Fern zombies awaken in the garden

Like sci-fi zombies re-awakening, ferns in the garden are spring back to life.  Nothing says spring quite like the presence of new fern fronds emerging...known as croziers.  Below are several different fern images we've taken as they emerged this spring.  The first is the bamboo fern, coniogramme. Lepisorus or ribbon ferns, with their long narrow fronds are quite unique. Matteucia or ostrich fern emerges alongside last years' spore bearing fronds providing an interesting contrast. Onoclea, aka sensitive fern does the same, holding both the new fronds alongside the old fertile fronds from the prior season..  Ferns like this are called dimorphic, which means they have two different frond types...fertile and non-fertile.  Most ferns pack light and have both on the same frond.  The two images above are our native Osmunda cinnamomea or Cinnamon fern.  The hairy croziers are just amazing.  Recent taxonomy has actually kicked this Read more [...]

Plant Delights July 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! Summer Open Nursery and Garden Come see our 30 foot flowering agave at our final Summer Open Nursery and Garden Days this weekend. Visitors from around the country have been showing up to see our giant agave in flower, a 16-year-old specimen of Agave salmiana x Agave asperrima, with the first flowers opening right on cue for our summer open days. This is the tallest century plant we've ever flowered, with the tip of the spike topping out just a few inches below the 30' tall mark. We've got our giant ladder perched nearby so Jeremy can make his daily pollinations, all while fighting off attacking hummingbirds. We hope you'll have time to walk around the garden while you're here. The newly-opened, full sun Souto garden is looking fabulous, with so much color it's almost overwhelming. Changes also abound throughout the older sections of the garden. Anita has suggested the removal of several formerly fenced and hedged areas to create more openness...we think you'll Read more [...]

Fargesia sp. ‘Scabrida’

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Fargesia sp. ‘Scabrida’ has quickly become one of my favorite clumping bamboos.  The leaves of this gem are the largest of any of the fargesias that we grow, and it came through our brutal winter without a blemish.  Our garden plants which celebrate six years in the ground this week are 7′ tall x 7′ wide and look great as you see here.

Plant Delights Nursery February 2014 Newsletter

Dear PDN'ers It's hard to imagine winter is finally nearing an end when outside today we see the ground covered in snow with freezing rain forecasted to develop tonight and tomorrow. But to help us remember spring is just around the corner, at least in NC, the greenhouses are bursting with colorful hellebores and other lovely treasures to soothe away any winter blahs and blues. It's less than two weeks until our 2014 Winter Open Nursery and Garden and we're eager to show you our plant goodies! 'Anna's Red' hellebore Photo courtesy Visions, NL Our selection of hellebores is so outstanding it's hard to really show it justice in words. We have over 500 gallon-size hellebores in flower and over 1000 one quart hellebores in bloom. The quality of hellebore colors we have available are better each year and 2014 is no exception. Speaking of weather, winter 2013/2014 has been quite an event in many parts of the country, with temperatures finally returning to more "normal" winter levels. Read more [...]

2012 Plant Delights Nursery October Newsletter

Dear PDN'ers Early fall greetings from Plant Delights, where the spring 2013 catalog writing heads into the home stretch. As always, there are lots of exciting new plants for 2013, which is really what makes the whole effort worthwhile for us. We’ve had many requests to make more of the hardy cypripedium ladyslipper orchids available for fall since some gardeners prefer to plant them now. For this fall, we’ve been able to acquire a large number of many different hard-to-find hybrids and species in very limited quantities, so we have just added them to the website. Inventory for most of these ranges from 3 to 8 plants each, so they won’t last long. Check out our cypripediums! If you haven’t purchased cypripediums before, a little explanation is in order. First, our offerings are 8 years old from seed, hence, what seems like insanely high prices are really not so high compared with most faster to propagate plants. With orchids, a cultivar name is established for a similar Read more [...]

2011 Plant Delights Nursery December Newsletter

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our extended PDN family. As we wrap up the year and get the new catalog ready to go in the mail and online (Dec 31), we want to remind everyone that this is the last week to buy Plant Delights gift certificates as Christmas presents for your gardening friends and family. You can order our gift certificates online and we’ll get them right in the mail or give us a call at 919.772.4794. We’d like to congratulate the 2011 Winner of the Top 25 contest, Amy Hill of Archdale, North Carolina. Amy is our first NC winner in several years and takes home a $250 Plant Delights gift certificate for the best score in predicting the top 25 best sellers for 2011. If you’d like enter the contest for 2012, all you have to do is go the contest page on our website, fill in your form and badda bing, badda boom...you’re done.  To get started, see which plants topped the sales list last year. December was a sad month for the horticulture world with Read more [...]

2009 Plant Delights Nursery April Newsletter

Greetings from Juniper Level and we hope you're having a great spring. Other than a couple of cold spells, we've had a near perfect spring with cool temperatures and timely rains. Only recently have we seen a few days in the 90's, which normally dot our spring season. We've been spared the crazy weather seen in other parts of the country including Colorado's frequent late spring snows, North Dakota's floods, and tornados throughout the Southeast. At least the gardeners in northern Georgia and upstate South Carolina are finally getting some rain after being parched for several years. Even Atlanta's Lake Lanier is within 7' of finally refilling. Parts of the Texas Hill Country set a record last year with only 2" of rain, but fortunately, the weather patterns have changed in recent weeks and the rains have finally returned. We've just added some more plants to the on-line catalog including the very rare variegated shredded umbrella plant, Syneilesis 'Kikko'. As always, most of these gems Read more [...]

2009 Plant Delights Nursery March Newsletter

Happy first day of spring! I know many parts of the country are still covered in snow, but at least the calendar now makes it official. It's been a roller coaster late winter as we opened for our Winter Open House to 70 degrees F, followed the next day by 36 hours of rain, then 2" of snow, then consecutive lows of 16 and 15 degrees F...then back to 70 degrees F. How would you like to be a plant? Unlike humans, who can go inside on bad weather days, our plants are stuck to fend for themselves...pretty impressive, if you think about it. On the good side, this has been the first winter in six years we've gotten meaningful hardiness data on many of our trial plants...especially agaves. Damage on agaves may take more than a month to show up after the plant has been affected by cold, so don't get too excited when your plant looks great the morning after. Conversely, don't fret over the older leaves turning black, as this is normal. The older leaves on an agave lose winter hardiness, while Read more [...]

2007 Plant Delights Nursery May Newsletter

We made it through winter in great shape, but then early spring jumped up and bit us in the you know where. Gardeners in many parts of the country were hit with devastating cold in early April after spring temperatures had already fooled many plants into beginning to grow. Web ordering provides us with a fascinating glimpse into gardeners' real-time state of mind. Everyone was going crazy ordering during the warm first week of April, only to be shell-shocked days later when the cold weather returned. We can see folks just starting to recover enough to think positively about gardening again... perhaps we need an on-line gardening therapist to help with the recovery... where is Dr. Philadelphus when you need him? In Juniper Level, we had been in the 80's for two weeks, before encountering five consecutive nights below freezing with the worst night reaching 22 degrees F. A couple of days later, we got to enjoy a smashing hailstorm, followed by an entire day of 50+ mph winds. I know this Read more [...]

2006 Plant Delights Nursery July Newsletter

What an incredible gardening year this has been. This year's record June rainfall (thanks TS Alberto) is quite a contrast to 2005, when we already had both a drought and water restrictions. Our summer garden is as lush as I ever remember and I hope you will be able to visit for our upcoming summer open house that starts this Friday. We will be open Friday-Sunday for two consecutive weekends, July 7-9 and 14-16. The hours are 8-5 on Fridays, 8-8pm on Saturdays, and 1-5 on Sundays. If you don't get our open house flyers, click here for directions and information about attending the open house The number of plants in flower are simply amazing. The hemerocallis and hymenocallis are both stunning now. Buddleias should be almost at peak bloom for open house as will many of the summer phlox. If you haven't tried some of the hardy gesneriads, be sure and see the wonderful sinningias in full flower. Lest I forget the eucomis, which are really in perfect form now, along with companions such as Read more [...]