Jim's Garden Patch

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“The Ugly Duckling”

Hans Christian Andersen told us in 1844 about one egg, in a nest of eggs, different than the rest that eventually hatched to present an ugly duckling, that as time spanned was found to be not a duckling at all, but the most beautiful swan on the lake.

By striking similarity there’s a skimpy, ordinary when young tree that matures into a raving beauty as it grows. It will be a somber shade sensation in the summer and a magnificent portrait displaying the full fall spectrum of color. Share with nature as its small green blossoms blend with the foliage of the tree while feeding birds and climbing critters that matter. 

Popular in California for both shade and spectacular fall glory, its spreading canopy is a visual masterpiece in your landscape that significantly blocks invading heat and UV.

Reaching a mature height and breadth of 30 to 40 feet in as soon as 15 years, it is veritably invincible, taking to any soil at any pH, loving the sun, tolerating heat and drought and flaunting itself with a charm to stave off any cold chill.

So, whether you own the lushest of gardens or boast the most hardy xeriscape, the Pistacia Chinensis will fit right in and lead the way!  Aka: Chinese Pistache, these beauties are available at Jim’s Garden Patch for our always low every day pricing.

The Monterey Cypress is a majestic tree that can take on many shapes and sizes.  It is native to the Monterey Peninsula on the California coast, but fairs quite well inland, is cold hardy down to USDA climate zone 7 and adapts very well to a variety of soils that can range anywhere from moist to dry.  The cupressus macrocarpa, as it is botanically known is drought tolerant and wind-friendly.  

They oft are heralded as wind sculptures beautifying the Pacific Ocean views in scenic California.  Many times the Monterey Cypress doubles as a windbreak while creating a lovely property line or driveway border.  Yet at other times is may just be a statuesque stately figure towering over your home and landscape, while being complicit enough to stand in mini-majesty as a tabletop bonsai.

The oldest know Monterey Cypress is around 285 years old, yet it is disputedly said they can live 2000 years.

No matter what you may prefer to do with a Monterey Cypress, you can get one at Jim's Garden Patch everyday in a #1 size or a convenient #5.


Are you a bird feeder enthusiast?  Isn’t it a great hobby tending the feeders and luring in some amazing species?  And then there’s the hummingbird to attract as well.  Did you know there are even more varieties of birds that feeders just don’t attract?  Fruit-eating birds have a diverse and peculiar palate.

Robins, thrashers, mockingbirds, tanagers, waxwings, orioles and others are particularly fond of berries and other small fruits.  They eat insects also, but have a yearning for berries and fruit.  They have a particular desire for insects while nourishing their young, but when the fledglings try their wings, they’ll both be scouring for fruit and berries.  If you supply the berries they want, you can enjoy them visiting your yard.  While birds may already be flocking to your fruit trees, you can give them a desirable alternative.

Nature provides wild berries in abundance at stream edges, in meadows in the woods and at the edges of open fields.  Any place they can get down roots and get some sun.   In cities and suburbs asphalt, concrete and natural or synthetic green lawns prevail.  Birds hightail it out of town, preferring the country, as their taste buds desire more than the few worms the city’s low maintenance landscape can provide.  As our winged fellow countrymen scurry to the wild, your own yard can become an inviting haven for them to visit or inhabit, to your viewing pleasure!  Just integrate some sumptuous berries for them to enjoy.

It’s a plus one that berries are ornamental too.  Many berry plants show off beautiful flowers and attractive foliage too, giving you summer green and brilliant color in the fall.  Now, a lot of these berries are so delicious that you may have to make a decision.  Will you harvest them yourself or leave them for the birds?

These are a few of the berries that like our climate.  All birds shown may not be common to our area. 


Naturally, you can find all three of these berry plants at Jim’s Garden Patch in the heart of Anza.