Newsletter for December 2023

It’s that “Let’s celebrate and be jolly” time of year. We’re here to help at Bay Laurel Garden Center in Atascadero. We don’t have any mulled cider or hand warmers to sell but we do have some plants to add to the holiday good cheer. As pictured, handsome wreaths. Live Christmas trees from tiny to tall can be set indoors for a couple of weeks and then added to your garden décor and enjoyed for many years.

You couldn’t have a proper holiday without a colorful Poinsettia or two in the house. We have 6″ and 4″ plants in several colors at Bay Laurel Garden Center. Christmas cactus have also arrived.

As promised we have a substantial supply of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs and pomegranates ready to purchase and plant at Bay Laurel Garden Center. Blueberries are somewhat demanding as they require an acidic soil which you would have a hard time finding here! Amendments are the solution. The many varieties of blackberries fall into semi-upright and trailing types, qualities which determine where to plant them. They do best with rich organic soil and adequate moisture. Bumper Crop is our very popular organic amendment to enrich your soil.

Two items no longer available as bareroot are strawberries and artichokes. Both, however are still available as plants at Bay Laurel Garden Center in Atascadero. We have some very nice 4″ artichokes and both 4″ and six packs of strawberries, including the very small but tasty white alpine strawberries.

Two contrasting succulents – both cold hardy and popular anytime of the year. The first, ‘Ogon’, is a great brightener for shady areas. ‘Chocolate Ball’ is one of the newest varieties – its yellow flowers go nicely with the chocolate colored leaves.

A few suggestions for holiday gifts at Bay Laurel Garden Center in Atascadero. When all else fails, there’s always a Bay Laurel Garden Center gift certificate!

Good enough to eat? We’re not sure – but they look awfully cute in a container. The weather may be a bit chilly but we have lots of tough guys to withstand it at Bay Laurel Garden Center. In addition to all the lovely annuals including calendula, pansies, violas and stock, you can add some perennials to the mix. We have 4″ hollyhocks, delphiniums, ‘Hot Lips’ Salvia and lots more.

At this time of year it’s great to have some red berries for decoration. Our native Toyon (Heteromeles) can oblige. Pyracantha is always a great source. Some manzanitas are in bloom now – a good food source for hummingbirds in these chilly days.

There is some activity going on in the shade house at Bay Laurel Garden Center in Atascadero. We have added 4″ primroses to the 6 packs. Additionally you will find 4″ Cyclamen. The Camellia for the season, ‘Yuletide’, is present as well. Taking a break from the holiday plants are some lovely 1 gallon Foxgloves.