These Owls Don’t Fly

Newsletter 4 – Thursday, March 7, 2013

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

Yes, we are open for business!
Monday – Saturday

Welcome back spring!

Swoop on in…

Stone Owl
A Hootenany in Granite
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And meet our family of owls!  Stone Age Creations is our new line of lawn and garden décor!  As their company states, ‘created by nature…crafted by artisans.’  These are honest-to-goodness boulders that have carved owl accents and smooth features.  These boulder owls will ‘give a hoot’ to any yard!  They also make a perfect indoor accent!  Add one owl, two owls, or even the entire owl family to your landscape.

Stone Mushroom
Stone Mushrooms
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What is a yard or garden without a few mushrooms?  We have a wide selection of Stone Age Creations boulder mushrooms that will add that perfect accent to any area, both indoor and out.

What vegetable can tie your stomach in knots?
String beans.

Fantastic Opportunity for Non-Profit Organizations

There is still time for your non-profit organization to take advantage of this opportunity!  Do your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms?  Does your school need electronic equipment?  Does your school or church youth group need funds for future trips? 

America’s Best Flowers has a fantastic Fundraising Program!  We offer non-profit organizations the opportunity to keep 25% of the proceeds from the sale of our gift cards.  Our fundraiser is quick, easy, and profitable.  We have designed it to be time efficient.  Most organizations need only one person running this fundraiser, some run it for weeks, others run it for only 1-2 days. 

We would be happy to come speak to your group and/or send you information.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley Cimino at or call 608-222-2269 for details.

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
‘I used everything you gave me’.

Erma Bombeck

Who does all of this?

Have you ever wondered who plants the 10,000 hanging baskets and the thousands upon thousands of pots that you see at America’s Best Flowers?  Year after year, our dedicated production staff digs in and gets the job done.  It is a synchronized performance and each person on the production line is an intricate player.  Believe it, when I say it is not as easy as you might think.  In fact, a few years back I tried to fill in for someone and failed miserably.  If just one person gets out-of-sync it will hold up the entire line and have a large impact on the day’s production.  We would like to acknowledge Cheryl, Gary, Barb, Margaret, Al, Lauren, Phil, Chris, Diane, Jake, Bryce, and Isaac.

The next time you water your flower and/or vegetable garden imagine the effort it takes to water, on a regular basis, a greenhouse full of plants, flowers, trees and shrubs!  Yikes!  And as with any type of business there are the necessary repairs for this and that and other things.  For all of it, we would like to acknowledge Kevin, Steven, Jacob, Steve and Dave.

To all the staff at America’s Best Flowers, thank you for all that you do and for how well you do it!

Note: Apologies to anyone that may have been overlooked!

Your houseplants need some love and attention!

With daylight hours getting longer, now is a good time to start fertilizing your houseplants and start their growing season.  

If you use city tap water for your houseplants, you will want to check the soil surface of your potted houseplants.  Fluoride and chlorine are both a type of salt and both are in city water.  Is there any white or yellowish crusty material visible?  Don’t panic, it is just salt build up.  It is fine to use tap water for your plants, but every now and then check the soil surface for this.  All you need to do is flush the soil.  Put your potted plant in the bathtub or sink and let water run through the soil. Take care to not overflow the top of the pot. As the water runs out the bottom of the pot it will take with it the excess salt.

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

Mark your calendar

America’s Best Flowers has a full season of events scheduled.  Our Community Egg Hunt is on Saturday, March 30, from 10-2 (rain or shine).  We will have more than a dozen container workshops this year.  How great is that.  You make the mess and we clean it up! 

We have several new and fun summer events scheduled for kids of all ages!  Mark your calendar; it is going to be a fun year at America’s Best Flowers!

Do we have your email address change?

Please let us know if your email address has changed and we will update our files.  We want you to continue receiving our weekly on-line newsletter.

How do you know you are a Master Gardener?
There is a decorative compost container on your kitchen counter.
You would rather go to a nursery to shop than a clothing store.
You prefer gardening to watching television.
You plan vacation trips to arboretums and public parks.
Dirt under your fingernails and calloused palms are matters of pride.

Lucy’s Tale

Coming next week: Chapter 1 of Lucy’s Special Story

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

Upcoming Events

Sat, Mar 30
Community Egg Hunt

10am – 2pm – Rain or Shine! FREE candy! Children 6 and under. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Accepting items for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.

Sat, Apr 6 – Sun, Apr 7
Herb Container Workshop

10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create an herb container garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Apr 13
Make & Take Terrarium Workshop

10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own terrarium. Bring in your own terrarium container or buy one of ours.

Sat, Apr 13 – Sun, Apr 14
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am -4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Sun, Apr 14
Make & Take Miniature Garden Workshop

10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Apr 20 – Sun, Apr 21
Open House & New Plants

We have your all-time favorite plants plus our new line of Hort Couture plants!

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Due to the wonderful hospitality of good friends who winter there, we have been blessed to visit the Bahamas on numerous occasions. While there, one of my favorite things to do is indulge in the local cuisine, especially if it includes their famous macaroni and cheese.   This staple of the Bahamian diet shares very little with its cousin-in-a-box we are all familiar with.  This baked in the oven delight is definitely worth the extra time it takes to prepare.  Fresh milk is expensive in the Bahamas, where almost everything has to come in on boats, so most cooking is done with canned milk. I think you’ll find it adds a creamy sweet flavor to the dish.  Even though it’s still winter in Wisconsin, I invite you to enjoy a little bit of the Bahamas right in your own kitchen.

Bahamian Macaroni & Cheese

  • 1 lb regular elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1/4 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 T butter or margarine
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cans evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 – 4 T red hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/2 t salt

Preheat oven to 350. Saute onions and peppers in butter or margarine until softened. At the same time, boil macaroni until very tender following directions on the package. Drain. Add 2 cups of the cheese and stir over low heat until melted.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Transfer to a 9 x 13 casserole dish or baking pan.  Sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over the top.  Bake 20-30 minutes until the mixture has set and cheese is slightly browned.  Remove and let stand 10 minutes.  Cut into squares. Serves 12.

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