Silly Scarecrows for Silly Crows

Newsletter 28 – Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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

‘Silly’ Scarecrow Time

Be as silly as you like! The crows can't tell the difference.
Be as silly as you like! The crows can’t tell the difference.

We invite you to come on out and experience ‘silly scarecrow time’ with us!  Our talented crew and their fearless leader, Cheryl, have been busy getting ready for you.  We have racks of clothes available to help you coordinate the perfect ensemble.  Your scarecrow might end up wearing a striped shirt with plaid pants or bib overalls, an old Halloween costume, or even a Packer or Badger outfit.  Whatever you choose, we guarantee you will have fun creating your very own one-of-a-kind scarecrow. 

The straw stuffing begins Saturday, September 24 and runs through Sunday, October 16 from 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week!  What a perfect after-school adventure and what a fun project for the entire family!  Kids, bring Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Grandpa out and watch how silly adults can be. 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!
Name this Scarecrow to win a prize!
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The first Scarecrow of the Week
The first Scarecrow of the Week
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And guess what! We are going to have 2 separate contests involving our scarecrows. 

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

The second contest is a drawing for our scarecrow of the week.  This contest will run for 4 weeks which means there will be 4 lucky winners.  Check out this picture of our first scarecrow up for grabs.

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

What is even smarter than a talking bird?
A Spelling Bee!

Fall Decorations are Here!

Fall Decorations are Here
Fall Decorations are Here!
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Pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks, straw bales and ornamental corn are all in stock and ready to add that special fall touch to your yard.  Combine these with some of our brilliant mums and asters to create a show-stopping display.  Remember our corn shocks are netted (like they net Christmas trees) so you can safely tie them to the roof of your vehicle, keeping your car clean and the shocks free from wind damage.

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.  Or add two more mums and save even more.  All you will need to finish your display are a few pumpkins and your unique scarecrow built at our workshop.

What kind of storm is always in a rush?
A Hurry Cane!


A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
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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 in two-gallon pots, resulting in large, strong plants that are completely covered in buds and bloom.  For a quick facelift for you landscape, set several around your yard, on your front porch, or walkways.  They will provide reliable color for the entire fall season.  Stop out today and see for yourself how fabulous our mums are.  We think you’ll agree they are the best mums in town.  Check out our website for details on specials.

What lies on the bottom of the ocean and shakes?
A nervous wreck!


'Marieke' Daffodil
‘Marieke’ Daffodil
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Every year we like to remind you that 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 with a payback of years and years of springtime beauty. 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.

What did the nut say when it sneezed?


You’ve thought all spring and summer about planting shrubs, but with everything else going on, it was put on the someday list.  Well, someday is here.  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 did the man with one hand cross the road?
To get to the second-hand shop!

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Local Food Drive

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard…  We’re all familiar with this children’s nursery rhyme, but for some people this is real life.  Very generous people have donated to our food drive for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.  We delivered 4 bags of groceries to a very grateful group of volunteers at the food pantry on Saturday.  Their faces lit up when we mentioned that we will continue to accept monetary and food donations for the 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.

What time is it when you have to go to the dentist?
Tooth Hurty!

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.

Who likes to drink cocoa?
A Cocoanut!

Our Kitchen

This recipe has been a staple of my sister’s kitchen for years. As soon as the vegetables in the garden are ready, she serves it at least once a week until frost takes the last of the tomatoes. Quantities can be adjusted to suit your taste. Enjoy!!

Garden Skillet

  • 2 C green beans, Italian are great but any type work fine, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 or 3 small yellow squash, sliced (zucchini can be substituted)
  • 1 large or 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • ½ t dried Italian seasonings
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 C diced ham, if desired
  • ½ C shredded cheddar cheese

Heat 2 T olive oil in skillet.  Add onion and green beans.  Cook for 10 minutes, add squash, cook 5 minutes, add tomatoes, season with salt, pepper and Italian seasonings. Turn heat to low and cook until tender.  Add ham, if using.  Heat 5 minutes.  Turn off heat.  Top with shredded cheese. Cover and allow cheese to melt. Delicious served with rice. Serves 4.

Some people try to turn back their odometers.
Not me!
I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way.
I’ve traveled a long way
And a lot of the roads weren’t paved.

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