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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,

Happy Valentine's Day! We hope you are enjoying an already beautiful February and better yet, getting ready for an amazing spring ahead. We have been so lucky with the rainfall we've already received this winter. Even though there's a week of sunny days ahead, I am almost sure Mother Nature is not done with us yet, I hope!

Check out our awesome nursery specials this month, including our annual pre-order Rose Sale just in time for Valentine's Day, and for indoor plant enthusiasts, Sanseverias (a.k.a. snake plants) are also on sale now!

February Newsletter Specials

20% Off

Pre-Order Roses

Sansevierias (Snake Plants)

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20% Off Pre-Order Roses ~ We are proud to feature our premier Southern California rose growing partner, Otto & Sons Nursery. Hundreds of gorgeous and healthy roses to choose from including David Austin, Hybrid Tea/Grandiflora, Floribunda, shrub, climbing, etc. 

We invite you to visit Otto & Son's website to preview and select the roses by type that you want. Order and pay through Anderson's La Costa by February 28 to receive 20% off. For pricing, availability, further questions, and to assist you in completing your order, please stop by the nursery. Your roses will arrive around the end of March - we will happily call you when they're in.

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20% Off Snake Plants (Sansevieria) ~ We have a huge selection of sansevierias, also lovingly known as mother-in-law's tongue, in the greenhouse right now in 4-6" pots, 1-gallon and 5-gallon sizes. Winner of the best low-maintenance indoor plant in our opinion, who doesn't love its tall, upright structure, shape and colors?

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There's lots to share with you in this newsletter, so thank you for reading on. We are starting our awesome pre-spring ordering push and Steven has a great write-up in the next section. Gardening Tips for February to follow, then Old Ben's article on Burrowing Owls to finish.

We hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day. Please stop by and visit us we are stocked with beautiful indoor and outdoor plants and are ready to find new homes for them in your home! We look forward to seeing you very soon.

Warmest regards,

Marc, Mariah, Steven, and the Team at Anderson's

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What's New at the Nursery Steven Froess

Greetings Everyone!

February is here and we're inching closer and closer to spring. This month we start our rose pre-order program! It is a great way to get access to a wide variety of roses and at a great rate. As they start to trickle in through March, we will also be receiving new fruit trees and berries, which I am looking forward to since edible gardening has become ever so popular.

You may have noticed some nursery repairs we've been doing over the past few months. Our greenhouse is now in tip-top shape! Next on the list, updated pottery shelves. We hope you come in and check out the improvements which will hopefully make it easier for you to browse and enjoy your experience at the nursery.

More and more plants have been arriving by the truckload, but since it's still only February, certain types are still not available yet. Mediterranean plants of Australia and South Africa, though, are definitely coming into their prime. Grevilleas ('Long Jon' and 'Kay Williams' pictured below), Leucospermum, Aloes ('David Verity'), Banksias, and Anigozanthos (kangaroo paw). We have lots of varieties, most with flowers or buds for the coming months.

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We just restocked some really cool outdoor bromeliads that are very colorful such as Aechmea blanchetiana, 'Pinot', blanchetiana variegata, and 'Wally berg'.

California natives are being stocked on a regular basis. We currently have several species of Dudleya, Ceanothus, Salvia spathacea (hummingbird sage, below left) Arctostaphylos (including 'Del Mar' below right), and Asclepias fascicularis (native milkweed).

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The indoor plant selection continues to grow. We have some very unusual Alocasias like 'Black velvet', 'Maharani' (below), 'Tiny dancer', and 'Flying squid'. Hoya 'Hindu rope' are back in stock 4" and 6". Little Ficus 'Audrey' standards, a few more Cordyline 'Singapore twist', Foxtail and Majesty palms, and a diverse collection of Sansevieria that are now on sale (20% off!) like 'Moonlight', 'Black coral', 'Juboa', 'Snake skin', and 'Sayurii'. 

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With Valentine's Day around the corner, instead of giving cut flowers, why not give a long-lasting gift like a potted plant, an orchid, a hanging basket, Bonsai, or seeds or starters that will continue to grow well beyond the holiday? We have lots to choose from including succulent dishes, garden décor, pottery, and pre-order roses, too!

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Please let us know if there's something you're looking for that you can't find. We have so many vendors that we work with it would be impossible to stock everything. And for those plant questions, keep 'em coming. That's what we're here for.

I'm hoping we receive more rain before spring but it looks like plenty of sunshine in the near future. I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Your Local Horticulturalist,


February Gardening Tips

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At the top of this month's gardening tasks are planting and pruning trees and shrubs. In San Diego County, we can plant trees of all kinds: fruit trees, shade trees and flowering trees. It is an excellent time to transplant mature or established trees and shrubs while they are dormant. Don't fertilize newly planted trees or shrubs until after they have started to grow and then only very lightly the first year. 

When is the Best Time to Prune? 

While you shouldn't prune flowering trees until after they've bloomed, you can now prune most shrubs and deciduous shade trees before they leaf out. Most trees and shrubs benefit from annual pruning. It keeps them in shape, gets rid of dead and diseased wood, and encourages new growth. Few birds are nesting in trees in the winter. This is an especially good time to prune coniferous trees like pines and cypress since their pests (various bark beetles) are not active at this time of the year. 

To continue reading February Gardening Tips, click here.

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February Nursery Special

20% Off

Pre-Order ROSES


Indoor Sansevieria

Expires February 28, 2022


From the Desk of Old Ben

Facts About Burrowing Owls

Burrowing owls are so named because they live underground in burrows that have been dug out by small mammals like ground squirrels. They are covered in brown spotted feathers and have long legs. They also sport distinctive white eyebrows above bright yellow eyes. They are one of the smallest owls in North America.

Diet: Burrowing owls eat small mammals such as moles and mice during late spring and early summer. Later they switch to insects, especially grasshoppers and beetles. Burrowing owls are also known to eat birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

Population: Current burrowing owls population estimates are not well known but trend data suggest significant declines across their range. Most recent estimates place them at less than 10,000 breeding pairs.

Range: Burrowing owls can be found from Mississippi to the Pacific and from the Canadian prairie provinces into South America. They are also found in Florida and the Caribbean Islands. Burrowing owls have disappeared from much of their historic range.

Behavior: Unlike other owls, burrowing owls are active during the day, especially in the spring when they gather food for their large broods. This species of owl prefers open areas with low ground cover. They can often be found perching near their burrow on fence posts. Burrowing owls make a tremulous chuckling or chattering call. They bob their heads to express excitement or distress. 

Burrowing owls often nest in loose colonies about 100 yards apart. During the nesting season, burrowing owls will collect a wide variety of nesting materials to line their nest, some of which are left around the entrance to the burrow. The most common material is mammal dung, At one time it was incorrectly thought that the dung helped to mask the scent of juvenile owls. Researchers now believe the dung helps to control the microclimate inside the burrow and to attract insects, which the owls eat.

Known Populations in San Diego County: In our county, the burrowing owl is historically bred at the following locations: San Marcos, Camp Pendleton, Palomar Airport, central and southwest Carlsbad, Batiquitos and San Elijo lagoons, Mission Bay, Lower Otay Lake, North Island Naval Air Station, Otay Mesa, and the Tijuana River Valley. There are currently no known major populations of burrowing owls in the County. 

Fun Facts: Unlike most owls in which the female is larger than the male, the sexes of the burrowing owl are the same size.

Burrowing owls have a higher tolerance for carbon dioxide than other birds. It is an adaptation found in other burrowing animals, which spend longer periods underground where gas can accumulate to higher levels than found above ground.

The oldest known burrowing owl was at least 9 years, 11 months old when it was sighted in California in 2014.


Please check out our full line of local bird seed and wild bird products 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

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