Thursday, December 06, 2007

Louise L. Hay Rose

The Louise L. Hay rose is a living tribute to one of the founders of the self help movement. We are proud to introduce this beloved rose for the 2008 season.
You will find this rose exclusively at Mission Hills Nursery and Moose Creek Nursery beginning in January 2008.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Christmas Helpers

Do the kids and grandchildren ask you how Santa gets into your home if you don't have a chimney for him to come down?
We have the answer 'Santa Key', hang it outside your door and only Santa is able to open the door with it, as he has the magic touch.

If you've been in either Mission Hills Nursery or Moose Creek Nursery this last week you may have sampled our Cider with Mulling Spices. You can make it yourself at home. We have the Original flavor and Orange Cinnamon, just add your favorite apple cider and serve warm or cold. Also refreshing in the summer when mixed with sun teas

Sunday, November 25, 2007

From smallest to largest

From 2' to 21' and all sizes in between, what is it we are talking about?
Fresh cut Christmas trees. Our largest tree this year is a 21' Nordman fir.
This photo shows it with just the lights, the decorating crew worked over
12 hours, we will go back this week and take a photo of it finished for you to see.

Christmas at the Nurseries

Christmas has arrived at Mission Hills Nursery and Moose Creek Nursery. We have fresh cut Christmas trees and living ones.

Poinsettias in all sizes and colors arriving weekly.

Custom and preflocked Christmas trees for those who want the look of snow without the cold.

New this year are prelit artificial trees and beautiful decorations.

Wreaths and garland cut to your desired length, delivery and removal after the holidays all with just a phone call.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


We received several copies of a book first printed in 1938 and we would love you to have one.
Print this blog and bring into Mission Hills Nursery to pick up your FREE copy while supplies last.

Ornamental Plants for Subtropical Regions -

2008 Roses

We have our 2008 Roses up and ready for you to prebook. Just click over and look at the new varieties along with Florabundas of the year and AARS winners. Bareroot will begin arriving the middle of December but we don't ship until the beginning of January. Reserve your rose garden now, we don't bill you until the roses are ready to ship.

what fragrance and such a soft pretty pink.

Pope John Paul II - a lovely white rose
sold out early this year so if you want one reserve now

Saturday, November 03, 2007


If you've walked by the nursery this week you will have seen the large dog/playhouses we have. We are excited to work with Rancho Coastal Humane Society on their fundraiser. Celebrity designers created animal houses for their favorite pets and we have a few. From Cat Crazy kitty house,a tiled bird Church, Zen kitty's room, and dog houses big enough to be used as a child's playhouse. Make your bid and take home an early Christmas gift.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society has been serving the North County since 1961.
All birdhouses are for display or play, they are not for housing actual birds.

These fun houses will be at the nursery until sold or November 16th, whichever comes first.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

After the Fires

Thank You to all the personnel who have been working round the clock to help in this disaster. San Diego has pulled together to get the jobs done along with other fire departments who have come from out of state.

As the fires are being contained and people are being allowed to return to their neighborhoods here are some suggestions to help in your clean up.

Trees which have deep burns in the trunks are to be considerd unstable, if the bark has been burned off this tree will not survive.

Trees that still have some foliage left on them usually means they are not completely dead, but take a look at the trunks to make sure there are no wounds that penetrate the inner part of the tree. Trim off the dead branches and seal with a tree seal to prevent insects and disease from penetrating into the tree during it's recovery period.

Most palm trees with burnt frawns are still alive, trim off the frawns, check for wounds in the trunk, don't feed yet, give them a few weeks to recover. Palms can tolerate burning better than we think

Trees which regrow from the roots after fires are Birch, Red Maple, Green Ash, Giant Sequoia and others so if you have these on your property don't dig them out just cut down if necessary.
Shrubs which also will regrow from the roots Manzanita, Mock Orange, Spiraea. Check your shrubs by cutting back the twigs about 1/3 and looking for a thin layer that is green or white and juicy, your shrub is alive.

Lawns with scorched areas can be raked and reseeded. This can be done now to guarantee the seed will take before winter rains thus helping with erosion control.

What about all the ash?
Ash from forest fires is relatively nontoxic yet ash from burning structures may contain toxic substances so take precautions when cleaning.
wear gloves, long sleeved shirts and long pants
wash your fruits and vegetables which may be covered in ash and if it is not scorched it should be safe to eat
use as little water as possible, try sweeping gently, do not use a blower
soot may be washed off areas using Orange TKO, this also will help eliminate some of the odor - 10% off all Orange TKO products purchased in the nurseries for the next 30 days (valid through 11/30/07) just bring this page.

We will continue posting helpful hints in the coming weeks, from erosion control to replanting using fire resistant plants.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Annual Fall Clearance

Our annual FALL Clearance is on at both Mission Hills Nursery and Moose Creek Nursery. Shop this weekend for best selections, sale prices are valid for items in stock now through October 31, 2007.

A selection of what you will find during our Clearance...Egg Pots only $2.89 regular $25 and up, terra cotta and glazed pots 20% off regular prices, Wolfe Garten tools, one handle changeable heads, big savings of 40% off.

Roses buy 2 get 1 FREE, bush climbing and tree roses 5 gal and larger. Stone Fruit trees up to 30% off, deciduous trees up to 30% off.

Bulbs - freesia, ranunculus, tulips, paperwhites "Life's a Garden" dozen buy 12 get 3 FREE

Many other items reduced for quick sales, be sure to check the bargain table for new items to be added weekly. Throughout the nursery look for sale tags on trees and shrubs 5 gal and larger.

Plus now is the time to feed your lawn, Scott's Turf Builder is reduced to $9.88 and your soil could benefit from John & Bob's which is reduced 20%.

If you've been thinking of a fountain, all fountains in stock are marked down 30%. Statuary 20% off, even the cutest kitty and puppy we have.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Gnomes and Smoozies

Looking to add some whimsical fun to your garden? Come see our latest Gnomes, they will bring you luck and make you smile.

Wild colors of mushrooms known as Smoozies work indoors or outside, in your containers or flowerbeds.

Have you seen our pond? It has been redone and is sparkling clear, if you are interested in having one in your yard let us know and we will put you in touch with our master pond builders.

Speaking of ponds, we have floating frogs and mama duck with her ducklings that will swim around in your pond or fountain. Also glow in the dark frogs, that are solar powered.

As I write we are waiting for the big "STORM" and unloading pumpkins. Sizes from mini to Big Max and my favorite, Fairy Tale.

Finish your fall decorating with bales of straw which can then be planted up. Mums in a multitude of colors and shapes, from pom poms to spidery flowers.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Fall Home and Garden Show

This year's Fall Home and Garden Show begins Friday September 14th and runs until 5pm Sunday September 16th. $2.00 off tickets are available at Mission Hills Nursery.
Tiger and his crew did the entry garden, you will see plants that are varigated, touch and smell fragrant plants and get an idea of what you can use in your local San Diego gardens.

Renee's Seeds

Renee's Seeds are now in stock at Mission Hills Nursery. You can't buy them from us on line only in the nursery. What a selection of Sweet Peas, so many varieties to choose from. Also in from Renee's are seeds which are compatible for container gardening, flowers, herbs and vegetables. We are only 1 of 2 San Diego County nurseries to carry her line.

Monday, August 27, 2007

New Products

Last week we went to a trade show here locally and we were able to buy some really fun things. Since it was local we already have the products in stock and ready for you to enjoy in your garden. Hanging wicker baskets, we haven't had these in a very long time and once they were up people began buying them.

Very cute line of hummingbird feeders, along with glass and brass ones. Now is the time to consider buying those Christmas gifts.

Moss lined iron baskets.
Buy one and plant it at the nursery, we'll supply the soil for FREE.

Stop in soon as some of the items are one of a kind and won't be brought in again. Plus you will want to see the largest pot we have ever had at the nursery, unless it sells before you come in.

Preplanted Earthbox. We have an herb one, a tomato one and a flowering one all of which are fully grown.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Summer in the Garden

If the summer heat has taken a toll on your garden you can always have fresh from the grower flowers
I myself have ordered fresh from the grower flowers to be delivered to family and friends, when they receive them for no special reason it is always a treat.

Pink Flamingos, what every backyard summer party needs, just flew in to our nursery and are waiting to go home with you.

Add a little sparkle to your evenings in the garden with our votive candle holders, hang them from tree branches or patios.

Sounds of water bring relief from summer heat, we can help you accomplish this. Fountains in all sizes are in stock and easy to set up. From tabletop bowls to 6' fountains we have something for everyone, or it can be ordered.

2008 rose orders are being placed, if you have a special request contact me right away and I'll see if it will be available.

Watch Tiger this coming Saturday morning August 4, Fox6 News, he will be talking about designing your garden and has a special offer for the viewers.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New at the Nurseries

Moose Creek Nursery is the only garden center in the east county to offer Annie's Annuals and they bring in plants which are suited for the area. Right now budded and ready to begin blooming are an assortment of Sunflowers and Clarkia plus others, with a new shipment due to arrive this week.

Mission Hills Nursery also is stocking Annie's Annuals plus Renee's Garden Seeds. A small selection of Renee's Garden Seeds right now with a larger selection due in for the fall season.

Got Bugs? Stop in to Mission Hills Nursery and check out the touch screen problem solver, but be careful there are some crazy looking insects out there.

Want some good bugs? We have Mosquito Fish to help control mosquito larvae, please only 2 per household while supplies last.

Staying Cool this Summer

You've seen Tiger on Fox6 Saturday mornings, you've seen him at local gardening events and both Mission Hills Nursery and Moose Creek Nursery...but have you "asked him a question?"
Submit your question to Tiger and if your question is read on air you will receive a "Life's a Garden" neck cooler, just in time for the warm days of summer.
Now you've got a product to keep your self cool, how about keeping your potted plants hydrated? Quench will help you in this department by holding moisture in the root zone until your plants need it. Safe for all plants and vegetables, indoor and outdoor.

Bring in this BLOG and receive 20% of your purchase of Quench.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Garden Walk Weekend

This Saturday May 12, 2007 is the Mission Hills Garden Club's annual walk and what a great way to celebrate Mother's Day. You still have time to buy your tickets at Mission Hills Nursery during our regular hours 8:00am - 6:00pm, remember cash or check only!

A special offer to those who read this blog before the walk, bring in a copy of this blog and you can purchase a neck band to keep you cool during the walk for just $3.00, regular price will be $4.99, sold elsewhere for $7.50. Cooling crystals are encased in a cotton fabric which when soaked in water will hold up to 1000 times their weight in cool refreshing water. When worn against your neck they send cooling sensations throughout your body without any dripping.

Come early before the walk and talk with some of our suppliers, you will find answers to your fertilizing questions, native plant questions, and solar lighting for your garden. Or watch from home as we will be live on Fox6 News beginning at 7:00am - 9:00am, well not the whole 2 hours but they will be at the nursery during those hours with our very own Ask Tiger. Stop by and Ask Tiger your garden questions he will be at the nursery all day.

Be sure to read your map booklet as there is a special discount offer which you may use the day of the walk or later.

With the weather warming up now is a good time to think about adding Quench to your container gardens. Quench holds potting mix moisture longer and cuts watering fequency.

New products in stock at the nursery

Mulch Block which is a premium grade coir mulch that is lightweight, biodegradable, holds and saves water

Say Hi when you are in the nursery this weekend and enjoy your walk!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Proven Winners PAC Trials

At Proven Winners they are at the cutting edge of plant development and growing techniques. Every time I visit I learn something new and see new plants that are being grown for Southern California gardens. Their goal is to make gardening easier and more colorful with unique and interesting plants.
If you want to find the most recent releases from Proven Winners I suggest you go into your local nursery, they are going to be the ones that always carry the different and new plants because after they have been proven there the larger garden centers will start bringing them in to stock.
Also, when it comes to creating containers Proven Winners has some of the most amazing designs. On their website check out the department for containers and they have blueprints to use whenever your putting together a pot. All you have to do is take it in to your local nursery, purchase the plants on the design and plant them where the blueprint says and walla, you have a profesionally designed container.
If your looking for more information about Proven Winners click here . Dont Forget, Life's a Garden, Dig It!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Garden Walks

We have tickets available at the nursery for two upcoming garden walks. Mission Hills Garden Walk. This year the club has once again selected houses on the south side. The theme Castles and Cottages will surely have you oohing and aahing!
Another fun one is Point Loma Garden Walk .Both events are scheduled rain or shine.
At the end of the month head over to Coronado for their annual flower show. Not only do you get to see spectacular floral displays but you can make purchases at the floral market.
From the coast to the inlands, you will want to take a drive to Alpine for Chirps Sage & Songbird Festival

There are many more Spring Gardening Events throughout the county so get out there and see what your fellow gardeners are doing. Even after our cold winter the yards are looking wonderful.

Remember to take paper and pencil so you can write down your favorite plants, bring your list back to Moose Creek Nursery or Mission Hills Nursery and we can help you get planting.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Roses in the Garden

I was walking through the nursery yesterday and stopped to smell a rose which doesn't look like a rose. The leaves are small and crinkled. But what a wonderful aroma, and the bush is full of buds. This rose is called BLANC DOUBLE de COUBERT, it is a rugosa rose and true white.
Also amongst our roses as well as many of yours in your gardens are aphids, pesky little creatures which love the rose buds as much as we do. Now is the time to get out there and stay ahead of them. You can wash them off regularly with a strong spray of water from your garden hose, apply a mild solution of Insecticidal Soap, spread Ladybugs through your garden (we should have them in stock next week). Remember a healthy rose can fight insects and diseases so begin by feeding your soil. Use GroBetter Organic Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner, made with composted chicken manure, no fillers. Plus it is almost odor-less.
By coming in weekly you will be able to select a rose based upon the true color and aroma, but remember they sell fast when they begin blooming.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Spring is in the Air

Spring is knocking at our garden gates and now is the time to get out in your gardens and prepare them. With winter rains still on the forecast you will want to use them to your advantage. Apply John & Bob's Soil Optimizer and your plants will be healthier and happier. Pull weeds after the rains and apply Amaze to keep them from coming back. Also watch for slugs and snails. You can keep them under control with pellets, meal, and copper tape.

We will have a Backyard Retreat at the Spring Home & Garden Show March 2-4th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Pick up your discount ticket at Mission Hills Nursery while supplies last.

Tiger will be giving a seminar on Saturday March 3rd at 11:45 am at the home show on Common Landscape Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Want to give your Valentine roses throughout the year, not just on Valentine's Day? How about giving him or her a Rose Garden.
Buy 3 or more roses to be shipped to one address today through February 24, 2007 and receive a FREE pair of Rose Gardening Gloves.

Or for those who live within 10 miles of Mission Hills Nursery we will deliver to your Valentine your gift of a Rose Garden. Buy 3 roses and we will deliver them for FREE with a bag of EB Stone Rose Grow. Offer valid February 12, 2007 - February 24, 2007. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Purchase must be made in the store, not on-line. Print this Blog page and bring with you to receive this offer.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


Mission Hills Nursery is looking for a sales person. Horticulture background and customer service required. You will work weekends and holidays. Email your resume and identify this photo to schedule an interview.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Plant Now for Spring Show

Once the threat of cold cold days and nights are over you will want to get out in the garden and begin preparing for a spectacular spring. First weed now while the soil is moist, then feed your soil with an organic compost EB Stone Planting Compost. Select plants which are suitable for your garden's light, is it sunny or shady? How about the height requirements? Be sure to plant taller varieties in the back and work forward.

We recommend GroBetter by Jongs when you plant, this organic fertilizer is derived from chicken manure, it will not burn your young plants.

Some flower choices for this coming spring are California Poppies most definitely, Clarkia, Foxglove, Delphinium, Aquilegia 'Columbine', Scabiosa, and Verbascum. More varieties coming to us from Annie's Annuals & Perennials visit her website and let us know what you would like to have us carry.

By getting your plants in now they will benefit from our winter rains, but remember if the rains don't come you will need to water. Just don't overwater as the plants are still resting.

Keep weeds down by applying a preemergent when you plant, this sterilizes seeds but doesn't hurt the roots. Ask for Amaze, it really is AMAZING!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Ask Tiger

Saturday January 20, 2007 will kick off the morning segments of Fox 6 Morning News with Tiger and his gardening advice. This week will cover Roses, selection and care of bareroot roses. Segment sponsor is GroBetter. Jongs organic fertilizer which is available at both Mission Hills Nursery and Moose Creek Nursery. Stop by and visit either location this weekend, mention you saw Tiger and receive a free sample of GroBetter.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Exciting News

We are excited to begin working with Fox 6 News doing a gardening segment co hosted by our very own Tiger Palafox.

Be sure to watch this Friday January 12th. The news runs from 7:00 am - 9:00 am. There may be something special you can receive after watching this first segment. Plus give us your feedback, we want the segments to be reflective of your gardening needs. This first segment will focus on Winter Color for the Garden.