Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Pretty in pink!

That's what you'll be if you decide to include this fall blooming Amaryllis and its relatives in your garden. And you should include them. Few if any of your friends will have them. You'll be pretty in pink with great bragging rights to boot!

Enjoy!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

Lady's Slipper Orchids



Pre-Order Now for October Pick-Up or Shipping.
We have 42 different species and cultivars of hardy Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids available for pre-order now for fall. Fall is the best time to plant and establish these beautiful garden orchids.
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Phoenix Perennials has been designated as a Canada 150 Garden Experience as one of the top garden experiences in the country on the occasion of Canada's 150th birthday.

 

Naked Ladies and Friends for the Fall Garden

If you love pink then you're going to fall in love with the fall amaryllids. Two of the best for the autumn garden are naked ladies and guernsey lilies which are beautiful and can add a year tropical flare to the fall garden.

The naked ladies are a true Amaryllis with the species name belladonna that hail from southern Africa. What we call amaryllis and grow indoors in winter are actually Hippeastrum which come from South America. Amaryllis belladonna is in leaf in spring and summer but this foliage goes dormant by fall. Then the leafless bulbs send up naked stems topped with glowing pink, tubular flowers that look quite similar to its better-known Spanish-speaking cousins.

The Guernsey lily is Nerine bowdenii which is a smaller plant with thick,strap-like leaves that came remain on the plant or be dormant at the time of flowering. The spidery flowers with ruffled petals bloom in September and October in shades of pink.

A group of interesting intergeneric hybrids have recently been created by crossing these two species. The xAmarine are intermediate between their two parents with spidery flowers that are larger than Nerine atop extremely large bulbs similar to Amaryllis belladonna. These hybrids should also bloom in the fall. We're hoping to see some of them bloom this fall for the first time at Phoenix.

Amaryllis belladonna - Naked Ladies - Naked ladies emerge in late summer and fall with leafless reddish purple stems 2-3 feet high topped with 6-12 fragrant, glowing pink, trumpet-shaped flowers up to 3-4 inches long and wide. Foliage is produced in fall, winter, or early spring going dormant by summer. Loves dry, hot summers. Amaryllis belladonna is a true Amaryllis, the others grown during the holiday season being Hippeastrum. Nerine bowdenii - Guernsey Lily - Nerine bowdenii is a South African bulb that is a welcome sight in the fall as the skies become overcast and the rain begins to fall. At this time the flowering stalks of Guernsey lily rise from the strap-like foliage and open into gorgeous spidery amaryllis-like flowers in a shade of improbable candy pink! Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
Amarine tubergenii Belladiva 'Anastasia' - xAmarine tubergrenii is an intergeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Nerine bowdenii. The flowers look like a Nerine but are larger with broader petals and held on taller stems to about 2.5 feet. They are hardy in coastal BC and bloom in the fall. In colder climates they make good pot specimens. Bring in as a houseplant in winter. The Belladiva series includes a full range of cultivars in varying shades of pink. 'Anastasia' has deep glowing pink flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Amarine tubergenii Belladiva 'Aphrodite' - xAmarine tubergrenii is an intergeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Nerine bowdenii. The flowers look like a Nerine but are larger with broader petals and held on taller stems to about 2.5 feet. They are hardy in coastal BC and bloom in the fall. In colder climates they make good pot specimens. Bring in as a houseplant in winter. The Belladiva series includes a full range of cultivars in varying shades of pink. 'Aphrodite' has rose pink flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
Amarine tubergenii Belladiva 'Emanuelle' - xAmarine tubergrenii is an intergeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Nerine bowdenii. The flowers look like a Nerine but are larger with broader petals and held on taller stems to about 2.5 feet. They are hardy in coastal BC and bloom in the fall. In colder climates they make good pot specimens. Bring in as a houseplant in winter. The Belladiva series includes a full range of cultivars in varying shades of pink. 'Emanuelle' has light pink flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Amarine tubergenii Belladiva 'Smilla' - xAmarine tubergrenii is an intergeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Nerine bowdenii. The flowers look like a Nerine but are larger with broader petals and held on taller stems to about 2.5 feet. They are hardy in coastal BC and bloom in the fall. In colder climates they make good pot specimens. Bring in as a houseplant in winter. The Belladiva series includes a full range of cultivars in varying shades of pink. 'Smilla' has mid pink flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

These Amaryllids are available now for pre-ordering for pick-up or shipping in late Sept/early October.

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of over 200 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 late September or early October, depending on when they arrive from Europe. Some bulbs may arrive later in a second shipment. For local customers, we will email you when it's time to pick up.

For mail order customers we will also email you in advance of shipping. We recommend you place separate orders for plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium as each is ready at different times and we wish to ship when these products are at their freshest. If you place multiple separate orders, put a note to us when you check out about these orders and we will see if we can ship your items together though the default will be to ship separately. If you combine plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium in the same order we will assume you want everything shipped together and will wait until your order is complete, unless there are reasons why we might want to ship ASAP.

Changes from last year:

  • We have made changes that should ensure we receive 90% of our bulbs this year so the majority of your order should be complete. 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.
  • We will no longer be processing payment in advance. Payment will be processed just before pick-up or shipping.
  • We have made adjustments to our shipping calculations and packing methods that should decrease shipping costs this year on bulbs.

Ordering: Visit the 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. The minimum order value to place a pre-order for mail order or pick-up is $40. Extra bulbs will be available for sale at Phoenix once pre-orders have been filled. Have fun!

 


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