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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,

Happy New Year! There is so much to be thankful for, including a fresh start to a new year. But, we are most especially thankful for YOU. We are looking forward to sharing the beauty of plants with you in the new year. The aloes have started their winter bloom, the shortest day of the year has since passed, and there is so much to see and do, with caution of course.

January Newsletter Specials

20% Off


4-inch & 6-pack Bedding Plants

Bedding plants in January? You betcha! Adds a pop of color and interest to your garden any day! Inexpensive and easy to switch out in a jiffy. Bedding plants for sun or shade, for pots or in the ground, flowering or foliage, there is something for every garden.

We have a wonderful selection of the classic winter-blooming, shade loving Camellia Japonica, such as, Nuccio's Gem and Nuccio's Pearl, Silver Waves, Carter's Sunburst, Jordan's Pride, Joshua E. Yountz, Tom Knudsen and more! Or, you can choose heartier for the sun fall-blooming Camellia Sasanqua like White Doves, Setsugekka, Cleopatra, Kanjiro, Snowflake and T.S. White.


In this newsletter you will find "What's New in the Nursery..." by Steven and his choice of the top plants for the new year, January Gardening Tips, and Old Ben's article about winter bird feeding.

Can't find what you're looking for? It's possible we can source it for you. We have over 70 growers and vendors that we work with, so chances are, we can find your plant for you. Our wonderful staff will do what they can to help.

We will not be making any new year's resolutions in this newsletter, other than we will definitely hope to see you very soon!

Warmest regards,

Marc, Mariah and the Team at Anderson's

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What's New at the Nursery Steven Froess

Happy New Year Everyone!

Let's get this year started off with some positivity. Several weeks of good rain and snow in the mountains is a sight for sore eyes. Although, if your garden is anything like mine now the weeds are thriving, so time to get out there and pull them while the ground is soft.

There is much to look forward to this year for gardening. The refurbishing of our indoor plant greenhouse is nearly complete and looking great, thanks to Victor and Manny. Growers have managed to keep their inventory up even with the substantial increase in new gardeners and lack of labor. Unfortunately, we may still see some supply chain issues, it just cannot be avoided for the time being. I appreciate everyone's understanding and patience throughout the last couple of years. We will continue to bring you a great selection of plants, pottery, and more. 

If you haven't started or are thinking of replanting a cool season veggie and herb garden there is still plenty of time! We have all the goodies in stock including many types of lettuces, spinach, peas, carrots, beets, garlic, kale, and more. Fruit and citrus trees are still available, too, plus great nutrient packed soils and fertilizers to amend your dirt. 

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While holiday themed plants are fading out they are quickly being replaced with an impressive selection of indoor plants. Besides, what better way to start the new year! Some notables from the greenhouse include: new larger sized Ficus 'Audrey', beautiful single trunk Ficus lyrata (best quality I've seen in a while) a new Cordyline called 'Singapore twist' (can only be grown outdoors) Anthurium 'Big bird' (I have one at home, it is the easiest plant to care for and so dramatic looking!) Gorgeous ficus triangularis variegata and lots of other indoor plants in all sizes, too. Besides, plants make the best gifts any time of the year.

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Our Camellias look amazing right now and are on sale! So many great varieties to choose from in bud and bloom. We still have a few pearl Acacia trees left (they are a fast-growing tree, low water, and blue foliage), and our Leucospermum are starting to bud up nicely for their early spring bloom. 

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Take a look around the nursery next time you're in and you'll notice a replenished selection of garden décor, some newer pottery, and gift shop updates that will happen throughout the first couple months of the year. New Woodstock windchimes will be in by early February.

The weather is supposed to be nice for the remainder of the first month of the year, so go out and play in the garden and be sure to come by the nursery and say, "Hi!"

Your Local Horticulturalist,


January Gardening Tips

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Spend time in the garden in January? Absolutely! Apart from getting caught in a rainfall now and again, there are still lots of things you can do in your garden to start the new year off on the right foot. Winter-season chores will enhance your garden's health as spring approaches... everything you accomplish now will make spring that much sweeter and more beautiful.

Trees and shrubs

This month's tree and shrub tasks include planting, pruning and protecting. In San Diego County we can plant trees of all kinds: fruit trees, shade trees, and flowering trees. While you shouldn't prune flowering trees until after they've bloomed, you can now prune most shrubs and deciduous shade trees.

To continue reading January Gardening Tips, click here.

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January Nursery Special

20% Off


4-inch & 6-pack

Bedding Plants

Expires January 31, 2022

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From the Desk of Old Ben

Winter Bird Feeding

If you feed birds, you're in good company. Feeding birds is one of North America's favorite pastimes.

A 2018 report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that about 60 million Americans provide food for wild birds.

Wintertime is Not Easy

In much of North America, winter is a difficult time for birds. Days are often windy and cold, nights are long and even colder. Vegetation has withered or been consumed, and most insects have died or become dormant. Finding food can be especially challenging for birds on cold days. Setting up backyard feeders makes their lives easier and ours more enjoyable.

Types of Bird Food

During the spring and summer, most songbirds eat insects and spiders, which are highly nutritious, abundant, and for the most part, easily captured. During fall and winter, non migratory songbirds shift their diets to fruits and seeds to survive. This is the time of year when bird feeding enthusiast roll out the welcome mat and set the table.

Which Seed Types Should I Provide

Black oil sunflower seeds/chips attract the greatest number of species. These seeds have a high meat to shell ratio, they are nutritious and high in fat. Their small size and thin shells make them easy for small birds to handle and crack. Although sunflower seeds/chips are the overall favorite, some birds prefer other seeds. For example blackbirds like corn, and doves prefer millet and safflower. Nyger is a delicacy for small finches such as goldfinches, and siskins. Nyger seeds are small. Offer them in special Nyger feeders. Most ground feeding birds prefer Old Ben's No Mess seed to black oil sunflower seeds.

Water, Water, Water

A dependable supply of fresh water will attract many birds to your yard, including species that don't normally visit feeders. A shallow easy to clean birdbath is best. Clean your birdbath often and keep it filled with fresh water.


Feeder Placement

Place your feeders close to natural shelters such as trees or shrubs. Evergreens are ideal, providing maximum cover from winds and predators. A distance of 10 feet from trees and shrubs seems to be ideal. You can provide resting and escape cover for ground dwelling birds, such as Song Sparrows, by placing a large, loosely stacked brush pile near your feeders.


Helpful Hints For Successful Bird Feeding:

    -- Avoid overcrowding at feeders by placing numerous feeders several feet apart.

   -- Keep your feeding area and feeders clean.

   -- Keep food and food storage containers dry and free of mold and insects.

   -- Check your feeders for safety. Sharp edges can scratch birds and lead to infections.


If You Build it, Will They Come

It may take a while for birds to discover a new feeder. If you are not seeing birds within a few days of setting up your feeder, try sprinkling some seeds on the ground around the feeder to make the new feeding site more obvious.


Please check out our full-line of local 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

tel: 760-753-3153 | email:

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