Mother’s Day

Newsletter 10 – Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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

Wondering what to do for Mom for Mother’s Day?

Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother’s Day!
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Your mom already knows you’re creative.  Whether you are 5 years old or fifty years old I bet your mom has your Picasso-type creation of a handprint leaf wall plaque or pinch pot still decorating the house.  Even that beautiful faux Frank Lloyd Wright clothespin chair is still around. 

When you’re a 5 year-old, you beam with pride when you see how much Mom or Grandma treasures them.  Well, those of us over fifty are no different.  Those feelings never end.   

Why not relive a precious memory by creating something very special this Mother’s Day.  We are delighted to invite you to our very special workshop for Mother’s Day. 

On Tuesday afternoon, May 8 and Thursday afternoon, May 10, anytime after 4:00, our container workshop area will be devoted to Mother’s Day creations.  Plant a special gift for Mom, Grandma, a favorite aunt or a special friend.  America’s Best Flowers has a wonderful selection of beautiful plants, flowers, herbs and an array of colorful containers for you to choose from. Prices start at 14.99.  You are welcome to register by calling 222-2269 or just stop on out.  We’ll even clean up the mess.

Mother’s Dictionary of Meanings

Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.

Mother’s Day Gifts

Don’t have time for the Mother’s Day workshop?  We have a wide and gorgeous selection of hanging baskets that will brighten any day.  Swing by and pick out that perfect hanging basket for MomAnd don’t forget the Dramm watering wand (24” or 30” lengths available) to help Mom get to those hard-to-reach places.  We’ll have a free geranium (a $4.99 value), with purchase, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 11-13, for Mom at all of our locations.

Things Mom Would Never Say

"Let me smell that shirt — Yeah, it’s good for another week"

Sun Coleus

By Marty Robbins

Some of our favorite varieties of Sun Coleus
Some of our favorite varieties of Sun Coleus
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Looking for the perfect foliage plant for your containers or a splash of color in your garden?  Think sun coleus.  With a wide array of color choices and upright or trailing habitat, the sun coleus is an easy to grow annual foliage plant.  Distinctive leaf patterns and colors make these plants stand out when used in the garden and containers.  Combines with flowering annuals and perennials they will brighten any display and add a ‘pop’ of color.  Grow them in well-drained soil and provide a regular watering regimen.  My favorites are Redhead, Mint Mocha and Roaring Fire.

Mother’s Dictionary of Meanings

Full Name: What you call your child when you’re mad at him.

And the winners are…

No longer nameless chickens or rabbit in the crowd!  Our bunny and chickens have names!  Our dedicated staff poured over 100 entries from our Easter Egg Hunt naming contest on April 7.  Thanks to our friend Sammy, our bunny is

hopping happy to be named Snickers.  Paige named our chickens Rusty and Sage.  Paige wanted it made clear that the boy chicken’s name is Rusty and the girl chicken’s name is Sage.  How cute is that! 

Sammy and Paige came in over the weekend and claimed their prizes of a Little Dora garden spade and gardening gloves.    Congratulations, Sammy and Paige. 

Mother’s Dictionary of Meanings

Sterilize: What you do to your first baby’s pacifier by boiling it, and to your last baby’s pacifier by blowing on it and wiping it with saliva.

Best time to shop?

Anytime, as far as America’s Best Flowers is concerned.  We are open from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday – Friday.  For more personal attention, shop after six. On Saturday and Sunday we are open from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Stop by on your way home from work and unwind with us.  Relax and enjoy your stroll through our greenhouses and breathe in the fragrant beauty of America’s Best Flowers.

As a bit of advice, it’s easiest to shop early or late.


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.  

Things Mom Would Never Say

"Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I’ll be glad to feed and walk him every day"

Really, a Thunder Shirt … what are they going to think of next?

It’s happening again, only this time it’s not due to an upset tummy.  Lucy the lab is terrified of thunder especially in the middle of the night.  What comfort she finds in sitting on my head, I’m not sure, but a scared dog has to do what she must to feel safe.  But the head pillow is no longer necessary.  I discovered the Thunder Shirt, yes, you heard it right.  It’s made out of T-shirt type material with Velcro here and there.  It goes on, to a certain degree like a normal dog coat/jacket.  Okay, I can hear some of you shaking your heads. Yes, dogs do have protective gear for the elements.  Anyway, there is an extra flap that wraps over and around to apply a gentle and constant pressure.  Years and years ago my doctor recommended using this type of method to help a colicky baby.  No, not with a dog coat, but with a baby blanket and it worked.  The Thunder Shirt helps with anxiety, too!  So, for those of you with the same dog issue you may want to look into this.  It makes for a much more peaceful stormy night’s sleep.

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Upcoming Events

Tue, May 8
Mother’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

6:30pm Plant a beautiful ceramic herbal or pansy garden to give Mom, Grandma, or a favorite aunt. Reservations are accepted 608-222-2269.

Thu, May 10
Mother’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

6:30pm Plant a beautiful ceramic herbal or pansy garden to give Mom, Grandma, or a favorite aunt. Reservations are accepted 608-222-2269.

Sat, May 12 – Sun, May 13
FREE GERANIUM FOR MOM with purchase.

Your mom loves OUR plants!

Sat, May 19
Salsa Saturday

11am – 2pm Sample FREE salsa and chips while you shop for your tomatoes and peppers for your own homemade salsa.

Sat, May 19 – Sun, May 20
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, May 26
Vegetable Square Foot Garden Workshop

Let us show you how to grow veggies in a small area.

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Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Kid-Can-Do-It Mother’s Day Menu

For years the church I attended in Des Moines, Iowa had a tradition of serving a supper (yes, I’m from Iowa) for Moms and daughters during the week before Mother’s Day.   By popular demand the following recipe for ham balls was often on the menu.  This is a super easy recipe, one kids could easily fix for mom with just a bit of help.  I’m giving you a wonderful twice-baked potato recipe to go with, but simple baked potatoes would be great, too, and easier for little hands.  Serve with your favorite steam-in-the-bag frozen vegetables.  Finish the meal with ice cream sundaes with all the toppings and it’s a kid-can-do-it feast fit for any hard-working mom.

Iowa Ham Balls

  • 1½ lb ground ham, ask butcher to grind this for you
  • 1lb ground pork. Do not Substitute Beef.
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 ½ c graham cracker crumbs**
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/3 c vinegar
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 1 t dry or 1 T prepared mustard

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Using a 1/3 c measure, shape mixture into 2” balls. Place in a large shallow roasting pan that has been sprayed with non-stick vegetable cooking spray. 

Combine remaining ingredients.  Pour over ham balls.  Bake at 325 for 1 hour, basting frequently with sauce. 

** This can be fun for children.  Just place the graham crackers in a gallon Ziploc bag, burp all the air out, and roll with a rolling pin.

Marta’s Best Twice-Baked Potatoes

  • 5 large baking potatoes
  • 3 T butter
  • ½ c sour cream
  • 2 green onions, diced finely, include some of the green top
  • ½ bottle Hormel Bacon Bits
  • 1 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Scrub potatoes. Poke a few holes in each with a narrow pointed knife. Bake until completely done, about 1 ½ hours.  Smaller potatoes will require less time.

Lay potato on its side and slice top off lengthwise, about ½” deep.  Scoop out potato into a large mixing bowl.  Mash well.  Add butter and sour cream.  Mash together well, than add enough milk (whole or 2%) until fluffy.  Add chopped green onions, bacon bits and cheese.  Restuff four of the shells, heaping full.  Sprinkle additional cheese on top.  Reheat in the microwave.

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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