Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: September 2013

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
September 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We might lament this recent rain which seems to be telling us that summer is winding down and fall is on our doorstep but it is great for gardens and fall planting! This added moisture in the soil will create a nice warm moist environment for the new roots of your fall plantings. We think of the spring as planting time but fall is actually better in many ways. Read about it below in our article on fall renovations.

Late summer and fall is a glorious time as the bounty of the harvest arrives from gardens and fields to our kitchens and tables and dinner plates. Chief among this magic is the heirloom tomato. Don't miss our celebration of this harvest this weekend at the nursery at our Heirloom Tomato Festival. We'll have our popular Tomating Tastings, a new workshop on preserving tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes for sale (best to book in advance) and displays of heirloom tomatoes. Details are below on how to sign up for the various events and order your tomatoes. This is a great event to attend with friends and family.

Speaking of tomatoes, in this issue you'll also find videos from the recent Breakfast Television on location shoot at the nursery where host Dawn Chubai and I talked about and tasted heirloom tomatoes. And if you're keen to preserve your tomatoes for future eating check out our photo essay on roasting and freezing tomatoes. If preserving is your thing don't miss our Preserving Workshop this Saturday with our edible guru Cathy Hiebert..

I am honoured to be hosting the Book Launch for Bill Terry and Rosemary Bates' new book Beauty by Design. This gorgeous book highlights inspired gardens of the Pacific Northwest. Don't miss the launch and the chance to get your book signed by the authors.

If you're keen to do some fall planting we have a 40% Off Sale on select items. Details are below.

Brazelberries will be ready for pick-up starting Monday August 26th. If you haven't ordered yours yet we still have a limited number available for online purchase. Details are below.

Bulb season is here. The first of our bulbs are now in stock with more arriving every week until about mid September. We have some great ones in stock now.

Last but not least don't miss a huge installment of Fabulous at Phoenix.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

The Third Annual
Heirloom Tomato Festival
Saturday September 7th, 2013

Tomato tastings, a tomato preserving workshop, tomato plant and fruit displays and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!
More Info Below

Book Your Tomatoes
For This Weekend!

We are currently taking bookings for pick up Sat/Sun Sept 7th/8th and Sat/Sun Sept 14th/15th at the nursery.You can now book 3-4 pounds Party Mixes of delicious heirloom and cool modern tomatoes for $18 each.
Book Tomatoes Online

Book Launch for
Beauty by Design
Inspired Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

by Bill Terry and Rosemary Bates
Hosted by Gary Lewis from Phoenix Perennials

Thursday September 5th, 2013, 7pm
Details Below

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Heirloom Tomato Festival -- With tomato tastings, a tomato preserving workshop, tomato plant and fruit displays and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!
2. Delicious Tomatoes Year-Round: Roast and Freeze your Tomatoes for Future Eating -- What do you do when your crop of tomatoes threatens to overwhelm your ability to eat them?

3. Breakfast Television Live Eye on Location at Phoenix -- Last week the Breakfast Television Live Eye crew with host Dawn Chubai came down to the nursery to talk heirloom tomatoes...
4. 40% Off Fall Sale -- Take advantage of some great savings to do some fall planting...
5. 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...
6. Book Launch for Beauty by Design: Inspired Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
by Bill Terry and Rosemary Bates, Thursday September 5th
7. BrazelBerries Available Now -- Brazelberries are the hottest edible item this year for gardens and patios and we have some on hand now for your future eating pleasure.
8. Upcoming Workshops -- Don't miss our exciting fall and winter workshops...
9. Spring Bulbs Are Here -- Our spring bulbs are arriving. Many are in already...
10. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendardar

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
Sept 7
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!
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.

The Third Annual
Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, a tomato preserving workshop, tomato plant and fruit displays and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!
Saturday September 7th, 2013

PLAN YOUR TOMATO EXPERIENCE!

At the Heirloom Tomato Festival we have lots of great ways to experience tomatoes. You can:

1. Attend a Tomato Tasting
2. Attend our Tomato Preserving Workshop

3. Pre-Order Tomato Fruit for Sept 7/8 and Sept 14/15
4. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants

 

1. Tomato Tasting Sessions

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 7th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm | $12 + $18 included Party Mix = $30

"I had a wonderful time at the Tomato Tasting on Saturday! It far surpassed my expectations, all of the tomatoes were delicious, my table mates were fun and lively. Gary you were chock full of unusual and interesting facts on everything tomato. Thanks again! -- Pauline T. from Richmond, Sept 2012

If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event!

At our popular Tomato Tastings at the The Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll sit down at a table with a rainbow of tomato slices before you. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will then lead you in a tasting of about 15+ different tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. He'll introduce each tomato variety to you, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You'll then taste the tomato and discuss it as a group. You'll have a list of of the tomatoes in front of you so you can take notes for future reference.

At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of heirloom tomatoes that were grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Our Heirloom Tomato Tastings are hands down the most popular workshops we've ever done. Please book early to avoid disappointment! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes.

Register Online!


Tasters ready to taste.
Tomatoes ready for tasting!
Gary, your tomato instructor.
A party mix of tomatoes.

 

2. Attend our Tomato Preserving Workshop

NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 7th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | In this workshop you’ll learn about the different types of tomatoes and how to preserve them for future eating, including which methods are best for which types of tomatoes. Methods covered with include canning whole, crushed, diced and pureed tomatoes as well as how to dry them and freeze them. Cathy will also discuss the different equipment and tools and show the techniques you need to know to be successful in your kitchen. Last but not least she’ll share with you some of her favourite tomato recipes.

Register Online!

3. Pre-Book Tomato Fruit for Pick-Up Sept 7th/8th and or Sept 14th/15th

We will have extra fruit available for sale on a first come, first served basis on Sept 7th. These will be in the form of party mixes of about 3-4 pounds of mixed heirloom and cool modern tomatoes for $18.

Book in Advance: To ensure you get your tomatoes you can also book in advance for pick-up on Sept 7th/8th and/or Sept 14th/15th by ordering online. Please book by Sept 3rd and Sept 10th for the two pick-up weekends.

Pre-Book Tomatoes

The tomatoes are grown by the farm of Red Barn Plants in Cawston, BC. Red Barn is the source of most of the tomato plants that we sell in the spring. Though Red Barn has not applied for organic certification all of their vegetables are grown with fully organic methods and all inputs are OMRI certified. So they are organic in everything but the gold seal.

 

4. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants

At the Heirloom Tomato Festival we'll have special displays of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes so you can see the vast range of shapes, sizes and colours offered by the marvelous tomato. We'll also have tomato plants on display and, if all goes well, they'll also have lots of fruit for you to see!


We can't wait to see you at the Heirloom Tomato Festival!

 


2.

Delicious Tomatoes Year-Round
Roast and Freeze your Tomatoes
for Future Eating

What do you do when your crop of tomatoes threatens to overwhelm your ability to eat them? You could give them away to your neighbours, your aunt, and your childrens' new teachers. Or, and I'm not saying don't share your bounty with others, but you could preserve them for future eating. This Saturday in our Tantalizing Tomato Preserving Workshop at the Heirloom Tomato Festival our edible expert Cathy Hiebert will be talking about diverse ways to preserve tomatoes. Here's just one method that I used last fall to delicious effect: roasting followed by freezing for future use!

Harvest and wash your tomatoes.
Place your tomatoes whole or halved in an oven safe pot or baking dish. Don't put too many in the pot as you want your tomatoes to have enough space to roast well in the heat of the oven.
Add bay leaves, salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil.
You can choose to put tomatoes of the same type together for a consistent flavour...
...or place a medley of different tomatoes in a roasting pan for a more robust and complex end product.
Place in the oven at the 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roast until the tomatoes soften, the skins pop, the tomato juice flows, bubbles and begins to reduce and the tops of some of the tomatoes brown slightly.
Allow to cool on the counter.
Once the roasted tomatoes have cooled to room temperature remove the by leaves and transfer the contents of the roasting pan (tomatoes, juice, garlic, oil, etc.) into Ziplock freezer bags and place in the freezer.

Now all you have to do is start planning how you're going to use your roasted tomatoes throughout the winter in delicious recipes!

In the mid-Sept e-news in just a couple weeks I'll show you my favourite thing to do in the kitchen with my roasted tomatoes.

To see the full set of roasting tomatoes photos click here.


3.

Breakfast Television Live Eye on Location at Phoenix Perennials

Last week the Breakfast Television Live Eye crew with host Dawn Chubai came down to the nursery to talk heirloom tomatoes in advance of our Saturday Sept 7th Heirloom Tomato Festival. I had a selection of delicious heirloom tomatoes on hand for Dawn and I to talk about and taste!

Since many of you might not have been up that early in the morning here are the spots for your viewing pleasure.

Intro to Heirlooms & Romas

Heirloom Beefsteak Tomatoes
Yellow Pear Teaser

Yellow Pear & Health Benefits
Modern Heirlooms + Tomato Fest

If you're intrigued by these videos join us this Saturday September 7th for our Heirloom Tomato Festival.


4.

40% Percent Off Fall Sale
As the season winds down we find we have a few too many of some great plants. We'd like to offer them to you to make a home for them in your garden. Fall is a great time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs so this sale comes at a great time!
Citrus
Grapes
Groundcovers
Clematis, Passionflowers, Virginia Creeper
Hebe
Bamboo
Figs
Succulents
Echinacea
Agave
Hydrangea
Pots
Dahlia Grasses Lavender
?
Heuchera
(1 gal size only)
Ninebark
Maybe More!

While supplies last. Offer ends September 30th, 2013.


5.

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. 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!

 


6.

Book Launch for
Beauty by Design
Inspired Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

by Bill Terry and Rosemary Bates

Hosted by Gary Lewis from Phoenix Perennials

Thursday September 5th, 2013, 7pm
Alma VanDusen Room
Vancouver Public Library, Main Downtown Branch
FREE EVENT, Come one, come all!

Though not a “how-to” book, Beauty By Design is a treasure trove of ideas, and enchantment for seasoned gardeners and beginners alike. Eleven inspired artists of the garden share their stories, their secrets and their passion for gardening. Landscape is the canvas. Foliage, flowers, rocks, water, and other bounties of nature are the materials. With plants, objects, art and artifice, they create magical spaces, engage our senses, and summon forth pure delight.

Travel with Bill Terry and Rosemary Bates to these special places on the Pacific Northwest coast. Visit Dan Hinkley’s enchanted garden, perched above the shore of Puget Sound in Washington State. Close by, beauty explodes in an earthly paradise created by sculptors George and David Lewis, and in Linda Cochran’s stunning garden of exotics. Cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island potter Robin Hopper’s “Anglojapanadian” woodland wonderland. Enjoy the subtle blending of texture and colour in painter Eva Diener’s Sunshine Coast botanical garden. Admire the genius of Robert and Birgit Bateman’s inspiring space on Salt Spring Island; Des and Sandy Kennedy’s fairy-tale forest house and garden on Denman Island; and on Bowen Island, Kathy Leishman’s garden of refinement for all seasons. In downtown Vancouver, Glen Patterson indulges his passion for alpines and conifers in his astonishing third-storey, roof-garden. Elsewhere in the city, Pam Frost’s eye for colour and arrangement transports the viewer out of the urban into the sublime, while on the Saanich Peninsula, writers Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane speak with love and eloquence of their garden, and in verse, too.

Accompanied by breathtaking photographs, these gardeners and their stories will inspire all who love to paint with plants.

You may never look at a garden in the same way again!

 


7.

BrazelBerries Available Now
Sept 3, 2013: We have limited quantities of the 'Jelly Bean' blueberry and the 'Raspberry Shortcake' raspberry in stock now. If you haven't gotten yours yet now might be a good time!

If you pre-ordered your BrazelBerries and haven't picked them up yet they are now available for pick-up. Come on down!

Blueberry 'Jelly Bean'

This little blueberry wonder is prolific - producing a bumper crop of large, flavorful blueberries mid-summer with super sweet flavor like homemade blueberry jelly. Brilliant green new foliage emerges in spring which gives way to darker greens with red hues throughout the summer and fall. In cooler climates, summer brings radiant red leaf edges along the sides of the leaves contrasted by the clusters of blue summer fruit.

Containers, mini hedges or mixed shrub plantings.

1.5g pot. $21.99 + GST

Raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake'

This revolutionary, thornless raspberry is a little dwarf of a raspberry with an endearing compact growth habit that thrives in patio pots or in your landscape. For the first time ever, whether you have an urban balcony or a country estate, you can savour the experience of fresh raspberries from your own plants.

This carefree thornless raspberry is perfect for children and adults. All will love harvesting healthy fruit right from your patio containers or the garden!

2.5 gallon pot. $44.99 + GST

 


8.

Upcoming Workshops

September

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 7th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm | $12 + $18 included Party Mix = $30 | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the The Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll sit down at a table with a rainbow of tomato slices before you. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will then lead you in a tasting of about 15+ different tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. He'll introduce each tomato variety to you, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You'll then taste the tomato and discuss it as a group. You'll have a list of of the tomatoes in front of you so you can take notes for future reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of heirloom tomatoes that were grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Our Heirloom Tomato Tastings are hands down the most popular workshops we've ever done. Please book early to avoid disappointment! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes. Register Online!

NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 7th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | In this workshop you’ll learn about the different types of tomatoes and how to preserve them for future eating, including which methods are best for which types of tomatoes. Methods covered with include canning whole, crushed, diced and pureed tomatoes as well as how to dry them and freeze them. Cathy will also discuss the different equipment and tools and show the techniques you need to know to be successful in your kitchen. Last but not least she’ll share with you some of her favourite tomato recipes. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 14th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Spring and Summer. Register Online!

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!

9.

Spring Bulbs Are Here!

The first of our spring bulbs are now in stock. More will be arriving at the end of the week and next week. Our first tulip blends just came in.

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!

 


10.

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

Encore Azaleas -- These gorgeous evergreen azaleas bloom as you would expect in the spring but then they REBLOOM in August and September! Oh my. You get double the flower power in a full range of colours on 3-4 foot high plants with attractive year-round foliage.

I took this image at a recent trade show but we now have beautiful plants available at the nursery. Though they are still young some are putting out their fall bloom. Though they all bloomed in the spring, the others will need to get a bit older before they bloom in the fall -- likely next year.

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' - Coral Honeysuckle - ‘Major Wheeler’ is one of the best selections of Lonicera sempervirens and stands out above all other red-flowered cultivars for clean foliage and pure flower power. This selection is covered in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around. Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly' - Ironweed - A fantastic plant with feathery foliage to three feet topped with clusters of warm purple flowers that are attractive to butterflies. A compact, well-branched and vigorous plant. Blooms in late summer. Found in rocky flood plains, Vernonia lettermannii is very tolerant of hot dry locations, yet can withstand brief periods of inundation.
Anigozanthos 'Bush Tango' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! 'Bush Tango' has flowers in shades of orange, apricot and red on stems up to three feet tall above iris-like mid-green foliage. Tolerant of some freezing but safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter. Anigozanthos 'Cape Magenta' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! 'Cape Magenta' has mid to deep pink flowers on stems to two feet tall above iris-like mid-green foliage. Tolerant of some freezing but safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter.
Anemone hupehensis Pretty Lady Diana - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone feature compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall. 'Diana' has single pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness. Hemerocallis 'Steeple Jackie' - Daylily - Go BIG or go home! This daylily blooms at five feet tall with towering trumpet-shaped, fragrant, small 2.5 inch, light canary yellow flowers in clusters of 3-4 on 7-way branched scapes carrying a whopping total of 55-100 buds apiece. The scapes rise high above the clump of slender, green leaves. This plant is a designer’s dream, as it fills a niche in the back of the border that few other perennials can this late in the season. Be sure to try this one – it’s unlike any daylily you’ve seen!
Acalypha pendula 'Firetail' - Strawberry Firetail - Intriguing fuzzy red "kitten tails" are produced in great numbers all summer long by this member of the Euphorbia family. Use in hanging baskets, containers or in the ground in warm microclimates of your yard. A native of Cuba this plant can take some frost but not a full winter. Easy as a houseplant or in a cool greenhouse. Spigelia marilandica - Indian Pink - One of the most striking and beautiful of the eastern North American native perennials, Indian Pink's summer flowers are brilliant red and tubular with canary yellow throats. A favourite of butterflies and hummingbirds, it is at home in the bright woodland or sunny border. We offer smallish starter plants - indian pink are slow to get going but are impressive with time.
Geranium 'Havana Blues' - Cranesbill - The extremely large flowers of 'Havana Blues' are blue with a white centre and dark purple-black veins through the petals. The foliage emerges a beautiful yellow-green and darkens towards summer. Leaves have a slight silver glow. Blooms from May until late fall. This could be a contender to join the ranks of 'Rozanne' for fabulous and useful, long-blooming geraniums. Miscanthus sinensis 'Rigoletto' - Maiden Grass - This beautiful variegated maiden grass has narrow delicate leaves with creamy-white variegation that forms a beautiful, compact, arching clump. Great in the garden but also with outstanding performance in containers. Miscanthus are one of the best grasses for year-round beauty: new green shoots in the spring become tall linear leaves that form an elegant clump by midsummer. Attractive flowers emerge in fall. In winter the leaves turn straw colour and provide much interest.
Eryngium yuccifolium - Rattlesnake Master - Much admired in our old succulent bed, this species from the eastern US has greyish green, yucca-like foliage (hence the species name) and slender three foot stems holding egg-shaped clusters of white flowers. This peculiar genus from the carrot family is found around the world but with its centre of diversity in South America. There are also a number of European species. Campanula 'Ringsabell Mulberry Rose' - Bellflower - Large, pendent, rose pink bells on slender stems are produced in great profusion in late spring and summer. Flowers rise above the foliage to about 15 inches. Tidy, medium green foliage. Though this is a punctata/takesimana-type bellflower the Ringsabell cultivars do not spread like others of its type. Clumps will gradually get larger over time.
Caryopteris Grand Bleu - Bluebeard - Rich, glossy, dark green foliage and masses of blue flowers in late summer provide a lift of cool colour for the garden and nectar for bees and butterflies. A densely-growing, mounding, shrubby perennial that loves heat and is drought tolerant. A hybrid between two Asian species: C. incana and C. mongholica. Canna 'Blueberry Sparkler' - Cannalily - A fantastic canna with great design potential: purple leaves and blue-grey undersides surround medium pink flowers. This 6 foot tall slender beauty is self-cleaning and blooms all summer. Our plants are virus indexed and negative. Cannas offer great tropical foliage and are generally hardy to our temperatures but sensitive to winter wet. In the garden, plant in a well-drained sunny location and mulch with leaves. Cannas are also great in pots. Shelter these in a garage or shed for winter.
Bergenia Dragonfly 'Sakura' - Pig Squeak - "Sakura" means "cherry blossom" in Japanese which is a fitting name for this semi-double- to double-flowered bergenia that looks like and blooms at the same time as the cherry trees. Dragonfly 'Sakura' has a compact habit and evergreen foliage with purple black tones in winter. Bergenia Dragonfly 'Angel Kiss' - Pig Squeak - 'Angel Kiss' has semi-double to double flowers that are white to pale pink with darker pink centres which gives a bicolour effect. It's compact habit and evergreen foliage with purple black tones in winter make this a great variation on the theme of an old garden classic.
Pyrrosia lingua 'Ogon Nishiki' - Tongue Fern - Pyrrosia lingua is a common rock-dwelling fern from northeast Asia with tongue-shaped, leathery fronds with cinnamon-felted undersides. 'Ogon Nishiki' is a very rare thing in that it is a variegated fern. Every leaf offers different light green stripes on an emerald green background. It can be grown in open potting media, orchid mix, or on a slab. Keep dry in winter; water and fertilize in summer. A good houseplant. Pyrrosia lingua 'Eboshi' - Tongue Fern - Pyrrosia lingua is a common rock-dwelling fern from northeast Asia with tongue-shaped, leathery fronds with cinnamon-felted undersides. 'Eboshi' is a rare and intriguing form with twisted fronds. It can be grown in open potting media, orchid mix, or on a slab. Keep dry in winter; water and fertilize in summer. Makes a good houseplant.
Eupatorium fortunei 'Pink Frost' - Joe-Pye Weed - Beautiful serrated foliage with creamy edges on stems to three feet and topped with clusters of lavender-pink flowers in fall. The variegated foliage makes this late season bloomer a three season star for the garden through spring, summer and fall. Attracts butterflies. Brunnera 'Silver Heart' - Siberian Bugloss - 'Silver Heart' looks much like 'Looking Glass' but with some important differences: 'Silver Heart' has larger, thicker leaves, it has deeper blue flowers and it is more tolerant of heat and humidity. Brunneras are great garden plants for shade. 'Silver Heart' has even more silver in the heart-shaped leaves than 'Jack Frost' or 'Sea Heart'.
Coreopsis Big Bang 'Mercury Rising' - Tickseed - Rich red flowers with unfusions of burgundy-red on extremely floriferous plants to about 18 inches in height. A true perennial that will return year after year. 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! Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' - Coral Bells - '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 'Glitter' - Coral Bells - 'Glitter' can be spotted a mile away with its mirror bright silver foliage and contrasting black veins. This heuchera sparkles like a glitter ball! The soft violet leaf back is as pretty as the top, but is rarely seen due to the ultra-neat habit of the plant. Fantastic bouquet type flowers of exotic fuchsia-pink. Heuchera 'Zipper' - Coral Bells - Brightly coloured, ever-changing orange, peach and pink foliage with serious ruffles, 'Zipper' looks to be a winner. The foliage is orange in spring and fall and golden amber in summer and winter, always with magenta backs showing. Compared to 'Marmalade' and 'Ginger Peach', the leaves are more ruffled, highly coloured, and glossy (rather than matte). Large leaves with better heat and humidity tolerance, as well as good cold tolerance.
Hedychium greenii - Hardy Ginger - This highly ornamental species has leaves that are deep maroon on the undersides, colour that also infuses the stem. This species blooms in early October in Vancouver with a small, tight inflorescence of relatively large, dark orange, unscented flowers. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero. Viola walteri 'Silver Gem' - Prostrate Blue Violet - This gorgeous trailing violet is native to eastern North America and comes from the gardens of the Mt Cuba Center. It has beautiful silver-streaked, heart-shaped foliage that forms a dense, tidy mat in shade and part shade. Lavender flowers appear in early spring and rebloom consistently until fall. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.

 


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