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!