Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: May 2012

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
May 2012

 

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

Welcome to May and peak perennial season. The nursery is packed to the rafters with thousands of incredible, top quality, intriguing plants many of which you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere. We aim to meet all your gardening needs and fulfill your wildest dreams. At least I hope we can fulfill your wildest dreams! With this lovely weather the nursery has been busy for weeks and we are getting lots of nice comments about the plants and the nursery. Many are saying it looks great and some go so far as to say it has never looked better. Thank you. For us there is always more to do but we also think the nursery is looking rather sparkly right now.

In this issue you'll find an installment in our Tulip Time series on my recent visit to the Kuekenhof Gardens, one of the floral wonders of the world. The article is short because it's all about the photos and videos. You have to see Keukenhof to believe it and I hope the photo album with 254 photos plus the five videos will give you a sense for this amazing garden.

It's veggie season and that means tomatoes! But have you heard of Mighty 'Mato GRAFTED Tomatoes??? There's an article below that explains everything. This is one of the hottest items of the year and they'll be sold out soon. We also have lots of normal ungrafted tomatoes now in stock as well as a full range of other veggies and other herbs.

Are you a Mom? You won't want to miss Saturday and Sunday this weekend in order to get a free 'Casa Blanca' lily. Details are below.

We also give you a heads up on other upcoming special events, workshops and our Charity Shopping Weekends.

And last but not least we have a rather large instalment of Fabulous at Phoenix filled with lots of delectable plants with which to enhance your garden.

See you soon at the nursery. At this time of year it changes every week!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

PS. Have a look at all the links for Facebook. I've put up a lot of content lately. You don't have to be a Facebook member to view these images.

 

 

KIDS SERIES WORKSHOPS

Do you know any kids who are interested in veggies or attracting butterflies and hummingbirds or building their own princess garden or Yoda swamp?

Our Kids Series is new and we'd love your help to get the word out to your families or friends with school age kids. See our workshop entry below or use the link at the end of the e-newsletter to forward it on. Thanks!

 
The Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Sale
Saturday May 19th at Phoenix Perennials - This is a great opportunity to pick up some exciting subtropical plants. More Info

Please Share The E-News with your Friends and Neighbours
At the bottom of this email there is an option to "Forward Email". We'd love it if you could forward this email to as many of your neighbours and friends as possible, as long as you think they would appreciate it!

Recycle Your Plastic Pots!
This year's National Plastic Recycling Event is June 22nd - July 1st, 2012. Save your pots till then when you can drop them off at Phoenix to be recycled.

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Tulip Time in Holland, Part 2 - Keukenhof: A world class bulb garden captures the magic of spring
2. Upcoming Special Events: Mothers' Day Free Lily
3. Come Learn with Us: Workshops 2012
4. Mighty 'Matos Grafted Tomatoes
5. Charity Shopping Weekends 2012: April - Health Around the World
6. Fabulous at Phoenix


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
Sat
May 12
CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 12th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sun
May 13
CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sun May 13th, 1-3pm | $14 + $60 handmade shadowbox | Register Online!
Sat & Sun May
12-13

FREE 'Casablanca' Lily for Mothers on Mothers' Day Weekend!*
Bring your children, grandchildren or furry children (or a picture of them) to show us that you're a Mom and get your free lily! *With purchase over $10 before taxes, while supplies last.

Sat-Sun
May 12-13
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: Health in our Communities - North American Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society, British Columbia Schizophrenia Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Lower Mainland Chapter),
WISH Drop-In Centre Society
Sat
May 19
DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Edibles: Veggies and Herbs for Small Gardens and Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 19th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sat
May 19
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Jewels: Plant an Echeveria Bowl | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat May 19th, 1-3pm | $12 | Register Online!
Sun
May 20
KIDS SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies FOR KIDS!: Plant Up a Container with Fun and Crazy Edibles | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 20th, 1-3pm | $12 for one parent and one child, $5 per additional child. | Register Online!
Sat
May 26
CONTAINER SERIES | Fantastic Foliage: Create a Technicolour Container That Doesn't Need Flowers | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 26th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sun
May 27
KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up a Pot to Attract Winged Visitors | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sun May 27th, 1-3pm | $12 + tax for one parent and child. $5 + tax for each additional child. | Register Online!
Sat-Sun
May 26-27
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: Fur and Feathers - The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS), Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary
Sat
June 2
KIDS SERIES | Miniature Gardens FOR KIDS: Make Your Own Princess Garden or Yoda Swamp | Instructor: Kate Herring | Sat June 2nd, 10am-12pm | $30 + tax. Includes a pot, all plants and materials. | Register Online!
Sun
June 3
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sun June 3rd, 1-3pm | $12 | Register Online!
Sat
June 9
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat June 9th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sun
June 10
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sun June 10th, 1-3pm | $12 | Register Online!
Sat-Sun
June
9-10
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: Arts and Education - The Community Arts Council of Richmond, General Brock Elementary School, Dixon Elementary School
Sat-Sun
June
16-17
FREE "Guy-Lardia" for Fathers on Fathers' Day Weekend!*
Bring your children, grandchildren or furry children (or a picture of them) to show us that you're a Dad and get your free "guy-lardia" (gaillardia or blanket flower)! *With purchase over $10 before taxes, while supplies last.
Sat
June 16
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat June 16th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Register Online!
Tues
June 19
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Garden Plants for Summer and Fall
Presented to the Evergreen Garden Club

Delta, BC, Contact Terry at tafindlay at dccnet.com
Wed
June 27
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Garden Plants for Summer and Fall
Presented to the Saltspring Island Garden Club

Saltspring Island, Contact Marcia at everlastingsummer at saltspring.com
July 4-10
Groupon or Coupon?: Using conventional and modern marketing strategies to build and maintain your customer base
Presented to the Perennial Plant Association at the 30th Annual Symposium, Boston, Massachusetts
Fri-Sun
July
13-15
The Summer Sizzle
Celebrating Summer with Free Workshops and Special Prices
Sat Sept 8
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!
Sat
Sept 8

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 8th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | $12 + $16 included Party Mix = $28 | Register Online!

Sat
Sept 15
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 15th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Register Online!
Sat
Sept 22
CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sat
Sept 29
CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Fri - Sun
Dec 1-3
The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection plus other winter blooming plants. We'll be offering two workshops: a Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop and a Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop plus a DIY project to doll up a Christmas Rose to bring it inside for holiday decoration. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Register Online!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Register Online!

 

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1.

Tulip Time in Holland - Part 2

Keukenhof
A World-Class Bulb Garden
Captures the Magic of Spring

In April 2012 I visited the Netherlands while leading a UBC Alumni tour group along the waterways of Holland and Belgium. In this three part series I explore the incredible horticultural and floricultural nation of Holland. In the first installment in the Mid-April E-Newsletter we visited the Aalsmeer Flower Auction. In this e-newsletter I'll take you to the incredible Keukenhof bulb display gardens. In mid-May I'll show you the world horticultural expo Floriade which takes place only every 10 years. In addition to these articles and their accompanying photos you'll find links to YouTube videos and additional photo galleries of these incredible places.

Keukenhof Gardens is the world-famous bulb display gardens located in Lisse, not far from Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. The garden offers a matrix of lawns, mature trees, canals, a lake, pavillions, 15 kilometres of pathways, countless planting beds all over more than 60 acres. Each year more than 7 million tulips and other bulbs are planted by hand in diverse beds and areas of the garden to put on a spring extravaganza of colour and passion for 6-8 weeks during the season that the Dutch call "Tulip Time". The result is a horticultural wonder of the world that draws 1 million visitors in March, April and May. Keukenhof is said to be the most photographed place in the world. Indeed, we spent a day there and my partner and I came away with nearly 1400 images! The best of these can be seen in our Keukenhof Photo Album.

In the 15th century the land that has now become a world-famous garden was the hunting grounds and source of cooking herbs for Jacqueline, the Countess of Hainault. It was the use of the land for culinary herbs that earned it the name "Keukenhof" or "Kitchen Garden". Centuries later the Keukenhof Gardens is the largest flower garden in the world and has played host to more than 44 million visitors in its 60 year history.

 

Keukenhof Photo Album
View 254 Images of the Best Bulb Show on Earth

YouTube Videos
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 1): The Wilhelm-Alexander Pavilion
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 2): Visit one small but impressive area of the gardens
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 3): Bulb Plantings Near the Lake
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 4): Zocher Garden Area
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 5): One of my favourite displays

 

Coming Soon in the Next Issue of the E-Newsletter
Tulip Time in Holland Part 3: Floriade, the world horticultural expo

Thank you to the UBC Alumni Association for asking me to host this tour!


2.

Upcoming Special Events at the Nursery

Mothers' Day Free 'Casa Blanca' Lily*
Saturday and Sunday May 12th and 13th, 2012

Mom's need beautiful things and Phoenix Perennials is here for Moms on Mothers' Day. On Mothers' Day weekend come on down, show us that you're a Mom or Grand Mom by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free 'Casa Blanca' lily as a thank you for raising the next generation of gardeners.

*With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

 

Special Events Later in the Season

Fathers' Day Free* "Guy-Lardia" | Saturday and Sunday June 16th and 17th, 2012 | Show us that you're a Dad or Grand Dad by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free "Guy-Lardia" (otherwise known as Gaillardia or blanket flower) as a thank you for raising the next generation. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

The Summer Sizzle | Friday to Sunday July 13th to 15th, 2012 | 10am-5pm | Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer | Come enjoy free workshops, special displays from our annual Great Plant Combinations Contest, our display gardens in full bloom and specially priced plants.

The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Saturday September 8th, 2012 | 10am-5pm | With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!

The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1st to 3rd, 2012 | 10am - 5pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection plus other winter blooming plants. A tradition in Europe for decades, these hellebores can be enjoyed like pointsettias inside the house and given as gifts at Christmas parties. They can then be planted in the garden in spring for years of Christmas cheer. We'll be offering two workshops: A Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop and a Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop plus a DIY project to doll up a Christmas Rose to bring it inside for holiday decoration. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!

Mark your calendars!

 


3.

Come Learn With Us
Upcoming Workshops

May

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 12th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sun May 13th, 1-3pm | $14 + $60 handmade shadowbox | Discover your inner artiste as you create a unique shadowbox "painting" using succulents such as hens and chicks, echeveria and sedums as your "paint" colours. This living wall can be hung on your sunny patio, balcony, gate or fence. Your friends will marvel at your creative talents!
The shadowboxes we are making specially for this event will resemble the image at right but with an elegant black frame. They will have have 1 foot by 1 foot of planting space surrounded by a two inch black frame. The price of the workshop includes your soil and the shadowbox but not the plants you use.
Register Online!

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Edibles: Veggies and Herbs for Small Gardens and Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 19th, 10am-12pm | $14 | You can'’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to tons of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables and herbs and teach you how to grow them in the garden and containers. Then you'll get to plant up your own edible container filled with the promise of a yummy backyard bounty.
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Jewels: Plant an Echeveria Bowl | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat May 19th, 1-3pm | $12 | Echeveria have been called Mexican hens and chicks or porcelain cabbages. They form wonderful succulent rosettes in an incredible range of colours that are perfect for a knock-your-socks-off succulent container. In this workshop you'll plant up your own amazing combo of dynamite echeveria and other succulents to enliven your space.
We will be planting up small versions of the large urn shown in the picture. At the event we will have a few options of inexpensive yet attractive terracotta or other containers for you to choose from. The costs of this container as well as the plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop. You can also bring your own shallow container that is at least 10-12 inches in diametre. Register Online!

KIDS SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies FOR KIDS!: Plant Up a Container with Fun and Crazy Edibles | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 20th, 1-3pm | $12 for one parent and one child, $5 per additional child. | Parent participation required. Recommended for children ages 4-10. | There is nothing like growing your own vegetables as a child to encourage healthy eating, to build a strong relationship with living things, and to experience the joys and flavours of eating locally.
That line was for the parents. This is for the kids: How would you like to grow your own crazy and fun veggies in your own backyard? In this workshop we'll show you purple, pink and yellow tomatoes, rainbow-coloured greens, squash and cucumbers that grow on bushes, spinach that grows on vines, blue squash and blue potatoes, white pumpkins, peas with blue pods, white eggplants, and much more. Then you'll get to plant up your own veggie container to grow at home!
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Fantastic Foliage: Create a Technicolour Container That Doesn't Need Flowers | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 26th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Never before have there been so many options for amazing foliage plants. You'll learn about a wide range of invaluable plants and how to artfully combine them for maximum foliar impact in both the garden and containers. You will then plant up your own fantastic container for a knock-out display in your garden.
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up a Pot to Attract Winged Visitors | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sun May 27th, 1-3pm | $12 + tax for one parent and child. $5 + tax for each additional child. | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. Then you'll plant up a container designed to attract for favourite garden wildlife. 
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.
Recommended for children ages 4-10. A parent or guardian must accompany your child or children.
Register Online!

 

June

KIDS SERIES | Miniature Gardens FOR KIDS: Make Your Own Princess Garden or Yoda Swamp | Instructor: Kate Herring | Sat June 2nd, 10am-12pm | $30 + tax. Includes a pot, all plants and materials. | Calling all Princesses and Jedi warriors! In this workshop princesses will plant their own princess garden complete with pretty plants, a castle and a princess! Jedi warriors will plant their own Yoda swamp with weird plants and a "goo" pond with Yoda and Luke Skywalker! 
Recommended for children ages 4-10. A parent or guardian should be present with the younger children but are not necessary for the older children. Register Online!

View the Complete List of Workshops for 2012

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance.

Online Registration: Registration for our workshops is now available online 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. If the minimum is not met we may not be able to run the workshop in which case we will contact you a few days before the scheduled date of the workshop and give you a credit towards another class, a credit at the nursery, or a refund.

If you are unable to attend a workshop you have already signed up for please give us 3 days notice. We would be happy to give you a credit towards another class or a credit at the nursery. We cannot offer credits, however, unless you let us know 3 days in advance of your workshop that you cannot attend.

 


4.

Mighty 'Matos Grafted Tomatoes

There's a new superhero in town and it's called the Mighty 'Mato. If you love heirloom and interesting modern tomatoes then you best pay attention to this new personality coming to gardens and patios near you!

Mighty 'Matos are grafted tomatoes. Just as is done with fruit trees or maples, a desirable tomato cultivar such as 'Sunsugar' or 'Black Krim' or 'Mortgage Lifter' is grafted onto a strong and vigorous tomato rootstock. The result is a more disease resistant, cold tolerant and vigorous tomato that produces 2-3 times more fruit than the same variety in its ungrafted form. This technique was pioneered by Log House Plants of southern Oregon, a well-respected leader in veggies, herbs and intriguing edibles for more than 30 years.

The larger crops can be particularly impressive for heirloom varieties which are not always as vigorous as modern strains. Heirlooms were bred for flavour and interesting shapes and colours and not necessarily for pumping out mountains of tomatoes. The Mighty 'Mato rootstock, however, provides a real boost in vigour and fruit production. And who doesn't need more delicious tomatoes from your own backyard?

We currently have around 12 cultivars of Mighty 'Matos in stock including 'Beefsteak', 'Brandywine', 'Mortgage Lifter', 'Yellow Pear', 'Early Girl', 'Sunsugar', 'Sweet Million', 'Black Krim', 'Black Cherry', 'Pineapple', 'Stupice' and 'Cherokee Purple'. Quantities are limited so if you have your heart set on any of these cultivars you need to move fast. Come in to the nursery or call or email and we can put plants on hold for you.

   

We also have more than 20 varieties of non-grafted heirloom and interesting modern tomatoes currently in stock including 'Aunt Ruby's German Green', 'Rainbow', 'Black Krim', 'Black Plum', 'Bloody Butcher', 'Federle', 'Gold Medal', 'Japanese Black Trifele', 'Silvery Fur' and many more!

We'll be getting new varieties in every week for the next couple weeks. It's definitely tomato and veggie season!

 
If you love your tomatoes then you won't want to miss our annual Heirloom Tomato Festival this September. We'll have tomato fruit for sale, special displays and our popular tomato tastings which we run just like a wine tasting but with tomatoes! Spots fill up quick. You can register online. This is a great event to attend with groups of friends or family.
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
Saturday September 8th, 2012 | 10am-5pm |
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!

 


5.

Charity Shopping Weekends 2012
Early May - Health Around the World

This month we support four charities that are working to make the world a better place by improving the lives of people in far flung places on the globe.

North American Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society raises awareness of intestinal diseases through education and public awareness campaigns. IDEAS provides quality of life enhancing programs for children and young adults afflicted with intestinal diseases and their families. IDEAS conducts advocacy programs on behalf of all people living with intestinal diseases.

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society works to bring compassion and hope to those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis and to improve their quality of life through education, support, public policy and research.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Lower Mainland Chapter provides information, support, educational events and other resources for people with MS and their families. Researchers funded by the MS Society are working to develop new and better treatments. Their ultimate goal is the cure for MS.

WISH Drop-In Centre Society is operated by women for the exclusive use of female survival sex workers. It furnishes a variety of services within a nurturing and non-judgemental environment. In addition to meeting essential needs by serving nutritious, hot meals, providing showering facilities, dispensing make-up, hygiene items, and clothing, WISH offers on-site nursing care, referrals to detoxification centres, rehabilitation houses, and shelters for upwards of 120 women per night. Our programs, including Literacy and a Learning Centre have been hugely successful in providing opportunities to participants to engage in positive, empowering activities in a safe place.

What is a Charity Shopping Weekend?: Charity Shopping Weekends are a way for Phoenix Perennials to give back to the community while helping to introduce gardeners to our nursery. Each month one charity or group of charities is selected to participate in a Weekend. During that Saturday and Sunday 25% of each purchase made by a customer who tells us they are there for that charity's Weekend will be donated to the charity. Since 2004 we have raised over $10,000 for local charities and institutions.

This Month's Charity Shopping Weekend
May 12th & 13th, 2012 Health in our Communities
North American Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society
British Columbia Schizophrenia Society
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Lower Mainland Chapter
WISH Drop-In Centre Society
May 26th & 27th, 2012 Fur and Feathers
The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS)
Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary
Upcoming Charity Shopping Weekends
June 9th & 10th, 2012 Arts and Education
The Community Arts Council of Richmond
General Brock Elementary School
Dixon Elementary School

 


6.

Fabulous at Phoenix
Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

YOU GOTTA GET DOWN HERE! The nursery is packed with horticultural wonders and what you'll find below is just a tiny fraction of the excitement.

Cypripedium formosanum -- Formosa Lady's Slipper Orchid -- This exquisite hardy lady’s slipper is endemic to high altitude regions of Taiwan and blooms in our area in mid spring. The flowers have a large pale pink pouch with white or pale pink petals and sepals spotted with darker pink or red. The rounded, light green leaves are pleated like a fan and provide much interest after the flowers have faded. This species is very easy to cultivate in an average shade garden and a good first introduction to growing hardy ground orchids.
Cypripedium 'Gisela - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - ‘Gisela’ is a particularly robust hybrid, ideal for the beginner and famous for its vigour. Within a few years it forms big clumps, 35-45 cm (13-18 inches) high. Rich soil is required for vigourous growth. The striking flowers have a creamy lip marked with pink and accented by lucious red tepals. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. A hybrid of the Asian C. macranthos with the North American C. parviflorum var. parviflorum.

Cypripedium 'Paul' - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - 'Paul' is a hybrid between the North American C. parviflorum var. parviflorum and the Chinese C. franchetii. This cross gives plants with two possible colour variations: lips will be creamy white or creamy yellow onto which is etched beautifully contrasting brick red stripes and speckles. 'Paul' will reach 35 cm (13 inches) in height and is suitable for the front of the orchid bed. Flowering season is the second half of May. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical.

Erysimum 'Fragrant Star' -- Wall Flower -- 'Fragrant Star' is a lovely, variegated sport of the popular variety ‘Fragrant Sunshine’. Bright yellow, sweetly-scented blooms arise from chocolate-purple buds from March to July and into fall. Useful in containers, rock gardens and perennial borders.This shrub-like perennial offers months of interest with its long bloom period and evergreen foliage. Sheer lightly when flowering slows or when flower stems become too long. For long-lived, compact specimens plant in hot, dry, sunny spots.

Phoenix Fresh Veggies -- It's veggie time. We have lots of herbs, beans, lettuces, potatoes, sunchokes, cabbage, collards, heirloom tomatoes and much more.
Zaluzianskya ovata - Night Phlox - This hot little number is currently flying off the shelves at the nursery. From a cute fuzzy mound of evergreen foliage emerges magenta buds that open to darling white flowers that smell like chocolate at night. Excellent for centrepieces on patio tables. A half hardy perennial (zone 8), it's worth it as it blooms all summer long into fall.
Coreopsis Big Bang 'Cosmic Evolution' - Tickseed - White daisy flowers sport ever-changing purple markings: a basal purple spot on each petal, purple striations and a purple picotee edge can all be present (or not) at any given time. The Phoenicians loved this as a trial plant. The Big Bang Series is the culmination of extensive breeding work. Plants in this series are well-branched featuring daisy-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer into fall. The unique flower forms and colours are out of this world!

Coreopsis Big Bang 'Star Cluster' - Tickseed - White daisy flowers sport ever-changing purple markings: a purple central band down each petal, purple striations and a purple picotee edge can all be present (or not) with the most purple in the cooler temperatures when flowers can be completely purple. The Big Bang Series is the culmination of extensive breeding work. Plants in this series are well-branched featuring daisy-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer into fall. The unique flower colourings are out of this world!

Clematis Evison Collection 'Empress' - Clematis - ‘Empress’ has purest pink petals with deep magenta midribs which frame a large pink and white boss of stamens centred with lime green. The effect is of an ornate, semi-double clematis. Truly stunning! The Evison Hybrid clematis are a new collection of superior clematis cultivars with long bloom periods, excellent disease resistance, and bold colours. Use them on trellises and pergolas, grow them into shrubs, or use them as groundcovers.
Clematis Evison Collection 'Franziska Maria' - Clematis - ‘Franziska Maria’ has rich, purple-blue, fully double flowers that bloom on both old and new wood giving this cultivar twice the flowers of most other clematis. Can’t go wrong there! The Evison Hybrid clematis are a new collection of superior clematis cultivars with long bloom periods, excellent disease resistance, and bold colours. Use them on trellises and pergolas, grow them into shrubs, or use them as groundcovers.
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' - Honeysuckle - This superb and vigorous honeysuckle graces the entranceway to the nursery and to our perennial field. When it begins to bloom in late spring everyone asks what that heavenly scent is. ‘Halliana’ has rich mid-green evergreen foliage and flowers that open white and colour to pale yellow and then to deep yellow.
Geum 'Sangria' - Avens - From the Cocktails Series by Brent Horvath comes 'Sangria', a geum with bold, bright red single or semi-double flowers urgundy purple calyxes (sepals). The plants are compact with slightly hairy green foliage. Flowers are long-blooming because the plant is sterile. Easy and carefree. Deer resistant.
Polygonatum 'Double Stuff' - Solomon's Seal - This variegated Solomon's seal has double the white margin making a new classic beauty for the woodland or shade garden. Each arching red stem carries large leaves with broad white margins and green centres. The white flowers dangle below the leaves in spring. A clean and elegant, eye-catching plant. Much broader band of white than 'Variegatum', around the whole leaf. Compared to 'Double Wide' it is has narrower leaves, longer stems, and is taller.
Knautia macedonica 'Thunder and Lightning' - Crimson Scabious - Fully double, deep magenta, pincushion flowers float above light green leaves edged in creamy white. The unique, variegated foliage has a sturdy, compact and bushy form on plants that are half the height (or less) of the species. Blooms fom early summer to autumn. A dramatic addition to beds, borders and cutting gardens. Large enough for maximum impact in the garden, it is compact enough to be showy in containers. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. A good nectar source for beneficial insects.
Xerophyllum tenax - Bear Grass - Bear grass is a spectactular BC native plant that remains uncommon in cultivation, probably because it can take some time to reach flowering size. Bear grass looks like a grass but is actually from the lily family. Its fine, shiny, toothed grass-like foliage forms an attractive evergreen mound. Its dramatic cone-shaped flower spikes can reach six feet in height. The flowers are creamy-white and fragrant. Evenly moist, well-drained soil in part shade to sun.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia 'Star Showers' - Virginia Creeper - Lovely "paint splatter" white markings on green leaves gain an overcast of pink colouring in cooler weather. A fast-growing vine that clings to walls and other surfaces for a quick cover. Deciduous.

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough' - Calla Lily - Clump-forming with bright green foliage to around two feet in height with a succession of large pure white spathes with yellow spadices. If you hold back on deadheading, the flowers will be followed by clusters of attractive yellow fruits. Once established, these plants are sensational. Likes to be moist and can be grown as a marginal aquatic. Green until hard frosts. Mulch with fallen leaves - pack leaves around the perimetre and right into the centre of the plant to protect the crowns in winter.

Primula vialii - Pagoda Primrose - This primrose is one of the most improbable in the genus, at least compared to the familiar flower forms. Primula vialii has unique spikes of scarlet red buds that open to lavender flowers. Plants clump quickly and can send up multiple flower spikes. Short-lived for most gardeners though at Dart's Hill Garden a clump has persisted in full sun in moist soil where an underground seep passes by. Try it in summer moisture but good winter drainage. Worth trying for the intrigue and fun.
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurellii' - Abysinnian Banana - This bold giant banana relative has six to eight foot long paddle-like green leaves infused with rich burgundy red at least along the edges but in good specimens in full sun throughout the foliage. Use in a large container or plant out each year for a dramatic display. NOT HARDY. Maintain above five degrees Celsius as a house plant, in the basement or in a greenhouse. Totally worth it if you love tropical drama.
Hosta 'Rainbow's End' - Plantain Lily - 'Rainbow's End' has one of the most unusual variegations seen in years. Dark green leaves are possessed of broad, gold, irregular stripes. The overall effect is a mound of shiny green feathered with gold.
Centaurea montana 'Black Sprite' - Perennial Bachelor's Button - A new colour form of a classic old-time favourite. ‘Black Sprite’ has purple-black flowers in place of the regular royal blue. Try planting a clump of this regular blue form with ‘Black Sprite’ and the white-flowered ‘Amethyst in Snow’ for a trio of white, dark purple and blue. Nice. If plants get leggy, chop them hard to the ground and they will soon reflush.
Buddleia davidii 'Bicolor' - Butterfly Bush - ‘Bicolor’ is the first buddleia ever to offer two completely different colours on the same inflorescence! Fragrant, lavender and butterscotch yellow flowers blend together for a fascinating bicolour effect. Panicles grow up to 10 inches long and show up well against the clean grey-green foliage. Compact growth habit. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Trillium grandiflorum 'Plenum' - Double Snow Trillium - This is the spectacular, very rare, fully double form of the eastern North American snow trillium which resembles a delicate white rose or camellia sitting on top of the tripartite foliage. Stunning! Flowers open pure white gradually fading to pale pink. Double flowered forms of trilliums, since they don’t have any reproductive structures and thus don’t get pollinated, often bloom for a longer period than regular trilliums. Large, blooming size rhizomes.
Trillium luteum - Yellow Trillium - The citrus-scented, lemon yellow blooms of this species are sessile (without a flower stalk) and thus sit on top of the leaves which are beautifully silver-mottled. Native to the rich, deciduous woods of the eastern US.
Trillium erectum - Red Trillium - Deep burgundy-red outward facing blooms. So rich! Our clump of three looked scrumptious last year blooming near Himalayan blue poppies, Carex elata ‘Bowles Golden’ and underplanted with the chartreuse groundcover, Selaginella ‘Aurea’. Native to eastern North America including Quebec and Ontario.
Heucherella 'Redstone Falls' - Foamy Bells- This groundcover foamy bells is at first mounding then sends out trailing stems up to one and a half feet from the plant. Wonderful, warm autumnal tones interweave throughout the foliage. Broadly lobed leaves with dark veins that change colours with the seasons. An amazing plant to use spilling out of a container in sun or shade. Vigorous grower. A member of the Falls Series which includes 'Redstone Falls', 'Yellowstone Falls' and 'Sunrise Falls'.
Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' - Coralbells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised.
Heuchera 'Peach Crisp' - Coralbells - 'Peach Crisp' has seriously crisped and rippled pink, orange and cinnamon-coloured leaves and white flowers. The Crisp Series features 'Blackberry Crisp', 'Apple Crisp', Pear Crisp' and 'Peach Crisp'. This series features cultivars in a range of colours with leaves that are highly dissected and rippled creating great textural effect.
Heuchera 'Havana' - Coralbells - Dense wands of cerise pink flowers glow, like the end of Fidel’s cigar. Swirling yellow-lime leaves veiled in white. 'Havana’s compact habit and reblooming nature make it an excellent pot plant.
Delosperma Firespinner - Ice Plant - This shockingly fabulous colour combination has firey orange petals morphing into hot magenta and then cooling down into icy white punctuated by the yellow stamens all against apple green foliage. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
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