Hello Gardeners Across Canada!

In this installment of the Mail Order Alert we highlight our most strange and wonderful odd ball bulbs available for shipping this fall. You can order them as part of our Rare Bulb pre-order for fall shipping. Have a look below!

This year we have 135 rare, unusual, and awesome selections for you - up from just 50 last year! So many cool bulbs. Have a look below and follow the link to see our full selection. As with last year, quantities available are small so please order early. There are only 8-15 packages available of each bulb and these can go very quickly when just a few people order a few packs each.

We are also very excited about our selection of hardy Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids which has doubled this year to 31 different cultivars. These are hardy almost everywhere in Canada, even into zone 2 and 3 with protection! This is truly a group of choice, choice plants for every Canadian gardener. You'll find information on these exquisite plants below as well.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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Odd Ball Bulbs
Fill your garden with strange and wonderful botanical intrigue with these Odd Balls from our Rare Bulb Pre-Order

Beyond the regular old tulips, daffodils and crocus you'll find for sale in garden centres in the fall we are pleased to introduce you to and make available a range of unusual and intriguing odd ball bulbs. These unusually beautiful species are sure to enliven your garden and delight you and your gardening friends with their strange flower forms. Get to know them below and make sure to plant some this fall!

Amorphophallus rivieri 'Konjac' - Devil's Tongue - Amorphophallus 'Konjac' is a weird and wonderful plant from the Arum family grown from Indonesia to Japan for its edible tuber. Ornamentally, it is grown for the incredible 4-5” tall deep red, jack-in-the-pulpit-type inflorescence in spring, followed by the attractive and intriguing spotted stem and single large umbrella-like dissected leaf for the whole of summer. Sounds great, right? Here’s the clincher: you just have to make it through the few days in spring when the flower smells like rotting meat! It’s certainly FRAGRANT! Dracunculus vulgaris - Dragon Lily - Many a gardener has called us in June with hushed and embarrassed tales of a strange and terrifying flower menacing their delicate flowers which they have no memory of planting. I tell them: "You have a case of Dracunculus vulgaris!” Emerging from a giant bulb like a mottled spear, the plant produces an upright, three foot stalk holding a few (often silver speckled) leaves. The stalk is topped with a lurid 18 inch burgundy spathe with a columnar purple-black spadix. It has an unpleasant “aroma” for a few days so don’t plant near your front door. Goes dormant after flowering.
Arisaema candidissimum - Pink Cobra Lily - This pink-flowered cobra lily is one of the most desirable for ornamental purposes because of the unique colour of the spathe in a genus that consists mainly of variations of green, burgundy and white. Here the light pink spathe is striped with white. Arisaema candidissimum is later to emerge than other species and is often not seen until May when the flowers emerge as the beautiful and sub-tropical tripartite foliage is unfurling. A beautiful species worth collecting! Arisaema consanguineum 'The Perfect Wave' - Cobra Lily - A stunning cultivar bred by Ellen Hornig with breathtaking silver variegation on silver-blue, seductively undulating leaves. Considering that the normal form of Arisaema consanguineum is mid green foliage this selection is pretty amazing. ‘The Perfect Wave’ will also grow to four to five feet with its dramatic umbrella of leaflets. Green flowers give way to green then red clusters of fruits.

Arisaema ringens - Cobra Lily - This common Asian species is one of the best for gardens. It has glorious three-parted foliage, gray-green and glossy, and a unique green-and purple, rather fist-shaped flower. Arisaema ringens is an easy long-lived garden plant that forms large clumps with time. Worth growing as a handsome foliage plant with the bonus of very cool flowers. Always popular.

We have many more species of Arisaema available.

Dichelostemma ida-maia - Firecracker Flower - Firecracker flower has narrow, grass-like foliage gives rise to 12-24 inch stems sporting intriguing clusters of red, green, and white tubular flowers. Popular with hummingbirds and butterflies. Appreciates reasonable moisture when in growth but keep dry when dormant. Dichelostemma ida-maia is native to southern Oregon and northern California.
Drimia (Urginia) maritima - Giant White Sea Squill - Sea squill (Drimia/Urginea maritima) is a big, bold bulb from the Mediterranean Basin. The bulbs can be the size of soccer balls and weigh 1 kg, the dramatic, rippled leaves can be 3 feet long, and the spikes of pure, white starry flowers - reminiscent of foxtail lilies (Eremurus) - can reach 4-6 feet tall. The thick, leathery foliage emerges in spring and goes dormant by fall which is when the flower stalks arise from the naked bulbs. A great cut flower or pot specimen. In cold climates, store it somewhere dry and frost-free or treat as a houseplant. Dichelostemma ida-maia 'Pink Diamond' - Firecracker Flower - 'Pink Diamond' is a pink form of the firecracker flower with narrow, grass-like foliage sporting stems clustered with intriguing clusters of deep pink, light pink, and white tubular flowers. Popular with hummingbirds and butterflies. Appreciates reasonable moisture when in growth but keep dry when dormant. Dichelostemma ida-maia is native to southern Oregon and northern California.
Ornithogalum arabicum - Arabian Starflower - Ornithogalum arabicum is a star-of-Bethlehem often referred to as Arabian starflower that grows widespread in southern Europe and northern Africa. It forms two foot stems topped with clusters of white, star-like flowers with glistening, jet black central ovaries. It has a beautiful fragrance. Great as a cut flower. Estimates of hardiness range from zones 7, 8 and 9. Grow in good drainage or in pots that can be protected for severe freezing. Ornithogalum ponticum 'Sochi' - Star-of-Bethlehem - Ornithogalum ponticum 'Sochi' is a rare star-of-Bethlehem with dazzling two foot spikes of starry white flowers openly spaced along the stems. It has only recently been discovered and hails from the Caucasus. Great as a cut flower.
Oxalis enneaphylla - Scurvy-Grass Sorrel - The bulbous South American Oxalis enneaphylla 'Rosea' is small in stature but mighty in flowers, especially in cool summer climates where it can bloom from spring through fall. In hot summer climates it may go summer dormant. The foliage forms dainty grey-green umbrellas with pink edges and the flowers are a mid pink with deeper pink veins and an almond scent that will brighten up any area of the sunny garden. Pancratium maritimum - Sea Daffodil - Here's something your friends won't have: sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum) is a rare bulb in cultivation native from the Mediterranean basin to the Black Sea where it grows on beaches and coastal dunes. It has long, strap-like leaves and gorgeous, intricate, daffodil-like flowers that resemble an icy star. It is lightly fragrant. Perhaps best grown in a pot with good drainage. Place it in a hot spot to encourage flowering.
Paris polyphylla - Paris - Perhaps more than any other perennial, this rare woodland treasure earns the right to be called “exquisite”. Paris polyphylla is a Trillium relative from the Himalayas, Western China, and southeast Asia. The stem is circled by a single whorl of glossy, green leaves which is echoed by the flower with its own whorl of green bracts subtending threadlike yellow-green petals, golden stamens and purple ovary. Part shade in rich soil. Can take a "year off" after planting and not emerge till the next year. Scilla hyacinthoides 'Blue Arrow' - Hyacinth Squill - A very rare but stunning vertical blue for the sunny garden, Scilla hyacinthoides 'Blue Arrow' looks like a rocket ship of starry blue flowers erupting from out of the border on stems to 2-3 feet tall. Hot, well-drained, sunny spots with average to poor soils. May be hardier than zone 8 but this plant is still not well-known in cultivation.
Tecophilaea cyanocrocus - Chilean Blue Crocus - Tecophilaea cyanocrocus is an exquisite bulb producing true royal blue flowers in early spring unlike almost anything else in the botanical world. Thin white stripes accentuate the base of each petal. During summer dormancy keep dry and cool. Protect in a frost-free environment over the winter. Worth every effort. Tecophilaea cyanocrocus 'Leichtlinii' - Chilean Blue Crocus - Tecophilaea cyanocrocus 'Leichtlinii' is a rare form of the Chilean blue crocus with white flowers tipped with rich, sky blue in early spring. Choice. During summer dormancy keep dry and cool. Protect in a frost free environment over the winter. Worth every effort.
Tecophilaea cyanocrocus 'Violacea' - Chilean Blue Crocus - Tecophilaea cyanocrocus 'Violacea' is a rare purple form of the Chilean blue crocus. It produces velvety purple-blue flowers in early spring. Thin white stripes accentuate the base of each petal. During summer dormancy keep dry and cool. Protect in a frost free environment over the winter. Worth every effort. Triteleia 'Rudy' - Pretty Face - Triteleia 'Rudy' is a gorgeous hybrid that blooms in late spring or early summer with clusters of 1.5 inch long, funnel-shaped, white flowers with a glowing purple stripe down the middle of each tepal. The flowers are held in umbels of up to 25 flowers on 1-2 foot tall wiry stems. The narrow, linear leaves go dormant at the time of flowering. Appreciates a dry rest period after going dormant in summer.
Triteleia ixioides 'Starllight' - Pretty Face - Triteleia ixioides is a native to the US West Coast and is a beautiful bulb for sunny spots. 'Starlight' forms strap-like green leaves in early spring that go dormant just as the flower stems rise holding clusters of two inch, creamy yellow, star-like flowers with purple-brown mid veins. Good drainage in winter is important. Veltheimia bracteata - Forest Lily - Forest lily (Veltheimia bracteata) is a South African bulb perfect as a pot specimen and easy houseplant. It has mid to deep green, shiny and wavy foliage that is topped with naked stems rising into torches of rich pink, light pink, or yellow tubular flowers. The foliage can be evergreen or summer dormant. Blooming takes place in fall and winter gracing your indoor windowsill or kitchen table. Note: Our bulbs could be pink or yellow.
Veltheimia bracteata 'Lemon Flame' - Forest Lily - Forest lily (Veltheimia bracteata) is a South African bulb perfect as a pot specimen and easy houseplant. 'Lemon Flame' has mid to deep green, shiny and wavy foliage that is topped with naked stems rising into torches of greenish yellow tubular flowers. The foliage can be evergreen or summer dormant. Blooming takes place in fall and winter gracing your indoor windowsill or kitchen table. Amarcrinum memoria-corsii 'Howardii' - Crinodonna Lily - Amarcrinum is a cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Crinum moorei possessing the best qualities of each parent. Floriferous plants maintain attractive foliage while blooming. The soft to icy pink flowers are tropical-looking and sweetly scented and bloom in late summer and fall. Semi-evergreen in winter. Mulch in winter.
Crocus fleischeri - Crocus - Crocus fleischeri is a rare and distinctive species from southwestern Turkey and the adjacent Greek Islands. It has narrow, pure white petals that open flat like a white star in the early spring garden. The central branched pistils are bright red-orange and the stamens bright orange with a flare of yellow beneath. Taken together this is a beautiful and unique Crocus. Fritillaria elwesii - Fritillaria - Fritillaria elwesii is for sophisticated gardeners who like unusual flowers and beautiful form. This rare species from southern Turkey has thin, grey-green leaves and upright stems to 16 inches that hold clusters of one to a few pendulous, long, green and burgundy bells. Provide good drainage in full sun.

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Rare Spring Bulbs
Choose from 135 Different Rare Bulbs to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of 135 rare bulbs. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in September. For mail order customers: if you combine bulbs and Cypripedium in the same order (which are not available until mid October) we will ship your bulbs and Cyps together in October. Please place separate orders if you want your bulbs to arrive as early as possible in the fall (Sept) and to have your Cypripedium ship later in October.

Please Note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Rare Bulb orders at the time of ordering.

Also note that we do not expect to receive about 10-15% of the bulbs we are hoping to get. These bulbs are rare for many reasons but mostly because they are slower to bulk up than bulbs that are more commonly available. For this reason, supplies at harvest time can be less than expected and we are usually shorted on some varieties. Please be understanding if we contact you in the fall that some of the bulbs you ordered are not available.

Should a cultivar not be available at the time of shipping/pick-up, we will give you the choice of substituting a different cultivar, receiving a refund, or having a credit applied to your account for a future order.

Ordering: Visit Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. Have fun!

 


 

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Cypripedium Lady's Slippers Pre-Order
31 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

We are excited to offer our largest selection ever of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. These Cypripedium hybrids possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have beautiful flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. They bloom in late April and May offering an exquisite show in the garden.

Most are "officially" hardy to zone 4 while some are hardy to zone 3 and even zone 2! Even the zone 4 plants may be hardy in protected spots in zone 3 with mulch and good snow cover. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 31 different lady's slipper hybrids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October 2016. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring. Here they are:

We will be providing them to you bare root. All you need to do is plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. A winter mulch of fallen leaves or conifer boughs or needles can be helpful in the first winter. We'll provide you with detailed instructions when you receive your plants.

For mail order customers, October is the only time of year we ship Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids so please take advantage.

For our local customers, though we do offer them in growth in spring on site at Phoenix, buying and planting them in fall ensures our local customers the widest possible selection and potentially greater and quicker success in establishment. They arrive bare root and super fresh. Planting them directly into the garden in fall is the best way to establish them even for local customers. Mulch with a pile of leaves after fall planting.

Please note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Cypripedium orders at the time of ordering. Should a cultivar not be available at the time of shipping/pick-up we will give you the choice of substituting a different cultivar, receiving a refund, or having a credit applied to your account for a future order.

Ordering: Visit Phoenix Perennials Mail Order for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. Have fun!

 


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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.
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We are near the south end of the Knight Street Bridge and very easy to get to from all of the surrounding municipalities and beyond.

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February 26th to October 30th, 2016
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