Newsletter for February 2019

Don’t they look delicious? We’ve just about reached the halfway mark with our bareroot, season and there are still some great choices out there! ‘Fairtime’ peach is one of the latest to bear – September. The freestone, yellow fleshed peach is one of the best for the season. Another peach you won’t find in your grocery store is ‘Sauzee Swirl’. This saucer shaped white peach is similar to the ‘Donut’ peach but it ripens a month earlier. Right now we have a good selection of cherry trees including the ‘Stella’ variety shown here. ‘Stella’ is a dark cherry but what sets it apart from the familiar varieties such as ‘Bing’ is its unusual spicy flavor. Another favorite is the Olallie berry – there’s no thing quite as scrumptious as an Olallie berry pie. We also have many other tasty berries on hand – blackberries, raspberries and of course, blueberries.

What a great time to plant some California wild flower seeds. Get out there in between the storms we’ve been so lucky to see lately. Besides the poppies, we have mixed California wild flowers and California native seeds. We also have Lupine – it’s good to soak these before planting , also Baby Blue Eyes and more.

This colorful Mexican wall planter is just one of the many styles we have on hand.

Just arrived – summer blooming bulbs. As always, we have a great selection of Dahlias. Many of the Dahlias are the large dinner plate type. All prefer well draining soil. Plant the tubers sideways about 4 to 6″ deep and 12 to 24″ apart. Do not water until the shoots emerge unless the weather is unusually hot and dry. If the plants will be 3 feet or taller, be sure to provide support – stakes or tomato cages will work. Fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer such as 5-10-10. When using the flowers for cutting, immerse them in very hot water for about an hour in order to prolong the blooms. New this year are two varieties of Hosta; we always stock the potted varieties but are also selling them as bareroot plants this year.

We are slowly restocking our hardy succulents. This variety Sedum ‘Touchdown Teak’ is particularly useful adding a dramatic color contrast to your plantings. Opposite in color is the lime green variety ‘Angelina’. We have 3 sizes of cactus/succulent mix for container planting. In the ground you can add sand or pumice for good drainage.

Back in 6 packs is the very early blooming perennial Aubrieta. This charming plant is great in rock gardens as well as perennial beds. Once established, it needs only minimal water. It seems to disappear in the summer and return again every winter. Hollyhocks are available in 4″ plants as well as English daisies. We still have a good selection of pansies, violas and Iceland poppies.

Add some colorful creatures to your garden.

Our seed potatoes have arrived. We have Reds, Yukon Gold, Fingerlings, a combo package and more. They require good drainage and rich soil. They can be planted in containers and straw bales, but probably do best planted in the ground. A process called “hilling” is recommended. Dig a trench 8″ deep, plant the potatoes and cover with 3 to 4″ of soil. When the first leaves appear, fill in with more soil. To harvest “new potatoes”, wait 2 to 3 wees after the blooms die. For mature ones, harvest 2 to 3 weeks after the entire plant dies.

For all Brussel Sprout lovers – ‘Red Darling’. Although it’s actually purple, this new variety is milder and sweeter than the typical green sprout. It contains vitamins C and K plus a natural pigment, anthocyanin, an antioxidant which provides the unusual color. There are many ways to enjoy this vegetable – steamed, baked, sauteed with a little onion and white wine and on and on!

Last reminder to spray your peaches and nectarines with copper. If you have an aphid problem on your other fruit such as apples and plums, try horticultural oil to smother the eggs before they emerge.