Newsletter 33 – Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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

Yes, there is still time to plant!

Ornamental Profusion Crab Apple and Princess Kay Plum trees
Ornamental Profusion Crab Apple and Princess Kay Plum trees

And, wow, do we have the fall planting deals for you! Not only are our beautiful bulbs 20% off and our perennials 25% off, but our trees and shrubs are now 40% off.  Take a look at the Ornamental Profusion Crab Apple tree and the Princess Kay Plum tree.

Weston Innocence Azalea
Weston Innocence Azalea
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Isn’t this a beautiful Rhododendron?  This is the Weston Innocence Azalea.

Now, close your eyes and imagine them in YOUR yard?  Supplies are limited, so if you don’t want to take a chance on losing out on any of these beauties you can give us a call at 608-222-2269 and with a charge card number we’d be happy to hold your trees or shrubs for you. Come on out and save on your fall planting.

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We’re not just plant people, you know!

America’s Best Flowers has the top soil, potting soil, fertilizer, straw and eight, yes, eight different types of mulch for your fall needs. 

Have you registered for these important dates at America’s Best Flowers?

November 17 & 18 – Winter Porch Pot and Wreath Workshop
November 24 – Painting Poinsettia Workshop
December 9 – Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

These workshops are ongoing throughout the day.  More details about the workshops coming in future newsletters.

Please pre-register for the 3 workshop events at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or call us at 608-222-2269. 

One last registration reminder – Don’t forget to register for the November 6 – Presidential Election! 

Never answer an anonymous letter.

Stunning, sensational and sassy!

Pretty Potted Pansies
Pretty Potted Pansies

Vibrant gorgeous colors are still available!  Our brilliant mums, pansies and violas are digging this cool weather.  Stop in and pick up your blast of color!

Easy Decorating

Simple and Fun Decorating with Mums and Pumpkins
Simple and Fun Decorating with Mums and Pumpkins
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What does a few mums, corn shocks, pumpkins, ornamental corn, gourds and a bale of straw make?  It makes for the coolest looking yard on the block! 

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 Autumn Bundle makes decorating easy, fast and fun. 

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.  Don’t worry about the twine, we’ll provide it.

Fall Collection
Fall Collection
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Stock up on Garden Gloves!

All of our garden gloves are 30% off.  Buy for yourself or give as a gift to that special gardener in your life. 

If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving.

Don’t forget!

America’s Best Flowers is going to be open year round.  Please call us at 608-222-2269 for our winter hours.


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

Why do basketballs and also footballs have goose bumps, but baseballs don’t have?
We play baseball in summer season.

Did you see the Badgers and the Packers kick…that football this weekend?

Hey, does anyone know where I can get a Badger dog collar for Lucy?  I had been to a Packer preseason game in August and bought Lucy a Packer collar for $10.00 at the Pro Shop.  Now she has an attitude. 

She was a big, black Labrador baby on Saturday because she didn’t have a Badger collar to wear.  Hubby and I were dressed in our Badger gear cheering for Big Red and having a great time while little Miss Attitude pouted throughout the entire game. 

Thank goodness she was back to her normal enthusiastic self on Sunday and looking good in her Packer collar.  

Hubby and I can’t take another pouty Saturday!  We’ve got until 11:00 am this coming Saturday to find a Badger dog collar.  Help! (abfscimino@yahoo.com)

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Upcoming Events

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

Sun, Dec 9
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

A year ago one of my co-workers was facing hip replacement surgery, and the long recovery period which follows.  Because this Iowa farm girl thinks almost everything can be made better if you just serve the right food, I asked him what his favorite pie was.  To my surprise he said apple custard.  Now I have baked hundreds of pies in my life, and my mother thousands before me, but I had never heard of an apple custard pie.  So online I went and sure enough, with a bit of searching, came across the following recipe at allrecipes.com.  I made it and gave it to him on his last work day before he went in for the surgery.  He loved it, hope you do too!

Warm Apple Buttermilk Custard Pie

"Homey, sweet, custardy pie NOT like Grandma’s."
Warm Apple Buttermilk Custard Pie

  • 1 (9 inch) pie shell
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tart apples – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. To Make Apple Filling: Melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine in skillet over medium heat. Add apple, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, until tender. Set aside.
  3. To Make Buttermilk Custard: In a large mixing bowl combine 1/4 cup softened butter or margarine with 1 1/3 cups white sugar. Beat until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating until yellow disappears. Mix in vanilla, then 2 tablespoons flour. Combine thoroughly, then pour in buttermilk, beating until smooth.
  4. Fit pastry into pie pan and prick with a fork. Spoon apple mixture into crust, then pour buttermilk custard over it.
  5. Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. To Make Streusel Topping: While pie is baking, combine 1/4 cup white sugar, brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 3 tablespoons butter or margarine until mixture is crumbly.
  7. Remove pie from oven after 30 minutes and sprinkle streusel topping over custard. Return to oven and bake for an additional 40 to 50 minutes, until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 1 hour before serving.

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