Curcuma longa ‘Snowdrift’ is looking fabulous in the garden now, suffering no damage from our recent cold winter. The is such a great plant for the woodland garden to add a tropical touch. Remember it doesn’t emerge before mid-to-late June.
Dear PDN'ers! Greetings and Happy Spring! The Perfect Storm As we mentioned in an earlier email, we experienced the perfect storm of events which impacted our order processing and shipping operations this spring. The combination of delayed ordering due to the long winter, a nearly universal demand for plants to be shipped in May, and the poorly-designed e-commerce system we purchased in December have created an operational and shipping nightmare. The entire company is working in crisis mode and we are burning the midnight oil to fulfill orders and work through the issues. We know these delays are unacceptable to you and they are unacceptable to us as business owners. We appreciate your patience and your notes of support as we work to ship the orders that were delayed. Despite seeming like spring has only just begun, we're actually only a few weeks from the official start of summer. Rains have been steady so far this year, although our recent May rain of 5.17 inches was a bit more than Read more [...]
Our 2011 shipping season is winding down and officially ends next Monday, December 5th. If you’ve been putting off ordering those last plants for fall planting, please don’t delay. Any orders received after December 5th will be shipped when we resume shipping on February 13th, 2012. That being said, we always try to work with folks who encounter horticulture emergencies between December and February as winter weather allows. After years of searching, we are now working with a new experimental “green wrap” 100% recyclable packing, that will allow us to move away from more conventional packaging materials to a paper-based product. While these products have a higher cost than the packing we have used in the past, initial reports indicate good results in keeping plants safe during transit. Additionally, these packing materials have received a certification from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). This SFI certification assures that the fibers used to make GreenWrap Packaging Read more [...]
We hope you’ve all received your 2011 catalogs by now. If not, it’s probably been confiscated by a postal carrier who also has a penchant for gardening, so give us a holler and we’ll send another. We were very honored to be named one of the seven “Best Mail-Order Plant Sources” by Garden Design Magazine in their December 2010 issue. We hope you’ve also had time to check out the new version of our Plant Delights website, which includes a number of new items and features. Until you’ve worked on a website this large (27,000 pages indexed by Google), you can’t imagine the time involved. We mentioned last August that we had switched websites, but the new site didn’t live up to our expectations, so for the new year we switched out both our entire nursery database and website systems. I’m not going to begin to tell you that we’ve worked out all the bugs, so please bear with us as we solve problems that we don’t yet realize are problems. What the new website will allow Read more [...]
Dear PDN'ers: Greetings from PDN! Thanks to everyone who visited our Summer Open House, especially those from the distant locales of New York, Michigan, Florida, Brazil, and even Algeria. It was very cool to chat with one of our brave soldiers, who was home on break from Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Force Base. He was particularly interested to learn that we grow a couple of Afghan native plants, including the bizarre Ficus afghanistanica. There are probably quite a few other plants that we could grow from Afghanistan, although the prospects of botanizing there look grim for the foreseeable future. Interestingly, Bagram Air Force Base sits just below 5,000' elevation, and is the same latitude as Greenville, South Carolina, so the prospects of a climate match is quite good. We’re still experiencing some shipping delays due to seemingly incessant heat, so we thank you for your patience. Since we are dealing with live plants and we want them to arrive at your garden that way, we are Read more [...]