Archive for the 'Uncategorized' Category

Little Bits

Sometimes it seems like there is not a lot blooming in August. This Stephanotis (Madagascar Jasmine) is an exception. In this picture it is growing through the Dwarf Princess flower on the trellis. The pot it is in was placed in bright shade where we keep our limited collection of begonias and other tropicals. The […]

Judi’s Blog

So now we are head long into summer. The rush of spring planting is over. Our thoughts now turn to keeping our gardens watered and disease and bug free while we wait for our vegetables to ripen and enjoy the fruits of our labor. I have already harvested some of my potatoes, zukes and tomatoes.While I know that […]

D’s Blog

Our busy spring season is over and we have time to get back to blogging. What a strange year it’s been. We have experienced fires, extreme weather fluctuations and a struggling economy. With all this craziness I am glad to report that people are still purchasing plants. The biggest trend we saw at La Sumida this year was […]

Judi’s Blog

Well it seems obvious where the trend is going this summer in the gardening world.  It’s all about VEGETABLES.  Everyone wants to supplement their grocery budget by growing as many fresh veggies as their garden space will allow.  Call it a Victory Garden or Recession Garden, I have never seen or experienced such a surge […]

D’s Blog

March heralds the arrival of spring. Days grow longer and soil temperature warms. Now is the time to think about feeding, pruning and planning your summer color.  Planting: March is the transition between cool season and warm season plants.  http://www.lasumida.com/tips/plantinglists/warmseason.html Summer color: Annuals: Petunias, Marigolds, Cosmos, Dianthus, etc. Perennials: Foxglove, Cleome, Delphinium, Nemesia, Salvia, Etc. Etc. Etc. Summer […]

Judi’s Blog

Yea!! Finally we got some much needed rain.  So far, at this writing, we really haven’t had a heavy soaking that would constitute a “deep” watering.  Just steady, light showers that seem to be enough to allow the weeds to germinate and grow like crazy.  So be aware, you might have to supplement with an […]

D’s Blog

Rose Pruning In Santa Barbara rose pruning season is generally between Christmas and Superbowl. Roses are a deciduous shrub.  In our mild climate, we don’t often receive the cold required for real winter dormancy, so it’s especially important to clean them up for a good healthy start in the New Year. Pruning actually breaks dormancy. […]

D’s Blog

Frost Tips   In the Santa Barbara area we have many microclimates. Some of these are susceptible to frost damage in cold winters. If you live in the bottom of a canyon you know how chilly it can get.  Do not fertilize permanent landscape plants except for lawn, cool season annuals, and vegetables after October […]

D’s blog

Those of you who read this blog are most likely local La Sumida Nursery customers. We are very grateful to you. Your support makes it possible for  Independent  Garden Centers to continue in the era of the ‘Big Box’  center. Can you imagine the lack of selection if we could only purchase plants at Home Depot?   At this […]

Judi’s Blog

Fall Rose Care One of the most asked questions for this time of year at the Nursery is, “what to do with the roses?” After the summer heat, fall’s cool down can produce some of the years best blooms.    Do you feed?  Do you prune?  Should you continue to spray for insects and disease? […]