Newsletter for January 2018

These fruits look quite lovely in the supermarket, but we all know it’s the homegrown ones that have real flavor! We have about 90% of our bareroot fruit trees and berries. It’s a great time to plant them. If you want to check on availability go to for a current up-date.

We have a new root stock for semi-dwarf cherries, Maxima 14, an improvement on the Colt rootstock. In recent years figs have been arriving in small containers; this helps their delicate roots become less susceptible to damage when transplanting; also be aware that gophers consider these roots gourmet fare!

If you have less than desirable soil, we recommend adding at least 1/3 organic matter to your native soil.

For some detailed information about growing and pruning fruit trees check out this website:

We just received a shipment of gorgeous Camellias. The two above, Pink-a-Boo and Chansonette are the sasanqua types which bloom early at a time when the garden welcomes their colorful blossoms. These evergreen shrubs with their glossy, dark green leaves are a staple tor the shade garden.

The Camellia japonica blooms later, sporting both larger leaves and flowers. Camellias are considered part of the acid loving plant category, but they are much easier to grow than either Azaleas or Rhododendrons. The plants we received from Monrovia Growers are top quality. You may have to pay a bit more, but these sturdy shrubs should provide you with many years of enjoyment.

We have an excellent selection of olive trees at present. Here is one of the spectacular boxed fruitless Bonita olive trees. We have many fruiting varieties as well, some in one gallon, five and fifteen gallons.

“Little Ollie”, the shrubby form of the olive is a great carefree plant – excellent as a hedge and also in a container. This variety makes for great topiaries, large and small.


Two new fabulous floribunda roses. The floribunda roses are great performers. They generally form clusters and bloom profusely. The first is ‘Easy to Please’, one of the introductions in the “Easy-to-Love” series. The second, ‘Violet’s Pride’, is named for Lady Violet of Downton Abbey portrayed so vividly by Maggie Smith. Wouldn’t they make a perfect pair in any garden?

January is the month for lots of gardening chores. Prime chore: pruning. Grab hold of those pruning shears and tackle your rose bushes and fruit trees.

These gloves are designed to help with a thorny task! We have many other gloves for weeding and digging in some attractive colors. Leather gloves are also available.

A reminder that this is the time to spray peaches and nectarines with copper spray at least twice. The most important spray is just before the buds open in late spring.