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Friends of Anderson's La Costa Nursery, 

Happy September and happy back to school for everyone! Don't we just love when the kids are back in school, the beaches open up and the hustle and bustle of summer is behind us? It is awesome that students and teachers can actually attend school in person this year.

We hope you enjoy this time post-Labor Day to tend to your garden. Fall is the best planting season of the year. Take advantage of our extended summer weather, especially early mornings and before sunset, to organize and do a little planting in your garden. To start things off, please enjoy our September nursery sale:

20% Off 
Sansevieria (Snake Plants)
All Indoor & Outdoor Ficus Trees
& Avocado Trees


Thank you to everyone who came out for our August Sip & Paint Garden Party! It was a wonderful evening lead by the fabulous Kathleen Larson of Aloha Art and Coconutmommy. We invite you to click here to view a picture gallery from August's event. 

Please mark your calendars for Wed, Sept. 22, 5:30-7:30 pm for the next Garden Party. This month we are painting and planting gourds! No experience or elaborate designs required!

$45 per person includes all supplies, snacks, sips and smiles. Please reserve your spot by sending us an email with your name, phone number, and names of your guests, and then follow up by calling in your payment (760) 753-3153. We look forward to having you to the nursery at sunset under the twinkling lights.

Don't miss "What's New in the Nursery..." by Steven next up, early fall Gardening Tips, and Old Ben's newest article about his personal experience with birds and butterflies this summer. So enjoyable.

As we head into the best planting season of the year, please let us know if there's anything we can special order for you. We hope you are having a wonderful end of summer and are able to safely take advantage of the great outdoors. We look forward to seeing you very soon.

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

What's New at the Nursery 
      Steven Froess

Hello Everyone!

The first day of autumn is not far off but the temperatures say otherwise. If this year is similar to years past, we've got warm summer weather until mid-late October. The days are progressively becoming shorter though, so even though temperatures are warm, plants are beginning their dormancy cycle. Pomegranate trees and stone fruits are usually among the first trees whose leaves turn yellow and fall. Meanwhile, heat loving plants such as Plumeria, Hibiscus, Pentas, Lavender, and more continue their flowering cycles. 

Make sure you take the time to enjoy your garden throughout the year. All that work will pay off. I realize that I notice or appreciate something in my garden/greenhouse almost every day. This time of the year I find myself weeding, doing pest control, deep watering, and pruning most often. The weeds will never stop appearing so I just keep going at it little by little. Pest control this time of the year can be frequent. Caterpillars are abundant this time of the year whether they are on your vegetables and herbs, bougainvillea, brugmansia, roses, or almost anywhere in the garden.

The key to controlling these types of pests is using either B.T. (Bacillus thuringiensis) or Captain Jacks (Spinosad). The most effective way to use these products is when you first start to notice the damage caused by caterpillars, spray the plant(s) thoroughly in the evening, and repeat every few weeks. Other pests include spider mites, aphids, scale, whitefly, and mealybug which are most effectively treated with a contact insecticide such as Orchard spray or Bon-Neem (Pyrethrin). Also apply in the evening and every few weeks as needed. As a precaution, try to avoid spraying flowers and spray in the evening when bees aren't active to avoid unnecessary damage (we love our bees!) I really only use insecticides for pest control when certain thresholds are met, if I just notice some small damage I will monitor it and see if it develops any further. 

Deep watering in the evening or early morning can control the frequency in which you need to water, especially in established landscapes. Conserving and not wasting water during these times of severe drought is important. Knowing your soil type is important, too because there is no need to deep water a heavy clay soil. Pruning this time of the year helps remove any excessive growth from spring and control certain plants you don't want to outgrow their space. Cleaning your tools after pruning is important to keep from spreading bacteria or disease to other plants in your garden unknowingly. Finally, I begin thinking about or prepping any plantings I will be doing in fall. 

Plant Talk
Plants are still abundant this time of the year. Asclepias (milkweed) for the monarch butterflies are still in stock for one last push. They will be migrating south soon enough. We've got some beautiful hibiscus in stock, a new series called the Hollywood series with 6 different colors. 

Tecoma hybrids are loving the warm weather, 'Bells of fire' and 'Sparklette'. A new Tecomaria series by Sunset magazine introduced three new colors in a more compact growth habit (great for attracting hummingbirds).

Other Sunset magazine plants we have include Lomandra 'Platinum beauty', and Lavender 'Meerlo'. Some beautiful Abutilons for shady areas 'Nabob', 'Victor Reiter', and 'Sunset Reiter'. 

We've been growing and receiving some very unusual indoor plants such as Philodendron micans, Monstera siltepecana, Jewel Orchid, Peperomia 'Watermelon', three types of Carnivorous plants, String of turtles, and even a few very rare plants: Philodendron Billietiae, Alocasia alzlanii, and Monstera dubia (but you must see me to view them). 

Enjoy our indoor/outdoor Ficus Sale as well as 20% off all Sanevierias. Ficus 'Audrey', alitissima, lyrata, elastica, are included in the sale. 

In our outdoor specialty section under the shade, you will find Ficus petiolaris (Sonoran Rock fig), religiosa (Bodhi tree), menabeensis, Virens, Autralia and more, also on sale now. 

There is so much more to mention in lots of different categories: natives & drought tolerant plants, cactus & succulents, lots of color for sun and shade, ornamental grasses, beautiful outdoor bromeliads, plus we are well stocked with veggies, herbs and fruit trees (avocados are 20% off). 

I hope everyone is staying cool as we head into early fall. Please stop by and say hello. We look forward to seeing you at the nursery soon!
Your local horticulturalist,

TipsSeptember Gardening Tips

As we wrap up summer, one of the most important tips heading into the fall is to protect against wildfire. The wildfire season is already well underway in the state, and as the warm, dry Santa Ana winds replace the humid tropical days we are experiencing here in Southern California, we will want to be prepared. 

If you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, create defensible space around your home by pruning off dead tree limbs, cleaning your yard of brush and dead leaves and cleaning leaves from the
roof and gutter. Defensible space refers to the 50-100-foot area around a house or building where plants (and fuel) are trimmed, reduced or cleared to slow the spread of wildfires.

In California, there are two major planting seasons: spring and fall...
Click here to continue reading September Gardening Tips.

Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Observations from Old Ben...

It's been and interesting year to say the least. Supply chain issues continue to plague the world. Gas prices continue to climb. And Covid continues to raise its ugly head. But fortunately, birding goes forward. 

I hadn't thought much about insects until about mid-August. I had been harvesting tomatoes for months, and had just planted my second crop in late July. Lettuce, green beans, parsley, potatoes, cilantro, herbs of all kinds and many more vegetables. Then, I noticed all the wild birds flying from plant to plant looking for something to eat. They included finches, sparrows, Orioles, common yellow throat, grosbeaks, house wrens, towhees and mockingbirds to name a few. I have not had aphids of any kind this year, even on new rose growth, or the orange oleander aphids on my milkweed.  That makes feeding the birds well worth it, besides seeing these beautiful creatures with my own eyes. 

Have you ever heard a sharp-shinned hawk just sitting on a branch making what I call a baby-crying sound? If you have you know what I am talking about. My understanding is that they just missed a meal and are crying about it. When this crying is going on you can't find any other birds in the area. Makes sense: hide until the crying bird is gone. 

Now here is a twist: while observing Orioles and song sparrows eating mealworms from a feeder in Lesley's secret garden, I heard the familiar cry of the sharp-shinned hawk. The feeding birds departed immediately. I looked for the sharp-shinned but could not spot him. The sound got louder and louder, but I still could not find him. Then, I saw the Black-headed grosbeak land on the fence close to the feeder. To my surprise he was imitating the sharp-shinned sound. He has learned something valuable to keep him at the head of the class when it comes to eating!

Earlier in the spring, I needed to get a section of fence replaced. It was covered with Aristolochia, or Dutchman's pipe vine. It had been growing there for more than 30 years- it finally had to go. So, I planted passion vine in hopes of attracting the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. Growing up in North Park we shared a chain link fence with our neighbor that was completely covered with passion vine. Thus began my appreciation of this beautiful butterfly. It's been several months since planting the vine and I am happy to say there are lots of these beauties flying around now, laying eggs and reproducing. 

We also have a large population of Monarchs, skippers, and finally a
few swallowtails. I have planted parsley, fennel, dill and anise to attract the swallowtails. What a wonderful summer to enjoy all of the flying visitors to my garden. Thank you for reading. 

All the best,
The Birds and Old Ben
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.

N e w s l e t t e r   S p e c i a l s

September Specials

20% Off 
All Ficus Trees 
(Indoor & Outdoor)
Avocado Trees

Specials good through
September 30, 2021

Anderson's La Costa Nursery 
400 La Costa Ave  Encinitas, CA  92024  |  760-753-3153