Hello Gardeners Across Canada!

In this installment of the Mail Order Alert we highlight the tulips and daffodils from our Rare Bulb Selection. The conventional tulips and daffodils available commonly to Canadian gardeners are wonderful things. But sometimes you just want to have something a little special or unusual. Below you'll find a number of unusual and beautiful daffodils and botanical tulips that could be gracing your garden this spring. Additionally, you can peruse our full selection of Rare Bulbs plus all of our intriguing perennials and shrubs by visiting our mail order site. We will continue shipping season until the end of October.

For those of you who have already placed orders for bulbs, shipping begins tomorrow, Monday Oct 2nd. Our bulbs have come in a bit later than usual due to wet digging conditions in Holland. This has required extra time in Holland to clean and dry the bulbs before shipping. So far we have received about 80% of our order with a second shipment coming in about 2 weeks. This second shipment contains many of the really oddball bulbs. So we are currently shipping completed orders and will ship the remaining orders once we can complete them when our second shipment comes in.

Our hardy Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids will be arriving mid month as well for immediate shipping. We have doubled our selection 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.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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Uncommonly Beautiful
Tulips and Daffodils

Check out these garden classics with a twist!

Tulips and daffodils are two of the most commonly planted and most easily recognized bulbs in Canadian gardens. They are beloved by all and responsible for so much spring cheer and enjoyment. Everyone loves daffodils but the range of colours from tulips can really get your heart singing. Here's a previous article we published on the botanical tulips that we are currently offering:

A Brief History of the Tulip: Once upon a time no one in the western world had ever heard of a tulip. The Turks knew all about them and grew them as early as 1000 AD. So, unbeknownst to us, across the wilds of central and western Asia and in Turkish gardens about 100 species of exceptional little bulbs would emerge from their winter dormancy every spring to sparkle with their vibrant, beguiling colours.

Then in and around the late 16th century tulips arrived in Europe. They soon became de rigeur and a sign of status in households both rich and poor. Botanists began to hybridize them creating more and more exciting forms. By late 1636 and early 1637 'Tulipmania' was at its peak in Holland. The bulbs were so popular that the most desirable varieties could cost more than a house in Amsterdam at the time! The tulip craze lead to a huge speculative market in tulips, one in which ordinary men clammered to participate because of the vast amounts of money being made. They sold their businesses, family houses, farm animals, home furnishings and dowries in order to buy bulbs that they had never seen. Eventually, supply increased and the price of tulips plummeted. The "Tulip Crash" sent many people into bankruptcy. Others lost all of their savings. All because of the tulip. The Dutch government then introduced special trading restrictions in order to avoid further fits of uncontrollable plant lust on the part of its population.

Today tulips are one of the most beloved of flowers and one of the world's major commercial flower crops, both for cut flowers and horticulture.

Mini Botanical Tulips: Before the Dutch got to them, before there were Darwin tulips, Triumph tulips, parrot tulips and bouquet tulips, fringed and lily-flowering tulips, peony-types and viridifloras, French and Kaufmanniana tulips and all of the other large, bold and colourful hybrids there were the species -- those small, beguiling denizens of Asia with an allure and beauty all their own.

Botanical tulips are what tulips used to look like and still look like in the wild. They are smaller in bulb size, height and flower size than your standard spring tulips but they are just as colourful and perhaps a little bit more sophisticated looking more like a sparkling jewel than a big brash boisterous flower.

Botanical tulips also offer something that the big hybrid tulips don't: STAYING POWER. Whereas the hybrids will last for a single year, maybe two, the botanical tulips are perennial. They will return year after year and will usually multiply with each passing season. Consequently, they are great for naturalizing. They also work well at the front of the border and in pots.

This year at Phoenix we are pleased to offer many different species and varieties of botanical tulips. We hope you'll be inspired to try some in your garden.

At Phoenix Perennials we love to take the usual, as beautiful as that might be, and give it a twist. We are excited to offer a number of rare daffodil and tulip cultivars that you might not have seen before that are available now for order and shipping. We highlight them here:

Narcissus 'Falconet' Narcissus 'Jenny'
Narcissus 'Pencrebar' Narcissus 'Silver Chimes'

Narcissus 'Sweet Love'

Narcissus 'Tresamble'
Narcissus 'White Marvel' Narcissus bulbocodium 'Diamond Ring'
Narcissus bulbocodium 'Spoirot' Narcissus cyclamineus 'Itzim'
Narcissus 'Reggae' - Sold Out Narcissus triandrus 'Petrel'
Narcissus rupicola ssp. watieri Narcissus cantabricus - Sold Out
Tulipa 'Little Beauty' Tulipa 'Little Princess'
Tulipa 'Peppermint Stick' Tulipa chrysantha
Tulipa humilis 'Tete a Tete' Tulipa praestans 'Shogun' - Sold Out
Tulipa pulchella 'Eastern Star' Tulipa saxatilis
Tulipa tarda ("Dasystemon Tarda") Tulipa humilis 'Alba Coerulea Oculata' - Sold Out

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!

 


 

Pre-Order
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.
3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
604-270-4133

www.phoenixperennials.com
Please visit our web page for information on the nursery, driving directions and a map.
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.

Opening Dates and Hours
February 26th to October 30th, 2016
10am-5pm


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