We left instructions for Jasper to start a low-cal diet, but he misread the paper and thought it said a low-cat diet, so he tried to use Henry for his afternoon snack yesterday. Henry was not amused.
Many folks don't realize that we grow our own plants here at Plant Delights. This allows better control of availability, quality, and trueness to name. Here are current photos of three of our stock houses where the plants are grown...one with cannas and gingers, another with agaves and yuccas, and one with elephant ears. Your orders are pulled from stock in these greenhouses. Whether you order on-line or are able to visit during our final upcoming Open Nursery and Garden weekend, we hope you'll be very pleased with our plant quality. Thank you for being a Plant Delights customer. Read more [...]
The late summer flowering crinums are just superb right now…just captured this image of Crinum ‘Stars and Stripes‘ in bloom today. Crinums are tough as nails, but really flower so much better with slightly moist soils, and lots of compost.
Just snapped this image of the amazing Alstroemeria ‘Casablanca‘ in the garden. Although this was developed as a cut flower, it turned out to be an amazingly hardy perennial. My friend, Hans Hansen has found this to be hardy for several years in Southern Michigan.
If you’re coming to our Open Nursery and Garden today, be sure to check out the flowering xHowardara ‘Little Princess’. What looks like a red rain lily is actually a very rare tri-generic hybrid…a cross of Hippeastrum (amaryllis) x Sprekelia (Aztec Lily) x Zephyranthes (rain lily). The cross was created a few years ago by Texan, Dave Lehmiller. Perhaps one day we’ll have enough of this to share.
The Agaves are looking great in the garden today as we start our Fall Open Nursery and Garden. Here are two of my favorites as they look today...the spineless Agave bracteosa (top) that looks like a stiff green squid, and the magnificent Agave ovatifolia. (botttom) Both of these were brought into the US from Mexico by the late plant explorer, Lynn Lowrey of Texas. You'll see them both on display when you visit during the next two weekends. Be sure to say hello while you're here. Read more [...]
It was great to visit several of my favorite plantsmen/women on my recent trip to Texas. Here are two my camera happened to capture at the Stephen F. Austin Gardens. Top is Greg Grant, who has shared many of his wonderful introductions with us. Below is Dr. Dave Creech...the founder and mastermind behind the Stephen F. Austin State University Gardens. Dave is showing us one of the Black Diamond Crape Myrtles, bred by his friend Cecil Pounders of Mississippi. Not photographed are Dawn Stover, Dave's strong right hand, and Dr. Jared Barnes, a recent NCSU grad who is taking over the horticulture teaching duties at SFASU. Great to see them all on a far too quick visit...a must stop if you're in the area around Nacogdoches. Read more [...]
We lost a long-time member of our Plant Delights family yesterday with the passing of Pearl at the ripe old age of 16. I'm sure many of you interacted with Pearl during her tenure at Plant Delights, so here is one final photo taken by Anita last week during her final trek out into the garden. Pearl was preceeded in death by her sister, Ruby, and is survived by Zirconia, Jasper, and Henry. We hope you'll share your memories of Pearl here and during our upcoming open nursery and garden days that start tomorrow (Friday). Read more [...]
After 5.28" of rain in the last 24 hours, we're hoping for see clear skies today. The low pressure system that parked itself just east of the nursery didn't seem to ever want to move out to sea, giving us ark-like rains. Despite the rain, Cestrum 'Orange Peel' is still looking superb in the garden. This amazing perennial/shrub (depending on your winter low temperatures) is one amazing flowering machine through the summer and early fall. I'd be hard pressed to think of many plants that produce this many flowers through the course of a year. Full to part sun is best for this little-known member of the tomato (Solanaceae) family. Read more [...]
I’ve spent a bit of time over the last few weeks with my stepdaughter Katie at her first home, working with her on the basics of landscaping. She’s never gardened before and this is her first time experiencing the joys of home ownership. After this weekend, she’s getting close to seeding her first lawn. She’s really embraced the amount of work required to properly prepare the soil organically. Anita snapped this yesterday as we laid out the lawn borders…all while wearing the appropriate garden attire.