Greetings from Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, where a low temperature of 26 degrees has left the garden feeling and smelling like fall. I was just noticing the strong smell of chrysanthemum foliage yesterday, whose oils were released after the recent cold snap, like collards after a frost. So, where did the year go? It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying epimedium flowers and now the early hellebore season has already begun. As we age, it seems like the world spins faster on its axis every year.
I apologize for being silent so long, but I’ve been sequestered away in our underground horticultural bunker, writing the 2014 Plant Delights Nursery spring catalog. Now that the main text is complete and the photos have been selected, I’m playing catch-up on long overdue writing. We’re very excited about our 2014 catalog, which will head to the printer in a few more weeks and will subsequently arrive at your home shortly after the first of the year. We’re wrapping Read more [...]
20% OFF - Shop plants HERE!
We've just completed our fall inventory and as often seems to happen, some of the coolest plants didn't sell in the numbers that we'd hoped so we're left with extra inventory…the nature of offering so many non-mainstream plants. Consequently, and because we need space to propagate and pot new plants for spring, we're offering those 200 plants at 20% off.
The sale plants must be ordered by midnight Sunday November 3, 2013 and scheduled to ship or be picked up no later than Friday November 8, 2013. Quantities are limited on some items, so sale prices are only valid while current stock lasts.
Because our cost of doing business is less on the website, this sale is only available for orders placed on the website.
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We’re fast approaching our final Open Nursery and Garden dates for 2013 and, to put a fitting exclamation point on our 25th anniversary year, we’ve invited one of the country’s most famous beach music bands, The Embers, to perform in the gardens on Sunday, September 8, from 1:30-4:30pm. Our Fall Open Nursery and Gardens will be held from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8 and from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15. Hours are 8:00am-5:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from 1:00-5:00pm on Sundays. We hope you’ll join us to enjoy and learn about great plants as you shag through the gardens…and take plants as well as design ideas home with you.
We hope you've received the fall catalog by now and found some gems you can't live without...if not, give us a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll fix that. In the meantime, you can find the new fall catalog plants online here.
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Preview the plants in 2013 Fall Catalog here!
If you noticed the smell of freshly printed catalogs in the air, you’re right. The 2013 Fall Plant Delights Catalog and Plant Owners Manual is finished and on its way to your garden. In the meantime, the digital version is already online. You can read our catalog introduction highlighting the new intros here. In addition to many new plants, we’ve got a new crop of the giant Titan Arum, Amorphophallus titanum available for those brave enough to try one. We hope you enjoy the new print catalog when it arrives, and in the meantime, you can find the new catalog plants listed on-line at the link above.
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This weekend marks the start of our 25th Anniversary Summer Open House at Plant Delights Nursery. The weather and moisture levels have been incredible this year, the gardens look amazing and the plants lush. I never imagined having this many lushes in the garden at one time. Also I don’t ever remember a time in July when the US Drought Monitor map showed no drought conditions east of the Mississippi River…incredible! If you haven’t been to our Open House in a few years, we hope you will join us and experience the joy of the summer garden for two weekends this July – the 12, 13, 14 and July 19, 20, 21. For details, click here.
We still have a few spaces remaining in the second section of our Propagation Class which will be coming up soon on Saturday, August 17, from 10-4pm. This class will be taught by PDN staff member Aaron Selby, who is in charge of producing all of the plants we sell. You can sign up online here.
Many of you who have Read more [...]
We've just completed our summer inventory and as often seems to happen, some of the coolest plants didn’t sell in the numbers that we’d hoped so we’re left with extra inventory…the nature of offering so many non-mainstream plants. Consequently, and because we need space to propagate and pot new plants for spring, we’re offering those 200+ plants at 20% off. The sale plants must be ordered by midnight July 4, 2013 and scheduled to ship or be picked up no later than July 10, 2013. Quantities are limited on some items, so sale prices are only valid while current stock lasts. Because our cost of doing business is less on the website, this sale is only available for orders placed on the website.
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Tony Avent hosted Plant Delights Nursery’s Let’s Talk Plants Garden Walk yesterday at Juniper Level Botanical Gardens. Despite a steamy high of 93 degrees, the turnout was great and the enthusiastic gardeners kept Tony answering questions on a vast and … Continue reading →
Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit during our recent Spring Open House. In contrast to our Winter Open House, the weather was excellent and the threat of rain never materialized. We were delighted to meet visitors who came from as far away as Canada to the north and Oregon to the west. We’ll do it again in July, so we hope your vacation plans include Plant Delights, where we promise a garden and nursery both filled with amazing plants!
Despite having a very busy spring, many great plants remain, including many full pots of hostas.
If you purchased any of our hardy cypripedium ladyslipper orchids this year, you no doubt noticed the amazing, often multi-crowned plants that we were able to supply. There are still a few varieties that have not sold out.
While lots of other cool plants remain, work has already begun on the fall catalog, as descriptions are now being written on an array of very cool, exciting new plants that we’ve selected Read more [...]
It’s been quite a spring so far...very cool for much longer than usual...at least until early April. Plant emergence was far behind recent springs when, out of nowhere, temperatures rose in the 80s for ten days and the garden sprung to life. The subsequent late April temperature cool down, however, kept plant development about 1-2 weeks behind recent springs. Because of the sudden warm-up we experienced in early April, many smaller perennials will wilt despite the soil still being moist. As a gardener, this drives me a bit mad, but you have to realize the plants will adjust their stomatal openings (breathing holes) and be fine once they acclimate to the new temperature regimen, which usually only takes a couple of days.
One of the garden tasks that need attention in spring is assessing the amount of shade in your woodland garden. Spring is a great time to take stock of your woodland perennials, Read more [...]
Plant Delights Nursery Thanks Its Volunteers Today!
We took advantage of April being National Volunteer Month to thank the volunteers here at the gardens. We had a fabulous day weather-wise for a wonderful pot-luck lunch in the gardens. If you live in the Raleigh area, you too could be a volunteer. Check out our website for more information.