Newsletter for October 2020

Orders for the bareroot season have been rolling in. It seems the early gardening craze continues! The recommendation, therefore, is get your bare root order in as soon as possible. We still have a great selection but the numbers are dwindling. Roses are also selling very well, so again, do not hesitate! Here’s the link to the web site: – keep in mind that the prices refer to mail orders and the in-store prices are always a bit less.

‘Scarlet Spires’ Salvia adds bold color to the border. As is true with many of the larger flowered Salvias, i.e. ‘Amistad’ and ‘Marine Blue’, the plant will completely die back in the winter but return each year with an increase in size. To prolong the bloom, be sure to cut back the spent flower spikes.

Wildflower seeds have arrived. The best time to plant them is in the fall right before a rain (hope springs eternal!) Included are two varieties of mixed seeds – One has California wildflowers and the other actual Native California wildflowers. California poppies are especially inclined to reseed for many years once they are established. In preparation, it’s best to have a fairly open area in which you can rough up the dirt a bit.

We’ve been out of this great book on native California plants for a while but it has returned. Aside from the descriptions of more than 500 native plants there are many specific situations mentioned including plants for under oak trees, those for attracting hummingbirds, those that are deer resistant and lots more. The book was written by three native plant experts from different parts of the state and is indispensable for anyone wanting to grow our natives. Fall is the very best time to plant natives.

It appears we will have some real fall weather soon – the perfect time to plant fall vegetables. Expect six packs of broccoli, cauliflower, beets, lettuce and more. For the daring gardener why not plant some brokali. Brokali is new this year – a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale. Brokali can be enjoyed raw or cooked in any of the same applications as conventional broccoli, broccolini or sprouting broccoli. Chop florets and leaves separately and add to salads or egg dishes. Keep stems whole and leaves attached or halve and sauté, roast or grill for a side dish. Lightly blanch or steam spears and leaves or rough chop and add to stir-fry, pastas, grain or rice dishes. Brokali can be blanched and frozen for up to 3 months. Store Brokali in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Hanging baskets have been hard to come by recently but we have some scheduled for this week. The baskets are full of three different colors of Calibrachoa. These are the most popular varieties for hanging baskets: they hold up to the heat and flower for a long period. Spruce up your garden for the fall. And be sure to add some showy grasses like the ‘Red Baron’ millet – great for containers.

The amazing daffodil bulb! These are the most popular fall bulb we sell. The reasons include: gopher resistant, excellent production for many years and the bright display in late winter during the dreariest, days! Another factor is the great variety of daffodils. The typical plant is the yellow trumpet form. But there are so many others. Tet-a-tete for example, is a charming dwarf variety. Other selections include white flowers with pink cups and double flowering ones. The daffodils have been so popular we have ordered many more to arrive this coming week.