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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa Nursery, 

Greetings! We hope this newsletter finds you off to a good start to the new year enjoying some real Southern California winter weather after our short run of summer in January. There is so much to enjoy outdoors this time of year! Winter blooms, especially aloes, camellias and flowering native plants are magical right now. To start things off, here is our newest sale of the year, good through January 31st:

20% off 
California Native Plants and All Seeds

It is the perfect time to plant California native plants. Our tables are restocked almost weekly, so there's lots to choose from. Many California natives are currently in bloom so you'll know what you're getting. For seeds, we carry flower and fruit/veggie/herb seeds by Botanical Interests and San Diego Seed Company. Check out the seed displays in our dry goods building.

Below you'll find "What's New in the Nursery..." by Steven, including his write up of what to keep your eye on this winter, plus monthly Gardening Tips for January to follow. Don't miss Old Ben's Workshop article further below on how to build a Honey Bee-friendly garden.

We hope you doing well and getting some time in the beautiful outdoors. Thank you for allowing us to be your local independent nursery. Even though we are in the middle of winter, we are stocked with an amazing indoor and outdoor plant selection and are ready and waiting for you! We look forward to seeing you soon...

Tilly's creative cup o' succulents
Warmest regards,

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

WhatsnewWhat's New at the Nursery
       Steven Froess

Happy New Year!

I am confident this year will be an excellent year for gardening. The weather has already proven this correct so far. Last year plant growth and flowering were delayed almost a month due to lingering cold and wet weather. This year it is the opposite: most plant growth and flowering cycles seem to be about a month early. This is neither positive nor negative, as long as we don't get a late frost as spring buds are breaking. 

There is a lot to look forward to this year as far as gardening goes. Most growers and suppliers have ramped up their efforts, so we do not expect as many shortages as we had last year. The weather throughout the spring looks to be in our favor as well.

A few exciting things have already happened! We received our first large shipment of pottery of the year, including our most popular items and a few new designs as well. There are many different styles and types of terra cotta from standard Italian, to a light buff color, a grey washed mocha, and even a darker orange Thai line. 

Our very trendy line of white, matte white, and matte black are back in different sizes and shapes as well. We have also restocked our concrete looking cylinders and squares for that more contemporary look. Wooden and metal plant stands are back as well to give dimension to your pottery and indoor plants.

Fountains, bird baths, and statuary have gotten a much-needed restocking. In our Pottery House you will find an organized displayed of fountains of all shapes and sizes, new and marked down pottery, statuary, bird baths, redwood furniture and planters, and more!

As for plants, the closer we inch towards spring the more we will have in stock. Houseplants continue to be in very high demand and the growers' supply is still catching up due to the pandemic (lack of workers, freight, etc.) but we continue to do our best to restock every week with what we can. Presently we have a nice selection of sansevieria in different sizes and varieties, hanging succulents like donkey's tail, string of pearls, and string of tears, a few different hoyas, as well as a few other gems like the blooming bromeliad and variegated aglaonema, below.

In the nursery you will find a large assortment of goodies. Plants with nice winter blooms include poppy anemones, pansies, and violas, camellias, nemesia, cyclamen. Drought tolerant plants like leucospermum and grevillea (some of my favorites include 'Spider net', 'Peaches and cream', 'Long John', and 'Deua flame'- these last two pictured below). Citrus trees currently have nice blooms as well, and the larger ones are bearing fruit!

Aloes of all kinds are still in the peak of their bloom cycle. We have a nice display up front and more in our cactus and succulent section. 
You may notice our stunning Acacia podalyriifolia (pearl Acacia) in full bloom as you enter the nursery on the right. Even when they are not in bloom their blueish foliage and bark are quite attractive. Spring is right around the corner and next month we will start our rose pre-order program. 

It is not too late for winter vegetable and herb plantings, but it is too early for spring and summer planting in my opinion. You will still benefit from planting a first/second crop of broccoli, leafy greens (such as lettuce, spinach, kale, and swiss chard), beets, and sugar snap peas. Strawberries are available now, too. Don't forget to fertilize regularly and replenish the nutrients throughout the grow season and after the harvest. I suggest Recipe 420 Recharge, some worm castings, and organic planting mix.

I would recommend if you haven't already to start pruning your fruit trees (especially the deciduous ones) this time of the year. Deciduous trees (apricot, peach, plum, nectarine, apple, pomegranate, etc.) are still dormant so pruning is recommended this time of the year because it is easier to see the shape and what branches you should be pruning. 

Only prune the citrus though if they haven't started budding yet, otherwise you might miss out on the be sure to check before getting started. I highly recommend the book "How to Prune Your Fruit Trees" by R. Sanford Martin which we offer in the nursery gift shop. Very easy to understand with diagrams on how to prune based on what type of tree it is. 

I hope all of you are doing well and staying healthy. I look forward to seeing you at the nursery soon!

Your local horticulturalist,

Garden Design & 

We would love to help you beautify your outdoor space! If you are interested in updating or creating a new and beautiful garden, our qualified 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 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 designs and designers at
TipsJanuary Gardening Tips

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.

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New Year's

20% Off 
California Native Plants and Botanical Interest/
San Diego Seed Company Seeds

In-stock only. Specials good through January 31st
BenFrom the Desk of Old Ben's Workshop

"Old Ben" displaying his line of Wild Birdseed in our Gift Shop
Plant a Honey Bee
Friendly Garden

In the winter of 2006 the honey bee population began to die out. Since then, as much as 70 percent of some bee populations have died as a result of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Seventy farm grown crops, about one third of our natural food supply, reply on honey bees for pollination. Imagine peanut butter without jelly. If the honey bees disappear, so will grapes and strawberries, along with many of the other foods that have become not only our favorites, but staples of every day living. You can help restore the honey bee population with a bee friendly garden.

It isn't difficult to make your yard, garden or even patio space a haven for beneficial bees. You'll be helping these important insects, as well as bringing more nature to your backdoor.

The greater the plant diversity, the more bees you will attract and support. Always try to choose as many native plants as possible, and talk with Anderson's La Costa Nursery experts to find the vegetation that will thrive in your specific conditions.

Honey Bee Friendly Plants: Attract and nourish honey bees with nectar producing plants. Wild Flowers, asters, sunflowers and even dandelions will provide food for the hives, and the native bee populations as well. Plant flowering vegetables and fruits.

Plant Long Blooming Flowers: Plant a variety of flowers and bulbs that
will bloom at different times throughout the spring and fall. Honey bees 
need to eat until they retreat to their hives for the winter. Try to group at
least ten bee plants in a bunch or grouping. 

Honey Bees Need Water: Provide a pond, a fountain, or some other fresh water source. Not only do bees need nectar, they need water as well.

Native Bees Will Make Their Homes In Sand: Provide a space in your
garden for native bees to make their home. Native bees do not live in hives, but in single units underground. Leave a space in your garden un-mulched for them to gain access and setup housekeeping. A pile of undisturbed sand will work as well.

Limit Pesticides and Herbicides: Some of them are toxic to bees, and some are not.  Many of them will leave a toxic residue for days or weeks. It is better to introduce good bugs to provide natural protection against pest, and to weed by hand. Consult your Anderson's La Costa Nursery Expert.

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.

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