Newsletter for January 2021

Gardening doesn’t stop with winter weather here in California! The time for planting fruit trees, berries and roses has arrived. This particular season compares with last spring – crazy! Our best suggestion is “Don’t wait”. We sold out of many varieties very early this year – check out our bareroot website and find out what is still available. You will not find any roses listed there – we still have them in stock but they’re no longer available for shipping.

Another reminder to spray your peaches and nectarines to prevent the fungus and peach leaf curl. We recommend Liqui-cop. Other suggestions are the addition of Neem oil or use the oil by itself.

January is also prime pruning season and we have the small, inexpensive pruning book available. You can also find lots of help on the internet. We have some gloves designed to protect your hands from the scars of rose thorns, including a charming, floriferous pair.

Those colorful, sturdy annuals that brave the freezing temperatures of the North County are still available to brighten your landscape and containers. You might want to try Cheiranthus (Wallflower) ‘Purple Bi-color Sugar Rush’. The plant is very cold hardy and described as a short-lived perennial. Additionally, we have a great selection of English primroses which do splendidly in the shade.

Newsletter for December 2020

The “Bareroot” season is off and running! The new arrivals, however, are not bareroot at all! The growers have recently grown many offerings in small, quart size pots. Although this has added to the price, the advantages definitely outweigh the cost. The plants do not need to be planted right after purchase and they have a much better chance of survival due to a greater root structure. Here’s what we have right now; berries of all sorts – blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, goji berries, – figs and pomegranates. To see the up-to-date availability for the bareroot plants, go to our website –

The holiday trees are here. (The prehistoric figures amongst them are quite harmless.) We have the usual Nordmann firs and this year, a special variety of the Colorado Blue Spruce, ‘Baby Blue’. This spruce only grows to about 20 feet – in many years. The vivid blue needles make it a great accent. Give it regular water and some afternoon shade in the North County.

Cabbages big and small. We have lovely colors of white, red and pink in 4″ pots. The one shown is in an 8″ container and makes a striking display. Pansies and violas abound, with Calendulas, stock and snapdragons. We still have a great supply of daffodil bulbs to plant now or offer as gifts.

A few suggestions for your holiday shopping.

Don’t forget your fruit trees in the midst of all this merriment. Attempt to head off the insidious “leaf curl” which attacks peaches and nectarins. It is recommended to spray the trees 2 to 3 times during the dormant season. The most important spray is when you see color on the buds, just before they open. A customer who has had excessive leaf curl recommends adding Neem oil to the Liqui-cop. And another has had success using only Neem oil.

We have some handsome new benches with matching containers. Also in stock are lots of terra cotta pots, sizes small to very large.

The genus Hypericum (commonly called ‘St John’s Wort’) has added some really smashing hybrids called ‘Floralberry’. They were initially bred for the florist industry because of their very attractive berries. And now, luckily, they are available to retail nurseries. The current variety here is ‘Floralberry Sangria’. The leaves are very showy, dark green with red undertones. The shrub produces yellow flowers in spring followed by the very colorful berries. They make a great display in the garden as well as in a vase. This deciduous plant grows to about 3 feet tall and wide.

We expect bareroot strawberries later in the season but we currently have ‘Berri Basket White’ in 4″ plants. The white refers to the flowers, not the berries. This is a compact variety which does particularly well in containers and hanging baskets. Bareroot varieties to arrive later are ‘Albion’ and ‘Seascape’.

We have a lovely selection of poinsettias this year – marble, country quilt and red flowers with variegated leaves. The white variety is ‘White Princettia’ – true white flowers in delicate clusters. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday. Thanks to all of you for being such loyal and supportive customers!!

Sabrina, our saucy new cat, is posing for a Halloween calendar.

Newsletter for November 2020

A new frilly, fragrant viola – ‘Magnifi Scent’. This one is considered to be perennial – we’ll see if it survives our hot summers. There are lots of choices when it comes to violas and pansies. This is their time of year. They’re both great in planters and flower beds. Back again this year is ‘Honey bee’ viola, a real charmer! Other annuals to get you through the winter include stock, calendulas, snapdragons, Iceland poppies and erysimum. Give your flowers a good head start with some healthy organic soil and remember to fertilize throughout the blooming season.

Just arrived – a new shipment of the evergreen grass commonly called ‘Pheasant Grass’ but with two rather non-memorable botanical names – Stipa arunundinacea or Anemanthele lessoniana. But don’t let the names scare you off. This is a great evergreen grass with thin, arching blades that turn from green to shades of copper in the fall and winter. Only moderate irrigation is required. We are also expecting a shipment of Muhlenbergia capillaris, the muhly grass with outstanding pink flowers in fall.

Nandina or “Heavenly Bamboo” is almost always available at the nursery but this is the season we tend to highlight it. The reason is its great fall and winter color. Right now we have four different varieties: ‘Gulf Stream’ is very compact, growing about 3 to 4 feet tall. ‘Plum Passion’ has exceptionally nice fall color and grows 4 to 5 feet tall. ‘Fire Power’, only reaching 2 feet, has the reddest foliage of all. If you’d rather avoid any presence of red in the garden, choose ‘Lemon Lime’. The spring growth is chartreuse turning to green as the season progresses.

Bulbs for forcing. A tip for paperwhites to prevent them from becoming too tall – when the leaves are about 2 inches tall, replace the water with 1 part alcohol and 7 parts water. Rubbing alcohol will do. Save the good stuff. We have received a new shipment of many varieties of daffodil.

Cover up time! This row cover has many uses: protect tender plants including citrus from the frost. Protect young vegetable seedlings from the birds and cover fruit trees to keep the birds away – easier to remove than netting.

It’s still a great time to plant California natives. We have a good selection of manzanitas as well as coffee berries, Ceanothus and many more. Bargain 4″ plants include two varieties of Zauschneria plus Salvia apiana, fasciculatum buckwheat and Eriophyllum lanatum ‘Siskyou’. Manzanita flowers provide an early source of food for hummingbirds.

Cyclamen are one of the stars of the fall/winter season. Colors include red, white, maroon, pink and salmon. They tend to be a bit tender so plant them in a frost protected area. Otherwise cover them when the temperatures dip down. These lovely plants can also be used as house plants – give them good light and a cool spot. You will find English primroses in the same area – great winter color for the shade.

Make a statement! This garden art will delight and amaze. Standing at 4 feet tall it will certainly add character to your landscape. We have other sculptures a bit smaller.

Why not add a bit of color to the vegetable garden? New this year is ‘Purple Lady’ bok choy. The colorful stems belong to ‘Peppermint’ Swiss chard. We have a pretty good supply of winter vegetables – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and bulb fennel. We sold out of onion and garlic sets but do have burgundy onions and green bunching onions in 6 packs. In 4″ plants look for the garlic ‘Inchelium’. This is a softnecked type with mild flavor. It was discovered on a native American reservation in Inchelium, Washington. A taste test winner it stores well for 6 to 9 months.

These fall colored Poinsettias were very popular last year. We expect them to arrive early this month. We’ll have a variety of others – red, white, marbled and poinsettias with variegated leaves. This variety is ‘Golden Glow’. At the end of the month holiday confers will arrive along with topiaries of green.

The website for our bareroot catalog is We will also have bare root shade trees which are not listed in the online website. You can come to the nursery to see the list.

Newsletter for October 2020

Orders for the bareroot season have been rolling in. It seems the early gardening craze continues! The recommendation, therefore, is get your bare root order in as soon as possible. We still have a great selection but the numbers are dwindling. Roses are also selling very well, so again, do not hesitate! Here’s the link to the web site: – keep in mind that the prices refer to mail orders and the in-store prices are always a bit less.

‘Scarlet Spires’ Salvia adds bold color to the border. As is true with many of the larger flowered Salvias, i.e. ‘Amistad’ and ‘Marine Blue’, the plant will completely die back in the winter but return each year with an increase in size. To prolong the bloom, be sure to cut back the spent flower spikes.

Wildflower seeds have arrived. The best time to plant them is in the fall right before a rain (hope springs eternal!) Included are two varieties of mixed seeds – One has California wildflowers and the other actual Native California wildflowers. California poppies are especially inclined to reseed for many years once they are established. In preparation, it’s best to have a fairly open area in which you can rough up the dirt a bit.

We’ve been out of this great book on native California plants for a while but it has returned. Aside from the descriptions of more than 500 native plants there are many specific situations mentioned including plants for under oak trees, those for attracting hummingbirds, those that are deer resistant and lots more. The book was written by three native plant experts from different parts of the state and is indispensable for anyone wanting to grow our natives. Fall is the very best time to plant natives.

It appears we will have some real fall weather soon – the perfect time to plant fall vegetables. Expect six packs of broccoli, cauliflower, beets, lettuce and more. For the daring gardener why not plant some brokali. Brokali is new this year – a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale. Brokali can be enjoyed raw or cooked in any of the same applications as conventional broccoli, broccolini or sprouting broccoli. Chop florets and leaves separately and add to salads or egg dishes. Keep stems whole and leaves attached or halve and sauté, roast or grill for a side dish. Lightly blanch or steam spears and leaves or rough chop and add to stir-fry, pastas, grain or rice dishes. Brokali can be blanched and frozen for up to 3 months. Store Brokali in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Hanging baskets have been hard to come by recently but we have some scheduled for this week. The baskets are full of three different colors of Calibrachoa. These are the most popular varieties for hanging baskets: they hold up to the heat and flower for a long period. Spruce up your garden for the fall. And be sure to add some showy grasses like the ‘Red Baron’ millet – great for containers.

The amazing daffodil bulb! These are the most popular fall bulb we sell. The reasons include: gopher resistant, excellent production for many years and the bright display in late winter during the dreariest, days! Another factor is the great variety of daffodils. The typical plant is the yellow trumpet form. But there are so many others. Tet-a-tete for example, is a charming dwarf variety. Other selections include white flowers with pink cups and double flowering ones. The daffodils have been so popular we have ordered many more to arrive this coming week.

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.