2006 Plant Delights Nursery February Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights. If you can tear yourselves away from the thrill of Olympic Curling, we hope you are enjoying your 2006 Plant Delights Nursery Catalog. We also hope you have had time to check out the many wonderful plants and other features on our website. The web catalog has more than 1000 additional plants that are not available in the printed catalog.

Overall, it’s been a great winter at PDN so far with a low temperature of only 19 degrees F. That’s about 14 degrees above our normal, so marginally hardy plants in the garden have fared quite well while plants that need a long winter chill are still quite groggy. The only downside is that we are not able to update our hardiness data with such mild temperatures.

We have recently discovered that a small rogue band of dyslexic gremlins snuck into the press room when our catalog was being printed. We have found a few dozen catalogs with pages 32-71 missing (actually they were repeated with earlier pages). If you happen to find any of these misprints and don’t want to sell them on eBay, we’d like to know how many are out there.

We are ready for our first-ever Winter Open House, February 25,26 and March 4,5. The hellebores and other winter-flowering plants are looking great, and we truly hope you can drop by for a visit. Last year, we potted up a greenhouse full of hellebores into 3qt pots just for winter open house visitors. They are in full flower now, so come choose your favorite colors.

We are already sold out of one of the top-selling plants for 2006, Arisaema ‘Black Jack’. We have a smaller crop still in the ground that will be ready for shipment by September. We will back-order those that came in after we sold out and ship your dormant tubers when they mature in September.

Many of you have been requesting The Hairy Potter and the Horticulturist Apprentice t-shirts. Well, they have finally arrived and can now be ordered. Unfortunately, they aren’t on the website quite yet, so you’ll need to call our Customer Service Department at 919.772.4794.

I hope you sent in your Top 25 Contest entry forms and are now anxiously watching the top sellers list. Our first list for 2006 has quite a few newcomers. Zantedeschia ‘White Giant’ has zoomed to #2, while Arisaema ‘Black Jack’ comes in at #3. The wonderful Allium ‘Millennium’ remains strong at #5, followed by Sabal minor ‘McCurtain’ at #6. Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’, which finished 2005 at #24, is already up to #7. I’ll leave it to you to continue perusing the list. We hope you enjoy following along as we update the list throughout the season.