Crescent Hill Nursery May E-Newsletter 2011 The CHN e-newsletter is our show of gratitude to the loyal market customers at our many events around the

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Crescent Hill Nursery May E-Newsletter 2011

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Crescent Hill Nursery at the Smart Gardening Fair in Carmel, Ca on April, 16 2011.

The CHN e-newsletter is our show of gratitude to the loyal market customers at our many events around the Central Coast. It will serve as a site for seasonal updates, "plant of the month" specials, the "ask a nurseryman" section, links to our partners, and a whole lot more. The e-newsletter is a way to stay connected with our thriving and knowledgeable garden community. Please send us your comments on how to make this e-newsletter more useful to all, and don't forget to pass along the link to a friend!

Happy Planting,
Nathan Krupa (owner/grower)

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Spring Color at Crescent Hill. Tradescantia 'Blue and Gold'

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Iris pallida 'Variegata'


Website update 2011 is complete. Our new selections will be denoted with a yellow star on their respective PLANTS pages. We hope this will help in generating ideas for something unique in your 2011 garden. Many new hybrids are not just new to Crescent Hill, but also to the horticultural trade in general. With your help, we look forward to categorizing their various uses, likes, and dislikes as they touch California soil for the first time. With these specimens as well as our familiar favorites, please remember your feedback is crucial to our compilation of an efficient and effective regional planting guide for rare and unusual species. Customer participation is an essential piece to this puzzle. The website update also includes our 2011 CALENDAR, which has swelled to include new events in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and even San Francisco. As always, suggestions on additional events are tremendously appreciated!! Next year's update will include detailed photos for each individual species, and any exceptional photos from your collections will help in that process. So please follow this link,, and enjoy the tour of our website.

NEW FOR 2011. Cut flowers from the Proteacea family, including Protea, Banksia, Pincushion, Leucadendron, and Grevillea will be offered at our markets this year. These incredible blooms will last 2-3 weeks in a vase, and will certainly generate conversation and awe in any indoor setting. Plants of these flowers will be available whenever possible.

Crescent Hill will be participating in many new 2011 events to follow the spring planting rush. Please join us at the Carmel Valley Garden Show on May 7&8 at the Hidden Valley Institute for the Arts in Carmel Valley, CA. We will also be showing at the Niles Main Street Wildflower, Art, and Garden Show in Fremont (Niles), CA on Sunday May 15. The new Treasure Island Flea Market which starts on May 28&29 on Treasure Island in San Francisco also promises to be a fun event. Maps and directions are available through following the above link to our CALENDAR page. Hope to see you there!!

Nursery tours are encouraged. Please come out and see our 2 acre facility in Watsonville. With over 225 varieties grown, the growing grounds are turning into a little botanical park. Please call for an appointment. Groups are welcome.

Please remember Crescent Hill recycles all 1,2, and 5 gallon plastic containers. Drop off available at all markets, or here at the nursery. Thanks again!!




Brunnera 'Jack Frost' displaying its dramatic foliage!

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

The May plant of the month has been a Crescent Hill favorite for many years. Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' is a distinctive and regal plant, which provides year around interest to any shady environment. Voted the Perennial Plant Of The Year 2012 by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA), we believe Jack Frost is finally starting to get the respect it has long deserved. Just one look at the foliage draws most garden lovers in, as the heart shaped 3-5 inch leaves demand a second look. Upon closer inspection, we see the powdery white, silver-flecked leaves have a strong green venation which gives the foliage its uber-dramatic flare. In spring and early summer, this clumping perennial is topped with multiple cymes of sky blue Forget-Me-Not like blooms. The effect is captivating to say the least, bringing new light to those dark areas of the garden. The fast growing Jack Frost is also hardy, and reflects its mid-west origins by surviving temperatures of negative 40 degrees!! Add deer and rabbit resistance, and one can see why this variety has been a Crescent Hill favorite for so long. Used in any shady setting, from woodland gardens to mixed container arrangements, Brunnera Jack Frost is a perfect pairing for ferns, heucheras (coral bells), hostas, and hellebores. Matching with darker leaf foliage plants like Ligularia 'Desdemona', Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria', or any of the darker Lorapetalum (Fringe Flower) varieties insures an eye-popping contrast mosaic not soon to be forgotten. We are happy to offer full 2 gallon sized plants, loaded with blooms, and ready for placement in your shady garden.

Special E-Newsletter Price; $12 per 2-gallon container, (regular $14 each)!! Mention this review to receive discount.

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Light blue clusters of Forget-Me-Not like blooms.



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Euphorbia 'Blackbird' with "bottom growth" and ready for a cutback.

In this section, we will answer the question of the month. The customer chosen to ask the question of the month will receive a free one gallon sized pot of your choice!!

This month's "ask a nurseryman" question comes from Mrs. Whittell of San Jose, CA, who asked "When is the best time of year to cut back Euphorbia's, such as E. 'Rudolf' and E. 'Tazmanian Tiger'?"

Great question Mrs. Whittell, and one that is crucial to the long-term success of the plant. As Euphorbias long lasting winter blooms start to fade with springs emergence, gardeners seek to revitalize the often lush and colorful foliage with a cutback. The timing of the cutback is critical, and if done too early can kill the plant. We must wait until the plant has started to generate "bottom growth"(see photo) from the basal third of the stalk before bringing out the clippers. Cutting too early can take away all the plants photosynthetic surfaces, and thus lead to an early death. So even if the flowers are brown and withered, we must wait for new growth to emerge to insure perennial status. In our experience, this "waiting game" is more prevalent in some of the new horticultural hybrids like E. 'Tazmanian Tiger' and E.'Blackbird'. But for the show they provide, a little patience pays off in the end. Don't forget that Euphorbia's produce a milky, sticky substance when cut, which can irritate the skin. Wear Gloves!!