Crescent Hill Nursery March E-Newsletter 2012 The CHN e-newsletter is our show of gratitude to the loyal market customers at our many events around t

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Crescent Hill Nursery March E-Newsletter 2012

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Cordyline Electric Pink in its full grown 4' X 4' splendor.

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. New for 2012 will be a category which features highlights from our tours of clients gardens in 2011, as well as a "project" page which summarizes some of our recent landscape installations. 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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Cannamois grandis and its sophisticated new growth.

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Abutilon pictum Thompsonii brings light to any shade garden.



Winter, if we can call it that this year, is almost over!! Buds have broken early, and magnolia and plum trees are already in full bloom. Similarly, spring bulbs are currently blessing our gardens with heavenly scents and colors to awaken the garden mind. The lack of appreciable rainfall may spell trouble later this summer, but right now the warm days are inspiring both plants, and those of us that love them, to get an early start. Here at Crescent Hill, the mild weather has permitted us to get rolling on propagation, and the benches are full of new selections for garden season 2012. Divisions are well ahead of schedule, and the early rooting of cuttings is clearly evident. We invite you all along on this year's garden journey, and hope you can help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary with the best garden year to date!!

Website update 2012 is very near completion. The new website will, for the first time, feature color photos of all of our selections in response to the demand from our local gardening family. It will also include the 2012 Crescent Hill Nursery calendar, as well as all of our new plants available in the coming year. It will seek to be an even more valuable tool for Crescent Hill to help clients inspire their outdoor living spaces. Check back in in late March, and be sure to tell us what you think. The following link will get you there:

Please join us at our monthly soiree this Saturday March 3 at De Anza College in Cupertino, Ca. After a little rain this week, the soil will be primed for planting. Come join us for a sunny Saturday engagement sure to inspire the spring garden. Maps and directions are available on the CALENDAR page of the website listed above.

Are there any plants that you think Crescent Hill should be growing in 2012? Any no-brainer, drop dead gorgeous selections which do not grace our plant list? Customer participation is a foundational element in Crescent Hill's game plan, and we would love to hear any suggestions which would make our list more complete. Please contact us if you have any ideas.

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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Dahlia 'Dark Angel Dracula'

As the weather starts to feel more and more like spring, gardeners feel inclined towards vibrant color to break out of the winter doldrums. Although not ready quite yet, some new cultivars are so exciting that we feel they merit a "sneak peak." After their wild popularity in 2011, the black leafed Dahlias surely fit into this category. Both the 'Dark Angel' and 'Happy Days' series from GroLink are color explosions wrapped in a small package. Their sheen black foliage creates a palette perfectly dotted by the large (to 3") single blooms. The compact size (12-15") allows placement in a multitude of locations, especially thriving in borders and potted arrangements. And we cannot forget the color!! This year's medley includes bright pinks (Dracula), reds (Pulp Fiction), yellows (Taxi Driver), and two-toned varieties like Star Wars and Pretty Woman. For the ultimate contrast, the new 'Happy Days Cream' pits white blooms against dark foliage!! The assortment will be ready to make a statement in your garden in April/May.

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Dahlia 'Happy Days Cream'



Boronia megastigma 'Hot Chocolate'

It is not often that a plant not grown by Crescent Hill is highlighted as our Plant of the Month. We thank Suncrest Nurseries of Watsonville, Ca for breeding a cultivar worthy of breaking that taboo. Boronia megastigma 'Hot Chocolate' is an evergreen subshrub from Australia which becomes the specimen/focal plant of any garden at this time of year. While most other plants are just waking up for the year, Hot Chocolate is indulging our noses with its ethereal perfume and intense color. A subshrub 3-4' tall X 3' wide, Boronia prefers a full sun (coastal) to part shade (inland) location which will provide the roots with their requisite cool and moist culture. Regular watering will insure that this plant in the Rutaceae (Citrus) family never gets parched in the root zone, which can lead to an early demise. In early spring, and sometimes again in fall, Hot Chocolate comes alive with a profusion of maroon/brown bell shaped flowers. The surprise comes when one explores the nodding blooms and encounters the bright yellow insides: this is what puts the "Hot" in 'Hot Chocolate'. The eye catching bloom is trumped only by the sweet musky fragrance which emanates from within, and has been called "legendary" by gardeners around the world. This light uplifting "garden cologne" titillates the olfactory senses, and can literally be smelled from one side of the yard to the other. The uniquely intoxicating scent is what allows Boronia to be grown commercially for cut flower and essential oil production in other parts of the world. An attention drawing piece to liven up any winter planting, and "a must" for the scented garden, Boronia megastigma 'Hot Chocolate' gets two thumbs up from Crescent Hill.

Special E-Newsletter Price; $18 per 5-gallon container!! Normally $25 each. Mention this review to receive discount.

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A "look into" Boronia 'Hot Chocolate'.

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Plentiful blooms add that rare touch of winter color!



Towards the end of 2011, in celebration of our 10th year in business, we invited ourselves over to customers homes to get a chance to see Crescent Hill's stock "out in the wild." It gave us an opportunity to understand more about the local microclimates where our customers (and plants) live, and further our relationship with the gardening community. This regularly occurring section will chronicle those landscape adventures.

It is our pleasure to announce that the first participants in Garden Tour 2011 were also the recipients of the Customer Of The Year award, given annually to the client(s) who most embody the rare and unique style that we pride ourselves upon. Glenn and Cindy, live on a 1/4 acre lot in a residential neighborhood in Foster City, Ca. They began visiting us at the De Anza College market three years ago, when they became interested in modifying their existing landscape. They had little to no experience in gardening, but had great curiosity and a desire to learn more. Glenn especially kept me busy on the emails, carefully planning and plotting which plant would be right for which location. Over the years the couple religiously purchased plants at our markets all around the Bay, each time carefully noting size, sun and soil preference, and Latin plant names. They researched the plants until they came to a consensus on the final location for each variety. They then tinkered with garden features such as dry creeks, statuary, trellises, and pots to arrive at the garden they have today. And let me tell you that after visiting their home, the myth of a green thumb was permanently disproven. In three years time Glenn and Cindy have created a true gem of a landscape, with absolutely no previous experience!!! They took the proverbial bull by the horns, learned the vocabulary of the industry, asked questions when they arose, and got down to work. As the following pictures illustrate, Glen and Cindy have created a garden space that any Master Gardener would be proud of, and one they we are proud to be a part. From scented plants to hummingbird attractors to cut flower providers, their yard has it all. Cacti, succulents, grasses, and perennial flowering/foliage plants alike are all merged to create a landscape that just makes you feel at home, in awe of the wonderful and diverse world of plants. They even have tackled plants classified as "difficult" to grow such as King Protea and Isopogon formosus, and had success due to a centered and researched approach. Their journey is a true success story for the pastime of Horticulture that we all know and love, and provides their family, neighbors, and friends with a beautiful refuge from the rigors of everyday life. Please check our Facebook page at the link below for more photos of their beautiful yard. As Crescent Hill Customers of the Year, Glen and Cindy have won a $50 gift certificate to the Nursery (if there is any room left in their yard. Haha).

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Glen shows off the shade garden in the back yard.

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Front yard showing its diverse color and structure.