Your Fall Bulbs are Waiting for You

Newsletter 30 – Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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

Bulbs, Bundles and Boo!

Our Allium giganteum bulbs are in.  We have these purple beauties in our flower beds at America’s Best Flowers and many of you ask about them when you visit us.  These tightly compacted 7” globes of intense purple florets will add that ‘wow’ factor to your spring garden.

Have you ever seen anything like this?  Add a few of these unique Ice Cream Tulips to your spring garden, stand back and enjoy!

Simple and elegant, it doesn’t get any lovelier than the Limelight tulip.

This is the amazing Queen of the Night tulip!  This dark beauty will add the perfect contrast to your spring garden.

Pssst…we heard it straight from their own tu-lips…these bulbs want to grow in YOUR  yard and they promise to give you years of beauty.

Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium and more are just waiting for you to take them home.  Remember, bulbs are an investment in the future.

Why do bees hum?
Because they’ve forgotten the words.

Don’t forget to feed your bulbs

Espoma Bulb Tone
Espoma Bulb Tone
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When you plant your bulbs it is the perfect opportunity 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 Espoma Bulb Tone and Bone Meal.

We have bundles, lots and lots of bundles.

How about a fast, easy and fun way to decorate for fall?  We have mums, corn shocks, pumpkins and ornamental corn that will get you in the mood for the fall season.  Add a few of our brilliant mums and asters and you are done.

To make things even easier, America’s Best Flowers has an Autumn Bundle   which includes one of our larger-than-life mums, a straw bale and a bundle of corn shocks, all at special savings.  Add two more mums and save even more.

Our corn shocks are netted (like a Christmas tree) so they can be safely tied to the roof of your vehicle, keeping your car clean and the shocks free from wind damage.  We’ll even provide the twine.

Our supply is limited, so don’t lose out on the chance to have the coolest looking yard on the block.

Come on out and celebrate the fall season with us!

Where did the turtle get a new shell?
From the hard-wear store!


Skeletal Scarecrow
Skeletal Scarecrow
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Hay, come on out and have some fun!  It’s scarecrow time at America’s Best Flowers.  Our resident expert scarecrow builders will show you the ropes on how to build your very own straw person.  The stuffing is ongoing throughout the day from 10am to 5pm seven days a week.  The straw will be flying at America’s Best Flowers through Saturday Oct. 13.  Be a kid again or bring your kids and have a silly time with us! It’s an ideal activity for groups of all ages.  We have a large assortment of different ensembles to choose from.  Accessories galore to add that perfect touch to your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow.  The cost of the scarecrow kit is $14.99.  The kit consists of a frame, a burlap head, a funny face, staff assistance and straw, lots of straw.  Clothes in all sizes are available at garage sale prices, but you are welcome to bring your own outfit or old costumes.   Don’t forget your camera!

For groups of 5 or more, please call ahead 608-222-2269.  This will allow us to plan ahead and have enough staff available for your group. 

Name the Scarecrow Contest #1

After building your oh-so-special straw person, be sure to enter our contests.   Name our rootin-tootin Cowgirl scarecrow.  That girl is straight from the wild, Wild West!  She’d really like it if you would stop by and give her a great big ‘howdy’!  The deadline to submit your entry is October 13th. The winner will be presented with an Autumn Bundle which includes; one mum, one straw bale and one corn shock.

Win the Scarecrow Contest #2

Hay, you still have time to enter.  Our second contest is a drawing to win our scarecrow of the week.  This week’s drawing for our Lumberjack scarecrow, will be on Saturday, September 29th and the winner, of course, wins the Lumberjack scarecrow.

What dog can jump higher than a building?
Any dog, buildings can’t jump!

Do we have mums?

A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
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You bet we do and they are gorgeous!  Did you know that we grow our beautiful mums right here at the greenhouse?  America’s Best Flowers has mums galore; our fields are overflowing with 4,000 early, mid and late blooming plants in more than 30 shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender and purple.

If strong, hardy and spectacular mums are what you are looking for stop on out and take them directly from our home to yours.

Mums are a wonderful way to introduce rich fall color to your home.  They look spectacular in pots on the porch, deck and patio or planted in the ground bordering your sidewalk or driveway.  You’ll love our full, lush and beautiful mums…it’s our promise!

Check out our article in September 4th newsletter for more information on planting mums.

Fall workshops are coming your way!

Isn’t it exciting? We are going to be open until December 15!  And we have 3 upcoming holiday workshops scheduled for November and December.  Would you like to dress up the outside of your home for the holidays?  We have a Porch Pot & Wreath workshop on November 17 & 18.  What about learning how to paint a Poinsettia? Join us for that event on November 24.   Do you need a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday dinner?  On December 9 we are having our Holiday Centerpiece Workshop.

Please pre-register for these 3 events at or call us at 608-222-2269.


America’s Best Flowers wants you to succeed, so if you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly. We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.

It’s a week of desperation for me!

I’m almost out of time!  My Bucky Book coupons expire on September 30th.  My buddy, Debbie and I are planning a wild Wednesday this week.  We’re scouring our respective BB’s for coupons we still want to take advantage of.  So clear the roadway!  Girls, well, okay, mature women, gosh, that’s even questionable, are on the loose!

`til next week,
~ Shirley

Two snakes are slithering along in the grass.
One turns to the other and asks, “Are we poisonous?”
“Poisonous?”, said the other. “Why, we’re so poisonous that just a single drop of our venom can kill a MILLION rats in seconds! Why do you ask?”
“Because I just bit my tongue…”

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 22 – Sun, Sep 30
Autumn Sale
Sat, Sep 22 – Sat, Oct 13
Scarecrow Days

10am – 5pm Seven days a week. Come in and make your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow!

Sat, Oct 6 – Sun, Oct 7
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am – 4pm Sharpen your tools for fall or spring yard work.

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Mini Art in the Garden

9am – 3pm We invite you to stop in and pick up your fresh winter decorating items and, to shop at our mini-Art in the Garden. We are planning on six local vendors joining us for the weekend.

Sat, Nov 24
Painting Poinsettias

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Two Sundays ago our neighborhood group had a potluck brunch. Oh my goodness, there were enough carbs at that one meal to last a month.  Muffins, crepes, donuts, French toast, quick breads, yeast breads, fruit cobblers, three different potato casseroles and more.  Along with this incredible assortment of starchy, fill-you-up-so-you-can’t move food, there were some delicious egg casseroles, too.  The following recipe, from “From Muffins to Margaritas” published by Favorite Recipes Press, sounded so good to me that I had wanted to try ever since I got the cookbook.  How good was it?  Not a single bite was left.  Enjoy!!

Smoked Sausage Bake

Smoked Sausage Bake
  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 c mushroom slices
  • 6 slices bread, cubed
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 t dry mustard
  • ½ t celery seeds
  • 1 t oregano
  • 12 ozs cheddar cheese, shredded

Saute sausage and mushrooms in a skillet until the sausage is cooked through, drain.  Place the bread cubes in a greased 8×12 inch baking pan.  Place the sausage mixture evenly over the bread.  Combine the milk, eggs, mustard, celery seeds, oregano and cheddar cheese in a bowl and mix well.  Pour over the layers.  Refrigerate, covered, for 8 to 10 hours.  Preheat the oven to 350.  Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until set

Serves 10 – 12.

Because I can never leave a recipe alone, I added 1 c diced onions to the skillet with the sausage and mushrooms.

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
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