Winding it up

Newsletter 31 – Thursday, October 20, 2011

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

Gardening 2011 is Winding Down

Spicy Cheryl
Spicy Cheryl

It’s hard to believe another gardening season is coming to an end.  If you’re like me, there are still quite a few things on your gardening to-do list.  If brightening up your fall landscape is one of them, we can help.  Our late season mums are just reaching their peak.  We grow the Cheryl series for October/November bloom, because of their vigor, hardiness, and brilliant color.  These bushel-basket size mums are just the answer for instant beauty.  If protected from hard freezes, they will provide color until snow fall.

If you like end-of-the-year bargains, stop out today and check out the fabulous savings available on pansies, flowering kale, bulbs, mums, perennials, trees and shrubs.  Spending a little time in the garden this fall, will give your plants a big jump in the spring.

Frosty Cheryl
Frosty Cheryl

And don’t forget to keep watering.  Rainfall has been a bit short this year, so be sure to thoroughly water all your bulbs and plants before rolling up those hoses for the winter.  The inch-a-week rule applies until the ground freezes.  A good way to keep the moisture available to your plants is with a fresh two-inch layer of mulch.  The perfect time to apply this is while you are clearing debris from your flower beds this fall.

America’s Best Flowers will be closing for the winter season at the close of business on Monday, October 31.  We will reopen for the spring season in April.  However, if you find you need anything to wind up this season, please give us a call at 222-2269 to arrange a time to meet us here.  We will be very glad to help you.

Golden Cheryl
Golden Cheryl

Please keep us in mind for all your Christmas gift card needs.  Let us take the hassle out of Christmas shopping.  We can take orders over the phone and mail the cards wherever you wish. A gift card from America’s Best Flowers not only shows you care, but it gives the recipient a promise that spring really will return.

And don’t forget about our Winter Workshop next month.  We have had many of you register for this one-day event, but there’s always room for more, call today.

Winter Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

The holiday season is right around the corner!  Want to dress up the front porch or yard?  Let us help!  On Saturday, November 19, from 10 am to 4 pm we are having a workshop to help you do just that.  Start with a bundle of assorted greens, add your favorites from a variety of decorations, and voila, you will have your very own unique creation.  Feel free to bring your own container or you can purchase one of ours.  This workshop is particularly fun to do with friends!  Give us a call there is still time to register.  Call America’s Best Flowers at 608-222-2269 (voicemail is fine) or e-mail

Why are pirates so popular?
They just arrrr.

There’s Still Plenty of Time to Plant Award Winning Bulbs

The 2011 Daffodil of the year is Wave.  This large cup daffodil, pictured at left is a beautiful bi-color guaranteed to brighten your spring beds. 

Other daffodils still in stock include Curly, Rip Van Winkle, and Pink Parasol.  All daffodils are deer and rodent resistant.

Mount Everest Allium
Mount Everest Allium
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Every year when the allium come into bloom, we have people ask for them in pots.  While we do carry the small ones in the perennial department, the only way you can enjoy the huge blossoms of the bigger allium in your own yard, is to plant them now.  Mount Everest is a 40” tall variety with softball size blossoms in early summer.  These bulbs multiply rapidly and are very long-lived in the landscape.  An added plus, allium are also deer resistant.

Bulbs are an investment in the springtime beauty of your yard for years to come.  Check out our website for details on our terrific pricing.

What did the big chimney say to the little chimney?
You’re too young to smoke.

The “Red Hat Lady” has a Name

The newly-named Marilyn Moncrow
The newly named
Marilyn Moncrow

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From Agnes to Gladys to Jewel to Virginia, we had so many names to choose from for our fantastic “Red Hat Lady” scarecrow.  After much debate, it was decided we couldn’t choose just one, so we picked the top five.  The First Place winner, and recipient of an Autumn Bundle is “Marilyn Moncrow,” submitted by Adeline.  The four runners up, and winners of one of our beautiful mums, in no particular order, are:  “Dolly Scarton” submitted by Bethany, “La La Loopsey” submitted by Addyson, “Birdie B Gone” submitted by Bruce and “Timeless Tilly” submitted by Diane.

This week’s drawing for the free scarecrow was won by Dale.  His prize is Al Cornpone, based on the real life Al Capone, and designed by Michael.

Congratulations to all the winners.  We want to thank everyone who entered our contests, as well as all who attended our Scarecrow Workshops.  See you all next year for another round of scarecrows.

Why did the bald man draw rabbits on his head?
Because from a distance they looked like hares.

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Upcoming Events

Sat, Nov 19
Winter Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

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

I swallowed my wrist watch by accident yesterday, Harry.
Good heavens! Does it hurt?
Only when I wind it.

Our Kitchen

Here is another crockpot recipe from Marty’s kitchen. He has brought this to potlucks here at the greenhouse, and it’s always one of the first to be gone.

Slow Cooker Corn Pudding

Jiffy Mix and Mexicorn

  • 1 – 16 oz pkg frozen whole corn
  • 2 – 11 oz cans Green Giant Mexicorn
  • 1 – 14 oz can cream style corn
  • 1 – 8.5 oz pkg Jiffy Corn muffin mix
  • ¾ c water
  • 5 T melted butter
  • 1 t salt
  • Optional: 1 small can chopped green chilies, drained

Mix all together in 3-4 qt crock pot.  Cover.  Cook on high for 3 hours, stirring once halfway through.

A medieval kingdom was situated on an island in the sea. A bridge connected the island to the mainland. The problem was, anyone who tried to cross the bridge would be attacked by giant mystical yellow fingers and dragged to the bottom of the sea. The king had sent his bravest knights to overcome the fingers and cross to the other side, but they all failed.

One day, a young page wanted to make an attempt of his own. Neither the king nor his remaining knights believed he could do it, but before they could argue, the page was already half way across the bridge — and, quite surprisingly, the yellow fingers did not rise out of the water to grab him.

The moral of the story is: let your pages do the walking through the yellow fingers.

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.
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4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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