Summer Annual Blowout

Newsletter 17 – Wednesday, July 7, 2010

“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves,
it is useless to seek it elsewhere.”

Francois de La Rochefoucauld


Buy One Get One Free

Hanging Baskets,
Annual Containers, Pots & Flats
Use your Orange Dollars
and save up to 50% more!!

July 8–18 – 2 Days Early, just for YOU!

Our regular Dollar Day Week runs Saturday, July 10 thru the 18th, but if you tell us you saw it in the newsletter, we will give you two "early-bird" days to use your ABF ORANGE DOLLARS. Good on anything we sell for up to 50% off your total purchase. We have a great selection of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs; and don’t forget that drop-dead beautiful piece of pottery that you’ve been looking at all season. THIS IS THE TIME TO GET IT!

We know how you wait for this week. It’s so fun to see you coming thru the door holding orange bucks in your hands and waving them around with wide-eyed excitement. We love this time of year, and can’t wait to welcome you.

But Wait, There’s More:
50% off Water Plants, too

Many are perennial and will do very well in wet areas without a pond.
These plants are beautiful and a steal at these prices.

Yes you can use your Orange Dollars and
save up to 50% more!!

What did the earwig say when he fell down the stairs?
“Ear we go!”

Yard ‘Makeup’

The parties are over and the lazy days of summer are finally here. You’ve done so much for everyone else, now it’s time to pamper yourself. The best place in the world to do that is your own backyard. But if your yard is lacking excitement, not quite the beautiful oasis you want it to be, ABF has the answer. Ed calls it Makeup For Your Yard. You know how just a touch of lip gloss, mascara, or a hint of blusher can perk up a face? You can perk up your lack-luster landscape quite simply, and, if you use your orange dollars on already discounted prices, inexpensively as well. Add intense color by planting bright, cheerful annuals. We have a nice selection of annual plants in sunny yellows, cool blues, radiant reds and oranges, and every shade of pink imaginable. Stick them anywhere and everywhere your yard looks boring. Plant them in the ground, in containers, or hanging baskets. Voila! You’ve got an easy and affordable fix that will impress your friends and neighbors. But best of all, it’ll make YOU feel great about the place you call home!

Why did the beetle get kicked out of the park?
Because he was a litter-bug!


Impatiens that Love the Sun


Transform your garden with easy-to-grow, easy-to-enjoy SunPatiens®, the revolutionary new hybrid impatiens that loves the sun as well as the shade and has brilliant flowers from spring to frost.

These remarkable annuals represent a breakthrough in breeding – sun–loving, heat–thriving impatiens are tough and will prosper anywhere. Use them in containers, baskets or plant them directly in the ground, and you’ll be blessed with massive flower power and season-long enjoyment.

Tested in numerous independent trials and planted in many large, highly visible public spaces around the world, SunPatiens® have proven themselves time and time again. This week you can buy one get one free and see for yourself! For growing info see this Article from Dallas Plant Trials

I went to the store to buy some insecticide,
“Is this good for beetles?” I asked the clerk.
“No,” He replied. It’ll kill em.”

Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetle

The last two weeks we have devoted a lot of time and talk to the control of earwigs (yes we do have Bug and Slug back in stock). Then just when you start to get the upper hand on these horrible creatures, Japanese Beetles emerge. But do not despair; we can help you control them too. Bayer Advanced has a line of products that works great. Available in ready-to-use and concentrate, these insecticides work two ways. Killing on contact as well as working systemically to rid your plants of pests. Stop out today and let us help you choose the best product for you. For more information visit Minnesota Gardening’s Article or Bayer‘s website. Both of these websites give information on the life cycle and control of these insects.

What do you call a nervous beetle?
A jitter-bug!

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“Waiter, waiter, there’s a beetle in my salad!”
“I’m sorry sir, I didn’t realize you were a vegetarian!”

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 14
IRIS Divide and Swap

Starts at 10 AM. Bring a clump of Iris to divide and swap with others! Bring a knife, a sharpie pen and plastic bags.

Sat, Sep 18
Art in the Garden

9 AM – 4 PM Local artisans and crafters will be displaying and selling their merchandise

“Waiter, waiter, there’s a bug in my soup!”
“Surely not, sir.
It must be one of those vitamin bees you hear so much about.”

Bonnie’s Kitchen

This is so very good and an unusual twist on potato salad.

Note from Bev – Bonnie brought me a bowl of this Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Salad –the taste, the aroma, the beauty – ahhhh!

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Salad

  • 2 ½ lb sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 3/4” pieces
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 ½ t minced garlic
  • 1 ½ salt and ½ t pepper
  • 2 cups diced zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cup corn, if frozen, thawed
  • 2/3 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 6 slices crisp bacon, crumbled

Cook potatoes in water to cover, about 15 minutes, until just fork tender.
Whisk dressing ingredients until well blended.
Drain potatoes, place in large bowl and while hot, add ½ the dressing. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate.

Just before serving, add vegetables and remaining dressing. Mix gently with rubber spatula and top with bacon.

Serves 8

For more delicious potato salad recipes visit:

“Waiter, waiter! There’s a fly in my soup.”
“What do you expect for two dollars, sir? A beetle?”

“Waiter, waiter! There’s a beetle in my soup.”
“Sorry, sir, we’re out of flies today.”

“Waiter, waiter! There’s a teeny beetle in my broccoli.”
“I’ll see if I can find a bigger one, ma’am”

“Waiter, waiter! There’s a dead beetle in my gravy.”
“Yes, sir, beetles are terrible swimmers.”

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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