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Beautiful Plants & Inspired Designs since 1954

Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa Nursery, 

Thank you, friends, neighbors and visitors from near and far for your amazing support and patronage during this beautiful, busy spring. We are grateful for your patience as we look for the perfect plants for you and your garden and home. Thank you, long-time customers and brand new friends, for finding us and stopping in. We appreciate meeting each and every one of you!

We are celebrating Moms this Sunday! We hope you will stop in for a long-lasting gift for your Mom, or better yet, bring her in with you! Nothing better than strolling a garden with your mother. We hope all moms feel loved and celebrated this Sunday. We love you!

Please enjoy our fabulous nursery specials this month that will give your outdoor spaces splashes of color...

20% off 
Hanging Baskets &
4-inch and 6-pack Bedding Plants
Gorgeous baskets filled with flowers for sun and shade!
What's not to love about flowers??

Don't miss "What's New in the Nursery..." by Steven, plus monthly Gardening Tips for May to follow, and Old Ben's newest article about birds' habitats in the Salton Sea.

Please come visit us and experience the over-abundance of flowering plants, amazing trees and so much more. We hope this newsletter finds you well and having a great month of May as we steadily approach summer. Happy Mother's Day, Mom! We look forward to seeing you very soon.

Best regards,
Marc, Mariah and the Team 
at Anderson's La Costa

WhatsnewWhat's New at the Nursery
       Steven Froess

Hello everyone!

It is time for the May newsletter!
May is typically a busy month for gardeners. Plants of all kinds are now available and ready to be planted. Flowering plants are in such abundance at this time of year it is difficult to decide which one or several to choose. 

If you did your fertilizing and amending during the previous two months, this month you will start to see the results. New lush growth on plants and abundant flowers are just some of the signs that a plant is healthy and happy. Of course, with a healthy garden come the aphids, so just keep monitoring the new growth from time to time to catch them early on. Ladybugs and lacewings are some of the beneficial insects/predators of aphids, so be sure to be able to identify them if you see them on your plants (and don't squish them or spray them please!) We currently have both in stock so please ask next time you stop by the nursery.

(From left to right: Ladybug lifecycle, lacewing, lacewing larva)

Mid to end of April through May is when I personally start all my summer vegetable plants. For those of you who haven't begun yet, you're definitely not late at all. Most of these plants don't start growing or thriving until warmer temperatures are around to stay. 

You will find a fantastic selection of vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, artichokes, asparagus, beans, eggplant, tomatillo, Garlic, scallions, and more) herbs (basil, thyme, cilantro, parsley, mint, oregano, lemon verbena, French tarragon, chives, lemon grass, rosemary, lavender, just to name a few) fruit trees (a few citrus, apples, apricots, nectarines, peaches, avocados, loquat, mulberry, edible passion fruit vines, plums, pomegranates, and others), berries (mainly red, black, and amber raspberry and blackberry with blueberries coming this month!) and more, like Physalis peruviana (Cape gooseberry) and Cyphomandra (tamarillo).

Fruit Trees aplenty!

Four delicious kinds of blackberry plants

Physalis Cape Gooseberry 
Cyphomandra Tree Tomato
Don't forget about water plants! Located in the former Secret Garden, which has had quite the renovation and clear-out, our ponds are now stocked with water lettuces and hyacinth, lilies and maybe a few goldfish.

May is one of the peak months for flowering plants. There are so many in stock I am not even going to try and name them all! Instead, I'll just name a few of the plants I enjoy: 

Lavender plants of all kinds: dwarf English, French and Spanish, sweet lavender, and all kinds of hybrids and cultivars. Roses: anything with fragrance is what I love when I stop and smell the roses.

Salvias (Mystic spires, greggii hybrids, native species such as clevelandii, you can't go wrong).  BBB attractors (butterfly, bee, bird) such as Pentas, Lantana, Asclepias (milkweed), Buddleja, Linaria, Gomphrena, Verbena, African blue basil, Tecoma, Grevillea and California natives. 

African Blue Basil

I am a sucker for California natives. Some of my favorites include Salvia clevelandii, Monardella liniodes, Dendromecon harfordii (Island bush poppy), and Abutilon palmeri (Indian mallow). Also, citrus blossoms are great "BBB attractors" and they smell like heaven! Note there is currently a citrus shortage in Southern California and we are doing our best to restock as often as possible. 

Dendromecon harfordii 
(Island Bush Poppy)
Abutilon Palmeri 
(Indian Mallow)
Ok, I realize that was a lot of plant-name dropping, but there are so many more I would fill up an entire newsletter!

I would also like to say that this year, like the previous, has been a very busy one at the nursery. I want to thank everyone for being so understanding and patient. We truly value each and every one of you as customers, acquaintances and friends! And, last but not least, I hope you have a very happy Mother's Day.

Until the next time, your local horticulturalist,

Garden Design & 

One of our main goals as a neighborhood nursery is to help our customers beautify their outdoor spaces. If you are interested in updating or creating a new and beautiful garden, our professional Garden Design Team would love to help you.

A one-hour professional consultation at your home or office starts at $450. During the initial on-location 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 initial recommendations. The designer will then develop a beautiful customized garden design for you including: 
  • an itemized recommended plant listing
  • a breakdown of costs of 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 call 760-753-3153 or stop by the nursery. You may also visit our website to preview our work 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!

Click here to continue reading May Gardening Tips.
N e w s l e t t e r  S p e c i a l s

May Nursery Special

20% Off 
Hanging Baskets &
4-inch and 6-pack
Bedding Plants
Happy May, Happy Mother's Day, Happy Memorial Day!

Specials good through the end of May 2021
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 full-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