Newsletter for September 2018

It wouldn’t be fall at Bay Laurel without our annual Fruit Tree Sale. Take advantage of these great prices to add to or begin your home orchard. Apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums and pluots in 5 gallons are only $22.95. All other deciduous fruit trees are 20% off.

Two evergreen fruit trees that are hard to find. We normally carry Feijoas (Pineapple guavas) but the named varieties are much less common. ‘Coollidge’ is the most widely planted in California; it’s highly productive with mild flavored fruits 4″ or more in length. The variety ‘Nazmetz’ bears flavorful fruits up to 3oz. Unlike others, the fruit remains clear when cut.

‘Star Loquat’ and ‘Gold Nugget’ are the named varieties of the Loquat tree. ‘Star’ has sweet creamy fruit. ‘Gold Nugget’ has large fruit with tender skin; it’s juicy and sweet. The seed cavities are quite small. The tree is upright and vigorous.

The bareroot catalog for 2019 is in circulation! Look for some of the old favorites and many of the newer varieties including pluots, pluerryies and apriums.

We were sad to learn one of our suppliers has retired and we are no longer able to offer grape vines. We will continue to receive a limited number of grapes in containers from Monrovia.

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Trees will be for sale the first of the year.

Leucophyllum compactum is a charming shrub blooming late in the season. The evergreen shrub has silvery leaves and pink flowers, grows to about 5 feet. It hails from the Southwest and Northern Mexico and is suited to very warm temperatures. Give it a sunny spot in your garden with minimum water and it will require little maintenance.

The supply of fall vegetables has arrived. We have kale, lettuce, snap peas, broccoli and more plus some very handsome strawberry plants. Be sure to enrich your soil as you begin your fall/winter garden. We have lots of great products to ensure a healthy crop. The locally made Vermicompost is very popular and our employees have had great results using it. Tailor your fertilizing to the needs of your crop – high nitrogen for leafy vegetables, high phosphorous for fruiting.

Bearded iris are the first arrivals of the spring blooming bulbs – always eagerly anticipated. This is the time of year to divide your older iris, those three or four years old. The iris grow from rhizones as opposed to bulbs. When you separate them, use a rhizome with healthy roots and a fan of leaves. Do not bury them more than 2″ deep.

You will find some autumnal hues in several grasses including Carex testacea, Stipa tenuiculmis and Stipa arundinacea. Another seasonal offering is the Rudbeckia ‘Autumn Colors’. We should be receiving Chrysanthemums and ornamental cabbages and kale in the near future.

We now have the third cold hardy Lantana – ‘Mary Ann’. This perennial sports pink and yellow flowers and grows to about 3 feet. ‘Chapel Hill’ is about 18″ tall and ‘Miss Huff’ 5 to 6 feet. Lantanas are valued for their drought and deer tolerance and long bloom.

‘Moon Lagoon’ is a dwarf Eucalyptus with fine, silvery leaves. It’s great for flower arrangements and as a garden specimen it has the benefits of deer and drought resistance. As the plant matures, the leaves become large and green. To prevent this, cut back severely when the plant is about 4 feet tall. Then the fine, silvery foliage will return.