Newsletter for September 2020

The anticipation is over! The 2021 Bareroot Catalog has arrived. You can pick one up at the nursery or go online for the very same information. The web address is Be advised that the prices shown are those for mail order – prices for in store purchase are always somewhat lower. We will have an in-store price list available in the nursery a bit later. We want to encourage you all to order as early as possible – there’s no way of knowing how quickly things may be sold out. You can come in or call us at 805 466 3406 during our regular hours. So many great edibles to choose from!

Fall officially arrives this month and it’s the ideal time to plant California natives. Here’s a sample of what’s on hand: Rhus Ovata (Sugar bush) is extremely drought tolerant. It’s a handsome evergreen shrub growing 15 to 20 feet tall and displaying interesting winter color. Among the many Manzanitas we have ‘Ghostly’ with silver leaves and ‘Ken Taylor’, a very useful ground cover type growing 1 to 2 feet tall and spreading about 6 feet wide. Some other natives include buckwheat Crocatum and Rosy buckwheat. Other flowering perennials are Penstemon ‘Margarita Bop’. California Goldenrod, Epilobium (formerly Zauschneria) and Erigeron ‘Wayne Roderick’.

Start your fall vegetables now! We have both organic and regular vegetable seeds plus herb and flower seeds. We still have the seed starter soil mix on order, but you can use some potting soil with perlite for a lighter mix. You can prepare your beds with top-of-the-line ingredients such as Bumper Crop, Raised Bed mix, chicken manure and Vermi-compost. We have some vegetable six packs at present and will be getting lots more. Don’t forget the herbs for all those gourmet meals!

New pots of many shapes and colors to brighten your garden.

Fall bulbs begin their arrival with the bearded Iris. New this year is Iris pallida – an iris with variegated foliage. Most are advertised to re-bloom, but the proof is still out on this. Iris are not difficult plants to grow as they adapt to most soils and require minimal water. This is the time of year to divide your older iris, those three or four years old. The plants grow from rhizomes 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. In the spring, apply a fertilizer with more phosphorus than nitrogen such as 5-10-5.

White in the summer garden can act as a cooling accent. These perennials have just added white to their portfolio. Teucrium chaemydroides (Germander) is a tough plant normally found to sport rose colored flowers. Tulbaghia (Society garlic) normally displays lavender flowers and Gaura, often said to be white, usually also has accents of pink – but not with the variety ‘So White’.

Some cool grasses to add to your landscape. Miscanthus sinensis variegata can be a tall one – 6 to 8 feet with lovely cream colored flowers. A more diminutive Miscanthus is ‘Little Zebra’ reaching only 3 to 4 feet with striped blades. We also have an unusual variety, Ampelodesmos which has arching, evergreen blades 2 to 3 feet tall and 6 to 7 ft wheat colored flowers.

Crape myrtles come in a variety of forms and colors – these have been shaped into patio trees. This is a very popular plant in our area! It’s not too late to come and view the varieties and choose the one that’s just right for your garden! These hardy shrubs/trees do so well in our area because they thrive with hot summers. They are not drought tolerant and require regular water.