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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,
Hello! We hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the bursts of sunshine between rain showers. What a gorgeous winter we are having - and so good for our reservoirs, open spaces and gardens alike. Now it's time to point cupid's arrow towards Valentine's Day and what's better to go with it than roses? 

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20% Off Pre-Order Roses ~ Just in time for the day of love, we are proud to feature our premier SoCal rose growing partner, Otto & Sons Nursery. Hundreds of roses to choose from, including David Austin, Hybrid Tea/ Grandiflora , Floribunda, shrub, climbing, etc., all 20% off. 

We invite you to visit Otto & Son's website to  preview and  select the roses of your choice. Then, you may use the attached Anderson's  Order Form Order and pay by February 28 to receive your pre-order discount. Roses will arrive by mid-March - we will call you when they arrive. For further questions or assistance with your order and availability, please stop by the nursery so one of our knowledgeable staff can work with you!

Gorgeous display of roses at Otto & Sons growing field.

20% Off Chive Pottery ~  That gorgeous pottery with stylistic lines and curves in popping colors. Perfect for gift giving along with air plants, small potted flowers and indoor plants (see image below right).

Below you'll find  "What's New in the 
Nursery... " by Steven,  including  his words of wisdom for the garden plus February Gardening Tips  to follow. Scroll to the bottom and you'll find a write up by Old Ben's Workshop  Wild birdseed, Bird feeders and Accessories.

We hope you doing well and have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your loved ones! We look forward to welcoming you to the nursery soon. 

Marc,  Mariah and the Team at 
Anderson's La Costa Nursery
What's New at the Nursery
      Steven Froess

Greetings Friends,

I believe this February is one of the rainiest that I can remember. Enjoy it while it lasts. Did everyone see that humongous double rainbow last week? Talk about a sight to see, wow! 

While it rains outside, I take advantage of giving my indoor plants a little more attention and I enjoy reading garden and horticulture-based books. Currently Marc and I are reading  The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone, a great story about David Fairchild, a late nineteenth-century botanist and adventurer, and how many of the agricultural crops we grow today were collected and brought to America. 

I'm always ready to step out into the garden after being cooped up inside for so long. Remember, there are always things to do in the garden no matter what the weather is doing outside. I recommend  tossing out some granular or slow release fertilizer   now and taking advantage of the rain's ability to release it into the soil. Digging and planting is also so much easier when the soil is saturated after a series of good rains.

Plant Talk
Plants are looking good after all that natural rain water! We just received some great 2 and 4-inch succulents from our suppliers and have a wide selection of both cactus and succulents right now. Some of my favorites include these amazing winter blooming aloes:  
Aloe 'Erik the Red'
Aloe Van Balen in foreground, Little gem behind, and grevillea behind that
Aloe Tenulor (or fence aloe)
Good ole' Aloe Vera

Also in succulents,  aloe capitate var. quartzicola,  sedum multiceps
(great  for bonsai), and  'Cape blanco',  mangave 'Leopard spot', pedilanthus bracteus, pilocereus azureus, echeveria 'Ruby slippers' and 'Cante',  a new trailing  cotyledon pendens  (in the greenhouse currently but can grow outside as well), many varieties of  lithops  (split rock), and much more.

Echeveria 'cante' above.
This is not bean soup (at right) -
it's rock split lithops!

Our leucospermums/ proteas are starting to bloom and we have many varieties and sizes to choose from, as well as leucadendrons and a few banksiasGrevilleas are also still in full bloom, be sure to check out Long John, Magic Lanterns, and Peaches & Cream.

Protea 'Sunrise'
Protea 'Pink Ice'
Also restocked and looking fantastic is our  indoor plant section with everything you could possibly want. Valentine's day is coming up and plants that continue living are much better than a cut flower bouquet that will last only a week or two. 

You'll find different colors of anthuriums in bloom, many types and sizes of orchids, hydrangeas, bromeliads, African violets, and more. Outside we have budded pink jasmine in hanging baskets and 4-inch pots for those who adore their lovely fragrance, and really cool bonsai and garden art for points of interest in the garden.
Lovely indoor houseplants for the holiday and for everyday
Yet-to-bloom fragrant jasmine

Sleeping gnome among the low dishes of bonsai (left); heart shaped pottery filled with popping color!
As always, I look forward to seeing you all at the nursery! Until then, take care, Happy Valentine's Day, and let's get to gardening!

Your local horticulturalist,

We would love to help you beautify your outdoor space! If you are interested in updating or creating a new and beautiful garden, our 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 associated with 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 c all 760-753-3153  or stop by the nursery. You may also visit our website  to preview our designs and designers at 
GardenTipsFebruary Gardening Tips

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 an 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.

However, not all trees and shrubs should be pruned early - especially some of the flowering ones. Early spring bloomers set their flower buds the fall before. Pruning them early in the spring would mean losing some blossoms. There are exceptions,'s often easier to prune when you can see the shape of the plant before the branches are masked by leaves. Trees and shrubs that are in need of a good shaping could sacrifice a few blooms to be invigorated by a pre-spring pruning. 

To continue reading February Gardening Tips, please click here.
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From the Desk of Old Ben's Workshop:
Winter Bird Feeding...
Old Ben at the newly installed display inside the Gift Shop

If you feed birds, you're in good company. Feeding birds is one of North America's favorite pastimes.  A report from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that about 65 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 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 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 that you can find at Anderson's La Costa Nursery. Most ground feeding birds prefer white millet to black  oil sunflower seeds. Best sellers are Old Ben's No Mess, which is blackoil sunflower without the shell and chopped up, along with hulled millet  and peanut hearths. and Nyger seed.

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 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