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Newsletter for December 2017

Christmas trees are moving out quickly so don’t delay! Shown here is the stately Colorado Blue Spruce, ‘Baby Blue’. The blue-green needles are very striking and the tree itself is shorter than most blue spruces, growing to about thirty feet. For a Charlie Brown effect, you might consider the Pinyon Pine. This tree is native to western states including California, New Mexico and Wyoming. The tree grows slowly to fifteen to twenty feet. An added bonus – pine nuts! If you’re going to keep your tree indoors for a while, we have special instructions.

The many shades of Heuchera, commonly known as coral bells. These are wonderful plants for the shade garden. ‘Lime Rickey’ adds brightness and ‘Fire Alarm’ deep tones of orange and copper. The leaves remain all year and dainty bells top slender stems in the spring. In addition to these colorful varieties, we also stock the native Heuchera maxima. This plant has much larger leaves with ivory bells and is quite tolerant of dry conditions.

Add an exotic touch to your garden. Choose your own hairstyles.

An instant Pyracantha espalier complete with berries! The Pyracantha is an extremely popular plant. Attributes include longevity, durability, year long foliage and berries for the birds. It’s useful as a screen and espaliered against fences.

Time to pull out the row cover or purchase it if you’re without. It’s great for covering tender plants including citrus and succulents. It’s also very useful for covering fruit trees to protect them from hungry birds and other creatures. The fabric is very lightweight allowing water and light to permeate. It is currently on order.

‘Carmine Bells’ is just one variety of the genus Correa. This shrub comes to us all the way from Australia. Correas do extremely well in shade and part shade. They require only minimum irrigation and bloom in the winter. Most varieties are two to three feet tall with a greater spread. They appear to be deer resistant. It’s surprising this plant is so little used. ‘Ivory Bells’, ‘Pink Flamingo’ and ‘Carpenter Rock’ are among other varieties.

Here are just a few ideas for holiday gift giving. Roam around the nursery and see what else tickles your fancy.

It’s that “red and white” time of year! Mix and match Cyclamen, pansies and Dianthus for the holiday look.

These colorful cabbages will remain in the garden all winter. We also have an extensive diversity of pansies and violas. Other annuals include Iceland poppies, sweet smelling stock, snapdragons and English primroses. Brighten your containers and beds for the winter. We just received spinach, brussel sprouts, radicchio, arugula and kale. The bareroot vegetables are artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb and horseradish.

Finally, on a very sad note, we bid farewell to our beloved Sammy, nursery cat extraordinaire and a fixture at the nursery for over fourteen years. He will be sorely missed by all of us and by his feline companions, Yum Yum and Fluffianne. The nursery will not be quite the same without the joy he gave us every day.

We hope to see you during the holiday season. We’ll have Poinsettias, wreaths, Amaryllis and more. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our plant loving customers!

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Newsletter for November 2017

Get ready for another great bareroot season! The new catalog is out and the website is up and running. We also wish to remind you that the prices online are for mail order and that in store prices are lower.

A new root stock for cherries is Maxma 14 which replaces Colt. Two of its benefits are better tolerance to wet soils and earlier fruit production.

The bareroot season begins with supplies of berries – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and more. Also, you can start planting vegetables including asparagus, artichokes, and rhubarb. We have many six  packs of vegetables and will bring in new ones as soon as they are available. This is also a great time to plant seeds of peas – Sugar Snap and Chinese and the ornamental Sweet Peas.

Speaking of berries, how about some colorful ones to fatten up the birds. This month is prime. Shown below are berries from two natives, Prunus ilicifolia and Toyon, plus Pyracantha.

November is really the last good month for planting natives. Right now we have the best selection of Manzanitas including ‘Dr. Hurd’, ‘Louis Edmonds’, ‘Howard McMinn’ and ‘Ken Taylor’, among others. And back is that infamous Salvia, ‘Desperado’ – a cross between Salvia apiana and leucophylla. Don’t forget to throw out seeds of the native poppies and other wildflowers.

Who is Kurt Zadnik? I haven’t been able to find out, but there is a lovely Ceanothus named after him. This plant has some of the deepest cobalt blue flowers of the species. It is said to grow two to three feet tall and spread out up to eight feet. Recommended by our sales rep from Native Sons Wholesale Nursery.

For sale in 4″ containers is the healing Aloe vera. The sap is great in relieving itches from insect bites and pain from burns. Don’t forget to bring the plants indoors when frost is predicted.

Forcing Hyacinth bulbs is another holiday tradition along with paperwhite forcing. We have these colorful vases and blue hyacinths as well as a new variety in yellow. The bulbs can also be planted in the ground and should rebloom for many years.

Red and white cyclamen are always the most popular; other colors include salmon, lavender and fuchsia. In our climate, the plants require protection from frost. When the temperatures drop, keep them close to the house or cover them. They also function as colorful indoor plants, lasting longest in a cool atmosphere.

Calylophus (common names include Texas primrose and sundrops) is one of the most popular perennials and for good reason. The bright yellow flowers are borne on low growing plants all summer. They need only minimal irrigation and are content with summer’s hottest days. We currently have one gallon plants. Trim the plant in early spring if you notice it becoming woody.

Olive trees are a durable and lasting addition to the landscape. Come check out the striking weeping olive specimen. Also in the nursery, some very handsome fruitless Bonita trees in 24″ boxes. During the bareroot season, we will once again carry some of the more unusual fruiting varieties in small containers – Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki.

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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.


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

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.


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.


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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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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