Deep Roots Garden Center             Newsletter                          February 2011

February 14th is

Valentine's Day!



Valentine's Day is only a few days away!


In the Floral Design Studio our Floral Designers are gearing up for this, one of the busiest days of the year.  


Treat your beloved to a beautiful and unique floral arrangement created by our talented team of designers.  


Show your sweetheart how much they mean to you and

express your admiration with flowers.   


We can create any size arrangement to your specifications or you can leave it up to us... "Designer's Choice"  Just tell us your color scheme and budget and we will do the rest.  


Our designers create original, one-of-a-kind bouquets and floral arrangements to your specifications.



Send the classic dozen (or two dozen) red roses, a small sweetheart arrangement or make a statement with one of our large spectacular creations.  


Call 310-379-3634 and pre-order your arrangement. 

Place your order before February 7th and 

 receive a 10% discount.


S´╗┐tart planning now to make this the most special Valentine's Day ever for your sweetheart.


We deliver! 


In the Language of Flowers red roses symbolize true love, and pink roses symbolize perfect happiness.

Red and white roses together symbolize unity. 

Roses in general mean beauty and love.


Deep Roots Free Classes


We hold free gardening classes on Saturday mornings. Classes will be given by Jon, Jermaine or Barbara. Our full schedule will be up on our web site on an ongoing basis but here is a tentative list of classes. (Subject to change):


February 12 - Succulents 101

February 26 - Citrus 101

March 12 - Spring Veggies 101

March 26 - Tomatoes 101

April 9 - New Plants for 2011. Brand new plants for this region, not easily found elsewhere

April 30 - Native and Drought tolerant plants. Why are California Natives so scarce?

May 14 - Beneficial insects


So bring your questions and your notebook! No need to sign up just come along to Deep Roots Nursery. Classes start at 10:00 AM



Desert in Bloom

We have had above average rainfall already this season and if we get more rain in Febraury, 2011 should be a good year for desert wildflowers. Check this web site for updates and wildflower reports to find out where the wildflowers are and when is the best time to go see them:


There is only a short window to see these awe inspiring displays of color.

Deep Roots

Garden Center & Floral Design Studio


Spring hours starting Saturday February 5:

9AM - 6PM daily

201-207 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Manhattan Beach,

CA 90266


Garden Center: 310-376-0567

Flower Shop: 310-379-3634

What to do in the garden in February


We have had some gorgeous weather recently and it feels like spring!


In my garden the roses and clematis are beginning to leaf out, the bluebells and daffodils are pushing their green tips through the earth and the violets are all blooming. Also blooming is my Hardenbergia vine (see photo below) which has threaded its delicate way along the trellis just outside our family room door. Every year this well behaved vine takes me by surprise with masses of wisteria-like purple flowers. I grow my Hardenbergia in a large pot so that I can monitor the watering. It does not like to have wet feet! This is the perfect vine if you are trying to create a water-wise "English" garden.



The earth is beginning to warm up and the daylight hours are getting longer.

February is the time to start thinking about planting and sowing seeds.


We are still in our rainy season and we will probably get more rain in February or March but anything you plant or sow now will benefit from the extra water. If you want to transplant or plant shrubs, perennials, grasses, fruit trees, citrus trees or roses, February is the month to do it! Get these plants into the ground while the weather is still nice and cool. They will experience very little stress and have time to establish themselves before the heat of summer.


Deciduous plants and trees, roses, fruit trees and any other disease prone plants need spraying this month for fungal diseases before their flowers emerge.


Feed your lawns, and patch bare spaces with seed amendments, Topper or, if you are old school, Steer Manure.


Finish clearing up old leaves and debris from under roses and deciduous trees.


If plants such as liriope and other blade-leaf plants look ragged you can shear them to the ground now and wait for their new leaves to grow.


If you don't know what you want to plant come in and talk to us about your garden requirements. Bring a photo of your garden space and we will give you our ideas.

Watch This space...!

Keep an eye on the Deep Roots flower bed along Sepulveda. Jon will soon be planting some truly lovely succulents and water-wise plants along the fence to demonstrate what can be done with our sandy soil and the unique growing conditions here in the South Bay Beach Cities.

Groundhog Day... What does it mean exactly?


According to Wikipedia Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If, on the other hand, it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly "see its shadow" and retreat back into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks.


But you know what? Since we live in sunny Southern California it doesn't really matter what the goundhog sees as chances are, our "winter" such as it is will soon be over anyway! Aren't you glad you don't live in New York or in New England or the Mid-West? At the time of writing their temperatures are reaching 50 below 0 degrees  (including wind chill factor).


Organic Veggies

We are an established drop off point for Community Supported Agriculture vegetable boxes. They are delivered to Deep Roots Garden Center every Wednesday at 2pm and we store them in our large flower cooler until closing time the following day. Customers may order a box every week, every two weeks, every month or simply when you feel like one. The boxes contain enough seasonal vegetables to feed a family of four for a week or a single/couple for two weeks. Payment is in advance - please place your order by noon on Mondays. Why not come in and order a box? Or you can

phone 310-376-0567 or e-mail and order one.  

    At $16 a box it is great value for money.

Deep Roots Garden Center • 207 N. Sepulveda Blvd. • Manhattan Beach • CA • 90266
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