The ‘May Showers’ Edition

Newsletter 9 – Thursday, May 13, 2010

?The dance of the flower in the wind, in the sun, in the rain,
cannot be understood by the head;
the heart has to open for it.?

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Rain or Shine!!!
FREE Activities

This Weekend at our Cottage Grove location

Container Workshop 10-4 Both Days

This weekend will be another busy, exciting time at America’s Best Flowers. From 10 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, we will have the second of our Container Workshops. You?ll receive FREE SOIL AND ASSISTANCE at this popular event. All you do is choose a variety of plants from our large inventory of annuals, perennials and shrubs. Bring your own pot, or purchase one of our beautiful containers, or self-watering pots. If you?ve never done a mixed container, you will be amazed at what you can create. As long as the plants need similar amounts of sun and water, you can mix and match freely. Don?t limit yourself to annuals. Add colorful perennials, one of our favorites is the heuchera with beautiful foliage ranging in color from lime green, to copper, to shades of purple?and they flower too! Throw in an ornamental grass, a canna or red cordyline for height. Hen and chicks mixed with other succulents, not only look great, they work perfectly in that troublesome dry sunny area. Our design staff will be available to give you ideas. You?ll go home with a container that will dazzle your neighbors, and remember, we clean up the mess! On Saturday, you can waltz on over and sample some herbal breads and oils, and, at 2:00, attend our FREE ?Treat Yourself to Herbs? class.

HERB FEST 11-2 Saturday, May 15

We invite you to sample a variety of herb breads and herb-infused dipping oil. This annual event is so fun because it gives us the opportunity to show you how easy it is to add variety to your meals, just by snipping a few herbs right from your own garden. Complimentary recipes for easy ?bread-machine? breads will be available.

FREE Herb Class by Mari Lynn Haugh

Saturday, May 15 at 2
Thursday, May 20 at 6:30

This year?s herb classes promise to be especially interesting. Mari Lynn will discuss methods of using herbs as special treats or gifts, as well as sharing a few growing tips to make growing herbs as easy as child?s play. Learn how to make herbal sachets for cat toys, baby toys and drawer sachets. She?ll also show how to make dry herb blends for teas, cooking blends, herbal baths and dream pillows. Did you know you can use herbs to infuse sugars, salts, bath salts and cleaning supplies? Another topic will be flavoring oils and vinegars for kitchen and bath. This is one you won?t want to miss. After the class plan time to shop from our great selection of herbs. Experiment this year and try some herbs that are new to you! You?ll be so glad you did.

Today?s jokes are all about Company Mergers

What would happen if 3M and Goodyear merged?
The new company will be called MMM Good.

NEW TREES for 2010

For three years we have tried to get the flowering crabapple ? Purple Prince. This year we have it. Known for its outstanding rose-red flowers and purple bronze foliage, this fast-growing crab also has excellent disease resistance and sturdy stems.

Another new tree for us this year is the flowering Pear ? Chanticleer. It has beautiful cream-white flowers in the spring, glossy green leaves in the summer, beautiful red color in the fall, and a lovely symmetrical shape, which adds structure to your winter garden. Reaching a mature height of 25 to 35 feet, this is a beautiful specimen tree. Not fussy about soil type or moisture this is an excellent easy-to-grow choice for your sunny landscape.

Visit our products page on our site for a complete list of new annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees.

What would happen if Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers merged?
The new company would be called Farewell Honeychild.

Find us on Facebook

Our fan club is growing. Please become a fan on Facebook, and invite your friends to, also. Help us get one thousand fans and surprises will await you when you visit our page.

What would happen if Honeywell, Imasco and Home Oil merged?
The new company would be called. Honey Im Home.

The Following Weekend, May 22-23

We?ll have our final Spring Container Workshop from 10-4PM both days. You definitely won?t want to miss this opportunity to finish planting all your containers. The weather should be settled by then, so even the most tender of plants can go outside (with an eye to the sky, or course).

On Sunday, May 23, we will have a vegetable gardening workshop entitled Veggie Gardening, Tomatoes and More! Brian Emerson, a UW Extension Horticulturalist, will be here again this year to help you plan and grow a successful vegetable garden. Right after the FREE class, he will have a question and answer period where you can address specific issues. Please show your appreciation to Brian by attending, and while you?re here, check out our many varieties of tomatoes. For the adventurous gardener, we have several ‘new’ heirloom tomatoes this year. If you?ve never grown ?Sun Sugar?, a sweet yellow cherry tomato, we guarantee you will LOVE it. So sweet it almost melts in your mouth. Once you?ve tasted it, you will insist on growing it every year. And then there?s always the standby Celebrity, which our boss claims is the most resistant variety to blight in Wisconsin, and he ought to know!

Please check our website for the calendar of events and mark your calendars with classes and workshops that would be of special interest to you. We try do our very best to help you achieve gardening success.

What would happen if Polygram Records, Warner Bros and Keebler merged?
The new company would be called Poly-Warner-Cracker.

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 20
Class 6:30PM – Herbs

Starts at 6:30PM with Mari Lyn Haugh. "Treat Yourself with Herbs"

Sun, May 23
Class 1PM – Vegetable Gardening Class

"Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More" by UW-Extension Horticulturist Brian Emerson.

Sat, May 29
Class 10AM – Chickens and Veggie Gardening

By Al Lunde. Learn how to raise chickens and how to have a successful vegetable garden.

Sat, May 29
Class 11AM – Emerald Ash borer and Japanese Beetle prevention

Now is the time to prepare to minimize these pests from your garden

Sat, Jun 5
Class 10AM – Sun Perennial Gardening

Free garden plan and class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Jun 12
Class 10AM – Shade Perennial Gardening

There are more choices than hostas for shady places. Class by Ilene Isenberg.

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

What would happen if Denison Mines, Alliance and Metal Mining merged?
The new company would be called Mine All Mine.


We?ve had so much going on, I haven?t included a game for a couple of weeks. But I received this one, actually a test, this week and thought you might enjoy it. Think Test

What would happen if – Knott?s Berry Farm
and the National Organization for Women merged?
The new company would be called Knott NOW

Bonnie’s Kitchen

2010 Herb of the Year – Dill

Since we have herb classes and herbal bread tasting this weekend, we?d better feature a recipe using herbs. And there is no better choice than the Herb of the Year, Dill, of course! I took this to my friend?s house, and she liked it a lot! It?s very pleasing to the eye as well as the tastebuds.

Dilled Potato Salad with Asparagus

4-6 servings

  • 1 lb. new potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed
  • ? lb. fresh asparagus, cut into I? lengths
  • ? cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • ? cup mayonnaise
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T sweet pickle relish
  • 1 t yellow mustard, optional
  • 1 t fresh dill weed, or ? t dried dill weed
  • ? t Kosher salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, cut into quarters
  • 4 anchovy fillets (I omit)
  • 2 t drained small capers
  • 1 T chopped roasted red peppers
  • Sweet Hungarian paprika for garnish, optional

Boil potatoes in salted water until fork-tender. Drain, and let cool until easy to handle. Cut into 1-inch chunks and place in large bowl.

While potatoes are cooking, steam asparagus until tender-crisp. Rinse in cold water and drain thoroughly. Add it to the potatoes along with sweet onion.

Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, pickle relish, mustard, dill weed, salt and pepper. Fold gently into the potato and asparagus mixture until combined.

Put potato salad into serving dish. Arrange hard-boiled egg wedges pointing outward around the edge of the dish with the anchovies in between. Sprinkle with capers and roasted red peppers. Dust eggs lightly with paprika, if desired. Chill at least 1 hour before serving to let flavors meld.

A minister, who was very fond of pure, hot horseradish,
always kept a bottle of it on his dining room table.
One night at dinner he offered some to a guest,
who, trying it for the first time, ate a big spoonful.
Seconds later the guest let out a huge gasp.
When he was finally able to speak, he choked out,
?I?ve heard many ministers preach hellfire,
but you are the first one I?ve met who passes out a sample of it.?

Here are a few more merge jokes ? just in case you haven?t had enough:

What would happen if Zippo Mfg, Audi, DoFasco, and Dakota Mining merged?
The new company would be called Zip Audi Do-Da!

What would happen if Motorola and Enron merged?
The new company would be called Moron.

What would happen if John Deere and Abitibi-Price merged?
The new company would be called Deere Abi.

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
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