The Chinese Paeonia obovata is one of the few peony species that’s grown as much for its seed as for its flowers…the seed last much longer. Here’s a photo I just snapped in the garden of its amazing seed pods. Be sure to see this when you visit this weekend for our final Open Nursery and Garden days for 2014.
PDN Fall Nursery News
We hope you've received your copy of the Fall 2014 Plant Delights Nursery catalog. Kudos to our graphic designer Shari Sasser at Sasser Studios for the catalog redesign and new look. Among other things, the fall catalog includes three new aucubas, six new crinum lilies, and twenty new fern offerings. These are a fraction of the many exciting new plants you'll find either in the print version or online.
It's always interesting for us to see what sells and what doesn't. Top sellers from the fall catalog so far include, Adiantum venustum, Agapanthus 'White Heaven', Agave 'Huasteca Giant', Agave 'Shadow Dancer', Alstroemeria 'Koice', Aster 'Fanny', Begonia 'Pewterware', Bouvardia 'Scarlet Hummer', Canna 'Pacific Beauty', Dryopteris erythrosora v. prolifica, Echinacea 'Fatal Attraction', Epimedium 'Domino', Eucalyptus neglecta, Heuchera 'Citronelle', Hibiscus 'Kopper King', Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel', Hosta 'Orange Read more [...]
Their yellow flowers are long gone, but the lovely dark black seed of Belamcanda chinensis ‘Gone with the Wind’ are strutting their stuff in the garden today…hence the common name, Blackberry lily.
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 [...]