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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa Nursery, 

Greetings!  We hope this newsletter finds you off to a great start to the new year and enjoying the seasonal, crisp temperatures. There is s o much to enjoy outdoors this time of year! Winter blooms, especially aloes, are magical and the air is clean and refreshed from the recent rainfall we received. Hope you are enjoying all that this time of year brings - football, wearing hats & gloves, cozy nights at home and tending to your peaceful, winter garden.  Here are our first nursery specials of the year to help you get going in your garden...

20% off Fruit Trees, Garden Gift Shop 
and Old Ben's Wild Birdseed

Citrus trees fruiting like mad, and Old Ben's Wild Birdseed in our Garden Gift Shop ~  on sale now!

Below you'll find  "What's New in the Nursery... " by Steven, including his recommendations of what to keep your eye on this winter, plus monthly   Gardening Tips   for January to follow. Our last section is reserved for Old Ben's Workshop - located in our Gift Shop and currently on sale. Ben's topic this month is "Winter Bird Feeding." 

We hope you doing well and feeling like you're on the right track in 2020 so far. Thank you for allowing us to serve you and be your local independent nursery. Even though we are in the middle of winter, w e are stocked with beautiful indoor and outdoor plant selections and are ready and waiting for you!  We look forward to seeing you soon...

Warmest regards,

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

WhatsnewWhat's New at the Nursery
       Steven Froess

Hello Friends!

I hope everyone is enjoying this month's weather as much as I am. There is nothing quite like sunny warm days and cool nights in January to make you appreciate where we live. There is plenty to do outside in the garden right now. Before last week's rain I had to turn the irrigation back on again (although still not too frequently), trim back some trees and shrubs (especially my fruit trees), and oh yes, pull plenty  of weeds.

Plant Talk
There are many flowers to enjoy this time of the year. Most South African and Australian plants bloom sometime through the winter months including aloes of many species, grevillea (so many to choose from like 'Long Jon', 'Fire sprite', 'Coastal gem', 'Peaches and cream', 'Superb'), banksia (Ericifolia in bloom), leucospermum (great looking plants with buds right now, 'Brandi dela Cruz', 'Don's red', 'Veldfire', 'Tango', 'Rainbow', 'High gold'), anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw), and others. 

Grevillea 'Long John' and banksia Ericifolia

You may notice our wonderful Acacia podalyriifolia (pearl Acacia) in full bloom as you drive into the nursery. We have a select few of these 
unusual   fifteen-gallon trees in stock. Even when they are not in bloom their blueish foliage and bark are quite attractive. 

Camellias are also in their prime for bud and bloom throughout these cooler months. Check out showy flowering varieties such as 'Black magic', Nuccio's bella rosa, Nuccio's Gem, and Nuccio's pearl. Camellia 'Sweet Emily Kate' and 'Koto-no-kaori' have wonderfully fragrant blossoms. 

Azaeleas and camellias on display

A few bedding plants I enjoy that flower this time of the year are osteospermum and arctotis. There are many varieties to choose from and all are durable perennials in the garden (some of my favorite include the 4D Purple - below, Pink sugar, and Blue-eyed beauty). 

Another couple of plants I enjoy when they are in bloom are Veronica 'Georgia blue' and Silene 'Drutt's variegated' (the Veronica has a cobalt blue flower which is one of my favorite colors, and the Silene has an odd shaped white flower that is a bonus because it's variegated foliage usually gets all the attention). Definitely worth coming to see as these flowers at our nursery to make your day better.

I would recommend if you haven't already to start pruning your fruit trees (especially the deciduous ones) this time of the year. The deciduous trees (apricot, peach, plum, nectarine, apple, pomegranate, ect.) 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 pruning.   I highly recommend the book "How to Prune Your Fruit Trees" by R. Sanford Martin which we offer in the gift shop. Very easy to understand with diagrams on how to prune based on what type of tree it is. 

The fruit trees we have in stock right now, which are all on sale, include citrus of all kinds: Cara Cara, Valencia, and Washington navel oranges, Improved Meyers, Eureka, pink lemonade, and sweet lemons; Pixie, Gold nugget, and Satsuma mandarins/tangerines, Mexican, Bearss, and Kaffir limes. 

Avocado trees are stocked throughout the year, right now we have 'Hass' (type A), Holiday (dwarf and type A), and Bacon (type B). Other types of fruiting trees in stock include 'Spice zee' nectaplum, pomegranates, loquats, Rose apple, blueberries, and more. If you have never planted a fruit tree before and have the space, I highly recommend one because there is something special about being able to harvest and eat a fruit from your own tree.

Our indoor plant section is back to normal (after the holidays) and our greenhouse is fully restocked! (Thank you, Taylor and Jen for all your help!) You will find a great selection of plants including some of my favorites: Ficus 'Audrey' and Ficus triangularis, Monstera adansonii, Peperomia 'watermelon', Z.Z. 'Raven', Sanseveria 'Twister', Anthurium boormanii, and Ceropegia woodii (string of hearts) and Senecio rowleyanus (string of pearls) just to name a few. And, just in time for Valentines day, heart shaped hoyas.

Enjoy indoor flowering plants such as Anthurium hybrids, African violets, Kalanchoe, and Bromeliads or striking foliage plants such as Dracaena 'Sunray', Aglaonema 'Garnet' or 'Lady valentine', Calathea varieties such as 'Rattlesnake' and 'Medallion', and Maranta 'Lemon lime'. 
We have a great stock of succulent and low water indoor plants such as Rhipsalis, Sansevieria, Ric rac Epiphyllum, and Haworthias. Sophie and Tilly did an amazing job redesigning the tillandsia (air plant) display - you will love the creativity and selection! Indoor plants make a house feel more like a home while improving the air quality and, last but not least, they look amazing.

That's all for now folks! Come in to see what we've got. Hope to see you all 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.

Click here to continue reading January Gardening Tips.

Newsletter Specials & Coupons


20% Off Fruit Trees
Including apple, avocado, blueberry, citrus, loquats, nectaplum, pomegranates, and the list goes on...

20% Off Garden Gift Shop
Solar lanterns, Woodstock windchimes, San Diego Hats, spray bottles, books, and select garden decor.

20%  Off  Old Ben's Wild Birdseed

Specials good through Feb. 1st
BenFrom the Desk of Old Ben's Workshop

"Old Ben" Zlotnick displaying his line of Wild Birdseed in our Gift Shop ~ On Sale now! 
Winter Bird Feeding

If you feed birds, you're in good company. Feeding birds is one of North America's favorite pastimes.  A 2015 report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that about 55 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 line of birdseed and wild bird product ON SALE NOW 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