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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa Nursery, 

We hope this newsletter finds you in the comfort of your home. We are fully aware that the most important news right now is the Coronavirus At Anderson's La Costa, nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our customers, staff and community. And while we continue to remain open, we are taking extra measures and precautions to keep our nursery clean and germ-reduced to be a place where people can take a break from this constantly changing situation.   We hope that everyone is staying safe, healthy and well rested.

We would also to remind you that your garden needs tending to! Not only that, but getting outside (when it's not raining too hard) would be a good idea for all of us! Help us get some fresh air and perspective and take some big, deep breaths. This rain will water our plants deeply and help our soil get ready for a productive and beautiful spring. And, it will give us something to do and get us into nature during these interesting times.

Please enjoy our awesome nursery special this month...our annual Cactus and Succulent sale. The choices and variety are amazing. Any size, any type. Yes, you may have your pick!

20% off 
Cactus & Succulents
Our Best Sale of the Year!

Also, while you're in, please take a peek at our Garden Gift Shop. New items are being added weekly including a new assortment of Woodstock wind chimes and San Diego Hat Company hats!

Jamie Wynne Designs
Our newest collection of Jamie's whimsical and creative container gardens, exclusive to Anderson's La Costa, perfectly reflects the Ides of March (as in St. Patrick's Day, not Caesar's demise!) Two designs:  a basket of greens with a lucky shamrock and piece of gemstone, and   a metallic pot of gold ~ each planted with a combination of fresh flowers. Perfect for gift giving or simply enjoying for yourself. Happy St. Paddy's Day! Happy Almost-Spring!

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 the origins of Nyjer seed.

Please come visit us while we have a break in the rain so you can  stock up for your garden projects! We will close   intermittently during heavy rainfall for the safety of our staff and customers, but during a light sprinkle we remain open and enjoy it.  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

Hello again everyone!

I am happy to be writing another newsletter for you all. Here we go again with another rainy March! I think we should change the phrase to, "March showers bring April flowers." 
Nevertheless, we are in dire need of every inch of rainfall we can get, so for that I am thankful. I can't help but read about the Coronavirus everywhere and in every other email, so I hope everyone is taking precautions and being safe. Looking on the bright side, while we are asked to stay at home at least we can play in the garden all day!

There is nothing quite like a visit to the nursery to escape from the stresses of life and connect with nature. Everyone has been noticing the local osprey and the beautiful nest they have made on top of the electricity pole adjacent to the nursery. It's quite a site to see and if you're lucky you will even see the osprey bring a fish from the lagoon to the nest! Also be sure to check out our Chameleon (Spock, Jr.) in his enclosure by the shade area. Oh, and I guess take a look at the superb collection of plants we have while you're here, too. ;)

Plant Talk
Let's begin with our indoor plants. What a trending area of gardening this has become over the last few years. We strive to find you all the best selection of locally grown indoor plants. From the more common, sturdy, beginner' type plants like Pothos, Sansevieria, and Dracaena, to the more advanced Agleonema, Ficus lyrata, and Calathea. We also carry rare or difficult to find houseplants when they are available. 

In stock now we have Z.Z. 'Raven', Monstera adansonii, Peperomia 'Raindrop', a few different types of Hoyas, Ficus triangularis, and soon to come more Ficus 'Audrey'. 

Can you say, "Swiss cheese"?

We just restocked our Tillandsias (airplants) and there are quite a few gems. Blooming T. crocata (with the most fragrant orange flowers) and T. Houston 'Red princess' are sure to catch your eye. Spanish moss clumps of three varieties (regular, fine green, and thick form). Plus, a wide variety of others from more common types to larger specimens and more unusual species. There is always something good going on in the greenhouse.

Outside in the nursery, inventory is really starting to diversify. There are tons of plants in bloom but most noticeable now are the Protea, Leucospermum, and Grevillea. We must have over 12 varieties of Protea and Leucospermum with buds and bloom. These plants are worth adding to any garden and are quite drought tolerant. Some important facts to note is that they require moderate to good drainage (dig a hole and fill it with water to check), sun most of the day, and space to grow. Other facts to note are that they don't like their root ball overly disturbed when planted and they definitely do not like fertilizers with phosphorus in them. 

Protea blooming like crazy!
Grevillea Moonlight shining bright

California natives are also becoming even more popular among gardens (yay), mine included. Ceanothus are starting to bloom all over  (east county hills are filled with this beauty!)  as well  as California poppies and Sysyrinchium (blue eyed grass). These types of plants have many benefits including being great for the ecosystem (birds, bees, and butterflies), they require little to no maintenance, they are water friendly, and they are just beautiful plants.

Edible gardening is also a great area of interest for many. Trees and shrubs that produce fruit are a great way to begin a garden that give back. You'll find many types of Citrus, Avocado, Guava, Loquat, Peach, Pomegranate, Nectarine, Fig, and more now and throughout the year. Southern Highbush blueberries grow very well in this area (they require very little winter chill) but do need a very acidic environment to thrive. Repeatedly adding acidic amendment and fertilizer will help them to continue to thrive and produce. Check out our fast-growing vegetable garden at the nursery! (Thank you, Tilly and Jenna.)

In the vegetable and herb section we still have some fall/winter selections such as many types of lettuces, kale, and peas. Slowly we will begin transition into the spring/summer plants, for example tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, etc. However, it is still a little early in my honest opinion as you look at the temperatures - we're still in the 60's and colder at night. Don't worry however, southern California has such an extended summer growing season, if you wait a little while longer you will be just fine.

Our sale this month is cactus and succulents - my favorite! We always carry a nice selection but our cactus varieties have increased noticeably. Most cactus may have spines are incredibly durable and unique looking. Try blue skin Cactus such as Pilocereus azureus and Pilocereus pachycladus, or Pachycereus pringlei (sometimes known as the Mexican saguaro). For those of you who consider yourselves collectors we have Myrtillocactus geometrizans 'Elite' which is a stunning crested form, or Lophocereus schlotii 'Monstrose' also known as the totem pole cactus. There is definitely something for everyone from 2" cactus and succulents, to our Aloe selection - over 20 different kinds! Check out Aloe plicatilis x ferox hybrid for something very unique or Aloe 'Erik the red' for an amazing flower display. Also, while supplies last we have Senecio 'Skyscraper' a new sunset introduction of an upright, tall growing form of blue senecio. One-gallon Pedilanthus bracteus (they will go fast) are not always around, and green lithops (oh yeah...) 

Our bedding plants are popping with so much color and selection right now. It's amazing how the landscape of flowers and color changes from month to month. Australian Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paw) are looking especially nice right now, as are  Abutilon with their numerous and delicate lantern-like blooms.

All this and so much more at the nursery. Come in and take a social-distance safe stroll. I hope to see you all very 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
TipsMarch Gardening Tips

Among gardening jobs, fertilizing plants is by far the most important garden chore this month. March is also one of the best times to plant ground covers and perennials and most trees, shrubs and vines. Be certain to group plants according to their water needs, their 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 our rainy winter this year!

Click here to continue reading March Gardening Tips.

Newsletter Specials & Coupons

March Nursery Special

20% Off 
Cactus & Succulents
Best Sale of the Year!

Special good through the end of March 2020
The Story Of Nyjer  Seed

What's in a Name:

The seed of the African daisy, Guizotia abyssinica, is known  by many names: Niger, Nyger, Nyjer or Niger Seed. The birdseed  was originally called niger in reference to Nigeria and the plant's 
geographic origin. The name was trademarked as Nyjer in 1998  by the Wild Bird Feeding Industry, to clarify proper pronunciation  (NYE-jerr). Many birders also call it thistle seed, but Nyjer is not  related to thistle plants, flowers, or seeds. It is believed that calling  the seed thistle may have become popular because goldfinches,  which love Nyjer, also feed on thistle and use thistledown in their  nest building. 

The Seed:

Native to Ethiopia and Malawi, Nyjer seeds are also grown in India.
Nyjer seed resembles sunflower seeds in shape, but are MUCH 
smaller in size and are black. Nyjer has a thick seed coat and can be 
stored for up to 6 months under ideal conditions without deterioration.  Nyjer seed contains proteins, oil and soluble sugars. It  is used as bird feed worldwide. Commercial Nyjer seed is grown in  Africa, India and other areas of southeast Asia.  Nyjer is a great seed to offer finches and other small seed-loving birds.

The Problem With Imported Seed:

The problem with imported Nyjer seed is that it's often accompanied  by seeds of the dodder family. Dodder is a parasitic plant that grows  no leaves of its own. The seeds can stay dormant in the ground for  up to 20 years. When something grows near it, the seeds sprout roots  which then begin to infiltrate the host plant. It produces seed, kills  the host plant and dies, and the whole cycle begins again. This is not  a plant we want in our country! In 1982 large shipments of Nyjer seed  landed at ports in California and were found to be infested with dodder  seeds. Something had to be done to clean the Nyjer or it would not be  allowed into the U.S.

Enter George Strasser:

George Strasser worked for the USDA and was given the task of inventing a  way to eliminate the dodder seeds in the Nyjer shipments. In the process , he had to make sure the oil content of the Nyjer was not completely  destroyed so the seed would still be viable as bird food. 

After several failed attempts, George devised a method where contaminated  Nyjer seed was run through ovens on conveyor belts. The seed was heated  to the boiling point, which was 212 degrees Fahrenheit for dodder seed.  Dodder is mostly water, so it reached the boiling point faster than Nyjer seed  and in the process killed the dodder, while the Nyjer was not. Although the oil  in the Nyjer seed remained, the seeds were rendered sterile in the process.  While this treatment killed the dodder it was insufficient to kill seeds of other 
noxious weeds. In 2001, a new treatment required that imported Nyjer seed  must be heat treated at 248 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. 

Other Uses:

The seed's oil is widely used for industrial purposes such as making soap,  paints and different types of emulsions.

A paste made from ground Nyjer Seed, mixed with ground flaxseed is used  in Ethiopia in treating leather.

Nyjer oil cake, which consists of residues obtained after processing of the  seeds to make oil, is rich in protein and is used to feed livestock.

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