2010 Plant Delights Nursery June Newsletter

Dear PDN'ers: 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 [...]

2009 Plant Delights Nursery September Newsletter

Greetings from PDN and we hope you've all had a great gardening summer. Folks in much of the Northeast and Midwest still haven't had much of a summer, many experiencing the coldest summer temperatures in recorded history. Many of you in this wet, cool corridor have seen an array of diseases along with heat-loving plants that just haven't grown very quickly. In years like this, good soil preparation really pays off since good drainage is so important when the rains just won't stop. Over the years, I've also found organically gardened soils that haven't been "chemicalled" to death tend to fare better since they still have plenty of good microbes to fight off the damaging ones. There are also going to be more foliar diseases in years like this, but be sure to determine what pathogen is causing the symptoms before embarking on a course of action. Some plants with foliar damage may simply go dormant early and be fine next season, while other may need more air movement to keep diseases at Read more [...]

2008 Plant Delights Nursery July Newsletter

We hope everyone is having a great summer and preparing for your visit to PDN for our Summer Open House, July 11-13 and 18-20. The gardens look fabulous and I'm sure you're likely to see a few things that will strike your fancy. It got a little warm after our last email with four straight days in the 100's ... a record for June in our part of NC. Those in the Pacific Northwest are enduring the opposite problems ... daytime highs in some regions hadn't risen out of the 50's by the end of June. At that rate, their tomatoes won't ripen until 2010. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who live along the Mississippi River and watched their homes and livelihoods swept away or buried under the swollen waters. We've had a good year from a rainfall perspective and are actually finally running slightly ahead of normal for the year ... a far cry from 2007. I wish we could share more rain with our friends in Atlanta, whose main supply, Lake Lanier, is still 15' below normal. I spoke with folks from Read more [...]

2007 Plant Delights Nursery April Newsletter

Dear PDN'ers: Greetings from Plant Delights, where after two weeks of late spring weather, we have once again plunged back into the grip of winter. For nurserymen, it is the month of April that results in the most premature grey hair accompanied by high blood pressure due to the worry about late spring frosts. After two weeks of temperatures in the 80's, a cold front has once again gripped our area, with predictions of five consecutive nights of freezing temperatures and lows of 24-26 degrees F, which will shatter our old low temperature records for most of those dates. Where's global warming when you really need it? Since we haven't uncovered the overwintering greenhouses yet, the containerized nursery plants are fine, other than causing some heating bills that we could have done without. Our primary concerns are for plants in the display garden, where some arisaemas are in full flower and early hostas are in full leaf. Our crew has spent over 24 man hours covering tender vegetation Read more [...]