Newsletter for January 2022

Start off the new year with a fruit tree planting at our bare root website ! Begin small with just one tree or plant an entire home orchard. We have a lot of choices. Some of the tried and true standards include the all time favorite apple, Fuji. Another popular variety is Pink Lady. Elberta peaches are always delicious. Santa Rosa and Burgundy plums are notable for their flavor as well as their pollinating capabilities. You can also visit us at at the nursery to check on what’s currently available. As was true of last year, we have sold out of many varieties but many desirable selections remain.

Time to prune! Winter is the prime season for this important task. We have an inexpensive book here at the nursery to guide you through the pruning of fruit trees and roses. Reasons to undertake this annual task include stimulating new fruiting wood, removing broken and diseased wood, allowing for good air circulation and sunlight to penetrate the canopy.

One more chore to ensure the health of your peach and nectarine trees. Avoid or mitigate the fungal disease ‘Peach Leaf Curl’. We recommend spraying the product ‘Liqui-Cop’. Do this 2 or 3 times during the dormant season. The most important application is right before the buds open. Some customers recommend adding neem oil to the spray.

Last chance for spring blooming bulbs – they are now on sale 40% off. We still have a good supply of Tete-a-tete daffodils, charming dwarf plants. They are particularly suited to container planting. We still have some tulips, hyacinth and ranunculus bulbs, among others. Don’t wait until you see them blooming in your neighbors yard! Gophers do not care for daffodils.

A whimsical windswept sun for your wall!

This is one of the latest varieties in the Philodendron family – named Neon for the bright, chartreuse leaves. Philodendrons have been some of the most popular house plants over the years. Most require minimum care – moderate water and light. The genus is quite diverse including many cascading types and other upright varieties with extremely large leaves, such as the Monstera delisiosa.

The African violet shown here is probably one of the most unusual – note the ruffled petals. These small, flowering house plants usually thrive in good light, an eastern window preferred.

Here’s an unusual bench for the weary gardener to rest upon. It is surrounded by all sorts of evergreen shapes and sizes – conifers, boxwoods and cedars. We have the very best selection of these varieties at this time of the year. You can still find many trees, shrubs and native plants to add to the garden right now.