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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,

Happy autumn! Fall is definitely in full swing. You can feel it in the chillier nights and varying warm and cool days and dramatic weather in general, especially this year with our recent thunder storm and lightening show and glorious rain that followed! We hope that you are finding comfortable moments to spend time in your garden and fully enjoy it.

We have lots to show you at the nursery- fall color, cool season veggies, lots of interesting plants and some new pottery we think you'll really like. Also, you might enjoy our October Special, so please read on and let us know what you need for your garden.

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October Newsletter Specials

20% Off

Outdoor Tropical Plants & Trees

Alocacia/Calocacia, Bird of Paradise, Bromeliads, Ginger, Hibiscus, Mandevilla, Plumeria, Palms, Philodendrons, Schefflera,

Tropical Fruit Trees (Avocado, Banana, etc.) and more!

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In this newsletter don't miss "What's New in the Nursery..." by Steven and his selection of the best plants this fall to keep an eye on, October Gardening Tips, and Old Ben's newest article featuring fun facts about birds for kids.

Now that we are in the best planting season of the year, please let us know if there's anything you are looking for in particular. Keep that umbrella nearby and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

Best regards,

Marc, Mariah and the Team at Anderson's

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What's New at the Nursery Steven Froess

Greetings Everyone!

October is upon us! The days are becoming noticeably shorter and the weather is beginning to feel much like autumn. Fall plants are beginning to trickle in such as cyclamen, pansies, violas, blooming ornamental grasses, and all the cool season vegetables. On sale this month are Outdoor Tropical lants. Choose from our in stock plumeria, hibiscus, alocasia, bromeliads, philodendron, birds of paradise, and so much more. There is even a 24"-box Michelia champaca 'Alba'!

There are a lot of interesting plants at the nursery right now. Gearing towards some of my favorite drought tolerant plants, we have many cultivars of Leucadendron (stunning foliage of ebony, more silver, safari sunset, safari goldstrike, Jester, and winter gem), Leucopsermum (showy pin cushion blooms like Blanche ito, yellow bird, scarlet ribbons, and sunrise), Banksia, and even some cool Eucalyptus (macrocarpa Rose of the West, 'Moon lagoon', and 'Baby blue').

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Sonchus canariensis is one of my favorites (below left). I love the leaves and the growth habit. There are several species of Correa reflexa 'Kangaroo Island' in flower (below right) and the grevilleas and other Australian natives won't be far behind. There are definitely some great rare plants around, too. For example, Agave 'White rhino' and Agave utahensis var. eborispina. 

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We also have some really nice seasonal things for your garden such as hanging baskets that Hanna made, a variety of container gardens in pots that Madeline put together, all of that gorgeous fall bedding color, a large selection of cool season veggies, and lots of pottery in different shades of color including Mexican Talavera and Dia de los Muertos Calaveras (sugar skulls).

I hope it won't be long until I get to see you again! Looking forward to it.

Your Local Horticulturalist,


October Gardening Tips

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October is when we start to see our first true days of autumn. We have already experienced some cooler nighttime and morning temperatures between our summer-like hot spells. 


In Southern California, our mild Mediterranean climate makes it possible to plant year-round, but fall is one of the best times of the year to garden: the soil is still warm and the cooler season is soon upon us. As the temperatures start to cool down, working in the garden becomes even more glorious. 

To continue reading October Gardening Tips, click here.

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October Nursery Special

20% Off

All Outdoor

Tropical Plants & Trees including Tropical Fruit Trees

Expires October 31, 2021

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From the Desk of Old Ben

Fun Facts About Birds For Kids: What Are Birds?

- A bird can be described as a winged vertebrate animal (having a backbone). Birds are classified as bipedal (they have two feet), they are warm blooded egg-laying creatures. Birds are unique in that they have feathers and winged forelimbs.

- Birds can be found on every continent. There are about 10,000 different types of birds on earth.

- What do birds eat? The food they eat varies depending on the type of bird. It can include: Fruit, Plants, seeds, nuts, and meat. For example mice, other birds, insects, and carrion (the meat from a dead animal).

- The ostrich and penguin are birds that do not fly.

- The largest and heaviest bird on earth is the ostrich. The ostrich, with its long legs, can run up to a speed of 43 mph.

- Penguins are short legged birds that are native to cold southern regions like the Antarctic. They do not fly but are great swimmers. They have webbed feet and wings that work similar to flippers.

- Owls are birds of prey, types include: Barn owls, Burrowing owls, Hawk owls, Horned owls, Screech owls, and Snowy owls to name a few. The neck of an owl can rotate 3/4 of the way around its head.

- The bones of birds are thin and hollow. This makes the bones much lighter and more efficient for flying.

- Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly in all four directions. They are also the smallest bird species and can only be found in North and South America.

- There are about 310 different types of Pigeons and Doves. Pigeons have been used for food for thousands of years.

- In a recent American National Pet Owners Survey, 5.7% of American households were listed as having birds as pets. Pet birds included: Parakeets, canaries, cockatiels, cockatoos, doves, finches, lovebirds, parrots and macaws.

- The most famous of all extinct birds is the Dodo bird. The Dodo bird was native to the island of Mauritius. The Dodo only survived a total of 175 years after being discovered by explorers. Their extinction was due to the introduction of other animals, disease and human exploitation on the island.

- There are over 2,000 birds listed on the endangered bird list. Disease, environmental waste, marine debris pollution and deforestation have all contributed to the decline in bird populations. 

Please check out our full-line of local 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

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