California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter
May 2018 Newsletter
by Lori Bright
It was May 12th, the weather was perfect and the company couldn’t have been better. Once arriving at the nursery we met one of the co-owners of the Las Pilitas Nursery. Penny Nyunt (previously Wilson) was our animated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable host. Penny was “raised-up” in the nursery business. Her father Bert Wilson and mother Celeste Wilson began the nursery in the 70’s. Once the Internet was in existence Bert began to go techno and put an amazing amount of information out there for all. I encourage everyone to look at this site. It has everything! (www.laspilitas.com)
Some of the plants Penny introduced us to were:
- Salvia Spathacea, Humming Bird Sage: Easy groundcover for under Oak trees.
- Sambucus caerulea, Native Elderberry: Make Elderberry wine, or cough syrup, but always cook the berries first.
- Rhus ovata, Sugar Bush: Perfect for Screening out those nosey neighbors, and fast-growing to boot.
- Ribes aureum var. gracillimum, ‘Penny’s golden Current’: Easy to grow and tasty!
- Ribes quercetorum is a great bird habitat and makes great jellies and jams.
- Aristolochia californica, ‘California Dutchman’s Pipe’: A healthy and beautiful vigorous vine.
- Satureja douglasii, Yerba Buena or Indian Mint is wonderful groundcover and fab for tea.
- Eriogonum fasciculatum, California Buckwheat: Tough plant and will keep down weeds.
- Trichostema lanatum, Wooly Blue Curls: BEAUTIFUL, almost orchid-like deep purple flowers.
New "Plant Exchange" CRFG CCC Google Group
Do you sometimes find yourself with too many vegetable plants and want to give some away? Or dig up a succulent but don't want to toss it in the green waste bin? Maybe you have been looking for a fig or apple tree and wonder if one of your CRFG Chapter compadres has one to spare?
Well, you're in luck because, in addition to our Scion Exchange and Rideshare email groups, we have a new group for exchanging plants!
You can use this new email group to:
- Offer your extra plants (except citrus) to others within SLO County.
- Request if anyone has a specific type of plant (except citrus) to give away from within SLO County.
You may want to wait for a few weeks for the group to populate with people before you post.
- The Orchard History page has been updated with photos from the April 28, 2018 Orchard Maintenance Day