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from Phoenix Perennials!
hasn't been a great fall yet for planting. I should
clarify that. The plants would love to have been
planted with the mild temperatures and abundant soil
moisture. It's just that none of us have been too keen
to toil away in the rain and the cold. If we get some
nice weather through October think about doing some
fall gardening (if you haven't caught onto my seasonal
mantra of "fall is a great time to plant"
it's outlined in the last e-newsletter). And even if
the weather is not that warm we have a fantastic
fall sale so if it's cold outside at least
the savings will warm your heart! ;-) Mark your calendars!
In this newsletter
we announce the winners of our first ever September
Sweepstakes, remind you about our last workshop of the
season, and highlight our selection of bulbs in our
regular installment of Fabulous at Phoenix.
to everyone who came out to support the Vancouver Orphan
Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) at their Charity Shopping
Weekend on September 15th and 16th. You helped to raise
$365.68 which will be donated to VOKRA to help fund
Gary and the Phoenicians
In this Issue
1. The Fantastic Fall Sale
2. September Sweepstakes Winners!
3. Winter Container Workshop almost
4. Fabulous at Phoenix
Mark your Calendars!
October 5th to Thursday October 11th
15% Off All Plants, Fall Bulbs*,
and Iron Garden Ornaments
October 12th to Thursday October 18th
25% Off All Plants, Fall Bulbs*
and Metal Garden Ornaments
and Sunday October 19th, 20th and 21st
2 for 1!
On all Plants, Fall Bulbs* and
Metal Garden Ornaments
(Buy one plant or one package of bulbs or one
piece of garden iron work and get the second
of equal or lesser value for free! You can't
amaryllis which are only now just about to arrive
at the nursery.
that this is a generous sale. We can't make any exceptions
on the dates or details listed above. During the 2 for
1 weekend if you do not wish to take your second plant
for free you may purchase your single plant at 25% off
the normal retail price.
Thank you everyone for participating
in our first ever September Sweepstakes! Through the
month of September every $20 you spent at the nursery
got you an entry ballot to win one of three fabulous
Here are the winners.
(They have already been contacted by
phone just in case you have the same first name and
Prize: A $300 Shopping Spree in 2008
The winner is Marianne M.!
choose one day next spring when she will have to spend
all of her prize. Apparently her garden is full so this
is a good time to befriend anyone you know with that
first name and last initial.
Prize: A Garden Arch
The winner is Ann M.
Prize: A Basket of Unique Bulbs
The winner is Patricia W.
to our winners!
Thank you to everyone who participated.
at the Nursery
Plant up a container
to create winter interest
Saturday October 6th, two workshops starting at 10am
and 2pm | $20 |
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 $6. Please order your pot when you
book your workshop.
are still some spaces left but we're getting close to
are limited. Please call (604-270-4133) or visit the
nursery to book your space. Payment is required when
booking. Each workshop requires a minimum of 10 people
and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. Workshop
participants will receive a 15% discount on any purchases
they wish to make the day of their workshop.
Thorbes is a certified horticulturalist, artist
and designer. He is passionate about container garden
design and integrating original art into the garden
to create a unique and personal statement. Cliff returns
this year to reprise his popular seminars on design
and on the secrets to creating containers that will
captivate the senses.
Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious
Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store
In this installment I highlight some of
the unique bulbs available now at the nursery.
Hippeastrum papilio -- Amaryllis --
This incredible species amaryllis is, in its own way,
more spectacular than all the big colourful hybrids.
The crisp petals are white with a hint of mint green
and liberally brushed with rich burgundy streaks. Since
this is a species it is a little harder to bring into
bloom. Grow in a pot in full sun outside from April
to October with liberal amounts of fertilizer. Bring
inside in late October, cut off all the leaves and let
the pot completely dry out. Leave it in a cool dark
place until you see new growth starting then place on
a bright windowsill and slowing increase watering. These
directions should be followed for all amaryllis put
for papillio, in particular. Please
note: Papilio should be arriving at the nursery late
in the week after Thanksgiving. Please
call first to confirm their arrival.
Hippeatrum cultivars -- Amaryllis -- Ok. Ok.
Papilio (above) is fantastic but these other unique
cultivars aren't too shabby either! Great as a potted
plant to brighten the winter window sill. Please
note: These bulbs should be arriving at the nursery
late in the week after Thanksgiving. Please call first
to confirm their arrival.
'Misty' and 'Furore'
'Black Benfica' and 'Charisma'
Tulipa 'Little Beauty' -- Tulip --
This beautiful species tulip was a hot item for us last
year and sold out quickly. The beautiful deep pink flowers
are offset with striking white and blue centres. Being
a species tulip it is also perennial and will come back
year after year.
Tulipa species and mini
botanicals -- Tulipa -- Botanical
tulips are what tulips used to look like and still look
like in the wild. They are smaller in bulb size, height
and flower size than your standard spring tulips but
they are just as colourful and perhaps a little bit
more sophisticated looking more like a sparkling jewel
than a big brash boisterous flower. This year we offer
20 exciting species and cultivars including 'Little
Beauty' above and the five pictured below!
T. tarda and 'Little Princess'
T. praestans 'Unicum' and 'Peppermint Stick'
Erythronium 'White Beauty' -- Fawn
Lily -- This easy to grow cultivar of species californicum
hails from, as you might have guessed, California. Elegant
and dainty clusters of pure white lily-like flowers
centred with yellow arise over glossy, green-mottled
foliage in early spring. Plant in a woodland setting
or shade border with moisture retentive, fertile soil.
Erythroniums will go dormant before summer so plant
them near late-emerging perennials like hostas and toadlilies
that will take over the show for the rest of the season.
We also have 'Pagoda' in yellow and 'Purple King' in
Tulipa hybrids -- Tulip -- Sometimes you just
need a big boisterous tulip. Here is a selection of
large and unique new hybrid tulips sure to brighten
up your spring garden.
'Antoinette' is a bouquet tulip that offers colours
that change gradually through four different stages
for a dynamic spring effect.
'Rai' is an exotic and unique beauty that resembles
colorful, tropical birds. The deep violet, frilled,
ruffled and flared petals are splashed with a beautifully
contrasting light yellowish-green accent.
'Eyecatcher' is a viridflora type tulip.
Iris histrioides 'Katherine Hodgkin'
-- Reticulata Iris -- This beautiful little iris
blooms in February and heralds the end of winter with
glowing blue, white and yellow flowers whose quality
cannot be captured in a photograph. A few bulbs were
left over from last fall so we potted them up. The next
spring we came upon them in the greenhouse and gasped
out loud. Then we all stood around and marvelled. Truly
a special little bulbous iris.
Fritillaria imperialis -- Crown Imperial
-- Crown Imperials are among the most striking and stately
of spring flowering bulbs. The stems grow two to three
feet high. The lower foot of the stem is covered in
glossy green leaves above which extends a naked stem
that, at its apex, is crowned with a tuft of leafy bracts
and large bell-shaped pendulous flowers in firey shades
of yellow, orange or red.
'Striped Beauty' with warm yellow flowers striped with
'Prolifera' and 'William Rex'
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