Hello People Who Like to Eat Their Gardens!

Did you know you can grow your own passionfruit? Plus they have exquisite flowers that will beautify your life. We have two varieties that you can grow for fruit plus a whole bunch of others that are used ornamentally. Check them all out below.

Also check out our upcoming Edible Workshops and our sale on grafted veggies.

Yours in Edibles,

Gary and the Phoenicians

20% Off Grafted Veggies
Mighty Matos, Mighty Melons, Mighty Veggies
& Ketchup 'n' Fries

It's still tomato time and a great time to plant! We have some extra plants and so we're offering them at 20% off just to subscribers of our Edible Alert. Tell us the codewords "BOUNTIFUL HARVEST" and we'll give you the discount. Otherwise it's top secret!

DON'T MISS!

Cocktail Gardening with David Wolowidnyk (There will be samples!)

Tomato Tastings at the Heirloom Tomato Festival

These are two of our most popular workshops.

 

 

Grow Your Own Passionfruit

Passionflowers offer some of the most dramatic flowers in the plant world and some pretty tasty fruits that are hard to find and really expensive at the supermarket. Why not add some beauty to your garden and some intrigue to your taste buds and grow your own?

Passiflora edulis 'Possum Purple' - Passionflower - Passiflora edulis is one of the tastiest species commonly grown in the tropics for fruit production. 'Possum Purple' is a self-fertile selection with exceptional flavour and mind-blowing flowers. Grow in full sun. Plants may be hardy in coastal BC in protected microclimates where the stem is planted/buried six inches deeper than the soil surface. Or safer: grow in containers that can be protected in winter in a sun room or as a houseplant. Zone 9-11.
 
Passiflora incarnata - Maypop - Hardly is there a flower that evokes a sense of the tropical more than the passion flowers. Passiflora incarnata is the hardiest of the passionflowers and is native to the eastern US where it grows as a herbaceous vine. Maypop has incredibly, intricate purple and lavender flowers that are followed by greenish yellow, delicious and tangy passionfruits. Often freezes to the ground and comes back in the spring. Self-fertile. Zone 5-11. Fruit photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

If you are intrigued by passionflowers we also have a number of varieties more commonly grown for their ornamental qualities.

Passiflora Riverside 'Silly Cow' - Passionflower - Passiflora 'Silly Cow' is a vigorous, very hardy passion flower that can be grown in containers or planted in the ground. It is evergreen down to -8 Celsius and hardy to about -12 Celsius. The blooms are up to 12 cm in diametre. The broad petals have white to pale lilac centers and deep purple borders that contrast with the bright blue filaments. Rarely sets fruit. Bury stems six inches deep to increase hardiness. Zone 8-11. Passiflora Riverside 'Betty Myles Young' - Passionflower - Passiflora 'Betty Myles Young' is a vigorous, very hardy passion flower that can be grown in containers or in the ground. It is evergreen down to -8 Celsius and hardy to about -12 Celsius. The blooms are up to 12 cm in diametre and lightly scented. The broad petals are pale to deep lilac with white central streaking that contrast perfectly with the maroon filaments. The fruits are large, decorative, and ripen to a yellow orange. Bury stems six inches deep to increase hardiness. Zone 8-11.
Passiflora 'Jeanette' - Passionflower - Passiflora 'Jeanette' is a hybrid between the hardy blue passion flower and 'Amethyst'. It has deep mauve flowers with a blush of white striping and coronoa filaments with wine purple and blue colouration. Has proven reliably hardy in zone 7. Bury the stem 6 inches deep to improve winter hardiness. Blooms over a long period throughout summer. Zone 7-11. Passiflora caerulea 'Alba' - Passionflower - Hardly is there a flower that evokes a sense of the tropical more than the passion flowers. Passiflora caerulea 'Alba' is the pure white form of the is hardy blue passion flower. Bury the stem 6 inches deep to increase hardiness. Plant in well-drained soil that is not too moist or too rich to promote more flowers and less greenery. Edible, but not the most tasty, yellow fruit are sometimes produced. Zone 8-11.
Passiflora 'Lavender Lady' - Passionflower - A lovely lavender passion flower with reflexed petals. Quite floriferous. Somewhat cold hardy. Bury the stem 6 inches deep to improve winter hardiness. Blooms over a long period throughout summer. Zone 9-11. Passiflora caerulea 'Select' - Passionflower - This floriferous selection has markedly larger flowers with darker black centres and deeper blue petals than the form commonly in cultivation (see photo). P. caerulea is hardy in coastal BC, especially against a south facing wall or fence. Bury the stem four inches deep to improve hardiness in well-drained soil that is not too moist or too rich to promote more flowers and less greenery. Edible, but not the most tasty, yellow fruit are produced if pollinators visit. Zone 8-11.


 

Edible Workshops 2016

We have some exciting edible workshops coming up this year including this weekend. We hope you'll join us.

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, CinCin Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 4th, 1-3pm |$20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed CinCin Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss!
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tomato Tastings at The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Gary | Sat Sept 10, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm |$30 (Includes a Party Mix of Tomatoes | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the the Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll get to experience a rainbow of 15+ tomato varieties all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will introduce you to each tomato variety, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You’ll get to share your thoughts and take tasting notes for future tomato reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of the highest quality heirloom tomatoes grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes! The Heirloom Tomato Tastings are our most popular workshops. Please book early.

 

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February 26th to October 30th, 2016
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