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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,

Happy Holidays! We hope you are already enjoying holidays this year, with so many lights and decorations brightening the sights and lots of holiday cheer in the air. It is a special year for celebrating that's for sure!

We are happy to report that paperwhite and amaryllis holiday bulbs are in, and so many poinsettias, wreaths, garland have arrived in full force! Our customers always say our holiday greenery is long-lasting and smells amazing! Plus, we have full tables of lavender and rosemary mini-trees, Christmas cactus, Bonsai, and other delightful treasures of the garden. It is a winter wonderland at Anderson's La Costa!

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In this newsletter don't miss "What's New in the Nursery..." by the wonderful Steven, December Gardening Tips, and Old Ben's newest article that provides some answers to old bird myths.

We truly hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season and we look forward to seeing you soon. Please stop by and visit to get your plant fix - we have lots to show you and can't wait to see you.

Warmest regards,

Marc, Mariah and the Team at Anderson's

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What's New at the Nursery Steven Froess

Happy holidays everyone!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. The holiday season always sneaks up on me and then it's gone before I know it. This year I'm trying to slow things down and soak it all in. We already have our tree up and decorated, then, Mom and I will bake cookies to share with friends, neighbors and co-workers. Since the weather has remained on the milder and drier side, my garden is still looking pretty amazing. The flowers just keep on well as the weeds, of course.

The setting around the nursery is very festive now that have our holiday items in and displayed. You'll find living trees to substitute for a cut tree such as Pines (Japanese black, Torrey, and Norfolk), Cypresses (Lemon and Arizona blue), and Wichita blue juniper. The tree-shaped lavender and rosemary bushes make great little patio or tabletop decorations (and smell amazing!) Fresh wreaths and garland are available, and back by popular demand our tillandsia ornaments. We also have traditional holiday items such as amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs, Christmas cactus, and Poinsettias and Princettias of different varieties- it is a very beautiful crop this year. Don't forget bonsai and orchids make great gifts as well.

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However, it's not just about the holidays as we have our amazing selection of indoor and outdoor plants, cactus & succulents, veggies & herbs, and loads of pottery. There are some very colorful bedding plants this time of the year including cyclamen (so many vibrant colors), nemesia (tiny flowers through spring), anemones, African daisies (also perennial), linaria (great for butterflies), and more.

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In preparation for the worsening drought we are stocking more options of low-water-use plants including California, Australian, South African, and Mediterranean native plants. The indoor plant selection continues to be solid as we move forward into the winter and the end of the year.


As this year winds down, I reflect and appreciate what I am lucky to have. Another great year at the nursery meeting new faces and conversing with everyone I've come to know throughout the years. Friends and family to spend time with and create memories. And of course, the never-ending collection of plants. Oh, and GOLF. :) See you all at the nursery!

Your Local Horticulturalist,


December Gardening Tips

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December marks the beginning of our true winter here in Southern California. The days grow cooler and shorter, shadows are longer and plant growth comes to a near halt until sometime in February. Normally, December fulfills its winter role with cold and rain, although it can sometimes bring a Santa Ana not unlike the one we had recently that makes you swear that August has returned! So, whenever the weather brings hot drying winds be prepared to hand-water your plants.

If you are too busy to give your garden much attention this month, you're in luck as most plants will do quite well with little help from you. If you prepared for winter in the fall, sit back, relax, and enjoy the holidays. If you still haven't

finished your fall gardening tasks, don't worry...the fall planting window hasn't quite closed just yet. 

To continue reading December Gardening Tips, click here.

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From the Desk of Old Ben: 10 (Incorrect) Myths About Wild Birds

1. There is no need to feed wild birds in Summer....

Answer: Not entirely true. Though there are abundant sources of natural food most summers, many times, birds need to find food easily. This is because the parent birds also provide for hungry babies in their nest. This can get the parents overworked. Providing them bird seed will help them to get food without much competition. No matter which season, leave food outside for our feathered friends. This will keep many species returning to your backyard year after year.

2. If you feed birds, they will become dependent on your

handouts, and will forget to search for food on their own.

Answer: This is not true. Birds get only 25% of their

food from bird feeders. The remaining 75% comes from natural

sources like insects, bugs, sap, spiders, pine nuts, grasses and

so on. If feeders are not present, birds will not starve. They will

resort to natural resources to gain food. However, during drought

and harsh winters, it is very difficult for them to find food. So,

it is always better to provide supplementary food through bird

feeders. Rest assured that birds will not be completely dependent

on it.

3. It is okay to feed bread to ducks.

Answer: This is a false notion. Giving bread to ducks is as good as 

feeding them junk food. White bread offers NO nutritional value, and

can be a source of excessive fats for the ducks. It may even pollute

waterways and lead to diseases. Animals and pests like rats, mice, 

insects, and predators will also be attracted to the bread. Feeding them cracked corn, vegetable trimmings, fresh pears or grape halves

is recommended.

4. Bird feeders do not require cleaning.

Answer: Again, not true. There is a misconception that there is no need to clean bird feeders. In fact, bird feeders should be cleaned from time to time. Without cleaning there is a good chance you will end up making birds sick. Due to exposure, bird feeders can become breeding grounds for bacteria and diseases. It is recommended to scrape off the old bird seed and clean the feeder with soapy water and a 10% solution of bleach. Rise thoroughly and dry the feeder before putting it back. Clean your feeders a minimum of four times a year, or once at the start of each season.

5. Birdseed NEVER goes bad.

Answer: Untrue. Like any type of food, birdseed can spoil over time, especially if it is stored improperly. Seed can attract pest and rodents or become mildewed, and old seed dries out and is less likely to be eaten. If you store birdseed properly, it can last for weeks or months and still be suitable for your feeders. Choose a cool, dry area to store seed. Use airtight containers that will deter rodents and insects. Many seeds many be stored in your freezer for use later. All seed has insect eggs in it. Warm or hot conditions will allow the eggs to hatch. Freezing kills the insect eggs. 

6. Uncooked rice will make birds' stomachs swell and explode.

Answer: Incorrect! Most birds eat all kinds of grains, including rice, with no ill effects at all. It's part of their natural diet.

7. Don't feed peanut butter to birds, they will choke on it.

Answer: Untrue. I have been using peanut butter to feed birds for many years. I have observed that my visitors take tiny amounts, fly to the nearest tree or shrub, place it under a leaf or piece of bark and eat it as though it were a bug they just found. If you are uncomfortable giving high energy peanut butter to your birds, just mix it with some black oil sunflower seeds.

8. Hummingbirds hitch rides on the back of geese.

Answer: No such thing has ever been documented!

9. This feeder is squirrel-proof!

Answer: Nice try! While it is true that some bird feeder designs are more squirrel resistant than others, no feeder is 100% squirrel-proof. Squirrels are cunning and resourceful, and if the feeder has a seed or food they like, they will spend hours discovering a way to get it, causing significant damage. 

10. No need to clean bird baths since birds use mud puddles.

Answer: I disagree. Unclean bird baths are perfect breeding grounds for algae, mosquito larvae and mold. Keep bird baths clean and filled with clean water on a regular basis. Birds prefer a shallow dish that they can stand in to drink and bathe.

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Anderson's La Costa Nursery

400 La Costa Ave. Encinitas, CA 92024

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