Nip/Tuck for Your Garden

Newsletter 14 – Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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

What Tolerates Drought, Attracts Hummers and Butterflies, and Repels Deer?

It’s our perennial of the week, the Salvia Ultra Violet, of course!

Salvia 'Ultra Violet'
Salvia ‘Ultra Violet’

This sweet thing is a must have for your perennial garden.  The violet-magenta color is so bright you’ll need your sunglasses.  The Ultra Violet is a great flower for any dry, sunny garden and will bloom from early summer all the way into late fall.  This is a fast growing aromatic and low maintenance plant that is 18 to 20 inches high and spreads 24 to 28 inches wide.  Cut them for indoors bouquets or leave them for the hummingbirds and butterflies to enjoy.  Our Salvia Ultra Violet is 20 percent off this week.

Give your container garden a quick and easy face lift

Not a complete pulled tight behind the ears face lift but maybe a little nip here and a little tuck there.  Marty has two easy scalpel-free suggestions. 

Talinum Limón
Talinum Limón

Give your container garden a fresh look by adding this Talinum Limón chartreuse-leafed beauty.  Along with the bright lime-green foliage, the Limón displays airy stems covered in tiny pink flowers.  It’s a perfect annual accent plant for your full sun container garden. 

Iresine 'Purple Lady'
Iresine ‘Purple Lady’
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Our Iresine Purple Lady is another option to freshen up your container garden.  This annual plant works great for containers with its cascading dark burgundy foliage.  What a great contrast with plants with gold or silver foliage. 

This Purple Lady will showcase any full sun container garden.

What is small, red and whispers?
A hoarse radish!

Fertilizing Flowers & Vegetables

You’ve worked hard planting all those beautiful flowers and vegetable plants haven’t you?  The next step is to keep them healthy and strong.  America’s Best Flowers has all your fertilizing supplies. 

The following article written by Bev Wilson first appeared in our newsletter this time last year.

Now that those beautiful flowers and vegetable plants are proudly situated in your yard and garden, you may be wondering how and when the best time to fertilize them is.

Miracle Gro Fertilizer

Since annuals complete their life cycle in one growing season, they need more fertilizer than perennials.  For best results apply a water-soluble fertilizer, such as Miracle Gro, to your annuals on a regular schedule.  Ed’s rule of thumb is to feed every seventh watering.  For pots that are watered every day, such as hanging baskets, that means once a week.  Follow manufacturer instructions for the suggested amount.  Alternately, you can fertilize more often with a weaker solution.  This is what we do here in the greenhouse.  Either way, your annuals will benefit greatly, rewarding you with summer long bloom.

Osmocote Slow-Release Fertilizer

Perennials prefer a dry fertilizer that is more slowly released such as Osmocote 14-14-14.  All you do is sprinkle it around the base of your plants.  It slowly dissolves, providing your plants with a continual supply of nutrients.

Espoma Garden Tone

Vegetables also benefit from supplemental feedings, providing you with bigger and better produce.   Garden-Tone and Tomato-Tone are dependable fertilizers that will produce great results in your garden.  Miracle Gro also has an Organic Choice formulation that is labeled for use on vegetable gardens.  Whichever you choose, regular use is the key to successful gardening.

Hey, Bob?
If a parsley flower is sued can you garnish his wages?

Be a Successful Perennial Gardener!

Join us for a free class on perennial gardening at America’s Best Flowers Tuesday, June 5, at 6:30 PM.  No need to register, just come on in.

Learn what it takes to create and plant a perennial bed that will provide successive color all season long.  Topics will include site selection and preparation, what types of plants grow best in shady areas, as well as the types that thrive in sun-soaked or rocky areas.  Garden design, colors and textures will be discussed too.  We’ll even have garden plans for you to take home.

Q: What do vegetables wish for, more than anything else in the whole world?
A: Peas (peace) on earth!


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.  

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Upcoming Events

Tue, Jun 5
Perennial Gardening Class

6:30pm Sun and shade garden plants.

Fri, Jun 8
Ladies Night at the Garden


Sat, Jun 16
Miniature Garden Workshop

10am to 3pm 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.

Sun, Jun 17
Father’s Day

FREE Schoep’s ice cream for Dad and the family!

Sat, Jun 23
Herbal Bread Sampling

11am – 2pm Sample complimentary herbal breads and herbal dipping oils. FREE recipes.

Sat, Jun 23 – Sat, Jun 30
Herbs are for Grilling

Special mini garden promotion.

Q: What did the salad greens say to the hungry kid?
A: We’ll make your mouth and your tummy happy, if you lettuce (let us)!

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson


Nothing says summer like strawberries. Mix them up with fresh salad greens and you’ve got a little bit of heaven on a plate.  Sharon brings in a big bowl of this salad every year for our June birthday potluck.  It’s always one of the first things gone.  Hope you like it as much as we all do.

Sharon’s Fruit Spring Greens Salad

  • 1-2 bags baby spring greens*
  • 2-3 c sliced strawberries
  • 1-2 c diced fresh pineapple
  • 1-2 c blueberries and/or grapes
  • 4 T Olive Oil
  • 3 T Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1-2 dashes Tabasco
  • salt & pepper
Glazed Pecans
  • 1 c pecan halves
  • 2 T sugar

Place sugar and pecans in a pan over low heat.  Stir until sugar dissolves.


Place greens and fruit in a large salad bowl.  Pour salad dressing over.  Toss well.  Top with pecans.  Serve immediately.

*A combination of greens from your garden makes this salad even better.  Any type of lettuce or spinach works very well. A few young beet leaves would taste great and make a colorful addition.

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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