Newsletter for September 2020

The anticipation is over! The 2021 Bareroot Catalog has arrived. You can pick one up at the nursery or go online for the very same information. The web address is Be advised that the prices shown are those for mail order – prices for in store purchase are always somewhat lower. We will have an in-store price list available in the nursery a bit later. We want to encourage you all to order as early as possible – there’s no way of knowing how quickly things may be sold out. You can come in or call us at 805 466 3406 during our regular hours. So many great edibles to choose from!

Fall officially arrives this month and it’s the ideal time to plant California natives. Here’s a sample of what’s on hand: Rhus Ovata (Sugar bush) is extremely drought tolerant. It’s a handsome evergreen shrub growing 15 to 20 feet tall and displaying interesting winter color. Among the many Manzanitas we have ‘Ghostly’ with silver leaves and ‘Ken Taylor’, a very useful ground cover type growing 1 to 2 feet tall and spreading about 6 feet wide. Some other natives include buckwheat Crocatum and Rosy buckwheat. Other flowering perennials are Penstemon ‘Margarita Bop’. California Goldenrod, Epilobium (formerly Zauschneria) and Erigeron ‘Wayne Roderick’.

Start your fall vegetables now! We have both organic and regular vegetable seeds plus herb and flower seeds. We still have the seed starter soil mix on order, but you can use some potting soil with perlite for a lighter mix. You can prepare your beds with top-of-the-line ingredients such as Bumper Crop, Raised Bed mix, chicken manure and Vermi-compost. We have some vegetable six packs at present and will be getting lots more. Don’t forget the herbs for all those gourmet meals!

New pots of many shapes and colors to brighten your garden.

Fall bulbs begin their arrival with the bearded Iris. New this year is Iris pallida – an iris with variegated foliage. Most are advertised to re-bloom, but the proof is still out on this. Iris are not difficult plants to grow as they adapt to most soils and require minimal water. This is the time of year to divide your older iris, those three or four years old. The plants grow from rhizomes as opposed to bulbs. When you separate them, use a rhizome with healthy roots and a fan of leaves. Do not bury them more than 2″ deep. In the spring, apply a fertilizer with more phosphorus than nitrogen such as 5-10-5.

White in the summer garden can act as a cooling accent. These perennials have just added white to their portfolio. Teucrium chaemydroides (Germander) is a tough plant normally found to sport rose colored flowers. Tulbaghia (Society garlic) normally displays lavender flowers and Gaura, often said to be white, usually also has accents of pink – but not with the variety ‘So White’.

Some cool grasses to add to your landscape. Miscanthus sinensis variegata can be a tall one – 6 to 8 feet with lovely cream colored flowers. A more diminutive Miscanthus is ‘Little Zebra’ reaching only 3 to 4 feet with striped blades. We also have an unusual variety, Ampelodesmos which has arching, evergreen blades 2 to 3 feet tall and 6 to 7 ft wheat colored flowers.

Crape myrtles come in a variety of forms and colors – these have been shaped into patio trees. This is a very popular plant in our area! It’s not too late to come and view the varieties and choose the one that’s just right for your garden! These hardy shrubs/trees do so well in our area because they thrive with hot summers. They are not drought tolerant and require regular water.

Newsletter for August 2020

Summerina Yellow Echibeckia is quite a mouthful, but then it’s quite a plant! This hybrid is a cross between Rudbeckia and Echinacea. It produces the large flowers and fast growth of Rudbeckias and the vigor and disease resistance of Echinacea. The cheerful blooms are long lasting and will brighten any summer garden. At this time we have some very handsome plants in 12″ containers.

Here’s a brief description of the many ground covers we stock. Be aware that they are not always available, but we will always try to order them.

The term “Ground Cover” can describe a huge diversity of plants. The four above can cover a lot of territory and they are all very tough. Rosea iceplant, a drought tolerant succulent, should be planted about 1 1/2 feet apart. There are other iceplant varieties with more muted tones, i.e. Delospermum congestum, yellow flowers, and Delospermum ‘Starburst’ with white flowers. Of the four plants pictured, rosemary probably requires the most care if you wish to keep it under 2 feet. Myoporum parvifolium has flowers in either white or pink and Dymondia’s flowers are yellow.

These low growing plants are better for small areas. Convolulus mauritanicus, shown here with blue flowers, occasionally occurs with white flowers. There are many low growing Thymes – other varieties include Woolly Thyme, Pink Chintz and Elfin, the most compact. Santolina is a very tough, drought tolerant plant with yellow button flowers in summer. Origanum ‘Hopley’s Purple’ can cover quite a bit of ground eventually. The purple flowers emerge in August. Other Oreganos of note – Betty Rollins and Golden Oregano.

The former ground covers can usually be found in flats, 6 packs or 4″ plants. The above varieties are generally sold in 1 gallon containers. The Cistus blooms in spring and can spread at least 3 feet wide and 1 1/2 to 3 feet high. It is very drought tolerant. Low growing cotoneasters vary with variety. Most grow 6″ to 1 1/2 feet tall and are 6 to 8 feet wide. The small white flowers in spring develop into bright red berries in fall and winter. The next two plants are California natives. Epilobium (formerly Zauschneria) has variation in height and leaf color. Unusual varieties have white or pink flowers. The bright orange-red flowers appear in late summer and remain throughout fall. The low growing Salvia ”Bee’s Bliss’ blooms in spring. It’s very drought tolerant and attracts lots of bees.

And finally, some shade prospects. Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum) is most often used as a vine. But it can serve well as a ground cover and has the possibility of reaching out to 10 feet or more. Its cousin, Asian Jasmine, is also a good candidate with smaller leaves and flowers. Vinca offers several choices. The one shown is a variegated variety of Vinca Minor. Vinca minor forms low growing clumps of dark green leaves with blue flowers in spring. Vinca major, on the other hand, grows quite quickly and can take over an area. Lysimachia is a great plant for small shade areas – leaf color is either green or chartreuse. And the last plant, Isotoma is a very low growing selection with flowers white or blue.

These are by no means all the groundcovers that thrive in our area, but a broad view of the many options.

Dicliptera suberecta, a native of Uruguay, is here just in time to bloom with its striking orange red flowers. Dicliptera is able to survive our cold winters and is also able to thrive in our high temperatures. Deadheading will prolong the flowering. After bloom, you will be left with a small tidy clump of green.

What’s blooming now.

Perennials: Lantana, the hardy Miss Huff and Chapel Hill; lots of Salvias, Greggii varieties, ‘Black and Blue’ (guaranitica), ‘Mystic Spires’; Cannas; Nepeta (Cat mint) and Guara.

Annuals: Petunias, Marigolds, Angelonia (“Summer Snapdragons”), Portulaca and Vinca.

Shrubs/trees: Crape myrtles, Vitex and Mimosa.

Newsletter for July 2020

Dipladenia is a lovely flowering plant that has become a very popular item. At the moment we have red in gallons and red and pink in 4″ plants. Dipladenia flowers throughout the summer with large trumpet shaped flowers and glossy, dark green leaves. It’s best used as a container plant in the North County as it does not tolerate frost. Trim the old flowers and be sure to cover the plant when frost is expected.

The vegetable season is drawing to an end but we will continue to carry herbs for the summer. And finally strawberry plants are back! We also have some lovely blueberries from Monrovia Nursery, ‘Bountiful Blue’. These compact berry plants are ideal for containers. They prefer some afternoon shade here in the North County. Additionally, some very large grape plants have arrived – red Crimson and green Thompson seedless.

There’s always a place for our California natives and we have a few new ones for sale. Solidago californica is the native goldenrod, blooming in late summer with, obviously, golden flowers! It was mistakenly believed that this plant is responsible for allergy attacks, but it has been determined that other wild plants are actually to blame. Another addition is the manzanita, ‘Ken Taylor’. This is a low growing ground cover type. And lastly, we currently have some white flowered Epilobium (Zauschneria). These might fare better with some afternoon shade.

Hats and gloves for your gardening pleasure.

Here’s a sensational Hydrangea for the shade garden, ‘Limelight’. If you have the right conditions this will be a great focal point. Hydrangeas prefer rich, moist soil. This is one of the tallest varieties, reaching 6 to 8 feet. It is advertised to have lime green flowers but they seem to be closer to cream. The large, cone-shaped flowers can be used as cut flowers as well as enhancing your shade garden. We have several varieties of Hydrangeas including one with variegated leaves.

Wondering what’s blooming in July? The tough, vibrant Vitex for one. This hardy shrub/tree has bright lavender-blue flowers in long racemes. It’s great for a background plant. This is also the season for Buddlejas, the “Butterfly Bush”. We hope to keep the various varieties coming in as the summer progresses. Staying with the color scheme, there’s Perovskia (Russian sage), reaching 4 to 5 ft. A smaller variety, ‘Little Spire’, grows to only 2 – 3 feet.

You might say earwigs are persistent and not very discriminating. You will find them among your vegetables, munching in your fruit trees and hiding inside your beautiful roses! Sluggo Plus is back. This product is recommended for organic gardening and it not only deters earwigs but also sow bugs, snails, and more. Another common pest this time of year is the bud worm – attacking petunias and geraniums among others. We have two products to combat these pests – ‘Take Down’ and ‘Captain Jacks’.

Hostas for the shade. These beauties are in 4″ pots and getting ready to bloom! They are one of the mainstays of the shade garden. Just remember where you planted them as they totally disappear in the winter. Also, beware of slugs and snails.

Many of the most colorful shade flowers are annuals but the tubers from the brightly colored tuberous Begonias can be stored over the winter and replanted next spring. They’re great in containers.

Newsletter for June 2020

The month of May was a busy one. It’s wonderful to see so many gardeners getting outside planting their vegetables, trees, shrubs and flowers. We’ve experienced a few shortages in the areas of soils and bedding plants, but all in all we can’t complain. We had to sell many of our fruit trees before being totally rooted, warning everyone to delay planting them. Just arrived: the blackberry ‘Babycakes’ and the raspberry ‘Raspberry Shortcake’. Both are great for container planting.

A favorite perennial this year is the hardy geranium ‘Rozanne’. She sports bright blue flowers and sprawls a bit – can reach 15 to 18 inches wide. ‘Rozanne’ has a long bloom time, requiring regular water and could do with a little afternoon shade in the North County. Add some contrasting perennials like the yellow yarrow ‘Moonshine’ or some white Shasta daisies.

We’ve been a little short on jumbo packs of petunias, but there are many exciting new varieties in 4″ plants. ‘Goodnight Kisses’ is an excellent example. ‘Night Sky’ has been extremely popular for the last couple of years. We’ve been able to obtain this in hanging baskets as well. These showy petunias are great container plants. Later in the season those pesky bud worms will appear. Be sure to attack them with one of our safe insecticides, “Captain Jack” or “Take Down”.

Here’s a great beginning for some homemade pesto sauce – giant Basil. We have some nice one gallon plants. Herbs have been somewhat scarce this year but coming next week is French tarragon, which seems to be very popular. Also cilantro, chives, and mint. In the vegetable department, we still have a good supply of tomatoes and we are expecting quite a few peppers – they’ve also been in short supply. Don’t forget to add lots of good amendments to your soil – we have the local Vermi-compost in several sizes now in eco-friendly boxes. And Dr. Earth vegetable fertilizer should keep your plants in optimum condition.

Native California plants are always in demand. Right now we have several Salvias: ‘Winifred Gilman’ is here in 5 gallon containers. ‘Celestial Blue’ has the brightest flowers of the Clevelandii varieties. And in 4″ pots you will find the very drought tolerant Salvia apiana compacta, white sage. The spectacular poppy, Matilija, is in bloom right now so of course it’s in great demand – we’re hoping a supply will arrive soon!

House plants have been trending lately. At the moment we have a gorgeous Chinese evergreen – Aglaonema. There’s also a new Dracaena with very attractive, bright striping. Both of these plants are easy care, requiring only minimum light. Ferns can be problematic, always dropping fronds, but the variety ‘Kimberly Queen’ is a great improvement barely shedding at all.

Looking for a dwarf shrub with lots of interest? Check out the Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’. The leaves are bright shades of yellow early in the season and progress to dark red orange in fall. White flowers appear in summer. The plant grows 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall. Use it as a border, accent or container plant.

Shown here are jumbo packs of the colorful shade plant Hypoestes. These charming little annuals are great for containers and can also be used as house plants in high light. To keep the plant from going to seed, be sure to remove the flower stems as they emerge. More shade plants due to arrive are the lovely tuberous begonias and lamium, both perennials.

Newsletter for May 2020

The merry month of May seems a bit less merry this year – but we hope bringing some cheerful flowers into your life will brighten things a bit. Annuals are a quick fix. Here are just a few examples: Lobelia, Petunias, Salvia and Zinnias. Plant them in containers or in your flower beds. Remember to fertilize throughout the season to keep the blooms coming. Osmocote is a slow release product that can save you some time.

We’re amazed at the demand for herbs and vegetables this year – apparently it’s a national phenomenon due to so many folks sheltering at home. We’re trying to keep up but it is quite challenging. The month of May is still a great planting month – in the old days no one would start planting before Memorial Day! Don’t forget to add some rich organic matter for your plants.

Perennial flowers for the shade are sometimes rather elusive, but we have a few suggestions. Astilbe is a feathery perennial that comes in a variety of colors: we currently have 4″ plants. Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ has very handsome foliage and later in the season will display blue forget-me-not type blooms. And at this time we have some lovely tuberous begonias with dark bronze leaves.

Can’t have rain without weeds! You might try “Weed Barrier” to help fight the battle. This product is a tough, durable fabric guaranteed to last many years. You can cut holes out for plants or you can use it in barren areas. Simply cover the fabric with mulch. And we have other weed fighting products – some are specific for grasses or broadleaf weeds.

Mother’s Day is May 10th. Here are a few suggestions…

Prime time for planting perennials. We have an excellent inventory in 4″, 1 gallon and even 6 pack varieties. If your favorite is missing, we’ll try to obtain it for you. Some of the current varieties are Erysimum, Perovskia (Russian sage), Gaillardia, many varieties of Salvia, Shasta daisies, Euphorbia and Centranthus (Jupiter’s beard). Don’t forget the gopher cages!

Driving around town one can’t help but notice the gorgeous display of roses. Late rain and warm temperatures can do wonders! We currently have a good supply of roses at the nursery.

Newsletter for April 2020

The fact is our suppliers cannot produce a tomato plant as quickly as a roll of toilet paper – that’s nature for you! None of us ever dreamed that the demand for vegetables plants would be so overwhelming. But the growers are stepping up and trying to provide plants as soon as possible. We are expecting a few varieties this week and hopefully more will arrive in the next two to three weeks. We will be receiving a good supply of herbs this week.

Be on the lookout for some new hybrid tomatoes – they’re called “Marriage” tomatoes. This is a blend of two heirloom varieties. The two we are expecting are ‘Big Brandy’ – a cross between Big Dwarf and Brandywine – and ‘Genuwine’, – a cross between Costoluto Genovese and Brandywine. The purpose for this hybridization is to produce hybrid vigor, improved yield, earlier maturity while maintaining old-time flavor.

The infinite variety of leaf colors in the Rex begonia family. Unlike their showy cousins,the Reiger begonias, which provide vibrant color for a limited period, these beauties maintain their interesting leaf patterns for …well, however long the plant exists in your home!

Have you noticed those tiny fruits on your peach and nectarine trees? If so, it’s time to prevent the Tarnished Plant Bug (Lygus lineolaris) from defacing the adult fruit. Several options include the insecticides Monterey ‘Take Down’, Bonide ‘Fruit and Plant Guard’ and horticultural oil. Nectarines seem to be the most susceptible. Apple blossoms will appear next and with them the coddling moths. Traps can be used to detect them and if you have only one or two trees this may eradicate them. Otherwise we recommend using the above mentioned remedies.

A favorite spring perennial is Columbine. The plants are available in gallons, 4″ pots and jumbo packs. Afternoon shade and regular water should keep them in bloom for the duration of spring. Another popular perennial is the old fashioned violet Viola odorata. These cheerful little plants with their fragrant flowers find nooks and crannies in which to multiply.

The latest Sloggers style in boots. We only have one pair in the nursery, but we are happy to order the size you need. We can’t emphasize bees enough! We try to have the “bee friendly” hand out compiled by one of our local customers. It’s a great aid to help encourage these crucial pollinators to flourish.

This is a great time to be out in the garden, especially if you are at home with some extra time on your hands. Perhaps you have children who are missing out on school. Why not get them addicted to gardening? How about a seed starting project? We have mini green houses, seed starting soil and some really cute gloves! Lots of vegetable and flowers are easy to start from seeds.

Lots of summer blooming perennials and annuals are arriving. Choose from petunias, marigolds, lobelia, lisianthus and more. Some of the most popular perennials include Salvias and Lavenders. We have some shades of bright red and blue Salvias plus the favorite ‘Hot Lips’. You can identify the native Salvias by their pungent smell! The Spanish lavenders (Lavandula stoechas) are blooming now and soon to follow are the English and Intermedia varieties – Provence,Hidcote, etc.

The “One time bloom but what a show!” Lady Banks rose is here. A few gorgeous ornamental crab apple trees remain. A favorite, old-fashioned shrub, “Snowball Bush” (Viburnum opulus) is ready for planting. New plants are arriving almost daily.

You will find many planting amendments and potting soils to enhance your native soil. We also carry the local ‘Vermi-compost’, an excellent supplement for vegetables and fruit trees.

Newsletter for March 2020

The great transition has begun – the roses are happily situated in their pots. The available ones for planting now are in bio-degradable containers so as not to disturb the roots. We have rose trees, hybrid teas, floribundas and climbers. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are for sale in the black quart pots. We still have lots of asparagus roots for the edible garden. Bareroot trees remain – but not for long, so if you’re interested, hurry over!

You can still plant some cool weather vegetables. We have a very good supply of varieties of kale, Swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, cauliflower and more. New item from Armstrong Growers – edible flowers. You will find calendulas and violas, along with the herbs. Expect to see cilantro, parsley, thyme, sage and other herbs to jazz up your cooking. Although we did not have bareroot artichokes, you can find them in 4″ pots and in 1 and 5 gallon containers – they can be quite ornamental. Another perennial vegetable is rhubarb in 4″ pots.

More dahlia tubers are on the way – they have been popular this year. And no wonder – they are flashy, colorful flowers for the garden and bouquets. Make sure you have some very good soil for them – large pots can be used. Once they begin to leaf out, be sure to pinch them back, at least once, if not more, to obtain a myriad of strong stems.

The first signs of spring – daffodils and following close behind, early blooming shrubs. They include white and peach flowering quince, Coleonema (Breath of Heaven), Sweet Broom and Spanish lavender. It seems the growers are always able to come up with new and different forms of lavender. Euphorbias are also displaying their chartreuse flowers at this time: deer resistant and drought tolerant plants are always useful in the North County!

We always aim to have a good supply of Native California plants. Right now we have some spectacular Salvia apiana in 5 gallon containers. This Salvia is very drought tolerant – the tall white flowers are second to the fragrant, silvery leaves. A few other natives currently in the nursery include Penstemon Margarita bop, Salvia Celestial Blue, many manzanitas, and Rhus ovata – a terrific evergreen shrub that is very drought tolerant.

Seems like everyone has spring fever and wants to brighten up their yard – we’re here to help! In the nursery: pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, two types of primroses and cyclamen for the shade. The Illumination variety of vinca is a nice small type of vinca ground cover. Remember to add some organic soil amendment to your plantings and mulch around the base to conserve moisture.

Studios on the Park in Paso Robles is presenting an exciting exhibition featuring orchids beginning on March 5th. There will also be special programs associated with the exhibit. For more details, go to their website, Studios on the Park. Should be a treat for any plant lover.

Salvia “Hot Lips” is probably our most popular Salvia. Get ready for Salvia “Amythest Lips”. It looks like a great contender, especially if you don’t have a place for red in your plan. Also coming this week, Salvia “Mystic Spires”, another very popular perennial with intense blue flowers. And be sure to plant some Garvinias. These are the hybrid garden Gerberas – more cold and heat tolerant with a great range of colors.

Newsletter for February 2020

The bareroot season for fruit trees is in full swing. Still available are many great apples, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums and more. Persimmons have become very popular the last few years; currently available are Giant Fuyu and Saijo (an astringent variety much like Hachiya). We made sure the favorite fig, Black Mission is in good supply. Since gophers are so fond of figs, you might consider planting them in a container; Black Jack and Violette de Bordeaux are particularly well suited. Many bareroot berries are sold out, but we still several in quart containers, including the Olallie berry, a local favorite.

Many of our customers want to know if our plants are GMOs, genetically modified. The answer is no. The plants that have been modified in this manner are field crops such as corn, alfalfa and soybeans. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this technology but the practice has not entered the realm of horticulture.

Here’s a look at some winter blooming plants that will add color to your winter garden. Daphne is probably one of the most fragrant shrubs you will encounter. It prefers afternoon shade and good drainage. Another shade loving plant is the perennial, Helleborous. Plant breeders have been developing many new selections. Colors vary from white to pink to mauve, single and double forms. The typical nodding flowers are also found in more upright forms. And don’t forget the Primulas – these colorful winter annuals for the shade come in a great variety of colors and even some double flowering ones.

Summer blooming bulbs have arrived with a good selection of dahlias. There aren’t many growers of the large flowered varieties in containers, so best buy the bulbs and grow your own. Other bulb offerings include gladiolas, lilies and crocosmias.

A reminder to spray your nectarine and peach trees with copper to avoid the fungal disease commonly called “Peach leaf curl”. Spray now and again just before the buds open.

A new Abelia on the scene – ‘Francis Mason’. This evergreen shrub with golden foliage grows about 4 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide. It is a dense, compact and spreading variety with flowers white to pink. The golden leaves will not scorch unless planted in the hottest and brightest situation. The leaves will be chartreuse if planted in too much shade.

Here’s a handy item I thought had disappeared! These small hot caps are great for protecting small vegetables and other plants from frost and/or ravaging predators. We also carry row cover for larger projects.

Cool season vegetables will continue to arrive until it’s time for summer vegetables! We don’t honestly believe spring has arrived and there is danger of frost ahead. So be prudent in your planting!

Newsletter for January 2020

Start the new year with optimism – plant a fruit tree! And boy, do we have lots of those. Come and see for yourself. You will discover apricots, apples, cherries, figs, nectarines, peaches and the list goes on. The earlier you arrive, the better the selection. It’s true we have sold out of a few varieties, but there are lots more to be had. If you want to check things out before coming to the nursery, go to our other website for the latest availability. We’ll be very happy to help you choose the right tree for your situation – keeping in mind your soil, climate and individual tastes. For many creative ideas for your home orchard, check out the Dave Wilson website at

Our handy little pruning book is just in time for the prime pruning season. You’ll find tips for pruning fruit trees, grapes, berries and also roses. And a reminder that we now carry the popular pruning shears, Bahco.

Love’s Promise, New Zealand and Fragrant Cloud. Roses! Some of the old favorites and some of the new – all quite beautiful. The varieties above are all very fragrant hybrid teas. We also have lots of floribundas, climbers, shrub types and many tree roses.

For the first time in many years we’re offering several selections of the bareroot David Austin roses. Shown here is one of the favorite climbing roses, ‘Golden Celebration’. Most varieties are extremely fragrant. We are expecting their arrival later in the month.

Time to spray the peaches and nectarines to avert the fungal disease commonly called Peach Leaf Curl. This is the product we recommend. Another serious disease affecting apples and pears is Fire Blight, a viral disease. We do have a new anti-viral product; unfortunately it is very expensive. If you have a number of trees that are susceptible, it just might be worth the investment.

Last chance for spring flowering bulbs, they’re on sale for 25% off. We still have quite a number of Hyacinths. Although they are often sold to be forced in small vases, they also are a great companion to daffodils. I have had white ones return for many years – does this mean they are gopher resistant? The jury is still out…

In case you missed the item several months ago in the Tribune, the local San Luis Obispo paper, regarding the cleansing properties of house plants, here’s a brief summary. House plants not only add beauty to your surroundings, they also help purify the air. Some of the toxins they help to eliminate include formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. Here’s a short list of some effective plants: Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) Golden Pothos, Dracaenas, Philodendrons, Peace lily (Spathiphyllum), Snake plant (Sansevrieria ) and Spider plant.

An elegant lady to grace your landscape.

Newsletter for December 2019

Conifer time! Gorgeous greens and blues to celebrate the season. We have a great selection of Nordmann firs and Colorado Blue Spruce along with some more unusual varieties such as Austrian and Bosnian pines. We have instructions for indoor use as well as outdoor. Large saucers are available for use inside. We can also provide delivery for the larger trees.

It’s begun – the bareroot season! Once again, we have many plants in small containers. They include figs and pomegranates plus lots of berries – blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. There are some exciting new varieties which are perfect for container planting. Pick them up now or reserve them for your planting date.

We still have a good selection of bulbs – lovely tulips, yellow daffodils just arrived, paper whites and hyacinths. It’s not too late to plant them. We can’t over-emphasize the rewards you will reap in the spring!

Works of art to fill with plants of your choosing! Many different styles and sizes. Containers aren’t the only decorative items we receive from Mexico. We have an extensive collection of very colorful animals including birds, cats, butterflies and more. Our humorous ant figures are quite popular. And then there are the striking sun figures to hang on your wall.

We’ve filled our shelves with lots of new and unusual gift items just in time for the holidays. Come in and take a look!

Finally, our supplier has started to carry one of our favorite brands of pruning shears – Bahco. We have two sizes available, depending on the size of branch you need to cut. These pruners fit very nicely in your hands and are very long-lived and reliable. Also available in this brand, saws and loppers.

You can still add bright winter color to your containers and landscape. The best bets to stand up to freezing temperatures are: Pansies, Violas, Calendulas, English primroses and Ornamental Kale and Cabbages. The “Laser” varieties of Cyclamen are also advertised to handle about 20 degrees.

In addition to the holiday conifers, we have lots of greenery to fill your landscape or container garden. This is the time of year we stock many of the sculptured shrubs and topiaries that add a bit of formality to the garden. We also have some unusual varieties of cypress in one gallons – Tecate, Macnab and Cuyamaca. Should all do well here.

A most appropriate Camellia for the season is the lovely “Yuletide”. This is one of the Sasanqua types; they bloom earlier than their relatives, the Japonicas. The flowers of the Sasanqua varieties usually have smaller flowers but they tend to be more profuse; many have Japanese names with single blooms. We have a great selection of both types.

Thanks to all our great customers – we appreciate your support throughout the year! We hope you have a wonderful holiday!