Help our Mighty Monarchs Make A Comeback!

24 Jun

Worth a read – good news about Monarch butterflies!

GOOD NEWS DEAR GARDENERS! Things are looking a bit brighter for Monarch Butterflies this year! The latest count of Monarchs overwintering in Mexico increased to 150 million this year over last year’s 42 million. And the latest report from the Xerces Society Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count is showing more positive indicators – 15 sites (out of 187), which have been continuously monitored since the late 1990’s, show Monarchs turning up in numbers unseen for decades! What’s more, this past year they were seen overwintering in brand new sites such as Berkeley’s Aquatic Park and Muir Woods in Marin County.

Now, this is pretty great news for us gardeners, and so many of us who care about the myriad threats to our pollinator friends, especially our iconic Monarch Butterfly.

monarch_butterflies_pacific_grove Monarchs overwintering near Pacific Grove, CA. Photo courtesy Agunther

But as most of you know, there is still a long way to…

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Learn about Bare Root Trees!

8 Jan

Bare Root Boot Camp!
FREE TALK with Fruit Tree GENIUS Phil Pursel
of Dave Wilson Nursery Sat. Jan. 16 at 11 am!war crops

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 arethrilled to welcome back our dedicated and beloved FRUIT TREE GENIUS, Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery on Jan. 16 at 11 am!

With enthusiasm and expertise, Phil will help you get your backyard orchard off to a fabulous start. Not sure what fruit trees are best suited to your growing zone? Phil can totally help with that. Wondering what you should do to make sure your existing trees are in tip-top shape for maximum yield? He’s got you covered.

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. Come early for the best selection and bring your questions!

Annie’s Annuals & Perennials
Nursery: 740 Market Ave. Richmond, CA 94801

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!

3 Jul

Check out this great event coming up at Annie’s Annuals and Perennials in Richmond:

Annie’s Annuals & Perennials: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye!

Kiss Your Grass Goodbye!

Learn how to kick your lawn to the curb with

Author Sarah Sutton on Saturday, July 11 at 11 am!

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An Extraordinary Glimpse into the First 21 Days of a Bee’s Life in 60 Seconds

20 May

In an attempt to better understand exactly what happens as a bee grows from an egg into an adult insect, photographer Anand Varma teamed up with the bee lab at UC Davis to film the first three weeks of a bee’s life in unprecedented detail, all condensed into a 60-second clip. The video above presented by National Geographic doesn’t include commentary, but Varma explains everything in a TED talk included below. The primary goal in photographing the bees was to learn how they interact with an invasive parasitic mite that has quickly become the greatest threat to bee colonies. Scientists have learned to breed mite-resistant bees which they are now trying to introduce into the wild. Learn more about it in this video:

 

Home Gardeners are NOT the Problem!

25 Apr

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Gardeners! Are you as confused as I was over whether we should just completely stop watering our gardens because of California’s “worst drought in history?” Even as I was seeing the greenest grass, the most wildflowers and more vernal pools filled to the brim than I had seen in at least 5 years on my morning hikes in the East Bay Hills, everyone was telling me how scary the drought was. Folks visiting our nursery would apologize for buying a few plants and for even watering their small urban gardens at all. I was away from the nursery one day when the final straw happened. I was taking a shower in the communal shower room after a swim at my local swimming pool. Picture me naked (lol, no don’t!), showering with 3 other ladies, when I bent over to pick up my shampoo bottle off…

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Native Plant Event October 19

6 Oct
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Bringing Back the Natives
Native Plant Sale ~ 10% off

Sunday October 19th
10 am – 4 pm 
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The Watershed Nursery is excited to participate once again in the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour this Fall. We will be celebrating with great shopping opportunities, and our huge selection of native plants will be marked down 10% all weekend. Clarie Brown will be returning to give us valuable tips for reducing water use and still having a lovely garden. 

Garden Talk

Sunday, October 19th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm: 

“Working with Native Plants to

Create Water-Independent Pollinator Habitat and

Improve Soil in in Your Garden Landscape”.

with Claire Brown

We would like to invite you to celebrate fall and the change of seasons with this special sale and garden talk! Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to assist you in choosing the best native species for your garden space, and with an additional 10% off our already low prices this is a party you do not want to miss! The display gardens are looking gorgeous so bring a bag lunch and we will provide refreshments and pleasant vibes.

  

www.TheWatershedNursery.com
         601A Canal Blvd. Richmond CA 94804
www.thewatershednursery.com
         phone (510) 234-2222
         fax (510) 234-2242

Advice on Thrips from Berkeley Horticultural Nursery

4 Sep

Tips on Thrips
Thrips has become a major pest in local gardens in recent years. Many people do not realize that their gardens are infested until the leaves of their plants are stippled and silver-colored with thrips damage. Colonies of these tiny sucking insects can be found on the undersides of infested leaves. The tiny white to yellow nymphs and yellow to black adults leave behind black spots of feces. Once leaves are damaged they cannot recover and are best removed.

Most thrips damage occurs during the warmer, drier months of the year. Plants in dry shady locations appear to be more susceptible with the lower leaves at greater risk. Well-watered healthy gardens and plants with overhead watering tend to be less susceptible. Forceful streams of water on the undersides of infested leaves can help control the pest. Plants most susceptible to thrips include Azalea, Bergenia, ferns, Luma, Pyracantha, Rhododendron, Toyon and Viburnum. Recently Camellias and evergreens have shown damage as well.

The sooner this insect is detected, the easier it is to control. Spray with a solution of Insecticidal Soap and a refined Horticultural Oil, at recommended rates. Test the spray on a small portion of the infested plant. If no leaf damage occurs within a few days of your test, proceed to thoroughly spray your plant with special attention to the undersides of leaves and the lower branches. Because of their short persistence, oil or soap sprays are less disruptive of natural predators.

There is evidence that plants with good mulch around their bases are less prone to thrips infestations, and Earthworm Castings are our choice for this. Mulching may provide an environment for natural predators plus improve the overall health of the plant by conserving moisture. Removal of badly infested leaves and any plant debris from around the base of the plant is recommended before spraying.

While there is no magic cure for thrips, keeping a close watch on established plantings, selecting plants that are less susceptible, deep watering during the warm season, and immediate treatment when thrips are first detected, will go a long way toward managing this widespread pest.

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