What’s Growing On?

March 2019 Newsletter News from JLBG/PDN 2018 was a year of exceptional changes for us here at the gardens and nursery.  Our long-time nursery soil company was sold and the quality of the mix went to hell. Because many of our crops are challenging in containers, before we knew it, our plant losses in the nursery were well into the upper six figures. To say our nursery staff had to scramble is an understatement. After trialing our most difficult crops in a number of new potting soil mixes, is was an easy choice to make the switch to Pacific Organics. https://www.pacific-organics.com/Despite the name, Pacific Organics is a NC-based national company, who have a bigger footprint of users in the northeast US than here in NC, where cheap nursery soil is king. Unbenownst to us, the folks at Pacific Organics have worked closely with the world renowned soil researchers at NC State, so we know the quality of the research they use to formulate their mix.We take great pride in Read more [...]

February 2019 Newsletter

February 2019
Greetings from wet Raleigh, where we’re making good progress with our arc construction after a record-setting year of precipitation that topped out at just over 60” of rainfall…the most ever recorded for Raleigh. Of course, both the east and west ends of North Carolina made our 60” look like a drop in the proverbial bucket.  
 
Our largest coastal town, Wilmington, set a yearly rainfall record of 102”, while at the far western end of our state, Mt. Mitchell recorded just over 140” of rain. I guess we picked a bad year to start growing dryland alpines, but if they survive this year, they should be great going forward.

In the News
A shout out to our friend Jackie Heinricher, founder of the bamboo tissue culture lab, BooShoots in Washington, who has added a new career to her resume…that of race car driver.  I can’t say we have many racers who are also nurserymen. 
 
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Chelsea Gardens

Chelsea is always a sell out, so get your tickets early.

 

Interesting 3D garden

Meatball Garden

hmmm

 

A new use for driftwood

Dyslexis hopscotch paving patterns

Larger than life cattails

Run for the metal roses

No one's going to steel this bull

Plants that never die

Modernist garden

A new take on stained glass

Crevice fountains

Not sure how they did this, but it's pretty amazing.

 

About face...

If it looks like a nymph and moves like a nymph.... Read more [...]

Can you trust the tags?

One of our long time concerns is the accuracy of plant tags...especially now that 60% of the plants purchased in the country are now sold through the box stores. While we're thrilled that more plants are available to the masses, most tags are produced from a single national vendor, and the information may not be correct for your climate.  Sizes, in particular vary widely. What may make a 1' tall x 2' wide shrub in one climate may reach 6' tall x 9' wide in another...yes, we have real life examples. The dirty little secret is that most plant measurements are taken from sheared plants growing in nursery containers, and not mature landscape specimens.

Often information on the web is also quite inaccurate since most sites simply copy from another site and never take time to actually observe the plants in person. We always recommend when possible to shop with vendors who actually grow the plants themselves...in the ground. If that's not possible, visit local botanic gardens and observe Read more [...]

Plant Delights December 2017 Newsletter

Sixty is the new Thirty
It doesn’t seem possible, but both Anita and I hit the big 60 this year.  During my youth, I entertained occasional thoughts about what old age would be like, and wondering if I’d actually make it.  Well, it’s here, I’m here, and whatever it was that I expected, I’m not sure this is it.

I was pretty lucky genetically…other than minor issues like flat feet, an over-curved spine, and bad knees. I realize now that I was fortunate that my prefrontal cortex was overly active early in life, resulting in a low risk tolerance. In other words, I was a real bore growing up.  Other contemporaries led much more exciting childhoods, but in doing so, affected their bodies, at a cost that wouldn’t be evident until much later.  As one whose idea of excitement was spending time alone in the woods, the closest I ever came to real danger was years later after I began overseas plant exploration travels.

When we built our new home last year, I Read more [...]

Garden Hood is alive and well!

We were thrilled to hear from the staff at Atlanta’s Garden Hood garden center that indeed they are alive and well.  As it turns out, Scott only closed one part of his nursery/garden center business and sold the other to his nursery manager.  Garden Hood is a delightful garden center, run by plant lovers in Atlanta that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting.  We wish them the best of luck, and hope you’ll drop by for a visit when you’re in the area.

Plant Delights June 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights and Juniper Level Botanic Garden.

Botanical Interest
So far, it's been a great spring at PDN and JLBG. Rains have been pretty regular so far...thanks to two early-season tropical storms. No sign of an imminent summer let-up in moisture. Of course, constant rain can also spell trouble for some more dryland-loving plants like the new perennial snapdragons we're testing. While the majority of plants we trial from other breeders don't pass our NC stress test, it is always nice to have a truly stressful spring to let us know what plants are really tough and will survive.
Growth in the garden has been amazing this spring, and the summer show is shaping up to be the best ever. There's just so much to see in the summer, we really hope you'll make plans to attend our upcoming Open Nursery and Garden Days, July 8-10 and 15-17. If you're averse to heat, arrive early when the weather is still delightful, but don't come without your camera.

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Plant Delights February 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden.

We hope you've received your 2016 Plant Delights Nursery catalog. If you're an active customer and haven't seen yours, drop us an email and we'll send a catalog. If you're not an active customer (haven't purchased recently), you may shop online or order a printed copy. If you're a garden writer/blogger, garden celebrity, local garden guru, etc., just let us know and we'll be glad to add you to our complimentary permanent catalog mailing list.

Only a few weeks remain before we begin shipping plants again starting the first week of March. This means we're beginning to hire seasonal shippers to help during our busy spring season. So, if you're interested in joining us and are physically fit, please let us hear from you.
Visit Us During Open Nursery and Garden Days

Our first Open Nursery and Garden days for 2016 are only a short time away. Winter Open Days are actually one of our best attended events, so if Read more [...]

Plant Delights November 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers!

From all of us at Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden, we give thanks to you for joining our plant-loving family.
Shipping Season Ends Soon
We're wrapping up our 2015 shipping season on November 30, so if you've put off making your fall order, better hurry. We'll begin shipping again in mid-February, but will try to accommodate any horticultural emergencies between now and then as the weather and our staffing will allow.
Order PDN Gift Certificates for the Holidays
We'll continue to make Plant Delights gift certificates available, since these are the perfect gift for the gardeners on your list.

A handwritten Plant Delights Nursery Gift Certificate

Makes the perfect Hostess gift for your next soiree
Makes the perfect gift for Teachers (Way better than a coffee mug!)
Has no fees and never expires
Can be accompanied by our color catalog and a note with your personalized sentiment
Can be emailed as well for fast delivery

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Plant Delights September 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers!

It's hard to believe, but September is here and it's time for our final Open Nursery and Garden for 2015. We hope you'll join us to see all the gems that look great this time of year and stock up for the fall planting season with all the cool new plants from the fall catalog.
Plants, Plants, and More Plants

We also hope you've had time to enjoy the Fall Plant Delights Nursery catalog. We're so excited by the new offerings, especially the clumping, heat-tolerant, mildew-resistant bee balms. These are a huge breeding breakthrough for anyone who likes monardas and attracting pollinators into the garden.

Other members of the same (Lamiaceae) family are also putting on quite a show now.Agastaches, first cousins to bee balm, are simply amazing in fall. In particular, Agastache 'Peachie Keen' and 'Rosie Posie' have been standouts in our trials and are still in full flower here. These are perfect for a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden where you can observe Read more [...]