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What TIME is it? ... SPRINGTIME!

Greetings garden friends! The days are getting longer, the birds are getting louder and we've had a decent drenching to perk up our gardens and the seedlings - these good omens can only mean one thing for us Western gardeners - SPRING IS GO FOR LAUNCH!

In honor of this momentous time of year - so full of promise and potential! - we've put together an inspirational and uplifting SPRING SLIDESHOW to get you in the gardening mood. Cruise ahead of the gardening curve with the most luscious plant combos and color schemes for the new season!

GET SCHOOLED! Gardening 101 with Annie

Want to plant a garden from scratch but don't know where to start?

Every gardener has to start somewhere - and the road to gardening enlightenment can be overwhelming, confusing and intimidating! Prepare to get the straight dope on how to garden like a pro from our own gardener-in-chief - Annie herself - on Sat. Feb. 22 at 11 am!

She'll cover the basics, starting with the all-important condition of your soil, planting the right plants at the right time and all of her favorite tried-and-true plant combinations. Critter control, deadheading and some simple tips for keeping your garden voluptuous are also up for discussion, as well as how to garden responsibly in these dry times.

Poppy Poppin' Time!

Friends, the hour of poppy planting is upon us!

Now is the time to plant Poppies for a truly outrageous Spring display! Coming in almost any color you can imagine - from the delicate pinks and reds of "Falling in Love" to silky, gothic "Single Black" and ranging in form from simple singles, shaggy doubles and holy-cow-it's-a-sphere-triples ("Swansdown") - our giant Poppies are the superstars of the Spring garden!

In fact, we love Poppies so much, we grow more than 30 varieties! Many are breadseed-types - 3-4' tall and regal with giant, 4-5" crepe paper blooms in a sumptuous rainbow of colors. But we also offer tempting and unusual species such as the delightful Papaver setigerum, the wild Papaver species 'Greek Poppy' and long-blooming, sparkling Iceland Poppies.

GOOD BUGS OR BAD?

Are garden pests bugging you?

Want to know the least toxic way to manage and get rid of them?

Integrated pest management expert Annie Joseph is coming to the nursery on Sat., February 8 at 11 am to teach us how we can control garden pests the green way - and have a beautiful pest-resistant garden without the nasty pesticides.

Effervescent & Easygoing Eschscholzias!

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!

Hardy Annuals are Easy!

Right now, here at the nursery, we're planting our hardy annuals. With their lust for life, hardy annuals pooh-pooh our cool Winter weather, sending their roots far and wide and building momentum for a spectacular bloom-at-the-same-time garden extravaganza come April. They're some of the most profuse bloomers in all of the gardening world - blooming their hearts out all Spring long if you plant them when they're young and deadhead faded blooms once they start blooming.

And the best part? Our open-pollinated plants are never treated with growth regulators and self-sow for successive generations of FREE PLANTS! Woo-hoo! Get them in the ground no later than mid-February and you'll be rewarded with a glorious garden and armloads of cut flowers, just when all your neighbors are heading to the garden centers!

Bare-Root Fruit Trees are In!

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.