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E-Newsletter: October 2008
from Phoenix Perennials!
Yes, fellow gardeners. It's the October e-newsletter. I will be out of town in early October when the e-newsletter should normally be sent out. So I'm sending it out early and giving you a lucky heads up on our fall sale. See details below. Mark your calendars! We are often asked by the gambling types among you what the likelihood of certain plants remaining available as the sale escalates to higher levels. Generally speaking, plants remaining only in small quantities sell out early during the 15% off period, plants remaining in moderate quantities often sell at during the 25% period, and if you see plants in large quantities they will often still be around for the 2 for 1. It's worth coming in to case the joint and strategize as the sale escalates through October!
Also in this e-newsletter: fabulous fall bulbs, great workshops, the exotic houseplant sale continues, and a quick fabulous at Phoenix.
A special congratulations to our very own Phoenician Shelley who has just completed her Certificate in Garden Design at UBC and won the Rosemary Verey Award for an "outstanding contribution to the program. Along with academic achievement and creative excellence, [Shelley has] been an inspiration to the class with her commitment, enthusiasm and passion." Shelley is one of our designers who runs our In-Nursery Design Service.
Gary and the Phoenicians
In this Issue
1. The Fantastic Fall Sale
2. Fall Bulbs Are Here!
3. Exotic Houseplant Sale
4. Upcoming Workshops: Come learn with
5. Fabulous at Phoenix: Gary's Picks
of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy
The Fantastic Fall Sale
Mark your Calendars!
October 3rd to Thursday October 9th
15% Off All Plants*
(Plants remaining only in small quantities tend to sell out at this point.)
October 10th to Thursday October 16th
25% Off All Plants*
(Plants remaining in moderate quantities tend to sell out at this point.)
and Sunday October 17th, 18th and 19th
2 for 1! On all Plants*
(Buy one plant, get the second
of equal or lesser value for free! You can't
(Plants remaining in larger quanties usually remain until the 2 for 1. But come early because this weekend is crazy!)
*Excludes fall bulbs.
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 a second plant
for free you may purchase your single plant at 25% off
the normal retail price.
Fall Bulbs Are Here!
Our fine selection of fall bulbs is now at the nursery or soon to arrive. We will offer an exciting selection of
some of the more uncommon and unusual bulbs such as
botanical tulips, camassia, fritillaria, cyclamen and
erythronium, as well as some striking new cultivars
of hybrid tulips, hyacinths and daffodils.
Here is a snapshot of the different groups of bulbs along with a list of the species and cultivars we'll be offering in each of those groups (You can google these on the internet to view images.).
Each year we get requests from our customers around BC and Alberta to ship bulbs. This year we would be happy to oblige.
Minimum Order: $25 (before taxes)
Handling Charge: 10% of Order, minimum $5.
Shipping and Materials (packaging) charged at cost.
The full price list and order form is available for download from the main page of our website or click here. You can fax (604-270-4133) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) your order to the nursery.
To view images of these bulbs I would recommend using www.google.ca and clicking on the "Images" tab.
Allium - Ornamental Onions
Ornamental Onions offer fabulous spheres of colour. No spring garden is complete without them.
A. flavum 'Fireworks'
Allium schubertii (above) and A. 'Purple Sensation' (right) |
Camassia - Camas Lily
Our native camas lily and it's related species and cultivars are great for people who love blue flowers.
Eremurus - Foxtail Lilies
Tall and dramatic foxtail lilies are great for hot sunny spots and bloom in June.
Galanthus - Snowdrops
Harbingers of spring... you can't be without snowdrops.
nivalis 'Flore Pleno' (Double)
Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'
Narcissus - Narcissus & Daffodils
Classic old cultivars and crazy new ones, narcissus and daffodils are a necessity for the spring garden.
Cupped: 'Avalon', 'Cool Flame', 'Poeticus Recurvus'
Double: 'Double Poet's', 'Extravaganza', 'Rosy Cloud', 'Tahiti'
Indoor Forcing: 'Chinese Sacred Lily', 'Grand Soleil D'Or', Paperwhite 'Erlicheer', Paperwhite 'Ziva'
Mini: 'Golden Bells', 'Pacific Coast',
Poetaz: 'Bridal Crown'
Rock Garden: 'Rip Van Winkle', 'Sailbot'
Narcissus 'Sailboat' |
Narcissus 'Rip Van Winkle'
Tulipa - Botanical Tulips
Small but mighty in both colour and their perennial habit, these tulips will return year after year.
batalini 'Bright Gem'
humilis 'Persian Pearl'
praestans 'Tubergens Variety'
pulchella 'Eastern Star'
sylvestris (Woodland Tulip)
Tulipa 'Little Beauty'
Tulipa 'Tinka' |
Tulipa 'Red Hunter'
Tulipa - Hybrid Tulips
This year we are expanding our selection of unique hybrid tulips. We've selected from among the newest and most unusual cultivars.
Bouquet Tulips: 'Candy Club', 'Praestans Fusilier', 'Wallflower'
Classic Mayflowering Tulips: 'El Nino'
Darwin Tulips: 'Queen of Night', 'Garant', 'Jaap Groot', 'Silverstream'
Double Early Tulips: 'Eternal Flame'
Double Peony Tulips: 'Abigail', 'Black Hero', 'Ramona'
Fringed Tulips: 'Canasta', 'Giant Beauty', 'Temple of Beauty'
Greigii Tulips: 'Fire of Love', 'Red Riding Hood' Impression Tulips: 'Design Impression' Kaufmanniana Tulips: 'Chopin'
Parrot Tulips: 'Black Parrot', 'Parrot Blue', 'Fantasy', 'Rai', 'Rococo'
Triumph Tulips: 'Denise', 'El Cid', 'Jackpot', 'Lady Night', 'Shirley's Dream'
Viridiflora Tulips: 'Eyecatcher', 'Flaming Spring Green'
Tulipa 'El Nino'
Tulipa 'Black Parrot', 'Eye Catcher', 'Jackpot'
Tulipa 'El Cid' and 'Abigail'
For a full list click here.
Exotic Houseplant Sale
Our friends at Bit 'O Paradise Nursery are downsizing and must find homes for their big beautiful tropical houseplants. We have decided to help them. These beautiful plants need someone to love them. Through the month of September we will be holding a crazy parking lot blow-out sale to connect great plants with loving families.
All plants 60% Off!
There are many spectacular and unusual things including: Bromeliads, Orchid Cacti, Jade Plants, Clivia, Bird of Paradise, Pony Tail Palms, Tibouchina and more!
Come down and have a look and see if you can adopt any of these great plants. None have a home for winter. Many of them make great patio and garden container plants for summer but need the protection of your house in winter. In winter they will enliven your interior with fabulous foliage and flowers like the bird of paradise pictured below which, after a summer on the patio or in the garden, will bloom indoors in the middle of winter. I know you're tempted!
Sale Ends October 19th, 2008.
learn with us
Special Offer: Book all three fall workshops for $40, a savings of over 10%.
Grasses that Captivate: The transformative
powers of ornamental grasses | Instructor:
Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 20th, 10am
| $15 | The popularity of ornamental grasses continues
to grow as gardeners discover their many virtues.
Don't get it yet? Come to this informative talk and
learn what grasses can do for you and your garden.
Already enamoured with ornamental grasses? You'll
love this workshop too. You'll get tips on using
them for best effect in your garden design. As well,
you'll be introduced to several cultivars you might
not have seen before.
CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden:
Bulbs for spring containers | Instructor:
Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 27th, 10am
| $15 | 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). 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. The cost of the bulbs that
you choose to include in your container are not included
in the cost of the workshop.
CONTAINER SERIES |
Winter Containers: Plant up a container to create
winter interest |
Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday October 4th,
two workshops starting at 10am (sold out) and 2pm (spaces still available) | $15 | 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.
limited. Please call (604-270-4133) or visit the
nursery to book your space. Payment is required when
booking. If you would like to take advantage of one
of our special offers please let us know at the start
of your booking.
requires a minimum of 10 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.
will receive a 15% discount on any purchases they wish
to make the day of their workshop. Woo hoo!
Gary's Picks of New, Notable and
Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store
Echinacea 'Green Envy' -- Not-So-Purple Coneflower -- We tried to offer these once a couple years ago but echinacea don't like to be barerooted and shipped on transatlantic flights. This year we have little plants coming in as little plugs and hope they will grow for us and for you!
Agapanthus 'Mood Indigo' - Lily-of-the-Nile - This luscious new hardy agapanthus has rich velvety dark purple bell shaped flowers that made us gasp when we first saw them. Who needs blue when you can have this purple??? The Phoenicians greedily took home most of our first order before anyone else could see them so we had to order more!
'Striped Beauty' with warm yellow flowers striped with
'Prolifera' and 'William Rex'
Anemone 'Party Dress' - Japanese Anemone - A relatively new cultivar with big, fabulous, frilly flowers in a lovely shade of pink with just the slightest hint of lavender. Tall strong stems to three feet festooned the flowers. Great for late summer and fall colour.
Schizostylis coccinea - Red Flag - Ignored all spring and summer at the nursery, this hardy South African native comes into its own in the fall and blooms continuously well into winter (and sometimes through to the other side, i.e. into January!). Fine-textured iris-like leaves and deep red gladiolus-like flowers on 1-2’ tall spikes. Really a must-have for the fall garden.
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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)
visit our web page for information on the nursery, driving
directions and a map.
We are near the south end of the Knight Street Bridge
and very easy to get to from all of the surrounding
municipalities and beyond.
Days a Week 10am-5pm
February 22nd, 2008 through October 31st, 2008
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