Newsletter for November 2017

Get ready for another great bareroot season! The new catalog is out and the website is up and running. We also wish to remind you that the prices online are for mail order and that in store prices are lower.

A new root stock for cherries is Maxma 14 which replaces Colt. Two of its benefits are better tolerance to wet soils and earlier fruit production.

The bareroot season begins with supplies of berries Рblackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and more. Also, you can start planting vegetables including asparagus, artichokes, and rhubarb. We have many six  packs of vegetables and will bring in new ones as soon as they are available. This is also a great time to plant seeds of peas РSugar Snap and Chinese and the ornamental Sweet Peas.

Speaking of berries, how about some colorful ones to fatten up the birds. This month is prime. Shown below are berries from two natives, Prunus ilicifolia and Toyon, plus Pyracantha.

November is really the last good month for planting natives. Right now we have the best selection of Manzanitas including ‘Dr. Hurd’, ‘Louis Edmonds’, ‘Howard McMinn’ and ‘Ken Taylor’, among others. And back is that infamous Salvia, ‘Desperado’ – a cross between Salvia apiana and leucophylla. Don’t forget to throw out seeds of the native poppies and other wildflowers.

Who is Kurt Zadnik? I haven’t been able to find out, but there is a lovely Ceanothus named after him. This plant has some of the deepest cobalt blue flowers of the species. It is said to grow two to three feet tall and spread out up to eight feet. Recommended by our sales rep from Native Sons Wholesale Nursery.

For sale in 4″ containers is the healing Aloe vera. The sap is great in relieving itches from insect bites and pain from burns. Don’t forget to bring the plants indoors when frost is predicted.

Forcing Hyacinth bulbs is another holiday tradition along with paperwhite forcing. We have these colorful vases and blue hyacinths as well as a new variety in yellow. The bulbs can also be planted in the ground and should rebloom for many years.

Red and white cyclamen are always the most popular; other colors include salmon, lavender and fuchsia. In our climate, the plants require protection from frost. When the temperatures drop, keep them close to the house or cover them. They also function as colorful indoor plants, lasting longest in a cool atmosphere.

Calylophus (common names include Texas primrose and sundrops) is one of the most popular perennials and for good reason. The bright yellow flowers are borne on low growing plants all summer. They need only minimal irrigation and are content with summer’s hottest days. We currently have one gallon plants. Trim the plant in early spring if you notice it becoming woody.

Olive trees are a durable and lasting addition to the landscape. Come check out the striking weeping olive specimen. Also in the nursery, some very handsome fruitless Bonita trees in 24″ boxes. During the bareroot season, we will once again carry some of the more unusual fruiting varieties in small containers – Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki.