On Wisconsin

Newsletter 29 – Thursday, October 6, 2011

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

Go Wisconsin teams!


Hay, did you see those Packers, Badgers and Brewers play last weekend?  Wow, we’re on a roll.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have a Packer, Badger or Brewer scarecrow in your front yard to cheer on the home teams?  There’s still time! 

We have Packer green, Badger red and Brewer blue apparel waiting for you to stuff.  Not a sports fan?  We have plenty of other ensembles to choose from.  Even camouflage, but, heck, what fun would that be you wouldn’t be able to see it!  We invite you to come on out and experience ‘silly scarecrow time’ with us!  We guarantee creating your very own one-of-a-kind scarecrow will be a hay raising experience. 

Scarecrow building is ongoing from 10am to 5pm every day of the week through Sunday, October 16.  What a perfect after-school adventure and fun project for the entire family!  Kids, bring Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Grandpa out and watch how silly adults can be. Don’t forget your camera!  Get a few of your neighbors together and see who can be the most creative scarecrow builder on the block.  The cost of the scarecrow kit is $12.99.  The kit consists of a frame, a burlap head, a funny face, staff assistance and straw, lots of straw.  After all, what is a scarecrow without the straw?

Clothes in all sizes are available at garage sale prices, but you are welcome to bring your own outfit.  For groups of 5 or more, please call ahead -222-2269 – so we can be sure to have enough staff available.

Name this Scarecrow to win a prize!
Name this Scarecrow to win a prize!
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The second Scarecrow of the Week
The second Scarecrow of the Week
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Hay, guess what! Last week we launched 2 separate contests involving our scarecrows.

The object of our first contest is to name our lady-in-red scarecrow. Yes, this little beauty needs a unique and special name. October 16th is the deadline for entries. One of our beautiful mums will be presented to the winner.

The second contest is a drawing for our scarecrow of the week.  Each week we will put up the best of our staff-made scarecrows.  This contest will run for 4 weeks which means there will be 4 lucky winners.  Check out this picture of our second scarecrow up for grabs.  Our farmer scarecrow needs a field, yard or front stoop to call home. The deadline for entries is Sunday of each week – this week, that’s October 9th.

So, while you’re here shopping for mums, bulbs or shrubs don’t forget to enter the contests.

Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize?
Because he was out standing in his field!

Fall Decorations are Here!

Are you looking for a fun and interesting fall look for your yard? Pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks, straw bales and ornamental corn are all in stock at America’s Best Flowers.  Combine these with some of our brilliant mums and asters to create a show-stopping display.  Remember our corn shocks are netted (like a Christmas tree) so they can be safely tied to the roof of your vehicle, keeping your car clean and the shocks free from wind damage.  Hay, no worries, we’ll even provide the twine.

If your busy schedule leaves little time for decorating, we have the answer.  Our Autumn Bundle includes one of our larger-than-life mums, a straw bale and a bundle of corn shocks, all at special savings.  Add two more mums and save even more.  Shocks, include a few pumpkins, your very own made in the USA scarecrow and you’ll be the talk of the neighborhood! 

Why didn’t the skeleton dance?
Because he had no body to dance with!


A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
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Seeing is believing!  America’s Best Flowers’ fields are overflowing with mums in over 30 shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender and purple.  Our beautiful mums are grown outside two-gallon pots, resulting in large, strong plants that are completely covered in buds and bloom.  We also have mums in 5 inch pots.  For a quick facelift for you landscape, set several around your yard, on your front porch, or walkways.  Our late bloomers are starting to peak and will provide reliable color for the entire fall season.  Stop out today and see for yourself how majestic our mums are.  We believe they are the best mums in town.  Check out our website for details on specials. 

Why couldn’t the pirates play cards?
Because the captain was sitting on the deck!


'Marieke' Daffodil
‘Marieke’ Daffodil
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It’s not too late!  Fall is the time to plant those wonderful spring-blooming bulbs. Plant now, and you will be the envy of your neighbors next spring! Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium and more are just waiting for you. Bulbs are an investment in the springtime beauty of your yard for years to come. Check out our website for details on specials.

When you plant your bulbs be sure to dig in a generous amount of plant food. It’s your only chance to get the nutrients the bulbs need for maximum flowering directly under the bulbs in the root zone of your plants. This year we are featuring Hi Yield’s Dutch Bulb Food and Bone Meal.

Why do sharks swim in salt water?
Because pepper water makes them sneeze!


There is still time to plant a shrub or two or even three.  We have lilacs, hydrangeas, willows, spireas, yews, viburnum and many, many more.  Come take a look and if you have questions talk to one of our experts about the planting and care they need.  Check out our website for details on specials.

Why was the broom late for work?
Because it over-swept!

Find us on Facebook

Our fan club is growing. Please become a fan on Facebook, and invite your friends.

What did the banker say to the football coach?
I want my quarter back!

Local Food Drive

America’s Best Flowers will continue to accept monetary and food donations for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry for the next few weeks.  If you have extra canned goods in YOUR pantry won’t you please consider donating a few of them? Our thanks to those who have already donated. Needed items include: canned pasta, fruits, sweet potatoes, spaghetti sauce, corn, and meat; toilet tissue, laundry detergent, dish detergent; and shampoo and conditioner.

Please place cash donations in an envelope marked with "Cottage Grove Food Pantry" and the amount of the donation. Checks should be made payable to the Cottage Grove Food Pantry. Please hand all monetary donations in at the Customer Service Desk. A collection bin is available in the main greenhouse for food donations. If you would like to contact the Cottage Grove Food Pantry directly the telephone number is 608-839-4768.

Who can shave 25 times a day and still have a beard?
A barber.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 24 – Sun, Oct 16
Scarecrow Days

10am – 5pm Make your own scarecrow and we’ll clean up the mess. Family fun!

Sat, Nov 19
Winter Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

10am – 4pm Please call ahead to register 222-2269.

She was only a whiskey-maker, but he loved her still.

Our Kitchen

This recipe was in the September issue of Whole Living magazine and sounded perfect for our newsletter. Enjoy!!

Baked Tomatoes, Squash and Potatoes

Serves 8

  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 medium Yukon gold potato, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Heat oil over medium and cook onion until tender and lightly golden, 6-8 minutes.

2. Arrange the onion on the bottom of a 9-by-13 inch baking dish.  Overlap tomato, squash, and potato on top of the onion.  Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with thyme and Parmesan, and drizzle with more oil.

3.  Bake covered for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake until golden, 30 minutes more.

During its heyday the Wells Fargo Company employed a number of specialized stagecoaches such as one with a church for Sunday operation. One of the more popular models featured a darkroom on board, so passengers who took pictures could have them processed en route and the prints delivered at their destination.

One day a stagecoach equipped with a darkroom was headed for Wichita when, passing through a small town, it was intercepted by the local marshall, who said, "Halt in the name of the law!"

"What’s the problem?" the stagecoach driver asked.

"You should know that the operation of a mobile darkroom is illegal in Kansas," the marshall said.

At this point two psychologists on horseback arrived on the scene. One of them said, "I suppose what we have here is a classic case of the Oedipus complex."

The other said, "No, it’s much simpler than that — it’s just an arrested stage of development."

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