Orange you glad it’s time for Dollar Days?

Newsletter 25 – Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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


Begins Saturday, September 10

Talk about a $weet $melling Deal!

By Shirley Cimino

America’s Best Flowers’ Dollar Day$ starts this weekend, Saturday, September 10 and runs through Sunday, September 18.  Dig out those orange ABF dollars from your glove compartment, the floor of your backseat, the bottom of your purse, the kitchen drawer, wherever you may have stashed them and come out and shop for a little of Mother Nature to take home.

There’s no such thing as an expiration date on our orange dollars.  In fact, if your dollar has faded and is more pink than orange, it’s ok with us!   We are all about changing colors.  Your orange ABF dollar$ may be used for up to 50% off your purchase, tax excluded, of course (we can’t leave out Uncle Sam!) Our Buy One Get One Free pricing on summer annuals and 20-40% off perennials, trees and shrubs remain in effect.  Combine that with your dollars for additional savings.

There are no restrictions on what you can buy. If it’s in stock you can buy it, so now is the time to get your favorite plant, tree or shrub.  Or maybe you’ve had your eye on a special piece of pottery.  Choose whatever your heart desires. The orange buck stops here!

Remember, at America’s Best Flowers the orange dollar is not the ROOT of all evil, but rather a source of butterflies, bees and blissful beauty. See you Saturday!

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”

Claude Monet

Art in the Garden

Local Artisans featured
Saturday, September 17, 9am-3pm

Ahhh, the kids are back in school.  Why not take some time for yourself and come to America’s Best Flowers’ 2nd Annual Art in the Garden?  Spend a relaxing day strolling through not only our flower gardens, but our art garden as well.  Experience the creativity, panache and flair of over 30 Wisconsin artists.  Items include jewelry, paintings, weavings, stone carving, pottery, leaf casting, woodworking, textiles, photography and much more!  All of this in addition to our gorgeous selection of flowering baskets, spectacular mums and other fall flowers.

While you’re here, two popular local musicians, Bill Lockwood & Sam Verdeccia will entertain you with their smooth sounds.  So come out and enjoy a day of shopping, music, country air and flowers this Saturday, September 17 from 9-3.  Rain or shine we’ll be here!

Local Food Drive

It has been America’s Best Flowers’ pleasure to bring you peace and beauty for another season.  Times are tough for many people of our area.  America’s Best Flowers would like to be able to help our local food pantry in their effort to end hunger in our area.  Will you help?  We would appreciate your kind donation of a canned food product.  A collection bin will be available in the main greenhouse for your donations.

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Mohandas Gandhi

Mountains of Mums

America’s Best Flowers’ fields are overflowing with 6,000 early, mid and late blooming mums in more than 30 shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender and purple.  We home grow our big beautiful mums outside in two- gallon pots.  You have to see them to believe how full and lush and bursting with blooms they are.  We think you’ll agree they are the best mums in town.

I saw a bank that said it offered 24 Hour Banking.
But I didn’t go in. I didn’t have that much time.

Fall Bulbs

'Marieke' Daffodil
‘Marieke’ Daffodil
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Remember last spring when you saw all those beautiful daffodils and tulips in your neighbor’s yard and how you wished you had some too?  Don’t let that happen again. September is the time to plant bulbs for next spring’s bloom.  Our shipment of fall bulbs has arrived.  Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium and more are just waiting for you to take them home.  Bulbs are an investment in the future and a great way to use your ABF Dollar$.  Be sure to check out the additional savings available when you buy three or more packages of the same price. 

When you plant your bulbs is the perfect opportunity to dig in a generous amount of plant food.  Never again will you have the chance to get the fertilizer 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.  Both products do a wonderful job providing your bulbs with the nutrients they need to provide maximum flower power next spring.  In years to come, be sure to continue feeding your bulbs with a top dressing of the fertilizer throughout the growing season.

The best advice on fall bulbs is to plant them.  The next best is don’t wait,  every year the new varieties, like Wave Daffodil disappear fast.  Stop out soon for the best selection.

The market is weird.
Every time one guy sells, another one buys,
and they both think they’re smart.


It's Scarecrow Time Again!
It’s Scarecrow Time Again!
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You read it right, it’s scarecrow time again.  Almost.

We have been busy little bees getting new hats, clothing

and accessories to help you create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow.

The straw-stuffing starts Saturday, Sept. 24

and runs through Sunday Oct. 16

with new extended hours on weekdays (10am – 5pm)

to provide a fun after-school adventure.

So get your thinking hats on and come on out.

Remember there is a nominal fee for the kit and

 garage sale prices on the clothing,

but you are welcome to bring your own clothes.

This is a great group activity,

so Scout Leaders out there should give us a call

to set up a time for an activity your scouts will remember forever.

Groups of adults love doing it, too!

Q: How to make a million in the stock market?
A: Start with two!

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

A long term investment is a short term investment that failed.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 10 – Sun, Sep 18
Fall Dollar Days

Redeem your collected orange ABF dollars for up to 50% off your total purchase.

Sat, Sep 17
Art in the Garden

9am – 3pm Local artisans and crafters will be displaying and selling their merchandise. Please note that the artists will not accept Orange Dollars.

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.

The most successful investor was Noah.
He floated stock, while everything around him went into liquidation.

Our Kitchen

Last week we had another birthday to celebrate. This time for a co-worker who is still young enough to eat healthy almost all the time, so we decided against the usual frosting covered devils food double layer cake or the decadently rich chocolate cheesecake, preferred by many of us. Instead I searched my brain, back to the time when I, too, was more health conscious, and found a memory of refrigerator bran muffins. For those cooks out there who are around my age, this will simply be a blast from the past. For those younger, this may be the first time you’ve ever heard of a batter you can make ahead and store in the refrigerator for up to six weeks. A batter that allows you to put hot muffins on the table in under 20 minutes, no matter how busy your life is. We served these yummy muffins with real butter and fresh fruit. Our birthday girl was delighted. Hope you are, too.

Refrigerator Bran Muffins

By Bev Wilson

Photo compliments of Bob’s Red Mill website
Photo compliments of Bob’s Red Mill

  • 3 C Bob’s Red Mill wheat bran, divided
  • 1 C boiling hot water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ C brown sugar
  • 2 ½ C flour
  • ½ C oil
  • 2 C buttermilk
  • 2 ½ t soda
  • ½ t salt
Because I can never leave a recipe alone & to make it more nutritious I added:
  • 1/3 c ground flaxseed
  • 2 T buttermilk
  • ¾ C raisins (more if desired)
  • 1 ½ t vanilla

Pour boiling water over 1 ½ C of the bran.  Let stand while mixing other ingredients, except dry bran, together.  Add dry & wet bran.  Mix well.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. 

To bake – preheat oven to 400.  Spray pans with non-stick cooking spray.  Fill muffin tins ¾ full.  Bake 8-10 minutes for mini-muffins or 15-20 for regular. 

In a pinch sour milk may be substituted for buttermilk – Add 2 T lemon juice or vinegar to 2 C measuring cup.  Add milk to make 2 cups.  Let stand a few minutes.  I’ve never tried that to know how well it keeps.

Back when I made this regularly, I doubled the batch – using a whole quart of buttermilk.  I also covered the top of the dough with Saran Wrap inside the Tupperware container I used.  Each time I baked muffins, I would recover with clean plastic wrap, pressing it down over the dough and around the edges to create an airtight seal.  If air comes into contact with the dough, it will turn dark.  This does not hurt anything but it is not appealing to look at.

A Chemist, An Engineer & An Economist

A chemist, an engineer and an economist are stranded on a deserted island.
They carry with them some canned food,
but have no ordinary means of opening the cans.

The chemist suggests gathering some wood and starting a fire
and then holding the cans over the heat,
counting on the expanding contents to burst open the cans.

The engineer thinks it would be better
to try smashing the cans open with some of the rocks lying around.

The economist begins, "Assume we had a can opener…"

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.
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Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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