company, fall is a good time to plant grass seed. 

America’s Best Flowers has Capital City Parks Grass Seed which is a top performer.  It is a premium mix of Bluegrass, creeping Red Fescue and turf-type perennial Ryegrass.  It thrives in full sun to light shade.  It is available at America’s Best Flowers in 5 lb. and 20 lb. bags.

Also available is Woodland Shade which is formulated for light to dense shady lawns.  This grass seed mix has Fescue and perennial Ryegrass and is available in 20 lb. bags.

Why did the butterfly get a cell phone?
She wanted to cauliflower.


America’s Best Flowers wants you to succeed, so if you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly. We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.

Lucy is one sweet smelling dog!

Lucy was the demo wash dog for our fundraiser this past Saturday.  Kelsey, one of the professional groomers from Tabby & Jack’s Mobile Grooming Service worked with a volunteer, from the Dane County Humane Society, as they gently bathed Lucy.  Hubby and I beamed with pride as the other volunteers oooed and aaawed over how sweet Lucy was.  

Seventy two dogs were bathed and fifty one dogs had their nails clipped.  We don’t have a final total just yet, but between the efforts of Tabby & Jack’s Mobile Grooming Service, Poochie Portraits, by Talbot Photography and America’s Best Flowers we are close to $1400.00 for a donation for the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS). 

Pssst, there is still time to donate if you would like to.  Please make your checks out to the Dane County Humane Society and just drop them off at the greenhouse or mail them to us at America’s Best Flowers, 4311 Vilas Hope Rd, Cottage Grove, WI 53527.

Thanks to Jodi Wortsman, from the DCHS, and all her volunteers for all their hard work bathing man’s best friend.  The volunteers arrived dry and left soaking wet…and they didn’t seem to mind a bit. 

Oh, Lucy wanted it pointed out that she didn’t actually volunteer for duty, but enjoyed it all the same (and, yes, she got her fair share of treats!)

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
~Tennessee Williams

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 25
Autumn Container Workshop

10am – 4pm FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container in our potting shed and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy one of ours.

Sat, Sep 8 – Sun, Sep 16
The Last Dollar Days

Come in and use your orange dollars. This is the last chance to use them before they expire for good.

Sat, Sep 15
Art and Craft Fair

9am – 3pm

Sat, Sep 22 – Sun, Sep 30
Autumn Sale
Sat, Sep 22 – Sat, Oct 13
Scarecrow Days

10am – 5pm Seven days a week. Come in and make your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow!

Sat, Oct 6 – Sun, Oct 7
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am – 4pm Sharpen your tools for fall or spring yard work.

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

A perfect ending to a summer meal should be cool and refreshing.  Add easy to the list and you’ve described the following dessert.  This is one of those recipes that has been around forever and is often served at church or family potlucks, but I hadn’t had it in years until a good friend served it at the last neighborhood gathering.  Yum!  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Pistachio Cake

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 2 reg boxes pistachio pudding (4 serving size)
  • ½ c each of milk, water and oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 reg box pistachio pudding (4 serving size)
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 c Cool Whip

Beat well, pour into a greased and floured tube pan.  Bake 55 min (or less).

Or use a 9 x 13 pan and bake 35 – 40 minutes until done.

Cool completely.

Beat pudding mix and milk until thick in medium mixing bowl.  Fold in Cool Whip.  Frost cake.

Store in refrigerator.

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