January & February Newsletter

Happy New Year, one and all. Back to our regular winter hours starting Jan 17th, 10-4 pm, 7 days a week weather permitting. We have re-stocked the seed racks and stocked up on all soils. Bare-root trees are here, and roses are due in a couple of weeks. The rose list follows later in the newsletter, and you can find the link to our tree selection at Dave Wilson on our website www.stargardens.biz. We have a fresh selection of pottery from Pacific Home and Garden and have reordered the beautiful and colorful Spanish pots we had last year. Fairy garden figures have been reordered with some new choices, along with old favorites. We are getting a new liquid fertilizer called AgriThrive that I was excited about at the show. Our plugs are on order, and Eric is in the process of recovering the greenhouse, so we will have our custom baskets again this year along with a few ‘perennials’ we grow ourselves. Seed potatoes are here, onion bulbs will be in next month, and we have some cool-season veggie starts available now. All your favorite staff will be back and eager to help with your gardening questions.

We have been going over our suppliers cost to us for plant material and find it necessary to raise the price on annuals and perennials. We believe our prices are competitive with other retail nurseries, but we will never be able to sell as cheap as the box stores or local home improvement stores. The horticultural industry, except for cannabis, has always been undervalued as is the knowledge of the people working in the industry. We have been reticent to raise prices too often, although overhead costs like labor, utilities, insurance, and goods sold have been increasing annually.

So what should you be doing in the yard and garden this month? Here’s an outline of the talk I was planning on giving at the Hidden Valley Garden Club but had to turn over to another as our bare root trees came the same day.

Winter in the Garden


  • Fruit trees: remove dead and crossing growth. Cut last year’s growth to the desired height.
  • Stone fruit flowers in a new place every year. Pome fruit (apples and pears) produce on fruiting spurs for several years. Hint: look for the clusters of buds.
  • Re-wrap or re-paint the trunks of young trees.
  • Young shade trees- Now is the time to shape while still small
  • Note: Every leaf produces energy for the tree, so you do not want to thin too much. It can weaken a tree and also open it up for sunburn in the summer.
  • Shrubs: Thin and prune to shape. Note: only cut Hydrangeas back two buds, not hard and spring-blooming shrubs are done after they bloom
  • Roses: try to remove as many of the leaves as possible to give the plant a rest and because they are disease magnets this time of year. Remove old canes to the ground if you have 4-6 younger strong canes to keep. Cut to an outwards growing leaf scar/bud break. Hint: the mark that looks like an upside-down smile.

Dormant Spraying:

  • OMRI approved Horticultural oil: used to smother overwintering insect eggs
  • Fungicides: OMRI approved copper or sulfur used to kill overwintering diseases on roses, fruit trees and shrubs. These include peach leaf curl, fire blight, rust, black and brown spot, and powdery mildew.
  • Note: Apply using directions on the bottle for dormant spraying which is stronger than during growing season and before a minimum of 36 hrs with no rain. If you have had an insect infestation or a disease issue this spraying is highly recommended and to do more than once.

Bare-Root Season:

  • Now is the time to buy deciduous fruit and shade trees for the best selection and price. These are trees that are dormant, field grown and shipped minus any soil. These are available only in the winter. Once they start to leaf out they need to be planted.
  • Also available: berries, grapes, hops, gojis, kiwis, lilacs, etc.


  • Continue dividing overgrown clumps or moving plants that were not happy in their spot like too much sun or too much shade. (Bearded iris best to do in fall)


  • Get any spring-blooming bulbs in by the end of January. Spread wildflower seed.
  • Cold hardy annuals, perennials, vegetables, and shrubs can be planted. Annuals include pansies, poppies, ornamental cabbage, sweet peas, primrose, snapdragons, calendula and veggies like kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower


  • Continue treating hydrangeas with True Blue (if you want blue flowers).
  • Top dress trees, roses, and shrubs with manure or other organic material. Top dress containers to keep the soil level up.
  • Check pots to make sure they are draining.
  • Feed stawberries, asparagus and artichokes.

Weeding and clean up:

  • Weeds are best dealt with when young. Some non toxic hints follow:
  • 4-6 inch layer of mulch or a layer of cardboard with mulch covering
  • Strong vinegar/salt/dish soap spray on a warmer sunny day
  • Good old fashioned hoeing
  • Weed torch on pavement or gravel or if nothing flammable like old leaves and dry weeds around.

Growing from seed:

  • February is the month to start slower growing plants from seed indoors to put out
    after danger of frost reduced. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, perennial herbs and flowers to start.
  • March for marigolds, zinnias, cosmos, squash, melons, basil and cukes.

Prepare annual beds:

  • Amend your vegetable and flower beds with organic matter and get them ready for spring planting.

And here we thought this was the time of year when there was nothing to do out in the yard. Spring will be here before we know it and the more you do this winter preparing the more you will be able to enjoy the nice weather without stressing about all the things you could have done this winter.

Jan/Feb Specials

  • 20% off Camellias
  • 25% off Oregon Grown Conifers
  • 50% off Fall Bulbs while they last
  • $1.00 off Jumbo 6 packs pansies and violas
  • $1.00 off jumbo 6 packs Snapdragons


Rose List 2020

Here is a list of the roses we are supposed to get in a couple of weeks.

Bare root roses are coming on the first of February. Here is what we have ordered. If you want bare-root place your order now or ask that we call you when they arrive. We start potting them up fairly quickly. We also have some varieties from 2019 still. We were shorted on Sterling Silver and are sold out already. You might want to try Stainless Steel as a sub.

New and new to us this year from Weeks Roses:

Love at First Sight State of Grace Pope John Paul II Ink Spots
Burst of Joy Lasting Love

From Star Roses:

Climbing Arborose Quicksilver Sunbelt Crazy Love Stiletto Double Pink Knockout
Double Red Knockout

Old Favorites:
Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras

Apricot Candy Betty White Centennial Spirit Ch-Ching
Double Delight Fragrant Cloud Fragrant Plum Henry Fonda
John F. Kennedy Just Joey Mister Lincoln Oklahoma
Perfume Delight Radiant Perfume Rio Samba Rock & Roll
Secret’s Out Stainless Steel Sunbelt Savannah Twilight Zone


Burgundy Iceberg Doris Day Easy Does It Ebb Tide
George Burns Iceberg Intrigue Julia Child
Ketchup & Mustard Neptune Oranges and Lemons Scentimental
Sunbelt Plum Perfect Sunbelt South Africa Take It Easy


Altissimo America Cecile Brunner Iceberg
Don Juan Fourth of July Joseph’s Coat Raspberry Cream Twirl
Sally Holmes Sky’s The Limit

24” Patio Trees

Sunblaze Autumn Sunblaze Rainbow Sunblaze Yellow Burgandy Iceberg
Ebb Tide Iceberg Julia Child Ketchup& Mustard
Scentimental Sexy Rexy

36” Tree Roses

Doris Day Double Delight Iceberg Memorial Day
Mister Lincoln Pope John Paul II Twilight Zone


Apricot Peach Red White

Sunblaze Miniatures

Amber Candy Mandarin Yellow