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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,

Happy Mother's Day!!

We hope you are enjoying a beautiful month of May with warm sunshine mixed with sprinkles of rain, incredible flowers and new growth popping up everywhere, and the excitement of summer just around the corner. May is also wonderful because it is the month we honor our mothers! We found a couple of quotes we wanted to share with you:

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."
Robert Browning

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."
Abraham Lincoln

May is also an awesome month to spend in your garden. You can actually see what is growing, what needs tending-to, and what's missing in your yard. We can help you with any of the above! Please check out our latest specials and  May Gardening Tips to help get things going in your pre-summer garden, including the perfect Mother's Day gift of roses!

Newsletter Specials:

20% Off
Hybrid Tea,   Grandiflora,   Floribunda, David Austin and more - great selection of color and variety. Amazing roses for you and your mother! 

50% Off 
Clivia & Kangaroo Paw
While the beautiful blooms of orange and yellow have already made their appearance this season, clivia   offers a lush, green option for shady spots in your yard.

Kangaroo paw is still in bloom with its long, vibrant flower stems. Great for sunny spots that need some height from the ground.

20% Off  
All Indoor House Plants
Mother's Day only!
Invite mom to stroll the nursery and make a stop in the tropical greenhouse to pick out her own houseplant! Only  this Sunday  on Mother's Day.

You will not want to miss Steven's write up this month in "What's New in  the  Nursery ...He and fellow nursery-mate Manny recently visited the Huntington Gardens and took some amazing photos, followed by a great write up on the cool stuff that's currently at the nursery. Scroll to the end of the newsletter to find  Old Ben's article on Nesting for Birds.

We hope you have a lovely Mother's Day this Sunday, and we look forward to welcoming you to the nursery very soon! Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to help find.

Marc,  Mariah and the Team at 
Anderson's La Costa Nursery
What's New at the Nursery
      Steven Froess

Hello Fellow Plant Lovers!

I hope you are all enjoying spring this year as much as I am. I'm not quite sure what it is about this year, but everyone is in such a good mood and the plants are looking better than ever. 

A lot has happened since the last newsletter: we've added a few new team members (be sure to say hi to Frank and Bernardo when you see them), I turned 34 years old (I know, right?!), I scored my fifth hole in one (not one, not two, not three, not four...), I got to visit the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena, and the nursery has never looked better! 

Here are a few shots of the Huntington. It was a beautiful day and fun to spend it with co-worker and friend Manny and his son Caleb. So much to see and so much in bloom! 

To view  more photos of this amazing botanic garden, click here: 

What I enjoy most about this year so far is the fact that I am still getting to meet and befriend new people who are into gardening as much as I am. It's exciting to see gardening/farming/horticulture starting to grow among both young and experienced people. There is no better feeling than to connect with people about plants (in my opinion) and I get to do it on a daily basis.

Plant Talk
Well May has begun and spring is in full force here at the nursery. The birds are out and singing (as I'm writing this!), the hooded orioles are back to nest again (see picture), humming birds are abundant especially with all the plants in bloom right now, and the plant selection couldn't be any better! 

Let's start with bedding plants. Whether it's annuals like alyssum, lobelia, cosmos, and marigolds, or 4" popular plants like Evolvulus 'Blue my mind', Mecardonia 'Gold dust', 4" Nemesia (4 different colors), Fuchsias (4", one gallon, and hanging baskets are coming into full bloom), Coleus and Heuchera, they add some foliage color to shadier areas of the garden. 

Fuchsia in hanging basket (left) and limey heuchera above.

Classic Geraniums (calliope series have extra large flower clusters), and more unusual 4" plants including Salvia apiana, Verbena 'Little one', Penstemon 'Margatita BOP' (pictured), Salvia spathacea, and different types of yarrow, as well as grasses (Berkley sedge, Melinus 'Pink crystals', Festuca 'Elija blue', Juncus 'Carmen's Japanese'). 

One-gallon blooming perennials are so numerous right now. Pentas in all different colors will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden throughout the spring and summer. Many types of Salvias (I think I counted more than thirty varieties right now!), Lavender plants galore from the Spanish type, to French, dwarf English, and more. 

Pentas and Salvia l ooking patriotic

Native plants such as Yarrow, Salvias, Mimulus, and Protea pin cushion are still pushing out nice flowers as we continue this spring weather pattern. Alstroermia pure white (limited quantity) and Indian summer (dark leaf, sunset colored flower).

Hanging baskets also look fantastic right now, we have combination baskets, dipladenia (red and pink), fuchsias (WOW), marmalade bush, jasmine angulare, and more! 

If you haven't planted your vegetable and herb beds yet, fear not, you have plenty of time. I can usually harvest around 3 cycles of crops per year (early, mid, and late). The tomato, pepper, cucumber, squash, lettuce and more are still available as well as herbs such as basil (several types), cilantro, thyme, sage, dill, fennel, lemon grass, balm, and verbena, chives, mint, you name it! 

Parsley and lettuces.
Come in and see our expanding veggie and herbs section!

Indoor plants have grown in popularity and we've been told we have one of the best selections around. Taller plants such as Ficus lyrata (fiddle leaf figs), Ficus triangularis, Ficus 'Alli' and Ficus elastica (both dark leaf and siam ruby) are both attractive and hardy in most indoor environments. We must have over 40 types of Sanseverias right now and they look great. One of the most durable indoor plants is also good at improving the quality of the air. I could go on but I'd rather have you come into the nursery and talk to me!

Some notable very unusual/rare plants in right now include: Leucadendron 'Ebony' (one gallon, two gallon, and five gallon), 4"  string of dolphins,  variegated string of pearls, Crassula 'Buddha's temple', and Aeonium sedifolium won't last long (get them while you can!) Very cool varieties of outdoor hardy bromeliads with lots of foliage color (they are very easy to grow). Ficus afghanistanica, religiosa, petiolaris as well. Fish bone cactus (Selenicereus anothnyanus), Rhipsalis paradoxa, Echinopsis 'Domino' are full of buds (see pic of an open bloom below) and some 6" Myrtillocactus crestata 'Elite' has to be one of my favorite crested cacti. Rare Senecio Kleinia in a 24" box.

Leucadendron 'Ebony' top left
String of dolphin, string of pearls, Buddha's Temple (4" pots above)
Outdoor bromeliads above
Blooming Echinopsis 'Domino' above
Ficus religiosa bottom left
Senecio kleinia below

Ok, now I'm officially done. As most of you know I could talk about plants 24/7. However, before I sign off, I will remind you we have a great selection of roses in stock that are now  20% off, and tons of awesome fruit trees. And, I will wish you or your mom a very Happy Mother's Day. Looking forward to seeing you all at the nursery very soon!

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 all
760-753-3153  or stop by the nursery. You may also visit our website  to preview our designs and designers at 
tipsMay Gardening Tips

May usually brings prime planting conditions to Southern California gardens and landscapes. Temperatures are mild, the soil has warmed up, and we'll often have high overcast skies that will help new plants ease gradually into warmer weather conditions. 
May is the best month to plant summer flowering shrubs and to start transplanting indoor plants to the outdoors. If temperatures are cooperating, the gorgeous month of May will be your busiest until September with planning, planting and projects to head into summer. We could not find a more pleasant place or time of the year to be out working in the garden in our area than during the month of May! 

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

20% Off 

50% Off
  Clivia and Kangaroow Paw

20% Off
Indoor Tropical Houseplants
Mother's Day Only!

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

How To Attract Birds With Nesting Materials
Now is the perfect time to attract birds with nesting material to encourage them to take up residence in your own backyard. This gives you an opportunity to see the entire life cycle of backyard birds...from courtship behavior to nest building to raising their young. With the right nesting materials, you may even be able to attract several families of birds to your backyard.
Purpose Of Nesting Material
The term "Nesting Material" refers to anything that birds may use to build a nest, whether they create a simple depression of sticks and straw or if they have a more elaborate type of nest. Nesting materials serves several purposes:
  • Cushioning eggs from the ground and parents weight
  • Insulating eggs from temperature changes
  • Holding the clutch together for heat efficiency
  • Camouflaging the nest from predators
  • Protecting the nest from the elements
  Types Of Nesting Material
Different birds will use different materials to build their nest depending on the size of the nest, where it is built and how it will be used in terms of number of eggs, multiple broods and yearly reuse. Materials popular for building nest include:
Twigs or sticks Feathers
Dead leaves Moss or lichen
Grass clippings or dead grass Pine needles
Yarn, string or thread Mud
Bison Hair Spider web silk
Alpaca Hair Straw or other plant stems
Animal Fur Shredded paper
Cotton balls

While some of these materials are available naturally, those who wish to encourage your backyard birds to nest can provide additional sources of nesting material to attract  birds.
How To Attract Birds With Nesting Material
There are several ways to offer nesting material in the backyard to attract birds.
  • Drape material over trees or shrubs near bird feeders or sheltered spots where birds may build nest.
  • Use a clean suet cage and fill it with nesting material. Hang it where it is visible and birds will notice it.
  • Create small piles of nesting materials in places where it won't blow away or be soaked by rain or sprinklers. 
  • For best results, offer several types of nesting material in several different ways to appeal to different birds.
More Interesting Material Tips
It may seem very easy to attract birds with nesting material, but birders will take steps
to ensure the material they offer is suitable and safe for use in birds nest. 
Avoid any material that has been treated with pesticides, fertilizers, or other potentially  toxic chemicals. This includes pet hair with flea treatments or grass clippings after insect  repellent applications, as well as heavily dyed paper.
When offering string, twine, or thread, cut the material into segments 3-8 inches long.
Shorter lengths will not be as attractive, while longer lengths can potentially strangle
both adult birds and nestlings.
Do not offer any plastic or nylon material, including fishing line. These materials can be deadly to the birds.
While nesting material can get wet without problems, birds maybe more attracted to sources of clean dry material. Place the nesting material in a sheltered but visible location for best results. 
I don't recommend using dryer lint. The lint can contain detergents and other chemicals  that can affect the birds. Dryer lint also becomes hard when it gets wet and dries. 

In addition to providing nesting material to attract birds, be sure your backyard is bird  friendly with shelter, trees and birdhouses so they will use that nearby nesting material.  By offering a wide variety of materials, birders can invite their backyard birds to build  nests and raise their families close by.

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 Village Garden Club of La Jolla!

We would love to thank the Village Garden Club of La Jolla for their visit to Anderson's La Costa this week! Member Kathy Gold led a delightful group of about 20 gardening aficionados who visited during a full day of adventure which included a visit to Leo Carillo Ranch and lunch at P.F.Chang's. Thank you to Anderson's La Costa lead designer Tandy Denny for touring the group around the nursery and to all of our staff who helped out during their busy visit!

If your group is interested in booking a Garden Tour at Anderson's La Costa, please c all  760-753-3153,  send an email to,
or feel free to stop in!
Anderson's La Costa Nursery 
400 La Costa Ave  Encinitas, CA  92024   |  760-753-3153