What the Hay?
Newsletter 27 – Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Youll love your garden … Its our promise!
What the Hay (or straw)???
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 dont 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 doesnt 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.
Whos Out of their Gourd?
Not Americas 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.
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 youll 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. Its 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 Yields Dutch Bulb Food and Bone Meal.
Youve 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 its too late to start spring cleaning.
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.
|Sat, Sep 24 – Sun, Oct 16|
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 todays lawn & garden tip.
If you havent found the hedge trimmer yet, forget it.
Its almost time now to lose the leaf rake.
- 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 theyre back!