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The Mail Order Alert
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A Burgundy-Leaved Hosta and Other Hot Additions
September 7th, 2016
Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!
Hello Gardeners Across Canada!
We hope you are well, fellow gardeners, and that you've had an excellent summer! We are sad to see the summer ending on the West Coast with some fall rain already descending on us but looks like we have some sun coming up for some good planting weather.
Fall is one of the best times of the year to plant perennials, shrubs and vines with warm soils and mild daytime and nighttime temperatures. Plants establish quickly and settle in for winter. Just don't plant borderline hardy plants which are best planted in spring when they have a whole summer to establish. But anything that is good and hardy for you should establish strongly and put on an extra big display next season.
Our fall online catalogue is now updated for the season and we are really excited by a few additions including the world's first burgundy-leaved Hosta called 'First Blush'. We also have some choice species of Monarda and Corydalis and the fragrant Clematis Sugar-Sweet Blue is available again. These combined with hundreds of other garden plants plus our Rare Bulbs and Hardy Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids means we've got lots of excitement in store for you for the fall planting season.
Canada Post looks stable right now so fall shipping of perennials will start this Monday September 12th. Rare bulb orders will ship in late September. Cypripedium will ship in mid October.
Have a look at the information below and then peruse our mail order site. We await your orders! If you want us to add a plant to an existing order, just email us with your choices.
Gary and the Phoenicians
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New Plants for Fall
Four Amazing Additions to Our Online Offerings
We love hot new plants and choice and unusual species. Here are four of our favourite new additions.
|Hosta 'First Blush' - Plantain Lily - 'First Blush' is a breakthrough in the Hosta world from breeder Bob Solberg. It is the first burgundy-leaved Hosta. Not only does it have red petioles (leaf stems), a red edge to the leaves, and red in the lower veins but the foliage is also flushed with burgundy across most of the leaf blade! New foliage emerges green quickly turning to burgundy. In cool summer climates like the West Coast the burgundy can remain all summer into fall. In hot summer climates the burgundy can fade to green when temperatures reach the low 30s Celsius. Be the first to own this amazing Hosta. We acquired our plants at great expense and have set the retail price only a bit higher than our actual cost. Plant lust ain't cheap but we're trying to keep the cost down for you. MORE INFO
|Monarda punctata - Spotted Beebalm, Horsemint - Monarda punctata is a rare and unusual species of beebalm with incredible pink-flushed bracts which protect yellow flowers speckled with dark red spots. The bumblebees go mad for the nectar. Foliage is aromatic. MORE INFO
|Clematis Sugar-Sweet Blue 'Scented Clem' - Fragrant Clematis - We sold out very quickly in the spring. Now we have a new crop ready to go! The Sugar-Sweet Series is a new line of wilt-resistant clematis with beautiful, fragrant flowers. Sugar-Sweet Blue's fragrance is reminiscent of gardenias. It is one of the only flat-petaled, larger-flowered, scented clematis in cultivation. In addition to the beautiful smell the flowers put on a stunning show with blue, star-shaped blooms that develop silvery-white central stripes as they age. MORE INFO
|Corydalis cheilanthifolia - Fern-Leaved Cordyalis - Corydalis cheilanthifolia is a unique and unusual species with light green to bluish green, finely-dissected, fern-like foliage that emerges flushed with bronzy orange, a colour that can also be maintained with some summer sun. The foliage can also remain evergreen in mild winter climates. Butter yellow dragon-like flowers appear on spikes above the foliage from spring into summer. Choice and rare. MORE INFO
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!
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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