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Happy Easter! We will open at 11:00 am on Sun, April 17

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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,

Happy Spring and Happy Easter! We hope you are enjoying a glorious spring with this amazing weather - rain followed by sunshine and then a little cool down next week. Ahhh, perfect for spending time outside in our gardens. We are excited to have you visit the nursery - there's so much going on and so many amazing plants available this time of year. There is definitely a buzz in the air! (Pun intended.)

April Newsletter Special

20% Off

Azalea, Camellia, and Clivia

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We are excited to put several flowering shade plants on sale for you this month! In beautiful bloom and looking real good, check out these beauties.

We think that every shady north-facing side of a house or shaded canopy of bigger trees should have some kind of flowers for the color, drama, and beauty they provide. There's lots to choose from so don't miss out while they're plentiful.

Steven has great stuff to report on in "What's New at the Nursery," followed by April Gardening Tips, and then Old Ben's article about using water to attract backyard birds. Meanwhile, Sip & Paint is back this year with Kathleen of Aloha Art on Wednesday, April 20! More details below...

We will open up late morning on Easter Sunday, April 17 at 11:00 am. We hope you are thoroughly enjoying our beautiful spring and of course, we look forward to seeing you very soon.

Warmest regards,

Marc, Mariah, Steven, and the Team at Anderson's

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Sip, Paint & Plant!

Wed, April 20, 6-8 p.m.

Please join us for our first Sip, Paint & Plant event of the spring hosted by Kathleen of Aloha Art and #coconutmommy on Instagram! This month, we will be painting and planting a beautiful hand-crafted herb box. Get creative! You can make a salsa box, you can choose herbs for a spaghetti sauce, whatever you dream up!

$45 per person through Sunday, April 10, then the price goes up to $50. Secure your spot now by calling or stopping by the nursery. We look forward to having you back to the nursery for a special event you won't want to miss!

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What's New at the Nursery Steven Froess

My favorite month is here! April is a great month not only because I was born on the 16th, but sometimes some of the nicest weather all year happens in April and everything seems to be in bloom! I always forget how many flowering plants exist until this time of year again. Between all the birds, bees, butterflies, and lizards around, it's a great time to be an outdoor nature lover.

Well, the wait on our rose bushes is finally over! We now have a portion of our David Austin roses which, unfortunately, have been very limited due to supply issues. But we received some of our favorite fragrant flowering varieties such as 'Pope John Paul II', 'Intrigue', 'Neptune', 'Bolero', 'Blue girl', 'Double Delight', 'Radiant perfume', 'Princess Charlene de Monaco', 'Julia Childs', and more. Don't forget it's still fairly early in the season so we may be able to special order certain varieties if we don't have them in stock. Add some acid or organic planting mix and a regular (monthly) dose of rose fertilizer to really see your rose bushes thrive.

Spring/summer vegetables and herbs are now in full swing. We are getting weekly shipments of everything you may want or need. Tomatoes of all kinds, heirloom and some regular favorites such as 'Sungold', 'Cherokee purple', 'Momataro', 'Beefmaster', 'Indigo Rose', 'Brandywine', and more. Squash and zucchini definitely give you the most production per plant. Green beans, eggplant, peppers (both hot and mild), corn, cucumbers (Persian, English, and Japanese), lettuces, and more.

All the herbs you can imagine- French tarragon, so many different types of basil, thyme, chives, dill, fennel, oregano, marjoram, rue, sorrel, lemon verbena, sage, and more! Be sure to add our favorite Recipe 420 soil or fertilizer to ensure success in your garden this year. 

Berries have arrived! A great selection of strawberries, blueberries meant to grow in our low-chill southern California climate, raspberries such as Baba berry and Fall gold, blackberries such as 'Navaho' (thornless) and 'Triple crown' (thornless), and thornless boysenberries. Make sure to use acidic soil and fertilizer to make these plants thrive!


Our supplier of extraordinary plants has not let us down again! We just received a shipment of some cool caudiciforms and other specialty plants that are borderline rare. Ficus tettensis and menabeensis, Begonia dregei (great for bonsai), Fockea edulis, Sedum multiceps, Monanthes polyphylla (bolded in pics below), and lots more. 

Now that the butterflies are slowly making their way back, we will be sure to regularly stock asclepias (milkweed) for the monarchs, and lots of flowering nectar plants that all butterflies love. These include pentas, lantana, verbena, salvias, yarrow, scabiosa, buddleja, and African blue basil just to name a few!


Thank you all for the positive feedback about the changes we've been making to update and improve the nursery. Always great to see you all and meet new faces!

Your local horticulturalist,


April Gardening Tips

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April in the garden means warmer weather and longer days with no fear of frost. We are overflowing with flowering plants and herbs & vegetables - the selection is incredible. Anytime this month is a great time to start incorporating soil amendments, sowing seeds, and putting in transplants. The soil is dry enough to be worked without compacting it, the air is warm enough to enjoy working outside and the soil temperature is ideal for germinating all kinds of seeds and getting transplants growing well.

Herbs: If you haven't already, it's time to start a culinary garden with basil, cilantro, chives, curly or Italian parsley, lavender, oregano, sage and thyme!

Vegetables: There's just a little time left to plant beets, lettuce and radishes. In late April plant only the heat lovers: beans, corn, cucumber, eggplant, melons, okra, peppers, summer squash and tomatoes. 

To continue reading April Gardening Tips, click here.

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April Nursery Special

20% Off

Beautiful shade-loving flowering plants:


Camellias &


Offer expires April 30, 2022

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From the Desk of Old Ben...

Using Water to Attract Backyard Birds

Water is an important part of your backyard bird habitat. Wild birds need a continuous supply of fresh clean water at all times of the year, for both drinking and bathing.

Water is particularly important during the winter when natural supplies may be frozen, just look at the east coast, and in dry hot weather during the summer when water can be hard to find. 

Birds have no sweat glands, so they need less water than mammals. But, they do lose water through respiration and their droppings. Most small birds need to drink at least twice a day to replace lost water.

Birds get liquid they need from their food and by drinking. Many insect eating birds get most of their water from food. Seed eating birds have a dry diet and they need to drink more.

Water is freely available to small birds at the shallow edges of ponds and streams. They may also drink water droplets that form on leaves, especially if they live in woodland areas. Species such as swallows and swifts swoop down onto a body of water and scoop up a beak full of water while still in flight.

Most birds drink by dipping their bill in water and throwing their head back to swallow. Pigeons and doves are able to immerse their beaks and can drink continuously.

Maintaining a Birdbath

The key to attracting a large number of birds is to keep your birdbath full of fresh water at all times. The bowl should have a gentle slope so birds can wade into the water. Your bowl should be no more that 1 to 3 inches deep. If deeper, add small pebbles or rocks so the birds can land on them. Anything deeper than 3 inches will cause the birds to avoid your birdbath.

In the natural environment, most sources of shallow water are intermittent. Although puddles form after a hard rain, reliable pools are rare and birds will travel great distances to visit them. Keep your bird

bath full and you'll be well rewarded. But remember to clean your birdbath every couple of days. Don't let the water become stale. Clean off the bottom of the bath immediately if green algae starts to form.

Remember, if you are trying to make your backyard a better place for birds, few things are more attractive than a well maintained birdbath. Just add water and watch the fun!

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Please check out our full line of local bird seed and wild bird products at Anderson's La Costa Nursery, your North County supplier of Old Ben's Wild Birdseed.

Anderson's La Costa Nursery

400 La Costa Ave. Encinitas, CA 92024

tel: 760-753-3153 | email:

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