Snap Out of It!

Although today is a beautiful springlike day here in Saint Louis, we have certainly had some dreary weather the last few weeks – so what could be better to snap you out of grey-day doldrums  than long stemmed snapdragons!  At Walter Knoll Florist prices you can afford to get some for a not-so-happy friend as well.  10-stem bunches (single color) are available at all Walter Knoll Florist flowers shops to walk-in customers for only $10 – through June 17 and while supplies last.  Snaps last a long time if you give them a fresh snip and fresh water every day.

Snap Out of It with Snapdragons

Snap Out of It with Snapdragons!

Our Fresh Cut Snapdragons bouquet is also at special pricing for local Saint Louis area delivery or for pick up at one of stores.

Fresh Cut Snapdragons

Fresh Cut Snapdragons

Gingery Ginger Snap Cookies

I’m a fan and subscriber to the King Arthur Flour newsletter –

every recipe I have ever tried has been wonderful.

Lately a ginger snap recipe came thru and since I had some around,

I finely diced some candied ginger and added it to the batter.

Then I poked a dark chocolate covered ginger candy into each one – voila, delish!

Those are moonflower vine seed pods in the basket

So, anyway,  here’s my take on their recipe

Gingersnaps – makes about sixty cookies

For the cookie dough

3/4 cup vegetable shortening*

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 large egg

1/3 cup molasses

2 1/3 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1 to 2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

3/4 cup finely diced crystallized ginger

about 60 small pieces of dark chocolate covered candied ginger

For the coating

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat together the shortening, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

Beat in the egg, then the molasses.

Add the flour and spices, beating to make a smooth, fairly stiff dough.

Stir in the finely diced candied ginger

To make the coating, combine the sugar and cinnamon, and place in a shallow pan or dish.

Drop the dough in 1″ balls into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Roll the balls in the sugar to coat, then transfer them to the prepared baking sheets,

leaving at least 1-1/2″ between them.

Poke a chocolate covered candy into each cookie.

Bake the cookies for 11 minutes, for cookies that are crisp around the edges, and “bendy” in the center.

Bake for 13 minutes, for cookies that are crisp/crunchy all the way through.

(I baked for 8 minutes then rotated the pan and baked for 7 more minutes.)

Cooling on the back porch

Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool right on the pan, or on a rack.

Cool completely, then store tightly wrapped, at room temperature.

If these freeze well, they get baked and added to my holiday tins.

I only baked 24 and rolled and stuffed the remaining batter and put the balls on waxed paper on a cookie sheet in the freezer and will bag them when they are hard.  I’ll have to get back to you on how the chocolate holds up!

Moon Flower

Here is a photo of one of this summer’s moonflowers -(remember the seed pods in the basket above?  Nothing works better to pretty up a chain link fence! And the hummingbirds love the flowers.  But, then again, it was a lot of work today to cut those vines away.  I think I’ll plan on something else next year, maybe something I find in the spring at the Walter Knoll Florist garden center!

Got your holiday shopping started?  We’ve got our holiday features up!  Gifts from Walter Knoll are great for corporate gift giving! Check out our poinsettias – better than anything you’ll get at the big box hardware stores!  We also have any size gourmet gift basket you could want!

Asiatic Lily Special through August 8 at Walter Knoll Florist!

Asiatic Lily Bunches!

Through August 8th, Walter Knoll Florist is offering wholesale Asiatic Lily Bunches

at only $14 per bunch of 10 stems, Cash n Carry*

Just stop into one of our stores and ask for the Wholesale Bunch special!

Through August 8th, Cash n Carry, Walk-in only and while supplies last.

Lilies are in various colors, orange, red, cream, white, yellow etc.

PLUS . . . Many of our Asiatic Lily bouquets are also at special pricing –

visit our Special Asiatic Lily Selection and take a look-see!

Dahlias Are Here!

SUMMER DAHLIAS!

We are celebrating with a big sale on Dahlia Bouquets

We are also offering wholesale Dahlia bunches at all of our stores –

a bunch of 10 Dahlias for $10*

Stop in and ask about the wholesale special!

Our wholesale bunches of Dahlias special is running through June 27

*In store only, Cash-n-Carry and While supplies last.

Walter Knoll Wholesales to the Public

Did you know you can walk into our LaSalle location any day of the week

and purchase bunched flowers at wholesale prices?

That’s right we wholesale to the public.

We also have a bunch special at all of our branch locations –

Through May 16th our bunch special is Larkspur – 10 stems for $10!!!

Cash-n-Carry only and while supplies last

Poinsettias at the WKF Florist Row Garden Center

Fields of Poinsettias

Fields of Poinsettias

The Garden Center is a riot of color right now!  So many poinsettias!  If you are in the city, plan to make a trip to Florist Row and the Walter Knoll Florist Garden Center –

Red Pink Red

Red Pink Red

Close Up

Close Up

Friendly Staff - ALWAYS!

Friendly Staff - ALWAYS!

Many Sizes

Many Sizes

Traditional

Traditional

RED RED RED

RED RED RED

Pinks and Greens

Pinks and Greens

Pink and White

Pink and White

Feathery Pinks!

Feathery Pinks!

Red and White

Red and White

Beautiful Pinks

Beautiful Pinks

Green!

Green!

with Santa!

with Santa!

You can read about Pointsettia care and feeding or visit our web site wkf.com for more of our holiday selections

Fall is here – the garden center is stocked!

Check out these great offerings at the LaSalle & California Garden Center –  There are seasonal mums, and pumpkins and gourds and green and purple kale – even bales of hay – c’mon down, bring your camera!  But, keep in mind, that warty pumpkin has definitely got my name on it!  While you are in the neighborhood, stop into our LaSalle store and check out the Halloween decorations!

Fall Mums

Fall Mums

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Big Pumpkin

Big Pumpkin

Warty Pumpkin

Warty Pumpkin

Green & Purple Kale

Green & Purple Kale

Big Pumpkin

Big Pumpkin

Whadjucallme?

Oh, how spring has sprung on us here in St Louis.

Our garden center is chock full of bloomers! But I won’t mention any names!

Some of the new Flowering Plants

 

 

We have a been busy over the at the Lasalle Garden Center this winter,

 

there is a new automatic door, completely new sales and checkout area, new lighting,  and much more.

Come by and check us out. We’ll be waiting on you!