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Newsletter for October 2017

Fall, finally! The cooler temperatures provide a perfect time to plant California natives. Here are just a few of the selections we have on hand (the availability changes weekly):  Prunus lyonii and ilicifolia – great evergreen hedge plants. Various Ceanothus and Manzanitas. Sage – Apiana, Winifred Gilman and more. Epilobium (Zauschneria) ‘Everett’s Choice’ plus two varieties of California buckwheat.

Unlike most Cordylines, this variety, ‘Festival’, does not become a small tree. It is very grass-like with the dramatic leaves providing a year long accent. ‘Festival’ is a hybrid developed from plants of New Zealand. We currently have small one gallon plants – this picture will give you something to look forward to!  We also have  some spectacular Cordyline ‘Design-a-line Burgundy’, which has a similar growth habit, in five gallon pots.


The fall vegetable starts you’ve all been waiting for are here. Also for sale, three varieties of onion sets, and for the garlic connoisseur, we have five different varieties of garlic. New this year are  ‘Killarney Red’ and ‘Chinese Pink’.

Last month, I discussed the many varieties of Salvias. One of the more unusual Greggii types (“Autumn Sage”) is ‘Moonlight’. The flowers, which bloom over a long season, are a very pleasing shade of very pale yellow. This perennial should have no trouble blending in the garden with green, shades of blue, lavender, orange or almost any other color!

The flowering rewards of succulents! Pictured here are Bulbine, Echeveria and Calandrinia. These are some of the showiest succulent flowers. The succulent family is extensive. You can find varieties for containers and bedding plants for shade and sun. The most tender ones can be covered or brought indoors.

Be sure and visit our Gift Gallery. Some items for the western buff.

Snapdragons are an all-time favorite. The shorter varieties such as ‘Montego’ and ‘Floral Showers’ as well as the medium growers, ‘Liberty’ and ‘Sonnet’, are great container and bedding plants. The really tall one, ‘Rocket’, is a great cutting variety. We have a good start on all the cool season annuals such as pansies, violas, calendulas and ornamental cabbage and kale.

All our spring flowering bulbs have arrived. Don’t wait until you see them blooming as it will sadly be too late! We have daffodils large and small, early to late blooming. Tulips, Hyacinths, Freesias, all the old favorites are here to plant. Fortunately, daffodils and narcissus are unappetizing for our local gophers. We have special instructions for forcing the paper white narcissus – a holiday tradition for many.

Grasses are at their fluffy best this time of year – most show off their blooms in fall. Shown here is Muhlenbergia capillaris and Miscanthus ‘Adagio’. The Muhlenbergia is evergreen with very fine blades. There are numerous varieties of Miscanthus, most are deciduous and considered tough and durable. We have, of course, many other grasses from short to tall, gray to green. Come check it out!
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Newsletter for September 2017

Once again, we initiate our annual Fall Fruit Tree Sale! Bareroot prices for a year’s worth of growth! Five gallon trees of apple, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, plum, pluot and pomegranate which were $28.95 are now on sale for $20.95. Persimmons, jujubes and assorted nut trees are 20% off.

Fall vegetables will be arriving shortly – we know you’re anxious, but excessive heat will not agree with the cool season varieties! We do, however, still have a good supply of herbs. Have you tried the Columnar Greek Basil? It can be a challenge to keep ahead of basil blossoms, but not with this variety. It just keeps putting out small, pungent leaves and it’s advertised to be a good drying candidate. French tarragon is here as well.

The start of the fall bulb arrivals – colorful, carefree German iris. This year several of the varieties are re-bloomers – quite a plus! Now is the time to divide your existing plants; this should be done every three to four years. Fertilize the plants in spring when growth begins, using a low nitrogen fertilizer. Repeat after the plants have bloomed. Iris live for many years; they tend to be deer resistant and require only moderate amounts of water.

This delicate Salvia returns again near the end of summer. Salvia reptans ‘Willow Veil’ has cobalt blue flowers and sways with the slightest breeze. We would be lost without Salvias! The color palette is endless. Did you know two entire books have been written on the subject? Native and non-native alike, they are excellent plants for the North County.

A new shipment of Berberis (barberry) has arrived. We have ‘Rose Glow’, ‘Orange Rocket’, Berberis species and ”Ruby Pygmy’. These tough shrubs of varying sizes provide a colorful accent in any garden. Be sure to water them daily for the first few weeks after planting as they can be quite sensitive at that time.

Among our many decorative garden objects you will find some very classy iron plant stands and hanging baskets. And what could be more wine countryish than a bird house made out of wine corks?

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ may not be the flashiest of its genus, but it is among the hardiest. Returning year after year, it blooms for many months and will thrive in even the heaviest of soils. This year it has been set against a competitor, the Echibeckia. May the best plant win! Two 4″ plants not normally seen at this time – the native milkweed, Asclepias fascicularus and a 4″ sunflower.


A trio of small, evergreen accents to add to your shade garden. The first two are perennials camouflaged as grasses. Dianella ‘Cassa Blue’ is among the many Dianellas that have become popular lately. They are quite sturdy and add a pleasant vertical air to the landscape. Center is Liriope ‘Silvery Sunproof’ which has the added feature of lavender spikes in the summer. Last is Carex ‘Everlime’, a true grass with a subtle variegation.

Rex begonias have been popular houseplants for the last several years – the great appeal is in their striking foliage. Here’s a picture of the newest one – with really large glossy leaves.

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Newsletter for August 2017

Crape myrtles are at their peak right now and we have many gorgeous specimens. These colorful plants are available in a variety of forms from dwarf shrubs to twenty foot trees. You can train them as dense shrubs or open multi-trunked trees. We’re fortunate that such lovely plants thrive on our hot summer days.

Cannas are also in season and we have some great varieties. Cannas are tubers which die down in winter and return with the warm weather. They add a touch of the tropics to your landscape. Cannas are also successful as container plants. And there’s an added bonus – deer find them quite undesirable!

These unique creatures are fashioned out of old, used metal. They are only a sample of the reasonably priced gift items found throughout the nursery. Come in and browse!

Drama for the shade. The striking leaves of Hostas are worth an empty container in the winter. These lush perennials will quickly fill a large pot and deer resistance is one more plus. Flowers emerge in late summer, but the real beauty is in the foliage. Hostas have leaves of green or blue green and many various types of variegation.

The gorgeous tall Lisianthus are back! The flowers, resembling small roses, are wonderful flowers for cutting. We currently stock ‘Double Rose’ and ‘Blue Mariachi’. The plants are somewhat tender in our winters, but you may be able to hold them over for another year by covering them when the temperatures drop.

Arriving this week, a variety of 6 packs and 8 packs of ground covers, including many succulents. These offer an great way to fill in small areas of your yard that don’t warrant the purchase of an entire flat. Shown here is Sedum lineare variegatum, the ubiquitous prostrate rosemary and ‘Pink Chintz’ Thyme.

Cool off your garden with some bright, white blooms. Shown here is Vinca ‘Cora’. For shady areas, plant white Impatiens. If the heat has done some damage to your containers or flower garden, some of the best annual bets for this hot period are Zinnias, Vinca, Salvia ‘Victoria Blue’ and the new large flowered Portulaca. It’s still not too late to plant heat resistant perennials as well.

It’s the in-between time for vegetables, so fall starts won’t be here for at least another month, but we still have herbs. Right now, you will find some very nice 4″ lemon grass, French tarragon and basil.

Spending more time indoors this time of year? Beautify your surroundings with some handsome house plants. Zamioculcas, the plant on the right is an ancient plant from Africa. It withstands low light and drought; in fact overwatering can be a problem so make sure the plant dries out between waterings.

The native buckwheat, Eriogonum giganteum (St. Catherine’s Lace) in Sacramento and in Atascadero. Another summer blooming California native buckwheat is “Rosy Buckwheat”, a more diminutive plant but very showy.

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Newsletter for July 2017

Happy roses anticipating a permanent home. Tree roses have become very popular so we added a bunch to our inventory.

We’ve seen lots of disease problems as a result of our spring rains, but things should be clearing up with the warm weather. After pruning the old flowers, be sure to add some nutrients to the roses for more summer color.

Plant a pooch or a brightly colored pot!

We are pleased to offer the smoke bush, Cotinus, in 5 gallon containers. It’s a great shrub/small tree for the North County. The dark leaves add great contrast to the landscape and the smoky sprays of flowers are quite unique. Additionally this plant requires very little irrigation when established.

We’ve ordered new jumbo packs and 4″ plants for the coming week. A few of the more unusual offerings are: Tuberoses, the fragrant bulb, and double flowering Baby’s Breath. Popular selections include Lantanas, Echinacea, Verbena and the new large flowered Portulacas.

We spend a lot of time, energy and money cultivating our beloved fruit trees – and along come the birds! Here’s a tip from one of our customers: pound stakes in the ground that tower above the tree. Then secure some of the holographic tape to the stakes so that it will sway in the breeze. Works for them!

Coreopsis is one of those plants the plant breeders are having fun with. First there was “Early Sunrise”, then “Golden Ball”, and currently you will find “Mercury Rising” and “Ladybird”, colorful perennials requiring average water. Both varieties sport red flowers; the hues in “Ladybird” tend more to the orange spectrum.

The very popular “Little Ollie” topiaries have returned. They are excellent container plants and also make great gifts. We have the larger plants as patio trees in 5 gallon containers. “Little Ollie” is a slow grower which can handle the hot weather as well as the cold. The plant in its shrub form is also a valuable addition to the landscape.

Remember to add SoilMoist to your containers and save on watering. The tiny crystals swell up to 200 times their size and furnish the plant roots with moisture.

Another innovation from plant breeders – Echibeckia. It’s a cross between Echinacea and Rudbeckia. As a perennial, the plant is more cold hardy and will bloom longer. Look for Echibeckia Summerina Orange this week at Bay Laurel. Hope to see you there!

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Newsletter for June 2017

One of the newest varieties of Nepeta (“Cat Mint”) is ‘Little Trudy’, a compact grower. This genus has become extremely popular with North County gardeners. It’s heat and cold tolerant and needs very little water once established. Nepeta blooms a long time and once the original blossoms are spent, cut it back and wait for more flowers to follow. Nepetas are attractive to bees and butterflies.

We’re all concerned with the bee and butterfly populations. We have hand-outs compiled by one of our customers listing many bee friendly plants.

We have an extensive selection of Japanese maples at this time. Choose the right one for your landscape. These beautiful trees come in greens and reds, with various leaf shapes and sizes. We recommend afternoon shade and protection from strong wind. Ask Matt, our knowledgeable employee, for information on the different species.

Summertime is Dahlia time! If you missed the bulb sales, don’t be distressed – We’ll have lots of gorgeous varieties for the season. The large flowered types make excellent cut flowers and the color selection varies from white to dark burgundy. Another great vase flower that has been out of circulation for many years is ‘Baby’s Breath’. And it’s back!

These barnyard animals are searching for new homes.

Two very cool new annuals. The first is a real innovation in a hot weather favorite – Portulaca. The new ‘Colorblast’ series has larger flowers – some double, others bi-colored. ‘Sunfinity’ sunflower is the product of many years of plant breeding. Multiple branching and long blooming make it a must for the garden! We are currently out, but expect a new shipment soon.

Hydrangea ‘Wedding Cake’ – a cool and refreshing accent for the shade in the heat of summer! This type of Hydrangea opens slowly from the outside in, displaying double snow white blooms. Protect ‘Wedding Cake’ and hydrangeas in general from afternoon sun. These plants demand extra irrigation in the summer but reward you with a long season of bloom. In the fall, cut the stems back for a more uniform appearance.

 

Beauty and/or humor in the garden. We have both.

Remember to plant Pennisetum rubrum early for a long season of enjoyment. There’s a good chance the Pennisetum will not overwinter – depends on the severity or where you live. But if you treat it as an annual you won’t be disappointed.

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Newsletter for May 2017

Newsletter-201705-01Once again, lavender tops the list for most desirable perennial of the North County! There is a contest between Spain and England – which country’s genus will win out? Shown here is Spanish lavender, ‘Silver Anouk’.

The Spanish varieties are first to bloom – silver or green foliage with various shades of lavender flowers. The English types bloom later. The many varieties include Provence, Grosso, Hidcote and Munstead. A newer variety is ‘Super Blue’, growing about 18″ tall with a longer bloom period.

One very important requirement, in addition to excellent drainage, is to prune back the flowering stems after bloom. You will have better success if you do this before fall or winter. Cut above the woody portion of the plant. With good drainage and proper pruning, your plants should thrive for many years.

Newsletter-201705-02Perennials are the most sensible plants for the garden, but sometimes we need a bit of pizazz! There are some very flashy annuals to liven things up a bit. How about some of the new petunias, ‘Starlight Blue’ and ‘Night Sky’? The Calibrachoas also have some dazzling colors. All of these annuals look great in containers. Don’t forget to add some slow-release fertilizer to keep the show going.

Newsletter-201705-03Gerberas are one of the favorite South African daisies, but they are extremely difficult to grow as garden plants. Enter the Garvinea. This hybrid Gerbera is a perfect fit for the garden. It can withstand both heat and cold, has a very long bloom period and is advertised to be deer resistant. Flower colors vary from pink to yellow, orange, purple and red. It’s also a great cutting flower.

Newsletter-201705-04These Mexican containers leave the premises quickly! They’re moderately priced and add a southwestern touch to your garden.

Mother’s Day is May 14th – and many great gifts at Bay Laurel!

Newsletter-201705-05Roses abound! We have a great selection of roses right now. Tree roses are available in varying heights and colors. We also have bush types of hybrid teas, floribundas and climbers.

Spring time seems particularly amendable to aphids! We have various solutions such as safe-to-use sprays and lady bugs! You don’t have to limit the use of ladybugs to roses – sprinkle them on your vegetables as well.

Newsletter-201705-06This charming, single flowered rose is a member of the ‘Knockout’ series. ‘Rainbow Knockout’ seems to be always in bloom and is a carefree addition to the rose garden.

Newsletter-201705-08We have a new supply of African violet pots in many colors.

Newsletter-201705-09A new item to add to aid the diligent gardener – “Raised Bed and Potting Soil” from E.B. Stone. This product can be used by itself in raised beds or containers. Next to it is the new five pound bag of Black Diamond Vermicompost – highly recommended by all who use it!

Newsletter-201705-10On a warm sunny afternoon, you might want to step inside the shade house. You’ll discover a variety of shade plants commonly called coral bells.

The botanical name is Heuchera and you probably aren’t aware that the plant is named after Johann Heinrich von Heuchera. Therefore the correct pronunciation should be HOW-ker-uh, but no one ever says that! It’s either HEW-ker-uh or even hoo-CHAIR-uh.

It is nonetheless a great shade plant. ‘Southern Comfort’ has, perhaps, the largest leaves. ‘Green Spice’ has very interesting markings on the leaves. A much more diminutive species is ‘Canyon Duet’, sporting delicate wands of pink and white bells on stems 12 to 18″. The tough native variety, Heuchera maxima, has taller, cream colored flowers and needs only minimal water.

Newsletter-201705-11We’re expecting more vegetables this week, including lemon cucumbers and Painted Serpent cucumbers. We’ll also receive some one gallon tomatoes for those of you who just can’t wait!

Red tomato cages are all the rage.

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Newsletter for April 2017

Newsletter-201704-01The stately Deodar cedars will finally arrive! This evergreen tree is well suited to our climate and hails from the Himalayas. It is fast growing and durable. Deodar cedars can become very large, but it is possible to contain them somewhat by pruning the new growth. They will be available in 5 gallon containers from Monrovia Nursery.

Newsletter-201704-02Ornamental crabapple trees are not nearly as common as the flowering plums and pears, but they are a lovely addition to the spring garden. White or pink flowers are paired with green or bronze leaves. After blooming, the small crabapples continue to add interest. The fruit is enjoyed primarily by birds. We also have some stunning flowering cherries, but the crabapples are more tolerant of heavy wet soils.

Newsletter-201704-03This charming hardy Geranium has the long name Geranium cinereum subcaulescens. It’s low growing and spreading, sporting these vivid, magenta flowers over a long period. There are other similar types of hardy geraniums with light pink and white flowers. The plant is deciduous but is very easy to deal with after it has died down. You can easily pull away all the old plant parts.

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Many new containers and hanging flower baskets to brighten your spring!

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The vegetable season is well underway! Demand is high and we bring in new plants every week. We carry the tried and true plus lots of exotic heirlooms. How about some Cocozelle Zucchini, Crnkovic Yugoslavian tomato or Painted Serpent cucumber? We also stock lemon cucumber and ambrosia cantaloupe.

Newsletter-201704-09There is always a demand for ground covers. Some of the old standbys include prostrate rosemary, vinca, iceplant and thyme. The ornamental oreganos are also excellent low maintenance plants for covering fairly large areas. Betty Rollins is evergreen, low and exhibits pink flowers later in the summer. Hopley’s Purple is a bit flashier with light purple flowers on 12 to 18′ wiry stems. They need to be cut back once a year. They can also be added to flower arrangements.

For a small, drought tolerant lawn, we have 6 packs of Buffalo grass and Carex praegracilis.

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Succulents continue in their popularity. Shown here are two handsome examples. The first, Hesperaloe parviflora has long, gray tapered leaves from which emerge these tall flower stems with coral bells. Another variety sports red flowers. Next to it is Dyckia, another succulent with tall bright orange flowers. We currently have some very nice containers of both.

Newsletter-201704-07New wall decorations to add to your garden décor. We also have some new turtles and metal flowers.

Apple blossom time! And the coddling moths are ready to invade. They lay their eggs in the blossoms and their offspring eat their way out! You can set traps out in the trees to monitor their arrival. Then spray with either spinosad or horticultural oil.

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Newsletter for March 2017

Newsletter-201703-01Glorious spring brings early blooming shrubs to lift the spirits, an added bonus to our bountiful rainfall!  Enjoy the gold of Forsythia or the coral and red shades of flowering quince. Add to this the many varieties of our spectacular native Ceanothus with its varying shades of flower colour from light blue to deep purple-blue and different growth habits and sizes from low growing to those reaching heights of 15 feet.

Newsletter-201703-02The long-awaited Bumper Crop sale is on! The 2 foot cubic bag of organic soil amendment is our most popular. Normally $7.99 a bag, $18.99 will buy three bags. The contents of Bumper Crop include chicken manure, bat guano, peat moss and several types of mycorrhizae, beneficial fungi which help soil retain water and nutrients. The time of year for starting your vegetable seeds and planting vegetable starts is here! Summer varieties should arrive near the end of the month.

We have an excellent supply of vegetable starts right now, including several varieties of lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, beets, spinach and sugar snap peas. Inside you will find seed potatoes, garlic and shallot bulbs.

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We have lots of fun decorations for the garden and home. Come browse.

Newsletter-201703-04Waste no more time – the bareroot season is ending in a few weeks! In spite of the many sold out items, we still have lots of great trees. We have an abundance of Fuyu persimmons this year as we usually sell out of them early in the season. Also available are Fan-Stil pears; they’re self-fruitful, very disease resistant with smooth, juicy flesh. Extend the apple season with Sundowner, the new variety from New Zealand which ripens in November. This apple is a sport of the popular Pink Lady. And for an easy to pick apple. plant a dwarf Fuji that will only grow 5 to 6 feet tall.

March is an excellent time to fertilize your fruit trees as well as roses and any other plants that need a little boost.

Nectarine and peach trees are in full flower this time of year. We wait all year for these delectable fruits but there is a dastardly bug, Lygus lineolaris (tarnished plant bug) that hatches its eggs in the blossoms and eats the very young fruit causing it to appear distorted. Fight for your fruit! Spray the blossoms when they first show signs of color and again when the petals have dropped. You can use safe products such as Bonide’s “Fruit Tree and Plant Guard” spray or horticultural oil.

Newsletter-201703-05Try this gorgeous combination of dahlias! You will find many other dahlia bulbs along with begonias, lilies, cannas, Crocosmias and gladiolas. Dahlias make excellent cut flowers as do lilies. Cannas can add a tropical air to your garden. Most of these bulbs will return for many years.

We’ve added a lot of 6 pack annuals and perennials this last month. Coming this week are many blooming 4″ plants. Look for Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, columbine, perennial violas and Santa Barbara daisies among others.

Newsletter-201703-06Colorful gloves to help with the tough jobs in the garden. Weeds? I think we have a bumper crop this year, thanks to all the much needed rain. Arriving later, a new line of leather and synthetic leather gloves. We also carry the Slogger boots and shoes.

Newsletter-201703-07A gorgeous specimen of Arbutus marina. This handsome, evergreen tree is in the same family as our native manzanita; the small, tear-drop flowers appear in both. Arbutus marina grows at a moderate rate 25 to 40 feet tall. Once established it requires only moderate irrigation. We have some very nice 15 gallon, multi-trunked plants in the nursery at this time. The tree can be grown as a standard but I believe it’s more appealing as the multi-trunk example shown in the picture.

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Newsletter for February 2017

Newsletter-201702-01The bareroot season is in full swing – but our huge supply is dwindling! Go to the website www.baylaurelnursery.com to check on the current availability. We have quite a few blueberries and goji berries for sale. For the adventurous there is a good supply of jujube trees. And still on hand, the non-astringent persimmons – Fuyu and Giant Fuyu and the astringent variety, Saijo.

Newsletter-201702-02Fans of rose trees will be pleased at the great selection still available. We have 36″ and 24″ heights as well as miniatures. The prices increase later in the season as we order in container plants so don’t delay! Soon all the roses will exit the bareroot stage. Many of them will be planted in bio-degradable pots so you can plant them immediately. If we no longer have your favorite, we will be ordering many more in the late spring.

Newsletter-201702-03You may have noticed the rather sad bedding section and lack of herbs and vegetables. We’re starting to refresh the supply! The weather, as fantastic as it has been, is not very kind to little 6 packs and 4″ plants. Look for blooming pansies, violas, calendulas and lots of herbs. Also, spinach, kale and peas.

Newsletter-201702-04Here’s a new product – Monterey Complete Disease Control. This is advertised to control both fungal and bacterial diseases. We believe it is one of the only products said to prevent Fire Blight. So if you’ve had a problem with this disease on your apples, pears or other ornamentals, we recommend spraying during the dormant season. Also, remember to spray for Peach Leaf Curl at the same time.

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Seeds for 2017 – we have vegetable seeds including organic seeds plus seeds for flowers. We also have wildflower seeds including California poppies. It’s time to get started! We can order heating mats for the zealous planter (about $50 for a 20′ x 20′ mat). Be sure and add lots of organic material to your beds – Bumper Crop is our most popular. Our seed potatoes have also arrived.

Newsletter-201702-06Amaryllis belladonna – just one of the newly arrived summer blooming bulbs. We have a terrific selection of dahlias plus lilies, freesias, tuberous begonias and more. It’s never too early to start planning for spring planting.

Newsletter-201702-07One of our most spectacular native shrubs is the Ceanothus. Shown here is Dark Star with brilliant purple-blue flowers. There are many varieties within the Ceanothus genus – low growing to tree-like with flower colors from white to this dark blue. Ceanothus usually have a life span of 7 to 15 years. But an occasional replanting is a small price to pay for a lovely, drought resistant shrub.

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Newsletter for January 2017

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Bareroot plants take center stage this time of year. We’re proud of the great selection we offer. Assuming these plants will be in your garden for many years, you’ll want to make the best choices possible. When selecting a fruit tree consider some of the following points:

  • What type of soil do you have – choose a root stock accordingly.
  • Do you want a standard tree or a semi-dwarf or dwarf tree.
  • When do you want to harvest your fruit.
  • And then there’s the “chill hour” issue – do you have enough cold hours for your fruit tree or does it not matter.
  • If you’re perplexed, we’ll be happy to help you with your decision.
There are many ways to plant a home orchard, some of them quite unique. You’ll find lots of ideas on this Dave Wilson website.

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You can have the best of two worlds with many peach and nectarine trees. Most of these sport lovely blooms but some are quite spectacular!

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Another year of stunning bareroot roses – climbers, hybrid teas, floribundas, shrubs, miniatures and tree roses. Roses prefer a good foundation; add Bumper Crop or Gold Rush to enrich your soil. Be aware that these plants are attractive to deer and gophers as well as to humans!

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Add some art to your walls – indoor or out.

newsletter-201701-05Yes. It’s really that time already! Get out the gloves and sharpen the pruning shears! January is the time to prune your fruit trees, roses and grapes. If you’re unsure about the proper technique for any of these plants, we have a handy little book with lots of information. You’ll want to treat stone fruit differently than non-stone fruit. Shrub roses, climbing roses and tree roses all require different techniques.

Don’t neglect your deciduous ornamental grasses. If you shear them back after they’ve started new growth, you may end up with flat, cut off blades.

One more winter chore. If you have peaches and/or nectarines this is the time to spray them with copper. Our product is named “Liqui-Cop”, available in pints or quarts. We recommend spraying three time during the dormant season but at least twice. The crucial spray is just before bud drop. The disease Peach Leaf Curl is particularly prevalent in wet years.

newsletter-201701-06Two very useful Nandinas. The first is ‘Fire Power Nana’ which grows about 1 to 2′ tall and adds some great color to the winter landscape. Next to it is ‘Lemon Lime’ which will reach 3 to 4′. Both plants are very versatile being great container plants as well fitting in most landscapes. ‘Lemon Lime’ prefers more shade than most Nandinas.

newsletter-201701-07Another fun way to dress up your wall. This tile of happy pups sends out a welcoming sign to all.

newsletter-201701-08Bees and hummingbirds have a hard time finding appealing flowering plants this time of year. Manzanitas to the rescue! You can still plant native California plants. Also, throw out some wildflower seeds and take advantage of the upcoming rains.

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Bay Laurel Garden Center is a retail nursery located just off Highway 101 in Atascadero, California, about thirty minutes north of San Luis Obispo. Exit 101 at Del Rio Road, turn east on Del Rio and then south on El Camino Real. We are about a block and half down on the right.

Bay Laurel Garden Center
2500 El Camino Real
Atascadero CA 93422
Tel: (805) 466-3449

Autumn/winter hours:
Mon – Sat 9 am to 5 pm
Sun 9 am to 4 pm

Spring/summer hours:
Mon – Sat 9 am to 5.30 pm
Sun 9 am to 4.30 pm

 

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