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E-Newsletter: October 2013

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
October 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

As we wind down the season we begin to think about putting the final touches on our garden before the weather turns cool and rainy and we head inside to dream about the next gardening season.

Well, it's not over yet, fellow gardeners. Our Fantastic Fall Sale kicks into gear today and gets better and better over the next few weeks until it culminates in a 2 for 1 weekend! Mark your calendars.

When you pick up your new plants to complete one last fall bed or container don't forget to pick up your spring bulbs. Though they don't give you instant gratification you are going to be so happy in the spring when they grace your garden with cheeful colour. We have a great selection of bulbs in stock including botanical tulips, hybrid tulip blends, daffodils, ornamental onions and much more.

Though you might not want to think about it Christmas is not far off. Plan now to spend some time with us at the Christmas Hurrah! and do up a festive wreath, a creative centrepiece or fabulous outdoor container. We have some great workshops in store for you. Details below.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Spring Bulbs
are Here!

It's time to plant spring magic.

Come down to the nursery to view our great selection.

The Fantastic Fall Sale

20%! 30%! 2 for 1!
Details Below

Come Learn with Us!
Fall & Winter Workshops

We've got a great line up of fall and winter workshops still to come.

Check Them Out!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Have you planted your spring bulbs yet? -- Our spring bulbs are arriving. Many are in already...
2. Fantastic Fall Sale -- 20%. 30%. Then 2 for 1! Don't miss it.
3. Press Release: Phoenix Perennials Owner Wins Province-Wide Award -- Our fearless leader and head Phoenician Gary Lewis was recently selected by the British Columbia Landscape and Nursery Association as Communicator of the Year...
4. Fall is Garden Renovation Time -- Now that summer is winding down and you have spent most of the 2013 season with your garden you are now keenly aware of your triumphs and of the things that didn't go so well...
5. Upcoming Workshops -- Don't miss our exciting fall and winter workshops...

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

Hours for Flowers Volunteers

Do you have some spare time and want to gain more experience with plants and plant care? A nursery like ours can always use some extra help!

Our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program is for interested gardeners who want to set up a regular schedule with us to come to the nursery and help us with plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks. You can do any number of hours you like on any day. We just ask that you make it a regular schedule. In addition to our gratitude we also will gift you plants! Contact Patricia by phone (604-270-4133) or email (info at phoenixperennials.com) for more information and to start volunteering!

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
Sun Sept 22

Desert Plant Society of Vancouver Fall Sale at Phoenix Perennials
If you're looking for some unusual succulents then come down and check out what the members of the Desert Plant Society have for sale.
10am-5pm

Fri-Sun
Dec 6-8

The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with workshops and DIY projects. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!

 

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1.

Have you planted your spring bulbs yet?

It's time to plant bulbs. You can tuck them into your containers or into your garden beds. Though they don't give you instant gratification they will enchant you next spring when they emerge from the cold winter and spring garden and enchant you through the grey days. We have a great selection of bulbs in stock including botanical tulips, hybrid tulip blends, daffodils, ornamental onions and much more.

Bulb Inspiration
Photo Albums of Bulb Displays from Holland
YouTube Videos from Holland

Keukenhof Gardens Photo Album

Tulip and Bulb Fields in Holland Photo Album

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

Easter Basket Tulip Blend White Tulip Blend
Purple Passion Tulip Blend Mysterious Tulip Blend
Apricot Peach tulip Blend Early Spring Bulb Collection
Tropical Punch Blend
Purple Passion Blend
Pink Passion Blend

And many more!


2.

The Fantastic Fall Sale

Tuesday October 1st to Thursday October 10th
20% Off All Plants
including Perennials, Trees, Shrubs, Vines and anything else that grows!*

Friday October 11th to Thursday October 17th
30% Off All Plants
including Perennials, Trees, Shrubs, Vines and anything else that grows!*

Friday October 19th to Sunday October 21st
2 For 1 Sale on All Plants
including Perennials, Trees, Shrubs and Vines and anything else that grows!*

Mark your Calendars! Oh Wait! Here's One Now!

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Phoenix Perennials will close for the season on Sun Nov 3rd. We will reopen for one special weekend Dec 6-9th for our Christmas Hurrah! and then for the 2014 season at the end of February.
Last Day

*The Fine Print*

Some small exceptions may apply on newly arrived product.

2 for 1 Sale: Buy 1 item at regular price and receive the next item of equal or lesser value for FREE. If you do not wish to take a second item the first item will be 25% off. No exceptions.

During the sale no other offers, coupons or discounts apply including our Frequent Flyer Cards and social shopping vouchers. Remember that Auction Mart gift certificates are good only on regular priced merchandise and cannot be used to buy sale merchandise.

Spring bulbs remain at regular price through October.


3.

Press Release
Phoenix Perennials Owner Wins
Province-Wide Award

Our fearless leader and head Phoenician Gary Lewis was recently selected by the British Columbia Landscape and Nursery Association as Communicator of the Year for 2013. Nominated in 2012, Gary comes home with the gold in 2013!

"Our garden industry is based on education and communication," explains Gary. "To connect someone with a plant, with their little patch of earth and with the wider natural world we must first teach them how a plant or their garden can benefit them, how these things can add beauty and enjoyment to their life and even improve their health and happiness and that of their friends and family."

Gary believes in using as many avenues as possible to connect with the gardening (and non-gardening public). Gary was an early adopter of the webpage and the e-newsletter as educational tools back in 2003. Since then he has been publishing one of the most valued (and large!) email newsletters in the region and has developed an extensive website with a large searchable database..

In 2013 Phoenix Perennials added email Alerts based on the specific interests of its customers. These occasional communications include the Edible Alert, the Sales and Special Offers Alert, the Hot Plant Alert, the Made in the Shade Alert, the Hellebore Alert, the Clematis and Cool Vines Alert, the Native Plant Alert, the Maple and Cool “Woodies” Alert, the Living Sculpture Alert (succulents and dwarf conifers), the Mail Order Alert, the Hardy Subtropical Alert and the Kids Alert. In the first season subscriptions to the Alerts number more than 3000.

Phoenix Perennials is also on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. Gary is currently investigating Instagram as a new platform for continuing to connect with younger generations and potential new gardeners as well as continuing the conversation with current gardeners..

Gary has also become a well-known speaker in BC and the PNW. He has also spoken in Boston, Belgium and Holland. He speaks to garden clubs, professional groups and at garden and home shows on a variety of topics related to gardening, ecology and marketing such Hot New Plants, Sizzling Succulents and Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World.

At Phoenix Perennials Gary organizes one of the largest educational series in the region with more than 30 dynamic workshops and seven special events each year. Highlights from 2013 include living walls, Harry Potter gardens, perennial hanging baskets, moon gardens and many food-related workshops such as tomato tastings at the Heirloom Tomato Festival, a pickling workshop, a honeybee workshop and Cocktail Gardening with head bartender of West Restaurant David Wolowidnyk.

Gary also occasionally writes for magazines, appears on television (especially Breakfast Television on CityTV with Dawn Chubai) and radio (especially CFAX AM1070 with Jeff DeJong).

In 2013 Gary was the lead local organizer of the 31st Annual Perennial Plant Association Symposium in Vancouver. This successful international event comprised seven days of professional tours and lectures. There was also one public day that brought together over 200 local gardeners to hear top notch speakers from around North America.

Asked what he will do next Gary says "I'm always trying to figure out how to better connect with the gardening public and the future gardening public so I will continue to explore and enhance our strategies. In addition to everything we do I am also writing a book for Timber Press for spring 2015. This next year is going to be really busy!"

 


4.

Fall is Garden Renovation Time

Have you renovated something yet?

Now that summer is winding down and you have spent most of the 2013 season with your garden you are now keenly aware of your triumphs and of the things that didn't go so well. Perhaps a handful of plants didn't perform and need to be moved to a different location. Or maybe a whole section of your garden just isn't working and hasn't been for years.

There is a time for caution and there is a time for action. Fall is a time for action. With temperatures cooling and the rains soon to come, fall is a great time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees. And since you can clearly see what is and isn't working right now in your garden-- as opposed to trying to remember next spring what you meant to change -- fall is the perfect time for a garden reno while ideas are still fresh in your head.

There are additional benefits to fall planting.

Big Plants: Plants purchased in fall have, for the most part, been growing for an entire season so they are big and full and ready to rumble! These same plants were just little babies in the spring. These big fall plants will establish very quickly in the garden owing to their size and to the favourable fall conditions.

Soil Temperatures: In spring the soil warms up much more slowly than the air. Cold spring soils can shock plants and set them back by weeks. In the fall the soil temperatures are warm and inviting for new plantings and their eager roots. Warm soil promotes fast, strong root growth allowing perennials to establish before winter.

Air Temperatures: The warm daytimes and cooler nighttimes offer moderate temperatures that do not stress plants allowing them to quickly overcome transplant shock and establish.

Precipitation: The gradual increase in precipitation through September and October into November results in soils with good available moisture for root establishment.

Length of Time for Establishment: Planting in September and October still gives plants a long time to get settled before the first hard frosts come, usually in December.

Insects and Garden Pests: Humans aren't the only ones thinking about hibernating at this time of year. Insects and other garden pests such as slugs are becoming less active and will soon die or go dormant for the season. Fall plantings reduce the risk of insect attack and plant damage.

Getting a Jump Start: Most people become a bit overwhelmed in the spring with all the planting and garden chores. By planting in the fall you can shorten your spring "to do" list.

Better Displays in the First Full Season: Because perennials establish so well in the fall your plantings and their subsequent foliage and floral displays will be almost a FULL YEAR ahead of any plantings you make next spring just by planting 6 months earlier. You'll have bigger, fuller more smashing gardens sooner.

Here are some suggestions for going about your garden renovation this fall:

1. Take a walk around your garden and look for an area or areas that most bug you. Make sure the area you choose is a manageable size so you can complete your renovation in one or two weekends.

2. Ask yourself what is and isn't working in that area. Dig out the plants that aren't working. If they are worth keeping, save them to plant in another area of the garden or give them to friends. Make sure to trim off a third to half of the foliage to help minimize transplant shock.

3. Now look at the plants that are working in this area. Are they in the right place? Perhaps a plant looks great in this area but is so happy that it's growing taller than what you expected. If you need to shift some plants in the bed dig them out with as big of a root ball as possible and place them in a better location.

4. Now you're going to need some new plants. Look at your existing bed and decide what's missing in terms of height, foliage colour, flower colour, and bloom time. Make a list of your needs and come visit us at Phoenix. If you bring a picture of your garden bed renovation we could help you with some advice for the perfect plants to get this area of your garden spruced up and gorgeous.

Have fun with your fall garden renovation!

 


5.

Upcoming Workshops

September

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 21st, 10am-12pm | $14 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own 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 | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 28th, 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 that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own 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!

 

December

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Christmas Rose Indoor Container Project | Fri Dec 6th to Sun Dec 8th, 1-3pm | $30 + tax includes one hellebore & all the fixings. | Come any time during the weekend, select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay or festive metal pot, and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home or for gifts for friends and family! Register Online!
     
NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Advanced Wreath Making Workshop: Beyond the Expected | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Fri Dec 6th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials | For those with experience in making traditional wreaths (such as those who have already taken the Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop) Diane will lead you in a workshop that breaks all the rules and inspires you to create festive displays that go beyond the ordinary. With Diane’s careful and inspiring instruction you’ll surprise yourself (and your family and friends) with your new creation to celebrate the Christmas season. Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centrepiece Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sun Dec 8th, 10am-12pm | $55 + tax includes all supplies except Bring Your Own Container or buy one at the workshop. | Grace your holiday table with a fantastic, florist-quality seasonal centrepiece brimming with festive greens, winter twigs and cones, taper candles and hellebore flowers! Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers (www.fullbloomflowers.ca) will be your expert instructor! Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 7th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers will teach you about the history of wreaths and their design as you build your very own festive wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then show you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath if you like. Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 7th, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest.
Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up. Register Online!

 


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Richmond, BC
604-270-4133
www.phoenixperennials.com

Opening Dates and Hours
March 1st to November 3rd, 2013
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