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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa Nursery, 

Happy Summer! We are so happy to see so many of you coming through the nursery. Thank you for your loyal and ongoing support. We wouldn't be here without you. We celebrate the fact that this summer may feel a little, or a lot, more normal than last year and hope you can enjoy our beautiful Southern California weather and the great outdoors. 

We invite you to stop by the next time you're working on your garden. There are so many amazing flowering plants in stock right now. There's no better way to get summer started than with our fabulous nursery sale good through July 4th: 

20% Off 
Fruit Trees!
All types of fruit trees are now on sale including:
Apple, apricot, avocado, bananas, all kinds of berries: blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, citrus (lots of 5-gallon orange varieties), figs, passion fruit, pomegranate, stone fruit including nectarine, peaches and plums, and more! 

Thank you to everyone who came out for our first Sip, Paint & Plant Garden Party in June! It was a delightful event lead by the wonderful Kathleen Larson of Aloha Art. We will do it again, so please save the date for Wednesday, July 14. No experience required - lots of stencil options available! Be the first to call in and reserve your spot!

Some of the Sip & Paint ladies with their beautiful completed artwork

Next Sip, Paint & Plant scheduled for July 14.
$45 per person includes all supplies, sips and snacks.

Don't miss "What's New in the Nursery..." by Steven next up, and monthly Gardening Tips for June to follow, plus Old Ben's newest article about the Canadian Goose.

Please come visit us while we are stocked with gorgeous flowering summer plants and smiling faces to guide you. We hope you have a wonderful and safe start to summer and the 4th of July, and we look forward to seeing you very soon.

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

What's New at the Nursery 
      Steven Froess

Hello Everyone!

I know it's difficult to comprehend, but we are halfway through 2021 already! 
I just want to thank all of you for your
continued support. As a small business you all mean the world to us. Now that the state of California has removed the tier structure, masks are no longer required at the nursery, but of course, please do whatever is the most comfortable for you.

I am excited to share with you all that I just got back from a real vacation to beautiful, tropical Maui! The experience was everything I had hoped for and more. First, the feeling of escape and relaxation from everything was just what I needed. The beauty of the island was beyond anything I've seen or experienced before. The water was warm, clear, and full of sea life. I swam with turtles, snorkeled in a variety of places, and hiked in Iao valley (thanks for the advice Marc!) Oh yeah, and of course the whole reason I went was because my sister got married! It was a beautiful ceremony followed by a traditional Hawaiian luau. I now understand why once you visit the Hawaiian Islands, you'll have trouble ever leaving. 

The weather is beginning to warm up as we approach summer in Southern California. Two things always come to mind when the weather warms up: first, I check all my irrigation and adjust the times for deeper waterings if needed during hot spells. Second, I regularly check my plants for insect pests as they appear more frequently and rapidly multiply during warm weather. My recommendation for pest control is to monitor frequently and have a few different insecticides handy in case you notice an outbreak.

Captain Jack's Dead Bug and B.T. work great on many kinds of chewing pests (caterpillars and worms). It should be applied in the evening and more than once for an effective treatment. Neem oil, insecticidal soap, and orchard spray should take care of the rest of the pests including aphids, mites, scale, mealybug, and more. It is important to alternate which insecticide you use and repeat applications at least 2-3 times for effective treatment. We are also working on keeping our beneficial insects (ladybugs, lacewings and praying mantis) fully stocked for you.

Fruit trees are now on sale! This includes all kinds of fruiting trees including apples, apricots, nectarines, figs, peaches, plums, citrus, avocado, passion fruit vines, berries: blueberries (pictured at left), blackberries and raspberries, bananas, and more! Come get 'em now so you can enjoy them all summer long!

Pollinators such as bees, birds, and butterflies are so important in  the garden. I highly recommend adding plants that benefit and attract such pollinators to your garden, especially if you're growing vegetables or fruit trees. 

Almost all flowering plants benefit pollinators in one way or another. Tubular shaped flowers are more suited to hummingbirds and butterflies: cuphea, salvia, tecoma, dudleya, verbena, penstemon, asclepias, agastache, buddleja, lantana, mimulus and pentas to name a few. Bee friendly plants are usually full of pollen with open flowers such as African blue basil, lavender, rosemary, hibiscus, calylophus, coreopsis, marigolds and westringia. In my opinion the more pollinators in your garden, the better!

Mimulus, aka monkey flower, will attract hummingbirds with its long, tubular flowers
I counted no less than a dozen bees collecting pollen from this African blue basil today!

A quick mention of some of the most recently restocked areas of the nursery: 
  • Water plants - we have a few small ponds in the back by the vegetables containing water lilies and lotus, floating hyacinth and lettuce, oxygenators, and some other water-loving plants.
  • Vegetables just got restocked with new shipments of peppers, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, strawberries, and fresh herbs. 
  • Indoor plants have been so popular it's been difficult to keep up, but we're doing our best. The smaller plants on the tables get replenished every week, and we just received a shipment of larger plants and trees for your home or office. 
  • Cactus and succulents - just filled back up thanks to our growers with lots of plants in all sizes (2", 4", 6" and more!)
Don't you love the organized rows of lettuce to the left and succulents, above?

Here are some of my favorite plants we have in stock at the moment! I'm totally obsessed with California natives right now: native milkweed, penstemon margarita BOP, and dudleya - we have seven different species in stock right now (see picture at left) and I have five in my garden at home! 

Also worth noting: verbena lilacina 'De La Mina', monardella liniodes (the fragrance is a must!) and a new penstemon pinifolius (had to add one to my collection!) Dorycnium hirsutum (pictured below, left) is a low growing shrub with soft gray foliage and is drought resistant that grows well in a variety of soil types. We also currently have a Moosa Creek table of filled with natives that features edible plants. 

Dorycnium hirsutum
Moosa Creek
Native Edibles

Salvias have come a long way from the native types, to repeat- flowering types and hybrids. Try 'Mystic spires', any of the wish series from Sunset: 'Love and wishes', 'Ember's wish' (below left) or 'Wendy's wish' for sun to even partial shade, greggii cultivars such as lemon lime, orchid glow, Sierra San Antonio, and dancing dolls for some unique colorful flowers to attract hummingbirds. 

Another series of great heat loving plants are tecomas (above, right). Some of my favorites include 'Bell's of fire', 'Lydia' and 'Sparklette'. These plants bloom constantly throughout the warm season and can tolerate even inland temperatures with no problem! I could go on forever, but I'd rather see you at the nursery. Hope you have a great start to summer and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

our local horticulturalist,

TipsJune 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 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. Zinnias should not be sprinkled or watered overhead.

Click here to continue reading June Gardening Tips.

May You Thrive
Original mural artwork by Andy Davis.
The Canada Goose

A goose is a medium to large sized bird found in Europe, Asia and
North America. There are 29 known species of geese around the world
including Canada geese.
Geese mate and build their nest in order to raise their baby geese, know as goslings, in the north during the warmer summer months. The geese then migrate south in the winter when baby geese are strong enough to fly.
Geese tend to have the same partners for their entire lives. The bond between male and female geese is very strong. They will often spend most of their time together. Both male and female goose build the nest and raise the young.
Geese are omnivorous birds but mainly feed on grain, insects, grubs, small fish and plankton in the water. Geese spend a great deal of time on the water and have special adaptations such as webbed feet which make their aquatic life easier.
Geese have a number of predators, although, due to the size and strength of a goose, predatory animals don't always have an easy time if they fancy goose for dinner. The main predators of geese are foxes, raccoons and birds that prey on eggs and newborn baby geese. Humans are among the most common predators of geese, as geese are hunted all around the world for their meat and feathers.
Geese are strong and hardy birds. They are known to live to old ages even in the wild. The average life span of a goose is between 20 and 30 years.
Geese are known to have extremely strong wings, as most geese migrate long distances every year to warmer climates. The wingspan of a goose is normally one and half times the length of a goose's body.
Geese flap their wings to intimidate unwanted company. They also make a loud hissing noise. If these methods of defense fail, it is not uncommon for a goose to charge at the intruder hissing and flapping it's wings all at the same time.
The term geese is normally used to refer to these birds in general, but more particularly a female. The term gander is used to refer to the male. Baby geese are referred to as goslings and a group of geese on the ground is called a gaggle. Geese flying in formation are called a wedge or skein.

Canada Goose Trivia
Some migratory populations of the Canada Goose are not going as
far south in the winter as they used to. This northward range shift has been attributed to changes in farm practices that make waste grain more available in fall and winter, as well as changes in hunting pressure and changes in weather.
In a pattern biologists call assortative mating, birds of both sexes tend to choose mates of a similar size.
The oldest known wild Canada Goose lived 30 years and 4 months.

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.

N e w s l e t t e r  S p e c i a l s

Start of Summer Special

20% Off 
Fruit Trees
 Including the ABC's of fruit:
Apples, Berries, Citrus
and so much more!

Sale good through
July 4, 2021

Anderson's La Costa Nursery 
400 La Costa Ave  Encinitas, CA  92024  |  760-753-3153