Everything listed under: fall color

  • October 2018

    So, our "Fall Sale" ended on the 14th.

    We have brought in so many trucks of fresh material throughout this year's fall planting season.  We have ANOTHER truckload of aspen arriving Wed / Thurs 10/17-18 and then another truck full of conifers, maples and native plants arriving on the 22nd.  It continues.

    Along with the aspen on this week's truck, we have more of the amazing, hardy, fast-growing, fall-coloring, and extremely large Acer ginnala (Flame and Tartarian Maples - Acer ginnala var ginnala = Amur Maple / Flame Maple; A. ginnala var. tartaricum = Tartarian / Hot Wings Maple).  We have dozens of these in a variety of sizes and we'll be offering them at 20% off through the month.  

    Eric cannot resist interesting hardy perennials and native wildflowers, thus, we have an abundance, possibly an over-abundance, and so, we will continue to have the 4", 6-pack and mud-flats of hardy perennials at 30% off (in order to reduce the winterizing work we have to do). Also, we'll offer 20% off all the #1g and up herbaceous perennials.  We reserve the right to give random deeper discounts for large purchases.

    AND, walking around the nursery, looking at all the amazing plants we have, I noticed a couple more we have an over-abundance of:  Physocarpus (nine bark), Syringa (Lilac - we brought in 100's for spring blooming), Spring Snow crabapples (an absolute cloud or solid blooms EVERY spring), and, still, for Glenshire folk, Pinus monophyla (Piñon Pine).  ALL these will be 30% off through the end of the month....

    One, more thing.... In our "challenging" soils, when you go to the trouble to dig a hole for a tree, shrub or perennial, add compost and organic fertilizer... DON'T waste the hole by filling it in without at least tossing in a few bulbs.  This time of year, we say, NEVER waste a planting hole!

    Winterizing Class with Rob VanDyke 10/20

  • October Winterizing and Fall Planting Blow-Out Specials

    Late October Nursery Sale thru 10/31

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    Details enclosed.  There are some really great deals. Really.  Check it out for coupons but some of the specials are here:

    October Sale Details   (all discounts are off regular individual prices)
    50% Off: Honeyberry, Twinberry, Mock Orange, Sumac and Oaks
    50% Off: Botanical Interests packets of vegetable and flower seeds
    40% Off: 4" and quart wildflowers & perennials.  Hardy vines including hop & clematis.
    30% Off: Woody trees* and shrubs including many spring flowering and fall coloring plants plus all sizes of perennials and groundcovers larger than quart pots. 
    30% Off: Outdoor pottery, birdbaths and redwood planters
    20% Off: *Quaking Aspen (full truck-load arriving this week).
    20% Off: All G&B Lawn (and others) and Dr.Earth fertilizers (apply with BIOSOL).
    10% Off: Hardy bulbs (excludes bulk bags and crates always @ 20% off)
    10% Off: Winterizing Tree Tape (Villager-Brown 1"x150'x8mil. plus others up to 20mil)

    Visit our Facebook page, our website References page and come by the nursery soon to shop the sale for the best choices.  If you found this newsletter on-line or via Facebook, sign-up to receive your very own.
  • Willow & Aspen Fungal Foliage Funks

    Aspen Fungal Foliage Diseases - "Many fungi are capable of attacking aspen leaves, from juvenile growth to senescence. However, only a few may be of local significance; and even then, their damage is of consequence only when they cause moderate to severe defoliation. Small trees suffer the most damage, and may be killed by repeated infections. Clonal susceptibility to individual foliage diseases is common, but under certain conditions, whole stands can become infected. Because these fungi kill areas of leaves and often cause premature defoliation, their damage is usually confined to reduced tree growth of severely infected trees. Therefore, in most areas, these diseases are not important in aspen management" (Christensen et al. 1951).

    "Black leaf spot - caused by Marssonina populi (Lib.)Magn., is the most common leaf disease of quaking aspen in the West. Small brownish spots appear on the infected leaves in late July and early August. The spots later enlarge and turn blackish, and are of various sizes and irregular in outline, with a yellowish to golden border. Infection is usually more severe on smaller trees and in the lower crowns of larger trees. Light infection is common in many western stands, and clonal susceptibility is noticeable. Epidemic conditions are intensified by abundant rainfall in the spring and summer (Harniss and Nelson 1984, Mielke 1957). Twig and branch mortality after two severe infection years has been reported (Harniss and Nelson 1984, Mielke 1957). These epidemic situations may kill trees. However, the effect of leaf spot on overall aspen mortality is assumed to be of little consequence, because successive epidemic years are unusual, and even then mortality appears to be light. In most years, the annual infection repeats only in the lower crown, and usually late in the growing season." - Thomas E. Hinds 

    As Rob says of aspen and lawns, “The best defense is a good offense”. Shallow rooted aspen grow far from creeks and moist meadows in the continental climate of Colorado. In our far west, they are a riparian species. Aspen love deep soils, rich in organic matter & nitrogen, ample moisture and plentiful vegetation or mulch covering the ground far wider than the trees are tall.  Because they frequently have insect pests and foliage diseases (and because they want to spread across the globe), they are best used in the farthest corner of a landscape, along the sunny back property line for their excellent fast growth and dense screening.

    The golden fungal rusts (Melampsora spp.?) that usually affect the Lemmon’s willow in late August nearly every year, began in ernest in late June this year and have also been unusually rampant on Scouler’s willow. Stressed plants from dry winters (very low soil moisture) combined with the “abundant rainfall” is ideal for fungal foliage infections. It is unlikely the plants will suffer. Like their close relative aspen, willows thrive on water, food & mulch.


    The golden spores of Melampsora willow rusts. Unusually rampant this summer of "abundant rainfall". Lemmon's willows almost always have this fungus in late August but it started in June this year and it is on most of our native species. it is NOT a worry. FB

  • Fall is in the Air

  • Moonlight in Vermont

    In late September, I went to New England, piggy-backing, on my daughter Katrin's College Tour.  I was present and active in all the campus tours and meetings with nordic ski coaches.  I also found time every day to visit the college arboretums and local nurseries, to talk to botany professors, hike in research forests and take in the amazing spectacle of fall color in the Atlantic Northeast. Katrin and MB were patient and good sports. While buildings on some of the campus' were built in the 1700's, many of the trees we saw near them are much older than that.

    I have not been to the hardwood forests of the east since I was too young to tell the difference between a Shagbark Hickory and a Sassafras and I was awed by every aspect of what I experienced.

    The first day we found out that, unlike travel in the west, there are many ways to go from point A to point B.  If someone here wants to go to Reno they take I-80 or the very long way around over Mt. Rose.  In New England there might be 5 ways that all differ in travel time by 3-5 minutes.  We took the routes that looked most scenic (along a river or around a lake). 

    We toured UNH (where my grandfather was the football coach from 1941-1946) and we visited Annika T. (a superior local nordic skiier). We also toured Colby, Bowdoin, Middlebury, UVM, and St. Michael's. We drove through Dartmouth, Williams, Smith, UMASS, and Amhurst and had a personal tour of Vassar (thanks Jodi & Rick).

    We ate fresh lobster on the coast of Maine, had a beer on the veranda of the Mount Washington Lodge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire surrounded by glorious fall colors, drove through 6 covered bridges in one afternoon and watched a full moon rise over pastures and the Green Mountains of northern Vermont, we ate maple candy, hiked Smuggler's Notch and Crawford Notch, visited the Trapp Family Lodge, toured a well-known ice cream factory, saw lots of corn and cows, lots more fall colors, waterfalls, and diverse ecosystems borne of humidity and rain.  We had lunch at the CIA in Poughkeepsie, drove on the turnpike from Stockbridge toward Boston and "the Birkshires looked dreamlike" on account of the colors. 

    One nursery I visited in the Green Mountains told me they had "been having frost 2-3 days a week for several weeks" yet there were Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia) and Impatiens in their landscape.  The protection humidity offers is incredible and the lack of humidity is perhaps our biggest challenge on the east side of the Sierras.

    In a town the size of Truckee there would be 5-6 cemeteries, another location of amazing trees (as well as grave markers from the 1600's).  The wild New England Asters were amazing in their diversity and display as were he 8 foot tall Jerusalem Artichokes.  I saw wild High-Bush Blueberries almost 10' tall and wide, wild Wintergreen and Low-Bush Blueberries.  We hiked under Paper Birch nearly 100' tall and over 2' dbh.  The largest Sycamore I've ever seen was in the center of Vassar.  There was lots of Virgina Creeper and Boston Ivy as well as ubiquitous and showy Poison Ivy.  The Ostrich Fern was golden through the forests where it spreads in solid stands.  Sumac often dominated the openings along the highways. Driving over the White and Green mountains we would almost become frustrated by the density of the forests and the lack of vistas.  In most places the forests are so thick, you would need a machete and chain saw to walk through them.

    I said to one Vermonter that everywhere I looked it was a postcard view.  She said she had been to Truckee and Tahoe and that "everywhere she looked it was a postcard view".  We ARE very fortunate to live in such a beautiful environment.

    Many of their most spectacular fall color plants thrive here in spite of our dry climate.  Serviceberry, Viburnum, Sumac, Blueberry, many of the Maples, Asters and Rudbeckias.  Flying home over the Wasatch Range in Utah, from 42,000ft, I could see mountainsides of SOLID crimson that I first thought were colored rock.  It was acres Rocky Mountain Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandinentatum). That was also amazing.  The unfortunate lady in the window seat next to me was very patient.

  • Fall Color Walk Saturday

    Fall Color Walk - On October 2 , Saturday from 10-11:30, we led a Fall Color Walk, a leisurely stroll, through Brickletown and Downtown discussing the trees, shrubs and perennials with the best fall displays. We walk from the nursery and back ~1mi. roundtrip. ALSO - The Villager Nursery received a truck load of native and ornamental trees, shrubs and hardy perennials last Friday including MANY for fall color (like the Amelanchier - Serviceberry in this pic.).  We have another truck-load arriving on Wednesday full of fresh aspen and much more.  Come by and see... and don't forget, please...   FALL IS FOR PLANTING.  You have everything to gain.

Contact Villager

Villager Nursery, Inc
10678 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161-4834
Central Truckee, exit 186 off I-80
(530) 587-0771

Founded 1975, Incorporated 1990

California Nursery License 1975
No. C 3976.001, Co.29CA
Contractors License 1977
No. 413907-C27 LS
ISA Certified Arborist: Eric Larusson
No. WE-7983A

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