A plant with the opposite fragrance of the sauromatum is flowering in one of our rock gardens...Dianthus ‘Sangria Splash’. We trial lots of dianthus (hardy carnation), and most are bred to be potted plants and don’t survive our brutal summers. This gem has been growing in our full sun rock garden for years alongside cactus and this is how it looks now…darn impressive!
Dianthus barbatus ‘Heart Attack’ is a perennial sweet William that’s looking great right now. This gem was shared with us many years ago by our first garden curator, James Stevenson, who is now the Education Coordinator at the Florida Botanic Garden in Pinellas County, Florida.
Who turned on the heat? While we've had really good rains in June, they have been accompanied by abnormally high temperatures which arrived much too early in the season. Because of the hot weather, we have put all plant shipping on hold until temps drop back to the upper 80's/low 90's. As much as we are told that we can control the climate, we can't get our operator manual to work correctly, so we will therefore resume shipping as soon as Momma Nature allows.
We've just finished our late spring inventory: the kick-off event for our fall catalog production season which is now underway. Catalog descriptions are nearly finished, as we now make sure we have good photos to go with each new introduction. In evaluating the spring season, sales were not quite what we had hoped for, so once again we have an excess of several items and unfortunately for us (fortunately for you,) we need the space for summer production. Consequently, it's time for our summer overstock sale. This Read more [...]
Greetings from PDN, where we're in the midst of a wonderful spring season. Although we had a short hot spell early in April, overall, it's been a very nice spring for the plants. Because of our prolonged cold winter and the lack of a late spring frost, we had one of the best magnolia seasons in memory, and now the perennials are bursting forth with amazing vigor. Without question, we've also had the best peony season ever.and it's not even over yet. We continue our peony trials for varieties that will grow and flower well, even in the low-chill southeast. Our offerings reflect the best of those trials that we have been able to make available so far.
Our hostas in the garden are also looking great this spring.mainly because we focused our efforts on improving the soil and moisture where we grow them in the garden. We discovered early on that hostas do not thrive in sandy soils, even when compost is added. Once we added a small bit of clay to our mix however, their performance Read more [...]
Greetings from Juniper Level, NC where the weather has simply been wonderful for gardening this spring. Overall, most of the country has enjoyed a good gardening spring, except for the terrible drought still persisting in southeast Texas. Florida had been suffering the same fate as Texas until the recent multi-day deluge that quickly brought most of the state out of a rainfall deficit. Even most of the Midwest has been calm this spring, leaving the poor caravans of storm chasers from the Vortex2 expedition exasperated...sorry folks...you can stay there permanently if it'll keep the tornados away.
Our heart goes out to the staff of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in California, which suffered extensive damage to both structures and the garden in the recent wind-driven Jesusita Fire. The gardens, which focus on California natives, are outstanding if ever have the chance to visit. We hope they can get reopened soon. You can read more about their damage in this news release.
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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 [...]
The 2007 Plant Delights Nursery catalog is in the mail! If you just can't wait, the Plant Delights Nursery website has already been updated to the new catalog, so click away at www.plantdelights.com. With 160 new offerings as well as quite a few returning favorites, we hope you will find an array of plants that you can't live without.
We'd like to thank each and everyone of you for helping to make 2006 our best year in business. As we launch into our 17th year of mail order, we are well aware that we have already exceeded the typical 15-year life expectancy of a mail order nursery. That being said, we continue full-speed ahead, while watching out for the inevitable road bumps along the way. We'd like to thank those of you who have taken time to write kind notes and especially to those who have taken time to post comments on the Garden Watchdog website. We are honored to be ranked as one of the top 30, out of 5498 garden-related mail order companies in the US.
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Well, our Spring Open House is over and we'd like to thank those who attended. We didn't have as many visitors as normal, but this was in part thanks to many folks who did their spring shopping at our winter open house in February. The most memorable moment of our Spring Open House was the dramatic hailstorm that struck while folks were shopping during our final Sunday. This is our fifth hailstorm this spring after having only one in the previous 18 years that we've had the nursery. Someone here must have been really bad.
As an incentive to visit during open house, we always add some new plants to the nursery sales area which are not otherwise available. Since attendance was down a bit, we have a few of these left that we are now adding to the web. Click here to view this list of web-only plants.
For those who are waiting, we have a new crop of the Arisaema triphyllum 'Black Jack' that are now ready. If you missed the first crop this spring, don't wait, since supplies are still limited.
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Howdy folks, and I hope everyone is having a great spring as is the case at Juniper Level. So far, the late spring frosts haven't been too bad. We're keeping our fingers crossed that we are finished with winter, but we'll be watching the forecasts closely over the next few weeks. There is nothing more agonizing for a nursery than trying to figure out when to uncover the greenhouses in spring. If you wait too long, plants stretch and become weak. If you uncover too early, well.... you know what happens if it gets cold again. Also, if you have more rain than your quota, please send some our way. We're already six inches behind for the year since the folks in the PNW have been hoarding all the winter moisture.
We've been snapping photos as fast as we can and still can't keep up. It's been a great spring for most plants in the garden, especially the arisaemas. The early-flowering A. amurense group has been stunning this year. This is also the best show we have ever had from Arisaema kishidae Read more [...]
The 2005 shipping season is drawing to a close at the end of November, so if you've procrastinated until now, time is running out. If you need to purchase Christmas or holiday gifts for that special gardener, remember that a Plant Delights Gift Certificate may be just what the plant doctor ordered.
In a couple of weeks, we'll be announcing the winner of our 2005 Guess the Top 25 Best Sellers Contest for the $250 PDN gift certificate. If you didn't enter the contest this year, be thinking about next years' contest that begins January 1.
We've been busy writing the 2006 catalog that is now only a few weeks away for hitting the presses. To fill the pages, we've propagated an amazing array of great plants that includes 125 new offerings...enough to drive even the most hardcore gardeners completely over the edge. To make room for these new offerings, we will, unfortunately, be rotating an equal number of our old favorites out, so if you've been thinking about ordering that obscure gem, Read more [...]