Summer Dollar Days

Newsletter 19 – Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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


July 14 – 22, 2012

Orange Dollars

America’s Best Flowers’ Orange Dollar Day$ starts this weekend, Saturday, July 14 and runs through Sunday, July 22.  Dig out those orange America’s Best Dollars from your glove compartment, 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.

Your orange America’s Best Flowers dollar$ may be used for up to 50% off your purchase, tax excluded, of course (we can’t leave out Uncle Sam!)  There are no restrictions on what you can buy. If it’s in stock you can buy it. 

We still have a terrific selection of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs to choose from.  Or maybe you’ve had your eye on a special piece of pottery.  What an easy-on-the-pocket way for you to brighten up your yard, deck or patio with fresh color. 

Bye-Bye Orange Dollars

As many of you are aware, we have replaced our America’s Best Flowers Orange Dollar program with America’s Bonus Bucks.  Two opportunities remain for you to use your Orange Dollars before they expire.  To take advantage of the savings they offer bring them in between July 14 through 22, 2012 and September 8 through 16, 2012.  Orange Dollars will not be redeemable after the September dates.

Featured Perennial – Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’

Black-Eyed Susan coneflower

Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum'
Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’
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These bushy, vigorous 2-foot plants with 3-inch yellow petals and a black center are sun-lovers.  They not only add a mid and late-summer pop of color to your garden, but they attract butterflies too!  The Black-eyed Susan is so easy to grow and maintain and is heat and drought tolerant.  Their strong stems are ideal for cutting.

Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but the light bulb has to WANT to change.

Protect your succulents from the sun and heat

Succulents, as with any plant, need the right lighting.  They like bright indirect light, not the hot direct sun.  And too much heat can cause damage too. 

Sunken brown or white patches developing on the succulent mean heat damage.  The green chlorophyll is destroyed where the tissue is overheated.  Intense heat can cause the damage, even if the plant is not in direct sunlight. 

You can slowly harden your succulent after a shady period of time by gradually exposing it to sunlight to prevent scorching.  Want to learn more about succulents?  Come to our…

Succulent Workshop

Saturday, July 21 from 10 to 4

Succulents in a Terra Cotta Low Bowl
Don’t miss our Succulent Container Workshop!
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Select from our wide variety of succulents and create your own unique container.  Succulents are easy to care for inside or out.  We’ll have a variety of planters for you to choose from, or bring your own.  As always soil and design help are free of charge.  Mark your calendar and join our design team on July 21 from 10 to 4.  To aid you in the care of your succulent planter handouts will be available for you to take home.

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing,
the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.


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.

Where did the spaghetti go to dance?
To the Meat Ball!

Grandpa’s Spaghetti


It’s plain and simple my Italian hubby loves to cook.  And what does he love to cook most of all?  Spaghetti and meatballs, of course!  We’re talking some good ol’ fashion homemade spaghetti sauce folks.  It simmers all day long with spices and fresh herbs (herbs from America’s Best Flowers, you knew that was coming, didn’t you?), and special secret ingredient meat balls.   

It’s also plain and simple we love the grandkids.  Every once in a while hubby will say ‘it’s time for spaghetti with the grandkids’ which is a code at our place. 

Grandkids arrive.   When it’s ‘time’ the grandkids get all giggly and run to wash up for their special spaghetti dinner.  They’re all seated at the table and grandpa does his thing.  He takes a large bowl of spaghetti with sauce over to the table and with precision pours the spaghetti and sauce mixture smack dab ON the very clean kitchen table.  The kids squeal with delight. Then grandpa places the meatballs on top of it all.  No plates, no silverware, no napkins!  The kids use their VERY clean hands and each pulls a share of the spaghetti and a meatball to their ‘space’ and have at it.  Grandpa does have one rule though and that is eating with their hands is all fine and dandy, but they each must slurp up some spaghetti without any help from the hands.  Yep, that’s right.  Face down in spaghetti they go.  Oh lordy, we have some of the most hysterical pictures of sweet little faces covered in spaghetti sauce.   Hubby and I have evil plans to share these pictures with all of our grandchildren’s future boyfriends and girlfriends.  Won’t that be a stitch! 

Guess who else likes these spaghetti times? None other than Lucy who patiently waits for her share under the kitchen table.  Relax, for those of you that don’t know…Lucy is our black lab, not a grandchild.  

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Joey prepared a pasta dish for a dinner party he was giving. In his haste, however, he forgot to refrigerate the spaghetti sauce, and it sat on the counter all day. He was worried about spoilage, but it was too late to cook up another batch. He called the local Poison Control Center and voiced his concern. They advised Joey to boil the sauce again.

That night, the phone rang during dinner, and a guest volunteered to answer it. Joey’s face dropped as the guest called out, "It’s the Poison Control Center. They want to know how the spaghetti sauce turned out."

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jul 7 – Sun, Jul 15
Summer Sale
Sat, Jul 21
Succulent Container Workshop

10am – 4pm 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.

Sat, Aug 11
Tomato Tasting

Taste the difference between fresh varieties. Canning & pickling anyone?

Sat, Aug 18
2nd Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser

11am – 3pm For the Dane County Humane Society

Sat, Aug 25
Autumn Container Workshop

10am – 4pm 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.

Sat, Sep 8 – Sun, Sep 16
The Last Dollar Days

Come in and use your orange dollars. This is the last chance to use them before they expire for good.

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

July is a great time to really get into using herbs in the kitchen.  They’ve been growing for a few weeks and are big enough to be harvested.  Sharon came into the office the other day and said she had found the best chicken recipe there is and wanted to share it with you.  Served with a fresh green salad and fruit for dessert, you will have a meal to please. Enjoy!!

Sharon’s Chicken Tarragon Cream

If you have never grown Tarragon before, it would be our pleasure to get you started

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 T butter, melted
  • 1 C chicken broth
  • ¼ C shallots, diced
  • 1T fresh minced tarragon or 1 t dried
  • ¾ C whipping cream
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • black pepper to taste

Brown chicken in butter in a medium skillet.  Add broth, shallots and tarragon and simmer 10 minutes.  Remove chicken and continue boiling liquid until ½ c remains.  Add whipping cream, lemon juice and pepper.  Cook until smooth and thick.  Serve over angel hair pasta.

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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