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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa Nursery, 

We hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying some of the much-needed rain that has started to make its way to our area. Don't forget time change early Sunday morning, March 14. Time to spring ahead! And, St. Patrick's Day on March 17 is just around the corner!

Also, hard to believe this date marks
the one-year anniversary of school closings and the lock downs due to Covid-19. Is it really possible it has been one year?! We sincerely hope you are making it through this time as best as possible and taking advantage of our beautiful weather by getting outside and into your garden. Besides, your yard might need some tending to.

Please enjoy our fabulous nursery specials this month. Perfect for a covered entryway, shady spots in your garden, or any area with little or indirect light.
20% off 
Clivia, Camellia and Azalea
Awesome flowering plants for shade!
Yellow & Orange Clivia,
Azaleas and Camellias
now on sale ~ 20% off

Also, while you're in, please take a peek at our newly updated Garden Gift Shop. Items are being added weekly including a new assortment of solar lanterns and garden stakes, Woodstock wind chimes, San Diego Hat Company hats and Asylum Down baskets and so much more! Decorative baskets and original macramé can be found in the indoor greenhouse along with lots of amazingly healthy plants.

Don't miss "What's New in the Nursery..." by Steven, plus monthly Gardening Tips for March to follow, and Old Ben's newest article about Birds' Nests. Just like us, there are a variety of styles, sizes, and purposes when birds build a home.

Please come visit us soon so you can stock up for your garden projects! In the case of rain, we will close intermittently during heavy rainfall for the safety of our staff and customers, but during a light sprinkle we will remain open. Besides, the indoor greenhouse is dry and toasty with unbelievably fresh air. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

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

WhatsnewWhat's New at the Nursery
       Steven Froess

Greetings Everyone! 

Glad to be here writing another March newsletter for you all. Weather-wise this month has been very up and down. It is definitely one of the months that really brings on spring-fever to be outside and gardening. We've had nice spring-like weather, followed by some cooler weather and much needed rain and snow in the mountains. Everyone is eager to get to planting I know, but some of the plants are still just beginning to grow and flower. Even if your plants aren't blooming or available at the nursery quite yet, there is still plenty to do in the garden to prepare. 

I hope everyone has taken advantage of these March rains and put some fertilizer in the garden. One of the best ways to get nutrients into the soil is to apply granular fertilizer just before a nice steady rain, similar to the one we just had. The idea is to let the rain absorb some of the nutrients and bring it deeper into the soil and into the root zone of your plants. It is never too late to fertilize especially with the nutrient deficient soils we typically have in our area. 

Weeding is a chore that no one likes to do. However, if you let your weeds go to flower and then seed, you will have made your work 10-times more difficult the next time. Do your best to spend small amounts of time pulling weeds from the garden instead of all at once or not at all. Weeds not only invade precious space in the garden, they attract pests like aphids, and they use up nutrients in the soil. Keeping control of them will make for a much healthier garden overall

Planting is still very advantageous this time of the year. We still have several months before the long days and hot weather begin, so planting in your garden now will help the plants become more established for harsher, less-forgiving days. That being said, we are just about to change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time, which means we are getting closer to longer days ahead.

Plant Talk
I'm so excited to talk about the incredible variety and quantity of awesome plants we've been receiving over the past few weeks! 

First, let's talk about roses. It is a bit early but our supplier mentioned how fast David Austin roses are selling out this year, so we were able to bring in a good selection for an early spring planting. They are lightly rooted still so we recommend leaving them in their pots for another month. 

We weren't able to get all the David Austin rose varieties we wanted but we did get some great ones such as: Lady Emma Hamilton (my favorite!), Gentle Hermoine, Mary Rose, Olivia Rose Austin, Benjamin Britten, Thomas Becket, Golden celebration (climbing), Port sunlight, Carding mill, Queen of Sweden, and a few more you will have to come in to see. Our regular rose shipment, including hybrid tea, floribunda, etc. will be ready beginning in April when they will be in bud and bloom. We are happy to take any special orders if they are available. 

Next, I must make mention of fruit trees, which are located in our edible fruit, veggie and herb area. The supply of fruit trees has not yet caught up with demand. Last year, more fruit trees were sold than in the last three years before that. This has put a heavy strain on growers and their supplies. Knowing that, we brought in a nice early shipment of fruit trees for you. 

There are too many to name but here are some of the most popular fruit trees that we have in stock now: several kinds of apples (Anna, Golden Dorsett, Pink lady), plums (Santa rose, Satsuma, Beauty, Burgundy), apricots (tropic gold and Katy), peaches (Red Baron, Eva's pride, Babcock, Bonanza-dwarf!), nectarines (Panamint, Snow queen, Nectar babe-dwarf!), Spice Zee Nectaplum, figs (Violette de Bordeaux, Brown Turkey, Blackjack), citrus (low supply this year but we have some nice trees to choose from), avocados, passion fruit vines, and berries (blueberries, raspberry, and blackberry). You don't wait too long, these will all sell quickly!

We've really loaded up on a ton of plants gearing into spring so here's a list of some of my favorites...

March and April are Australian-native plants season! Plants such as Protea, Leucospermum, Grevillea, Banksia and Leucodendron. Some of my favorite flowering types of plants that aren't the easiest to grow, but once established will take care of themselves. Leucospermum Phil parvin with its pin-cushion style bloom is an awesome scarlet red variety, and banksias have the coolest and most unusual cob-like flower. Pictured here is a Banksia ericifolia.

We have a stellar selection of Leucadendron including some new ones (Gypsy red, Maui sunrise), just in. The stunning flower of Grevillea Moonlight below at right.

A few tips on these Australian-native plants include: NOT disturbing the roots ball (they have sensitive roots that will go into shock if overly disturbed), give them sun most of the day and a good space to grow, and make sure the soil drains well. To check drainage, dig a hole, fill it with water and make sure it drains rapidly before you plant. 

It is ok to lightly fertilize but don't use anything with high phosphorus (try cottonseed meal, or EB Stone organic lawn food 10-1-4 with iron), We have several awesome varieties to choose from and most of our Australian natives are in the bud stage!

Other drought tolerant plants to mention include the Sunset Western Garden Collection's Tecoma capensis, or Cape honeysuckle, which grows fairly quicklyAcacia Cousin Itt is also back in stock. Makes an excellent mounding ground cover. 

Moving on to our cactus and succulent section, check out Mangaves. They are quickly replacing Agaves because they don't grow quite as large and have showier foliage. We are stocked and brimming with cactus and succulents of all varieties including 2-inch, 4-inch, 1-gallon and 5-gallon pots.

If you're into unusual plants, go meander around under the shade section near Bonsai and you will find an impressive selection of odd yet awesome plants. For example, in order from left to right below: Dioscorea elephantipes, Deuterocohnia brevifolia, Ledebouria socialis, and several ficus: F. obliqua, F. religiosa (Sacred Bodhi Tree), and F. petiolaris. For this section of images below we have left the labels on the plants so you can identify them all.

You will not believe how the Greenhouse is exploding, in a good way! There are so many cool looking varieties of indoor plants right now. We are trying to stock up for you every week on a regular basis, and get what we can based on the growers' availability. The lovely Tilly and Hanna have stayed super busy organizing the greenhouse.

You might notice three awesome Tradescantia: Nanouk, pallida (purple variety), and fluminensis (not pictured) in the greenhouse right now.

Different types of Monstera have become so popular, including but not limited to siltepecana and adansonii, below. We also have a great selection of tillandsias and bromeliads (from the same plant family that also includes pineapple).

We only have a few but you can't miss the Vanilla twist
and Oklahoma Redbud trees we put near the entrance near our Andy Davis mural. Not in bloom yet either is Ruby falls Cercis which is a weeping variety with burgundy leaves. So spectacular! 
Oklahoma Redbud, Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Oklahoma'

Camellia Nuccio's Gem
Don't forget to check out our awesome sale on Clivia,
Camellias and Azaelas this month. All shade loving plants with beautiful blooms. You can find them all under the side shade section next to the indoor greenhouse at the nursery.

As always, I look forward to seeing you at the nursery!

Your local horticulturalist,

Garden Design & 

One of our main goals as a neighborhood nursery is to help our customers beautify their outdoor spaces. If you are interested in updating or creating a new and beautiful garden, our professional Garden Design Team would love to help you.

A one-hour professional consultation at your home or office starts at $450. During the initial on-location 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 initial 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 work and designers at
TipsMarch Gardening Tips

Among gardening jobs, fertilizing plants is by far the most important chore this month. March is also one of the best times to plant ground covers and perennials and most trees, shrubs and vines. Make sure to group plants according to their water needs, sun/shade requirements and soil type needs.
March is the last month before autumn to plant cool-season flowers and vegetables. Later this month we can start planting some of the warm-season plants. Right on target for the rain we finally received this year!

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N e w s l e t t e r  S p e c i a l s

March Nursery Special

20% Off 
Clivia, Camellia & Azalea
Happy late-winter, early-spring flowering shade plants

Specials good through the end of March 2021
Why Birds Build Nests...
Just as houses have different styles to meet different residents' needs, birds also use different types of nests to best suit their needs. No matter what style a bird uses, all nests serve the same purpose: to protect the eggs and hatchlings. There are many ways to do this...
Cushioning: Many nests are lined with soft plant fibers, animal fur, fine grasses, moss and similar materials that provide cushioning for the eggs, protecting them even when an adult may be moving around on top of the nest.
Shelter: Nests help shade and protect eggs and chicks from poor weather. Some birds do this by creating nests that include roofs or overhangs, but more often the nest is positioned in a sheltered location out of the wind and protected from the worst of hot summer sun or drenching rains.
Camouflage: Eggs and chicks are vulnerable, and most nests are constructed to help keep birds and eggs hidden from predators. Birds may do this by building their nest in a hidden location or by using materials to help conceal the nest.
Cup: A cup shaped nest is the most familiar, most common type of nest. The overall size, dimensions and depth of the cup may differ, and some birds build distinct inner and outer layers of the cup. Cups are usually positioned along tree branches or in tree forks, or may be nestled on ledges or in any number of places.  
Scrape: A scrape is a shallow depression on the ground without much nesting material. The scrape may have a light lining of down, pebbles, weeds or other debris. 
Burrow: A burrow is dug into the ground, and may be a shallow cave or have a long tunnel leading to a nesting chamber. The inner nesting chamber may be lined with some material or could be bare. Birds may dig their own burrows or may use suitable burrows from other animals.
Mound: A mound nest is built on the ground but is a relatively large accumulation of nesting material in a tall cone or bell shape. The eggs may be buried in the nest, which helps provide additional protection and insulation.
Cavity: Cavity nesting birds are common, and will either dig their own nesting cavities or use natural cavities in trees, cacti, telephone poles or even nestle in gaps in houses or will easily use bird houses. The interior may be bare or could be lined with a variety of materials.
Platform: A platform nest is large and bulky, often built of larger twigs or sticks. The surface is typically flat or many have a shallow depression. Many birds reuse platform nests for many years, often adding material to the nest each year. 
Pendant: Pendant nest are woven sacks that dangle from branches, giving birds in the nest great protection from predators. Some are not suspended very far from the branches while others may hang several feet down. Birds enter the nest through an entrance on the side.
Sphere: A sphere or dome nest is almost completely enclosed and provides great protection and camouflage. The tradeoff is that these nests are often on the ground or in low areas and are more easily attacked by predators. The nest entrance is on the side so it provides protection from rain.
Birds nests are amazing and come in a wide range of sizes and styles. Understanding about why and how birds build their nests gives insight into birds' amazing lives.

Please check out our full-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