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Beautiful Plants & Inspired Designs since 1954
Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,
Happy gorgeous summertime! Don't you think we are experience some of the best summer weather yet?

Thank you for helping us celebrate our 65th Anniversary last week! We loved seeing long-time friends and meeting new ones. Along with the big celebration, Marc & I also celebrated our 5-year Anniversary of nursery and small business ownership.  Thank you for being our wonderful, loyal customers - we are so grateful.

Check out this cool image of the north end of Leucadia in Encinitas, circa 1972.

You can see La Costa Avenue heading east from the PCH at Ponto, left of center in this photo. Anderson's La Costa is situated on the left (north) side of La Costa Ave on the peninsula, just in front of the large flat greenhouse structure. Perhaps the large ficus rubiginosa on the property were still in 48" boxes at the time this photo was taken...w e are honored to have a connection to the rich history of nurseries and greenhouses in North County San Diego.

Moving on...please check out our latest specials below and  Summer Gardening Tips  to remind you what your garden might need in case it isn't telling you directly!

Newsletter Specials:

20% Off
All Fruit Trees and Vines
Citrus, stone fruit, apples, berries, tropical, all of them.
Plus, lots of vines to choose from including both edible and non-edible such as jasmine, passion and butterfly vine.

20% Off
Pentas and Milkweed
Colorful, low water, butterfly-attracting pentas and milkweed are plentiful for you to have your pick.

In the next section you will find Steven's awesome write up in "What's New in  the  Nursery ...and next, several of  Old Ben's Wild Birdseed recipes. 

We hope you are having a wonderful month of August! Enjoy this beautiful summer we're having before it's over and we'll look forward to welcoming you to the nursery soon.

Thank you for 65 years!
Marc,  Mariah and the Team at 
Anderson's La Costa Nursery
What's New at the Nursery
   Steven Froess

Hello Everyone!

August is fully underway and it's time to talk about my favorite subject.

First, I want to thank everyone for sharing with us in celebrating Anderson's La Costa Nursery's 65th Anniversary. We wouldn't be here without all of your support. I'm so thankful to be part of this nursery's history and growth throughout the years. I've built so many friendships and met so many unique and interesting people during my years here and look forward to so many more.

August is a month where pests are abundant in the garden. If you are unsure what pests are attacking your plants or how to control them, be sure to bring in a couple of leaves (with pests or signs of the pest if possible) in a sealed bag and we will be happy to help you identify and and figure out ways to control them. Monitoring your plants regularly for pests will help you be able to eradicate them before their population is beyond your control.

Plant Talk...
Even though it's midway through summer, there are an abundance of beautiful plants to admire, especially those for butterflies! If you've been to the nursery recently I'm sure you can't help but notice all the lovely butterflies. I've seen Monarchs, giant swallowtails, sulfur, and morning cloaks...and bees! Yes, even the bumble bees are back, and there are plenty of plants in our region that they love. 

These pollinators are so important for our ecosystem, it is important that we keep their population growing and healthy.  Plants like pentas (on sale now!), African blue basil, citrus trees (also on sale!), lavender, aloysia virgata 'Almond bush', salvia 'Misty', hibiscus, Tibuchina 'princess flower', and gomphrena just to name a few. 

Images clockwise from top left:
Salvia 'Misty'
'Seminole' Pink Hibiscus
Tibuchina 'Princess Flower'
Aloysia virgata 'Almond bush'

Plumerias are blooming beautifully and will continue to through September, at least. With names like Sweet Secret, Red Sparkles (below left), Little Pearl (below right), Yellow Stone and Cancun Dreams, don't you think you need one in your garden?

Mandevillea are also looking their best this month with flower colors in red, white, pink, and apricot this year.

Our indoor plant selection continues to grow, it certainly feels like a tropical jungle in there this time of the year. A few newer plants we have in stock are Ficus benghalensis 'Audrey', Ficus triangularis and Ficus elastica 'Siam ruby'. 

Check out Peperomia 'Watermelon', Ceropegia woodii 'String of hearts', harder to find s enecio peregrinus 'String of Dolphins',  'Beauty star', Calathea 'Dory', Hoya 'Hindu rope', and several beautiful Adeniums just to name a few cool plants that aren't your everyday finds.

Peperomia 'Watermelon' followed clockwise by 'String of Dolphins', 
Calathea  Medallion   and Calathea  Beauty Star .

In the  succulent section we have a limited selection of variegated Dinner plate aeoniums (gorgeous), echeveria 'Ruby velvet' are back in stock in 4" and 6" pots. Portulaca are flowering and add a nice trailing accent to any container or make a nice flowering groundcover. Crassula falcata 'Airplane plant' are blooming beautifully with their clusters of red flowers that attract hummingbirds (all pictured below.)

All sorts of unusual  cacti such as crested  Pachypodium and  Myrtillocactus, beautiful five-gallon size Furcrea macdougllii. Also coming soon some of the r arer cactus and succulents (I'm going to the big show in Arcadia this weekend).
Clockwise from top left: Crested pachypodium and myrtillocactus, another large specimen myrtillocactus geometrizans, and spire-like furcrea macdougllii (bot left).

Our sale this month includes  fruit trees and bushes, which include everything from blueberries, goji berries, and passion fruit vines, to citrus, avocado trees, stone fruit trees and more of all sizes. Also in this month's sale are our  vines, many of which are blooming this time of the year. Varieties such as Mascagnia macoptera (butterfly vine), Jasmine tortuosum (twisted jasmine), Passion vines, Manettia (firecracker vine), and more. All  20% Off through the end of the month. 

Oh, and don't forget our  50% off table right up front. Your pick, plus 4" veggies for $1 and bedding plants for $1.50 (!!!)

It's been great to be writing this newsletter for you all this month. For the next one I will have pictures of the cactus and succulent show I'm going to. Look forward to seeing you all at the nursery and getting to talk about plants with you!
Your local horticulturalist,

We would love to help you beautify your outdoor space! If you are interested in updating or creating a new and beautiful garden, one of our Garden Designers will be happy to help you! 

A one-hour professional consultation at your home or office starts at $450. During the initial at-home visit, our designer will meet with you to learn about your vision, see your location and layout, take photos and measurements, and provide you with additional recommendations. The Designer will then develop a beautiful customized garden design for you including: 
  • an itemized recommended plant listing
  • a breakdown of costs associated with the proposed design
  • a follow up meeting at the nursery for a presentation of your design including plants samples and suggestions
  • a basic placement sketch for you to review
  • information on how to care for your new garden
For questions and more detail, please c all
760-753-3153  or stop by the nursery. You may also visit our website  to preview our designs and designers at 
tipsSummer Gardening Tips

Now that August is in full swing and it really feels like  we are in summer mode, it is time to sit back, relax and enjoy your garden. Perhaps take a look to see if there's anything that might need attention, or simple chores like watering and deadheading that can be done in the early, cool mornings or later into the evening. Regardless, now is the time to reap what you've sowed - if not literally than figuratively! Enjoy the fruit of your labor! However, if you are inclined to poke around in your garden, here are a few summertime reminders: 

Watering and pest control will be your main tasks this month. Remember the basics: Water in the early morning, and water the soil to the extent of the radius of the leaves, and not the leaves themselves. Water deeply and occasionally rather than shallow and often. It is important to water plants deeply during the height, and hottest part of summer.

To continue reading Summer  Gardening Tips, please click here.
Newsletter Specials & Coupon

August Nursery Sale!

20% Off 
Fruit Trees
& Vines

20% Off
Pentas & Milkweed

 Specials Expire August 31, 2019
From the Desk of Old Ben's Workshop

Wild Bird Treats You Can Make At Home

Watching birds has been a hobby of mine for the past 40 plus years.  It brightens up my day to see my feather-ed friends fluttering  outside the window, and brings joy and wonder in the spring and summer  to see parent birds bring their fledglings to my feeders.

Below are some recipes and ideas that I have enjoyed using to attract  wild birds to my yard.

Easy Peanut Butter Suet

2 cups chunky peanut butter
1 cup lard (usually available in the meat department of your grocery store)
2 cups oats
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup white flour
2 cups Old Ben's Classic Wild Bird Seed
2 cups mixed fruits, such as fresh cranberries, orange or apple pieces

Melt the lard and peanut butter together. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Fill muffin tins or another mold with the mixture. Store in the freezer until you're  ready to use. Place in suet baskets, on platform feeders, or fence post.

Bird Seed Cookies

3/4 cup white flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 TBS corn syrup
4 cups of Old Ben's Classic Wild Bird Seed
Mixing bowl
Wax Paper or non-stick spray
Cookie Sheet
Cookie cutters

Put all the ingredients in a bowl except bird seed and mix until well combined.
Mix in bird seed. Spray your cookie sheet with the non-stick spray or line with
wax paper. Spread the bird seed mixture evenly on the cookie sheet. Use the
cookie cutters to cut out your desired shapes. Use a straw to make a hole at 
the top of each cookie. Allow the cookies to harden over night.  Once the cookie
treats become hard, place twine through the hole and tie them on tree branches 
and bushes.

Birdseed Garden

You can use a couple handfuls of Old Ben's Classic Birdseed to grow your own
birdseed garden. Find a nice, sunny spot in your yard where you can add a
garden (be sure you can see it well from a window if you bird watch from inside).
Work up the soil just as you would for a flower or vegetable garden. 

Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the garden, and lightly rake them into the soil. Keep
the soil evenly moist, with gentle watering until the seeds begin to sprout. Usually
once the seeds have sprouted, there is not much more that needs to be done. Allow
the plants to grow and reach maturity. Let the plants go to seed and dry on the stalk.
Birds will harvest these seeds in fall and winter.  Some plants that are good to include in a birdseed garden are cosmos, purple coneflower,  zinnias and coreopsis.

Feeding birds is a wonderfully enjoyable and relaxing activity, and so is making your own  bird treats!

Please check out our line of birdseed and wild bird product 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   |  760-753-3153