Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid December 2013

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
Mid December 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Christmas is nearly upon us! We hope you're getting nice and cozy for the season and have plans for a little festive cheer.

If you are still doing some Christmas shopping or want to buy something for yourself we have added a new exciting option in the form of Helleborus ROSEMARY. This superlative and rare hellebore is now available on a pre-sale basis for pick up in February. Read on to find out more.

Our Christmas gift certificates for both in-nursery and mail order purchases remain at 10% off until December 31st. Here's your chance to save on gardening presents for your friends and family. You can also buy yourself a gift certificate and save on your 2014 gardening purchases!

We had a great time at the Christmas Hurrah! the first weekend of December and thank everyone who participated. There was lots of festive cheer and Christmas decorations created. There are photo albums in this issue for you to peruse.

We have TWO contests for you. The first is to win a trip for two to Canada Blooms, Canada's largest garden festival in Toronto this March. I'll be speaking there and you could be in the audience! Enter right now. We want to have a winner from Phoenix Perennials! The link is below.

The second contest is our Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest. You could win one of five $50 gift certificates. Enter right away to improve your chances of winning. Details are also below. Lots of photos have already been entered and are ready for voting.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Order Now
Helleborus ROSEMARY
Pre-Sale

More Info

10% Off Christmas Gift Certificates
for In-Nursery and Mail Order!

More Info

Win a Trip for Two to
Canada Blooms and Join Me in Toronto!

Details Below!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Helleborus ROSEMARY Pre-Sale: Order now for Christmas Presents or for Your Own Garden...
2. 10% Off Christmas Gift Certificates for In-Nursery and Mail Order! -- Be a hero this holiday season to the gardener in your life OR buy one for yourself to save in 2014...
3. The Christmas Hurrah!: Photo Albums -- A great time was had by all at the Christmas Hurrah!...
4. Gary on Breakfast Television Talking Christmas Roses and Winter Interest (Video and Photo Album) -- CityTV's Breakfast Television Live Eye paid a visit to Phoenix Perennials to take in some Christmas cheer...
5. CONTEST: Win a Trip to Canada Blooms and Join Me in Toronto! -- Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. I'll be speaking there in 2014. Enter this contest and you could be in the audience!
6. CONTEST: The Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest -- Enter for your chance to win one of five $50 gift certificates!

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
Fri-Sun
Feb 28- Mar 2, 2014

The Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend
Celebrate spring and everything Hellebore!

 

The Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest
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1.

Helleborus ROSEMARY Pre-Sale
Order now for Christmas Presents or for Your Own Garden

Hello Hellebore Lovers!

We have a limited supply of the elusive Helleborus ROSEMARY 'Walhero' and are offering it now as a winter pre-sale for pick-up at and after the Hellebore Hurrah! February 28th-March 2nd, 2014. In my opinion ROSEMARY is the best hellebore introduction in the last five years and one of the most unique of all hellebores.

Unfortunately, ROSEMARY has proven very difficult to tissue culture and, though we have offered it in 2011 and 2012, its future availability is uncertain. Tissue culture efforts in the last few years have been unsuccessful and no new supplies seem forthcoming in North America over at least the next few years. Should there not be a breakthrough soon ROSEMARY might be discontinued altogether.

We are offering spectacular 2 gallon pots of ROSEMARY on a pre-sale basis. If you are intrigued, and I hope you are, read on to learn more about this amazing hellebore. Subscribers to our Hellebore Alert and our Hot Plant Alert were the first to receive this offer (to sign up to these click on the link at the bottom of the page to Update your Email Preferences). Now we are announcing it to everyone. Order soon to secure your plant(s) as we have limited quantities and are unsure if we will ever have them again.. You will have the option of receiving a full colour certificate in case you want to give ROSEMARY as a gift for Christmas!

 

Who is ROSEMARY?

Helleborus ROSEMARY 'Walhero', also known as 'Walberton's Rosemary', is the result of a rare cross between the classic Lenten rose, H. x hybridus, and the Christmas rose, H. niger. The breeding work was done by David Tristram of Walberton Nursery in England, the same breeder who brought us Helleborus IVORY PRINCE. ROSEMARY is thought to be only the second case of this cross ever being accomplished since the two parent plants are not closely related.

For gardeners the important part of the story is the plant. ROSEMARY not only combines some of the best characteristics of each parent but also offers new traits unlike anything else in the hellebore world.

 
Flowers emerge a unique clear pink with white veins.
Click on the image to view it larger.

The overall appearance of ROSEMARY is more like a Lenten rose than a Christmas rose (especially the foliage) but, like the Christmas rose, the flowers are mostly outward-facing and look right at you with only a slight nod. The petals are pointed and slightly ruffled and offer an unusual pink and salmon colour that changes with age. Unlike the Lenten rose in which the boldest colours come first and then fade to green, ROSEMARY takes the trait of the Christmas rose which starts white and deepens to pink tones with age. ROSEMARY flowers open with a beautiful clear pink veined with white, a white glow at the centre and occasional dark pink spots. With time the flower colour deepens and takes on rich, glowing salmon tones. There is no other hellebore that offers this amazing colour. After months of bloom the flowers slowly become green.

 
As the flowers begin to age they develop unique salmon-pink tones.
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Not only is ROSEMARY noteworthy for the colour of its flowers but also for the quantity of flowers. Even young plants are incredibly floriferous but with time established plants can produce many times more flowers per plant than any other hellebore. The crowns become packed with pink and salmon. Since the plants are sterile they bloom for an extended period of time and will not produce seed with inferior progeny.
 
Mature plants produce incredible numbers of flower stems and flowers.
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ROSEMARY sets buds in December and January and, depending on the season, should open flowers in early February and bloom into April or May. ROSEMARY appears to have the trait of longevity from its parents and should grow and thrive in your garden for decades.

Plant ROSEMARY in part sun to part shade. Avoid full or deep shade. You can also plant in full sun if the soil is evenly moist.

Like all hellebores, ROSEMARY is also deer resistant and can be counted on to perform even in the presence of voracious herbivores.

 
As flowers age they continue to deepen and develop rich salmon pink tones that glow like no other hellebore, especially with soft spring light shining through the petals.
Click on the image to view it larger.

 

Pre-Order Helleborus ROSEMARY

Helleborus ROSEMARY, large 2 gallon blooming plants, $39.99, for pick-up at or after the Hellebore Hurrah! February 28th to March 2nd, 2014. Each order will have the option of receiving a full colour certificate(s) if you want to give ROSEMARY as a gift at Christmas. Quantities are limited. Please order early.

ORDER NOW

 


2.

10% Off Christmas Gift Certificates
for In-Nursery and Mail Order!

Be a hero this holiday season to the gardener in your life
OR buy one for yourself to save in 2014!

Our popular gift certificates are great for stocking stuffers or for under the tree. If you've got an avid gardener in your life this is the perfect gift to get them dreaming about spring and next year's garden. Gift certificates are available in any amount.

This holiday season we are offering 10% off gift certificates purchased in November and December 2013 to use starting in 2014. These are unrestricted gift certificates and never expire. Get some for Christmas presents for friends and family or buy one for yourself and save on your 2014 gardening projects!

Directions

1. Click on the link below. In-Nursery Gift Certificates are for use in person at the nursery. Mail Order Gift Certificates are for use on our mail order system.
2. Fill in the information fields.
3. Select the face value amount you would like for your gift certificate(s) and complete your transaction. Your credit card is not processed automatically. We will process payment for 10% less than the amount you have selected. For instance, if you purchase a gift certificate for $100 we will process payment for $90.
4. Gift certificates will be mailed out within two days. If we are mailing your gift certificate please order by Dec 19th for local delivery, December 18th for delivery within BC and December 17th for delivery across Canada.
5. This 10% offer ends on December 31st, 2013.

6. Begin using your gift certificate at the start of our 2014 season. Gift certificates purchased with our special offer cannot be used at our 2013 Christmas Hurrah! event.

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Gift Certificates

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Happy Holidays!

 


3.

THIRD ANNUAL
The Christmas Hurrah!

PHOTO ALBUMS

A great time was had by all at this year's Christmas Hurrah! Some came just to buy Christmas roses. Others came to doll up a hellebore to bring inside for Christmas decoration as part of our DIY project. And others came to participate in our workshops designed to create Christmas cheer with Helleborus niger, the Christmas rose. Here are some links to our photo albums from the event.

Thanks for coming everyone!

If you couldn't join us this year then mark your calendars now for the first weekend in December 2014!

The Christmas Rose Workshops

Christmas Rose Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container
Our drop-in DIY project was perfect for dolling up a Christmas rose for decorating the home or giving as a gift.
View the Photo Album
 

Christmas Rose Advanced Wreath Making Workshop: Beyond the Expected
Why not break all the rules and get creative with holiday greens?
View the Full Photo Album

   

Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop
Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers (http://www.fullbloomflowers.ca) lead our students in creative classic, florist-quality wreaths.
View the Full Photo Album

   

Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop
Fabulous outdoor containers for winter interest and Christmas cheer.
View the Full Photo Album

Merry Christmas!

 


4.

Gary on Breakfast Television
Talking Christmas Roses and Winter Interest
(Video and Photo Album)

CityTV's Breakfast Television Live Eye paid a visit to Phoenix Perennials to take in some Christmas cheer.

Host Thor Diakow and Phoenix owner Gary Lewis talked winter-interest plants and Christmas roses and how to make colourful and festive indoor and outdoor containers for the festive season with examples from the workshops and project we'll be doing at this weekend's upcoming Christmas Hurrah! at the nursery. View the Photo Album of the broadcast to see what the nursery looks like at 5:30 in the morning in December -- dark and cold -- and to view some of the behind-the-scenes people and antics!

And here's the video montage from the morning's shoot.

If the video doesn't appear, click here.

Enjoy!


5.

Contest
Win a Trip for Two to Canada Blooms
and Join Me in Toronto!

Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. I'll be speaking there in 2014. Enter this contest and you could be in the audience! Click here to enter the contest. Enter your contact information. Then your Garden Centre Code is FIR. After that select Phoenix Perennials. Finally, cross your fingers! Contest closes December 31st, 2014. Tell all your friends. If one of them wins they'll have take you!


6.

The Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest
Enter for your chance to win one of five $50 gift certificates!

We're looking for your most beautiful, inspiring, amusing or surprising photos of your garden or a garden you visited in the last year. The photos could be images of specific plants, of a container, a plant combination, a garden vignette or anything to do with plants or gardens. The photos will be posted on Facebook for voting by your friends, family and fellow gardeners. Whoever gets the most votes (likes, comments and shares) will win themselves one of five $50 gift certificates! It's so easy.

How to Enter
1. Send up to five of your best garden, plant or flower photos to phoenixperennials at shaw.ca. Please send high resolution photos. You may need to send them in multiple emails if the files are large. Please put in the subject line: "Photo Contest". Also include your full name and city (only your first name and city will be published) and a description of your photo(s). Entries will be accepted until February 16th, 2014..
2. As soon as you send them in we'll put them up on our Phoenix Perennials Facebook page for everyone to see and vote for by clicking "Like", leaving a comment or sharing with their friends. As soon as you send your photos we'll upload them so get them to us ASAP -- the sooner you get them in, the sooner they will be online where your friends, family and fellow gardeners can start voting for them and the better the chance you have of winning a gift certificate.
3. Voting will run from when the first photos go up until February 27th, 2014 so the winners can spend their gift certificates as early as at the Hellebore Hurrah! starting on February 28th.
4. The five photos with the largest combined number of likes, comments and shares will win the five gift certificates. Note that a single person can actually vote more than once for a photo by liking, commenting on and sharing that photo! Please also note though that in order to spread the fun around any one person can only win one gift certificate, even if you have more than one photo in the top five.
5. The winning photos will be specially featured in the March e-newsletter guaranteeing each winner not just fortune but also fame!

The voting has already begun! View the Photo Album.
Get your photos in ASAP so everyone can start voting for yours too!

 


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