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

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Crescent Hill Nursery July E-Newsletter 2011

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Crescent Hill Nursery at the Niles Main Street Wildflower, Art & Garden Show on May 15, 2012.

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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King Protea (Protea cynaroides) showing off its 8" bloom!!

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Asarina x wislizensis 'Red Dragon' ready for hummingbird attack.


For those of you familiar with Crescent Hill Nursery from our many markets throughout the Central Coast, you know our displays combine education and marketing to create a feeling as unique as the plants we grow. We have been successfully experimenting with the idea of a "pop up" nursery in conjunction with local like-minded businesses. A recent "pop up" event was held at RGR Metal Fabrication & Design in the Costco corridor of Santa Cruz, CA. The meshing of incredible hand crafted metal art with rare and exotic plants created quite a visual stimulation. Have a highly trafficked area/business that could pair with an infusion of color/education for the weekend? Please email if you would like us to "pop up" in your neck of the woods. A follow-up event will be held the weekend of July 16-17 at RCR in Santa Cruz, and will exemplify this new manner of bringing Crescent Hill Nursery closer to you. More information available on the following link to 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.

Summer is here, and that means it is once again time for one of our favorite events of the year. For a unique Sunday out, come join us at the 42nd Annual Moss Landing Antique Street Fair on July 31from 7am-4pm. In addition to the beautiful location, the Fair is known for its eccentric blend of people and merchandise, and is certainly not limited to antiques alone. Cool coastal weather, great local food, and, of course, superb rare and exotic plants await you at the harbor!! For more information, please see the CALENDAR page of our website at the link above.

Nursery tours are encouraged. Please come out and see our 2 acre facility in Watsonville. With over 250 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!!



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Anigozanthos 'Amber Velvet'

Kangaroo Paws

Flip through the pages of any popular garden publication and you are sure to find a reference to Crescent Hill's July Plant Of The Month. Kangaroo paws are the hot button plants of the year for many reasons, and surely deserve a place in any local garden. Anigozanthos is an Australian genus of flowering perennial plants which come in many colors and sizes, some shockingly straying from the beaten path. Kangaroo Paws are sun loving rhizomatous perennials from the Haemodoraceae family. They can be planted in containers or directly into the ground, and add a tropical touch to any garden. Their furry flowers are often brightly colored, attract hummingbirds, AND shine as an irresistible cut specimen!! The bloom cycle is generally from spring through summer, though many of the new hybrids seemingly never stop. The neat, clean, pure green foliage clumps appreciate well drained soil, and most like to dry out between irrigation. Whether used in mass plantings or as a stand-alone specimen plant, the appearance of the "paws" in spring brings a smile to gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Most are hardy to 20 degrees, and sprout from the base in years of historic frost. Crescent Hill is proud to offer 7 varieties of Anigozanthos, all in full flower and ready to impact your local gardens. The 'Velvet Range' series features large (3-4.5 feet) "paws", which are known for their toughness and almost glowing flowers. 'Amber Velvet', 'Gold Velvet', and "Regal Velvet' all offer bold displays of color, and local landscapers value their long bloom cycle in the mid to back border. 'Bush Nugget' is a mid-sized paw, growing to 2 feet, and boasting a pure yellow flower which opens to green. The 'Cape Series' features dwarf plants, no more than 20 inches tall, with strong branches and early flowers. 'Cape Red Lead' and 'Cape Magenta' have been selected for their overall vigor and compatibility with upscale container gardens. The nearly mythical black kangaroo paw (Macropedia fuliginosa) sports a neon lime bloom, dusted jet black all the way down the stem. To 24 inches, this rare form is quintessential to any collector.

Special E-Newsletter Price; $7 per 1-gallon container!! Compare at retail nurseries for $10-$15 per 1- gallon (if you can even find them). Mention this review to receive discount.

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Anigozanthos 'Bush Pearl' in full bloom.

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The rare and elusive Black Kangaroo Paw (Macropidia fuliginosa).




"Skeleton" Princess flower 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 Nancy Gill of San Jose, Ca. "Nathan, My princess flower (Tibouchina heteromalla) is looking for a happy home in the garden. Now it's in a west facing spot, looks happy, but still hasn't bloomed. Should I cut the other two long stalks back now or wait until they bloom? Should I keep in pot so I can move to sheltered area when it gets cold or plant in ground in partly sheltered part of yard? The short woman who asks too many questions. Nancy"

First of all Nancy, there are never too many questions (and i don't think you are that short either!!). Rare and exotic plants without information leads to plant death, which leads to replacement with common/easy plants like Agapanthus and Day Lily, which leads us right back to the sterile yard we were trying to improve in the first place. This vicious circle is only broken by complete cultural information, usually achieved through detailed questions. Remember, there is no such thing as a green thumb. The answer to this particular question is climate related, and also deals with the origin of Tibouchina. Princess Flower is in the Melastomataceae family, which is generally native to tropical or subtropical regions of the world. This Tibouchina hails from tropical South America (Brazil), and thus our comparatively cold winters can lead to problems. However, when the ambient soil and air temperatures start to rise with summer weather, the growth can be amazing. I would thus recommend cutting back the "skeletal" arm of the pictured plant, and encouraging growth from the more robust base. This is their time of year to really push vegetatively, and the result will be a full plant with many blooms, instead of just one flowering branch. As for the second question, i do like the idea of keeping frost tender plants like Tibouchina in a pot. This allows us to protect the plant in the winter months as well as making it easier to find the correct location in the garden. They love heat, but can get burned in too much direct sun. The mobility allows flexibility in finding its ultimate growing place. So good luck, and keep those questions coming!!