The last Summer Dollar Days

Newsletter 20 – Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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



July 14 – 22, 2012

Orange Dollars

America’s Best Flowers’ Orange Dollar Day$ started last weekend, Saturday, July 14 and will run all this week and weekend through Sunday, July 22. 

Your America’s Best Flowers Orange Dollar$ may be used for up to 50% off your purchase, tax excluded.  There are no restrictions on what you can buy. If it’s in stock you can buy it. 

Orange Dollars are going away!

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 now through July 22, 2012 and September 8 through 16, 2012.  Orange Dollars will not be redeemable after the September dates.

May we suggest a few ways to ‘spend’ your
Orange Dollars and your Bonus Bucks?

Sedum 'Purple Emperor'
Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’

There’s always room for one more perennial!

The Purple Emperor Sedum, commonly called stonecrops, is a lovely and reliable choice for the late summer and fall garden.  Its dark purple, fleshy succulent leaves offer interesting foliage early in the season, then masses of tiny dusty-rose flowers appear mid-summer to early fall.  Butterflies and bees are attracted to this sedum.  And its star-like flowers make an outstanding cut flower.

Sun Coleus
Did I just hear a gasp?

Grab and Go Containers of Sun Coleus

How about some added color and texture in your garden or on your deck? 

America’s Best Flowers has the most spectacular Grab & Go containers of sun coleus you’ve ever laid eyes on!   We’ve combined Molten Lava, Roaring Fire and Alabama Sunset coleuses together in a container that will make you gasp, yes, gasp!  How about the Wasabi and Religious Radish coleuses along with an ornamental kale plant in a container?  You’ve got to see them to believe them! 

These containers stand close to 3 feet tall from container bottom to the very top of the beautiful coleuses.  And are between 85 – 100 inches in circumference around the top.

Our Succulent Workshop is this weekend…

Saturday, July 21 from 10am to 4pm

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 beautiful succulent planter handouts will be available for you to take home. 

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.

You can bury a lot of troubles while digging in the dirt!


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.

Did you know the rest of the story…
‘Grass may be greener on the other side but it’s just as hard to mow’

Thank goodness for our swimming pool!

Wow!  I never thought I’d say this, but snow is sounding pretty good to me right now.  How are you keeping your cool in this heat?  Please send us your cool down secrets to and we’ll put a few of them in next weeks’ newsletter.  We’ll use your first name only along with your cool-down secret.

As for me, Hubby and I are enjoying our pool.  We try to coax Lucy in, but she won’t have anything to do with it.  Really?  Have you ever heard of a Labrador Retriever not wanting to get in the water?  She does like to be gently misted with the water hose, but no pool time for Lucy.  After her misting treatment Lucy will lay smack dab in front of the fan on the deck that is on high speed.  I know, I know, it’s just blowing hot air around, but whatever works, right?

I should probably mention that our ‘pool’ is a child’s swimming pool.  We put it on the deck, fill it with water, pull our lawn chairs up to it and stick our feet in. 

Ahhh, life is good!

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Upcoming Events

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.

Sat, Sep 15
Art and Craft Fair

9am – 3pm

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

My Jim loves to fish.  Over the Fourth, he had the opportunity to go with his cousin out on the big water of Lake Michigan off Door County.  The two-day haul included several salmon and lake trout.   The first night home we feasted on salmon, cooked the way our son-in-law, Tim, taught us, steamed brown rice, sautéed vegetables and a big bowl of fresh fruit.  So good!!

Tim’s Incredible Easy Salmon

  • 2# salmon fillet, with skin on
  • 1 large onion, cut in very thin slices, separated into rings
  • ¼ – ½ stick butter, sliced very thinly
  • black pepper, freshly ground
This is how the Salmon should look after you wrap it
This is how the Salmon should look after you wrap it
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Start with a piece of wide, heavy duty aluminum foil, 8 inches longer than your fillet.  I spray the center of the shiny side of the foil.  Place the salmon skin side down on the sprayed foil.  Top with onion rings – pile them up and use them all.  Place butter slices on top of onions and generously grind pepper directly over all.   Fold long edges of foil together.  Roll up ends to use as handles.

Grill foil packet over a medium heat for about 25 minutes, until the thickest part of the salmon flakes.  Be careful removing from heat.  There is hot liquid inside! I use a cookie pan with edges to transport it back to the kitchen.   This makes four to six servings. 

Easy Sauteed Vegetables

Easy Sauteed Vegetables
Chinese Cabbage

  • ½ head Chinese cabbage, cut into ½ inch slices
  • 2 carrots, peeled, cut in half and sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced into ¼ inch slices, include some tops
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

Heat a 10 inch skillet that has a snug fitting lid over medium heat.  Add oil.  When hot, add onions and carrots.  Saute 3 minutes.  Stir.  Add cabbage and cover with lid.  Allow to steam until cabbage starts to shrink, about 5 minutes.  Stir veggies.  Replace lid and allow to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring once. Check for doneness each time you stir and remove from heat when they are the way you like them.

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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