Annie’s has lots of California Poppies!

24 Jan

Effervescent & Easygoing Eschscholzias!

L to R: Eschscholzia ‘Apricot Chiffon’Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Blue Springs’Eschscholzia ‘Rose Chiffon’
The hardest thing about growing easy, breezy Eschscholzia is pronouncing its name!

Our gorgeous California state flower and all of its jewel-toned brethren are the epitome of easy: drought tolerant and deer resistant, adaptable to poor, dry soil, as well as rich, garden soil – they’re the kind of over-achieving plants that look oh-so-good with minimal effort on your part! In fact, Cal Poppies live longer if you keep them on the dry side over the Summer and they reseed reliably for free plants that will fill in here and there, making all of their neighbors sparkle and shine!

But the best thing? The BEST thing about these radiant poppies is the alchemy they create when mixed and matched with their fellow native Californian wildflowers or Mediterranean garden annuals. The possibilities are endless and the results – positively enchanting!

Eschscholzia californica ‘Apricot Chiffon’
“Apricot California Poppy”

You just can’t beat the luscious beauty of Cal Poppy ‘Apricot Chiffon’ matched with the harmonious blue-purple of Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Blue Springs’ it’s my favorite bloom-at-the-same-time color combo!

Eschscholzia californica ‘Rose Chiffon’
“Pink California Poppy”

With swirling skirts sublimely shaded in rose and pink, each bloom is a work of art! Absolutely peerless for pairing with Springtime blues and yellows, try it with Laurentia axillaris ‘Blue Stars’ for a romantic vignette.

Eschscholzia californica ‘Alba’
“White California Poppy”

Sophisticated creamy white blooms give cool contrast for almost any other color in the garden. We especially love it with sky blueNemophila “Baby Blue Eyes” and cheerfulDianthus plumarius ‘Pinkerton’ - win!

Eschscholzia californica’Red Chief’ 
“Red California Poppy”

Vivid, satiny and long-blooming ‘Red Chief’ adds BIG COLOR to low water or native gardens, even parking strips! Combine with trippy-cool blue Cerinthe major purpurascens for an eye-popping blaze of garden glory!

Eschscholzia ‘Purple Gleam’
 “Purple California Poppy”

Totally harmonious and at home in any native or cottage garden combo, we love ‘Purple Gleam’s’ single painterly flowers! Try it with fluffy-cute and pet-able “Bunny Tail Grass” Lagurus ovatusfor a tactile thrill!

Eschscholzia californica ssp. maritima
‘Coastal Form’

Not the common California poppy everyone is familiar with but a superior, compact coastal form with pretty, tight bluish foliage. Blooms longer than all the rest, too! Perfect in parking strips!

More free learning… from Annie’s

11 Jan

Bare-Root Fruit Trees are In!
FREE TALK with Phil Pursel of
Dave Wilson Nursery on Sat. Jan. 18 at 11 am!

No matter what size garden you have, there’s room for at least one fruit tree!

January is the perfect time for us Bay Area gardeners to plant bare root fruit trees and we are thrilled to welcome back our favorite fruit tree expert, Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery on Jan. 18 at 11 am!

With enthusiasm and expertise, Phil will help you get your backyard orchards off to a fabulous start. Not sure what fruit trees are best suited to your growing zone or space? Phil can totally help with that.

And what about that all important “first cut” – the very first pruning cut that should be made to keep backyard fruit trees a manageable height for harvesting? Phil will walk you through that, too, and give you all of the compelling reasons why you should do it.

Whether you have an established backyard orchard, or are planting your first fruit tree, Phil’s extensive knowledge and passion will get you fired up about growing your own fruit! You’ll walk away with everything you need to know about selecting, planting, pruning, protecting your tree and more. Bring your questions!

BONUS: The fine and fabulous folks at Dave Wilson are generously donating a wonderful selection of beautiful bare root trees to RAFFLE OFF! No purchase necessary – just be here by 11 am to nab a free raffle ticket!

For a complete list of varieties available in the nursery only:
CLICK HERE!

 

FREE pruning classes at Berkeley Hort!

10 Jan

Want to learn how to prune your roses? Fruit trees? Berkeley Horticultural Nursery in Berkeley is offering FREE pruning classes this month. Check out the link for more info:

http://berkeleyhort.com/gardening-suggestions/14-0102/upcoming-free-classes.html

Know someone who needs a little help with their garden?

6 Dec

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With the holidays approaching, have you thought about giving someone you love a Berkeley Garden Coach gift certificate? Gift certificates available in all denominations from $120, for either coaching or design services.

Garden coaching makes a great holiday gift!

Contact me directly to purchase a Berkeley Garden Coach gift certificate for the holidays.

And all the best to you this holiday season.

PLANT EXCHANGE THIS WEEKEND IN OAKLAND

16 Oct
The fall Plant Exchange is this Saturday

October 19th, Noon to 4pm

What?        Lakeshore Neighborhood Plant Exchange
When?       Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Time?        12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Where?      3811 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. Easy free parking.
Cost?         FREE!

All kinds of plants are welcome, of any size: seedlings, cuttings, or fully grown. Packets of seeds are welcome too. Want to donate plants before the event? There’s still a few days left. Contact us to arrange to drop off your plants ahead of time.

Don’t forget about those garden accessories and accents: Umbrellas, clippers, pots, books and magazines on gardening, stepping stones, tools and supplies – even goldfish.

For more information call (510) 866-8482 or email ThePlantExchange@yahoo.com. Full details can be found at our new expanded website www.ThePlantExchange.com.

Thanks!
Odette
Lakeshore Neighborhood Plant Exchange
3811 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

Don’t forget to check out the Fall Party at Annie’s Annuals in Richmond!

6 Sep

 

What’s the best time to plant here in our Mediterranean climate?
Why, the FALL of course!

Now’s the time to start thinking about your smashing Spring garden AND take advantage of the coming Winter rains. So in preparation for our favorite planting season and our Fabulous Fall Planting Party, Sept. 28 & 29, 10 – 5, we’re rolling out a huge selection of California natives, hardy annuals (think Poppies!), Winter veggies, plant-now-for Spring-bloomers and even Winter bloomers!

As always, we’ll have music, free snackies, gardens in bloom, talks, go-go dancers and of course, FREE RAFFLES and our ever-most popular SUPERMARKET SWEEP where two lucky winners win 15-MINUTES OF FREE SHOPPING each day! Bring the kids for amazing FREE facepainting with friendly Budderball The Clown and take a walk through our Pumpkin Patch!

Oh the delight of Asclepias!

22 Jun

Asclepias in one of my very favorite plants for summer color. It’s easy and a delight to look at, and oh, those butterflies! Thank you to Annie’s Annuals and Perennials for this article on a fabulous wildlife plant.

Meet the Milkweeds!
Beloved by pollinators AND gardeners – we’re wild for Asclepias!

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In honor of NATIONAL POLLINATOR WEEK, we’re shining the spotlight on one of our most favorite groups of plants – the diverse and divine Asclepias! A prized nectar source for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, it’s also the sole host plant for Monarch butterflies, who lay their eggs on Milkweeds alone!

Asclepias speciosa 'Davis'

Asclepias ‘Davis’ has legs – and it knows how to use them!

You’ll get hours of entertainment from just a few plants, as kids and adults alike will watch in fascination as the resulting yellow, black and white caterpillars grow fat and happy eating the tasty leaves. By the time they curl up and form their incredible, turquoise-green chrysalises, you’ll want to set up a Monarch-cam to catch the grand finale!

You’ll also find ladybugs, ants, beetles – and yes, aphids, are drawn to Milkweeds (why, aphids are delicious to many beneficial insects!). It’s like Wild Kingdom on a microscopic level!

PLUS, the plants themselves are so pretty and pleasing. Don’t let ‘em fool you though – they’re a tough bunch, tolerant of heat, drought, poor soil, deer and clay. Asclepias can deal and THRIVE!

asclepias_speciosa_davis_closeAsclepias speciosa ‘Davis’ 
One of the most majestic and gorgeous of all Asclepias, ‘Davis’ features fuzzy foliage and stunning 4-5″ bee-loved clusters of creamy pink and white flowers. A hands-down MUST HAVE!!

asclepias_silky_goldAsclepias curassavica
‘Silky Gold’

With tender leaves perfect for caterpillars to munch on, this vigorous tropical Milkweed is a perfect host plant. Plus, tough, easy and pretty! Voila!

 

 

asclepias_cancellataAsclepias cancellata
“Wild Cotton”

Making a tidy, upright, many-branched, shrublet to 3′ tall, this rare South African Asclepias attraced hordes of butterflies here at the nursery. Yup, tough & easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

asclepias-syriacaAsclepias syriaca
“Virginia Silk’

The most fragrant Milkweed -smells deliciously like lilacs! Long lived, easy and tolerant of poor, dry soil – it’s also hardy down to USDA zone 4. A thrilling container subject!

 

asclepias_currassavicaAsclepias curassavica
“Mexican Milkweed”
A butterfly magnet that brings a welcome pop of orange and yellow to the garden. It’ll cheer up the Winter garden in mild-climates and self-sow for next year’s butterflies!

 

Get your Asclepias on!

Asclepias speciosa ‘Davis’ 
One of the most majestic and gorgeous of all Asclepias, ‘Davis’ features fuzzy foliage and stunning 4-5″ bee-loved clusters of creamy pink and white flowers. A hands-down MUST HAVE!!

Asclepias curassavica
‘Silky Gold’

With tender leaves perfect for caterpillars to munch on, this vigorous tropical Milkweed is a perfect host plant. Plus, tough, easy and pretty! Voila!

Asclepias cancellata
“Wild Cotton”

Making a tidy, upright, many-branched, shrublet to 3′ tall, this rare South African Asclepias attraced hordes of butterflies here at the nursery. Yup, tough & easy!

Asclepias syriaca
“Virginia Silk’

The most fragrant Milkweed -smells deliciously like lilacs! Long lived, easy and tolerant of poor, dry soil – it’s also hardy down to USDA zone 4. A thrilling container subject!

Asclepias curassavica
“Mexican Milkweed”
A butterfly magnet that brings a welcome pop of orange and yellow to the garden. It’ll cheer up the Winter garden in mild-climates and self-sow for next year’s butterflies!

Asclepias fascicularis
“Narrow Leaved Milkweed”

Delicate, narrow leaves with nodding clusters of elegant white flowers LOOK dainty – but it’s an Asclepias! So you know it’s tough as nails. Hardy to USDA zone 6!
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