What the Hay?

Newsletter 27 – Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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

What the Hay (or straw)???

It's Scarecrow Time Again!

Come on out to America’s Best Flowers and experience ‘silly scarecrow time’ with us!  Create your very own one-of-a-kind scarecrow for the front porch or back yard.  Our multi-talented crew and their fearless leader, Cheryl, have been busy cutting, gluing and laughing while creating oh-so-special scarecrow faces.  We have racks of clothes available to help you coordinate that perfect ensemble for your scarecrow.  How about a striped shirt with plaid pants and black horn-rimmed glasses?  (Sorry, we don’t have any pocket protectors.)  What would the neighbors think about a scarecrow in a cocktail dress with a multi-colored wig sitting on your front steps?  We have corduroy stuff, blue jeans, workout clothes, dress and casual shirts, bibs overalls, a few old Halloween costumes and even some Packer and Badger clothing.

The straw stuffing begins Saturday, September 24 and runs through Sunday, October 16.  The fun starts flying at 10:00 and doesn’t stop till 5:00, 7 days a week!  What a perfect after-school adventure this would be and what a fun project for the family!  Kids, bring Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa out and watch how silly adults can be. Get a few of your neighbors together and see who can be the most creative scarecrow builder on the block.  The cost of the scarecrow kit is $12.99.  The kit consists of a frame for the backbone, a burlap head stuffed with yesterdays’ newspaper, a funny face, of your choice, staff assistance and straw, lots of straw.  After all, what is a scarecrow without straw?

Clothes in all sizes are available at garage sale prices, but you are welcome to bring your own outfit.  For groups of 5 or more, please call ahead -222-2269 – so we can be sure to have enough staff available.

Who’s Out of their Gourd?


Not America’s Best Flowers!  We just received over 400 gourds and mini pumpkins to decorate your home inside and out.  Our big pumpkins have also arrived, over 100 to make that oh-so scary jack-o-lantern for the front porch and another 100 pie pumpkins for that yummy homemade pie.

Aw, shucks, or shocks, we have corn shocks, too.  No worries about getting them home, our corn shock are covered in netting, making them easy to handle, as well as keeping your car clean. 

You can create an amazing front yard display with our exceptional corn shock bundles, straw bales, pumpkins, gourds and ornamental corn.  To finish it off, be sure to add a few of our bright mums and asters along with your “made-with-your-own-hands” scarecrow.

Did you hear about the scarecrow that won an award?
Apparently he was outstanding in his field.


A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
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America’s Best Flowers’ fields are overflowing with over 4,000 mums in more than 30 shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender and purple.  Our beautiful mums are grown outside in two-gallon pots, resulting in large, strong plants that are completely covered in buds and bloom.  We think you’ll agree they are the best mums in town.  Check out our website for details on specials.

I got tired of looking at all those leaves in my yard,
So I got up off the couch and went into action.
I closed the curtains!


Be the envy of your neighbors next spring.  Now is the time to plant bulbs! Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium and more are just waiting for you.  Bulbs are an investment that will pay you back with years and years of springtime beauty for your yard. Check out our website for details on specials.

When you plant your bulbs be sure to dig in a generous amount of plant food. It’s your only chance to get the nutrients the bulbs need for maximum flowering directly under the bulbs in the root zone of your plants.  This year we are featuring Hi Yield’s Dutch Bulb Food and Bone Meal.


You’ve thought all spring and summer about planting shrubs, but with everything else going on, it was put on the someday list.  Well, someday is here cause we have shrubs!  We have lilacs – common purple, common white, Donald Wyman, Sensation, Charles Jolly and Miss Kim.  We have hydrangeas – silver dollar, limelight, mega pearl, incrediball and mystical emerald. We have Dappled willow and Arctic Blue willow.  We also have spireas, yews, viburnum and many, many more.  Come take a look and if you have any questions talk to one of our perennial experts about the planting and care they need.  Check out our website for details on specials.

Autumn is a season for big decisions —
like whether or not it’s too late to start spring cleaning.

Find us on Facebook

Our fan club is growing. Please become a fan on Facebook, and invite your friends.

Local Food Drive

Thank you to those who generously donated to our local food pantry drive.  We will continue to accept donations until we close for the season.  Items that are needed for the next few months include:  canned pasta, canned fruit, sweet potatoes, spaghetti sauce, corn, canned meat (tuna, chicken, spam), toilet tissue, laundry detergent, dish detergent, shampoo and conditioner.  Monetary donations are always welcome.  Please place cash donations in an envelope with Cottage Grove Food Pantry written on the front and the amount noted.  Checks should be made payable to the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.  Please hand the monetary donations in at the Customer Service Desk.  A collection bin is available in the main greenhouse for food donations.

Autumn is a great time of the year.
Soon those ugly patches of dead grass in your lawn will be covered up —
with ugly patches of dead leaves.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 24 – Sun, Oct 16
Scarecrow Days

10am – 5pm Make your own scarecrow and we’ll clean up the mess. Family fun!

Sat, Nov 19
Winter Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

10am – 4pm Please call ahead to register 222-2269.

Now for today’s lawn & garden tip.
If you haven’t found the hedge trimmer yet, forget it.
It’s almost time now to lose the leaf rake.

Our Kitchen

Here is a fun recipe, from my friend Robin, that’s great to have the kids help with. Hope you enjoy.

Pour Pizza

  • 1 lb hamburger
  • ½ t garlic salt
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t oregano, dried
  • 2/3 C milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/8 t black pepper
  • ¼ t salt
  • ¼ t oregano, dried
  • 1 C mozzarella cheese, shredded

Brown hamburger and garlic salt.

Combine flour, 1 teaspoon each salt and oregano, milk and eggs.  Pour onto greased jelly roll pan (which is kind of like a cookie sheet with edges), place browned meat on top, bake at 425 for 20 minutes.

Combine tomato sauce, black pepper, ¼ teaspoon each salt and oregano.  Pour on crust, add shredded cheese and bake 5 more minutes.

The autumn leaves are a lot like raising kids.
First they turn on you, and then they fly away.
And the next thing you know,
You look out the window and they’re back!

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