September 2005
Newsletter
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Cyclamen

It is hard to believe Fall is already here.
Fall and Winter are Cyclamen time, and ours
are ready. We have the classic
Sierra series,
the miniature
Sterling with marbled leaves,
and some
Fancy varieties with stripes and
fringed petals. You can keep them alive in the
garden if they have dry shade in the summer
for their dormant time.
Salvia uliginosa

Bog Sage is a good plant for that problem
spot with poor drainage or constant
moisture. It will grow in drier areas, too. It
has lovely sky-blue flowers and vigorous
growth to 2’ tall and 6’ wide. Cut back in
winter for best appearance. We will have one
crop for a limited period of time, so buy now!
Fall is Prime Time

Fall is the best time to plant most perennials, shrubs
and trees in our area. The soil temperature is at its
warmest and the days are shorter and cooler. This
encourages plants to grow vigorous roots and less
foliage,  getting them off to a strong start in life.
Primulas

4” Primroses are coming along to brighten those bleak
winter flowerbeds. We will have the short-stemmed
Danova series and the Pacific Giant series.
Salvia argentea

The biennial Silver Sage is grown primarily
for its dramatic wooly leaves, growing in a 2’
wide basal rosette like some otherworldly
lettuce. After two years it produces 4’ tall
spikes of white flowers. Keep water from
sitting in the crown by planting it on a small
mound.
Eriogonum grande rubescens

A confetti-like cloud of fuzzy pink pom poms appears to
float above the cute rounded leaves of
Red Buckwheat.
This California native tolerates full sun or light shade,
seaside conditions, drought, clay, and alkaline soil. It is
an important nectar source for many species of butterfly
and provides seed for the birds. The foliage forms a
dense 1’ mound.
If you have sandy soil, you can plant it with
Calocephalus
brownii
or Cushion Bush for an interesting combo that
thrives in salty  seacoast wind.
Fancy Leaf Pelargoniums

We have lowered the price on our latest crop of  Fancy
Pelargoniums from $4.20 to $3.80. In or out of bloom,
these sturdy plants really liven up a flowerbed or pots
in light shade. We have six varieties ranging in colors
from mild to wild. Click
here to see the names of the
different varieties.
Acsclepias

We have another crop of  Asclepias currasavica, aka
Blood Flower or Milkweed. ‘Silky Deep Red’ has red and
yellow flowers;
‘Silky Gold’ is solid yellow.  While we
can’t guarantee that your plant will come with its own
Monarch Butterfly caterpillar, the butterflies in your
neighborhood just might make themselves at home! The
starry flowers make the plants worthwhile even without
butterflies. Plant in full sun and give moderate water.
Angel’s Trumpets

Our 5-gallon Brugmansia are finally ready. These
treelike shrubs were formerly known as
Datura.  The
genus
Datura was divided: The vining and sprawling
types retained their original name and the shrubby
forms were renamed
Brugmansia. All have fabulous,
trumpet-like flowers. Very fragrant at night. Plant in
a sheltered spot and fertilize regularly. Prune hard in
spring for best appearance. All parts of the plant are
poisonous if eaten.

Betty Marshall: 4’x 4’ dwarf with white flowers.
Charles Grimaldi: Orange. 8’ x 8’.
Single White: 7’ x 7’.
Frosty Pink: 7’ x 7’.
New for us this year:
Brugmansia sanguinea ‘Inca Queen’.
Mountain Angel’s Trumpet has narrow  orange and red
blooms. It grows to 8’ tall and wide and is not
fragrant.
Anigozanthos Bush Gold
Anigozanthos Royal Cheer
Kangaroo Paws are
Coming

Don’t despair if you missed our
first crop of
Anigozanthos. We
have some more in 1 gallon cans.

Big Red: Bright red flowers on 3’ –
4 ‘stalks
Bush Dawn: Yellow, 2’ tall
Bush Ranger: Red, 1-2’ tall
Bush Gold: Lemon-yellow, 1’ tall
Anigozanthos viridis: Green
flowers. 1-3’x 1-3’
Anigozanthos need regular water,
full sun, good drainage, and
protection from snails.  
Anigozanthos viridis
 
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