Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,
Happy Father's Day! Hope you're having a glorious day. And what a wonderful month of June we are having! From May-Gray to June-Gloom, the sun has finally managed to pop through, warming everything up and giving us some gorgeous early summer days - but still with plenty of cloud coverage to keep things cool and comfortable. Don't let the clouds fool you out of applying sun screen though. The UV rays are still making their way through!
June is a busy month with Father's Day, graduations, and the true start of summer. The Fair is in town, tourists are arriving and the beach is getting busy! We all know the best reprieve from the busyness June tends to bring is to spend some time in the garden. Check out our latest specials below and
June Gardening Tips
to help make your summer start off a little sweeter.
Stunning bouquets of color, just right for your shady, north facing garden.
Drought tolerant, butterfly and hummingbird-attracting salvia is looking its best with spears of color and leafy green shrubbery.
Floribunda, David Austin - still blooming and wonderfully fragrant. Perfect for your summer garden.
In the next section you will find Steven's write up in "What's New in
At the end of the newsletter you'll find
Old Ben's article on the Salton Sea - located not too far from El Centro.
We hope you have a wonderful Father's Day and start to summer. We hope to see you at the nursery very soon!
Mariah and the Team at
Anderson's La Costa Nursery
What's New at the Nursery
.......by Steven Froess
It's that time again!
June is underway and so is our newsletter. I don't think anyone can argue that this has been the strangest weather we've had since I can remember living here. Nevertheless, the nursery has never looked better and the plant selection is amazing.
Don't let the
June days get you down...take advantage and play in the garden before the summer heat truly kicks in (and it will!) There is still plenty to do. I know you haven't gotten rid of all the weeds yet! Irrigation will need to be turned back on and adjusted. New plants should be planted where old ones have died or holes remain.
I am definitely one for enjoying watching a garden grow but I can't help but want to experiment with new plants every year! If you think you are too late to plant your summer vegetable crop or re-do areas in your garden you are mistaken. Gardening can be done year round, the only difference is the plants require much more care the hotter the weather becomes.
Long days and warmer weather also brings out the insects in the garden. All the wet weather earlier this year had all the snails and slugs coming out. Now with the warmer weather come the caterpillars and other pests. The best way to keep pests in the garden under control is to observe and act
before the population becomes damaging. Check for signs of pests such as holes in the leaves, droppings, and the actual pests themselves (which may come out early or late in the day). If your pests are chewing (and aren't grasshoppers) try spinosad by Captain Jack or B.T. (Bacilis thuringensis) to control them. Apply in the evening for best results. For other pests such as aphids, scale, whitefly, mealybug, spider mites, try Neem oil or Bon-Neem (neem oil with pyrethrins). Make sure that no matter which pests you're trying to control you alternate what you use so the insects don't become immune to the same method of action.
As spring slowly ends and summer begins, heat loving plants begin to emerge and bloom. We have our first batch of
Adeniums (desert roses, left) and
Plumerias are soon to follow.
All of our
fruit trees are beginning to ripen (peaches, nectarines, apples, plums).
are showing their flowers more and more (buddleja, asclepias, verbena, yarrow, pentas, and more).
(on sale now!)
are both awesome hummingbird food (amistad, love and wishes, vermillionaire, firefly, starfire). Water lilles are in bloom as well as clematis, calla lilies, roses (also on
sale!) and mandevillea, just to name a few.
Top left to right: ascelpias (milkweekd!), pentas, butterfly bush, purple clematis
Cuphea Mexican fireckraker/cigar plant (above) and mandevillea (right)
My list of plants to keep a look out for include:
Ficus 'Audrey', a great indoor/outdoor plant and a nice change from the ficus lyrata (fiddle leaf fig), and
Senecio 'Angel wings' which is a new intro, the one in my yard is doing very well! (Below right in foreground, gray leaves.)
Other cool plants to look for include:
(below left), and
Crassula 'Buddha's temple'
(dark foliage contrast is amazing) and
(forms a small tree),
Jacaranda 'Bonsai Blue', Nectaplum 'Spice zee', Podocarpus 'Icy Blue'
(in five gallon and fifteen gallon), and f
or Father's Day,
always makes a nice gift. Don't worry the list doesn't stop here
...I'm always on the lookout for more plants!
Leucadendron ebony above,
argentea at right
There's so much to talk about but I'll save some for next time. Please stop by when you get a chance - I'd love to show you around. Hope you dads are having a very Happy Father's Day and I look forward to seeing you all at the nursery this summer!
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, our Garden Design Team 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
June Gardening Tips
We usually experience mild weather in the San Diego area in June and the temperate
conditions are just right for getting plants off to a good start. Many flowers and vegetables should be planted from bedding plants this month rather than seeds because time is slipping for warm weather plants to fully mature. Here is a brief overview of when traditional Southern California and Mediterranean-climate plants begin to bloom.
June Bloom: Fuchsia, hydrangeas (on sale!) and lantana will be at the height of
bloom in June. Fuchsias and hydrangeas need plenty of watering, however make
sure they are receiving efficient water with little waste. Lantana is one of the
easiest full sun drought-resistant plants to grow. Irrigate plants at ground level.
Salvia/Sage: Strong, ornamental, easy to grow, drought tolerant and pest
resistant. We carry many varieties of salvia including Sunset
Western Collection, Mexican, Autumn, Cleveland, Purple, White, Wendy's Wishes, Ember and so many more. Hummingbirds love them!
To continue reading June Gardening Tips, please click here.
Newsletter Specials & Coupon
In Stock Roses
Specials Expire June 30, 2019
Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge
One of the best areas for bird watching in Southern California
is the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge was established in 1930 by Presidential Proclamation. Originally, the refuge consisted of 35,000 acres. Because of flooding by The Salton Sea, only about 2,200 manageable acres remain.
The Salton Sea is located in the Sonoran Desert of Imperial and
Riverside counties just north of El Centro. The habitat
contains 35,484 acres of salt marsh and open water, 2000 acres
of pastures and freshwater marsh. The sea is 35 miles long and
is one of the lowest places in the United States, about 228 feet
below sea level.
The Salton Sea has one of the most diverse bird species of any
National Wildlife Refuge in the west. More than 375 bird species
have been recorded in the Salton Sea and Imperial Valley regions.
Heavy migrations of waterfowl, marsh and shorebirds appear during
the spring and fall. During the winter and spring, a variety of smaller
birds and raptors occupy the refuge. The best months for bird
watching at the Salton Sea are November to May.
The primary purpose of the refuge is to provide habitat for migrating
and wintering waterfowl and endangered species, The refuge is
also important in providing feeding, resting and nesting habitat for
a large number of shorebirds, and in supporting a diversity of
wildlife species throughout the year.
Other animals introduced into the Salton Sea, accidentally or
intentionally, include barnacles, pile worms and copepods. Copepods
are a group of small crustaceans found in the sea and nearly every
freshwater habitat. These animals play an important role in
providing food for the fishery.
Thousands of waterfowl and other birds spend the winter here.
Canada Geese, Snow Geese, American Avocets, Black- Necked
Stilts, Pintails, Green-Winged Teal, Eared Grebes and a wide variety
of other species are commonly seen during the winter.
Before the Salton Sea was formed, waterfowl were only found along
marshes and delta of the Colorado River (mostly in Mexico).
During the 1920s, as more water was diverted from the Colorado River
for agriculture, marshes were inadvertently created.
As farming intensified in the 1940's and the Salton Sea expanded,
marshland once again shrunk and waterfowl turned to farmers crops
for food. Today, crops are grown on the refuge to feed wintering
waterfowl and to keep the birds from eating agricultural crops.
Some Interesting Facts about Birds
- There are about 8,850 different species of birds in the world
- Birds walk on their toes with their heels in the air
- Using energy at the rate of a Hummingbird, a human would haveto eat 340 pounds of potatoes every day
- As many as 2 - 5 billion birds fly south from the temperate zone each winter.
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.
Thank you San Diego County Fair Garden Show!
We would like to thank the San Diego County Fair and Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show for inviting us to participate with a "Historical Nurseries" display this year! We hope you will come check it out when you visit the fair this month! You'll get to see both the award winning gardens created just for the fair, along with the historical nursery section along the outside wall of O'Brien Hall...in addition to all the sights and sounds the fair offers every year! The SD County Fair is located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and runs through July 4th. Please visit San Diego County Fair for hours & more information.
Follow the yellow brick road at the San Diego County Fair this year! Anderson's La Costa is participating in the "Historical Nurseries" display at the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show!