2012 Plant Delights Nursery September Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights! We hope everyone has made it through another summer garden season in good shape. We’re wrapping up the open houses for 2012 with our final three days, Friday through Sunday this weekend. If you’re in the area, we sure hope you’ll join us. It’s been great to meet so many of our nearly 7,000 Facebook fans and friends in person at open house...thanks so much for taking time to follow our plant postings. As we inch closer to the autumnal equinox, temperatures have begun to fall, which marks a resurgence of many plants that hibernated during the dog days of summer. Dahlias are like many plants that live for fall, and many of us cut our dahlias to the ground in late August so the fall flush will be look fresh and new. Perennial salvias such as the woody-stemmed Salvia greggiis put on their best floral show of the year in autumn when they flower nonstop for several months. Other salvia species like Salvia leucantha, and my personal favorite, the Salvia Read more [...]

2010 Plant Delights Nursery September Newsletter

Dear PDN'ers: Greetings from Plant Delights, where fall has officially arrived along with some welcome cooler temperatures. Despite recent obscenely hot weather in much of the country (the hottest summer on record in our region), most plants in the garden have still done amazingly well...as long as you could supply adequate moisture. I don’t recall a recent season when plants from hot climates, such as agaves have grown so well. That being said, don’t rush out and plant them, this time of year...at least not north of Zone 8. I like to use mid-August as a outdoor planting cutoff for agaves in our region. If you purchase them after this date, up-pot and grow them as house plants during the winter. Since agaves grow to the size of the pot, an agave transplanted into a 2 or 3 quart pot should easily triple in size during the winter. A bright spot indoors near a window will be perfect to keep your plant until after the last spring frost. One of the fascinating new plants that we Read more [...]

2009 Plant Delights Nursery October Newsletter

September was a busy month at Plant Delights, not only with our Fall Open House, but also with a visit from 655 of America's top garden writers as the group descended upon the Raleigh-Durham area for their annual convention. It was great to meet so many folks at the nursery whose names I'd only heard, including the infamous owner of Burpee seed, George Ball. Dan Hinkley later told me that George was probably looking for more land to purchase. Not to worry... we don't have any for sale. The weather cooperated, everyone was in good spirits, and a great time was had by all... except perhaps those involved in the post-convention bus trip mishap. To read a wonderfully unique perspective about the bus travails check out The Grumpy Gardener. Our sincere thanks to our local site chairman Pam Beck, the local organizing committee, and for those attendees who took time to visit PDN in person and make the convention such a success. Do you have your 2010 calender started yet? Mark down Sunday, October Read more [...]

2006 Plant Delights Nursery October Newsletter

It's starting out to be a great fall at PDN. It's actually hard to believe that it's already fall...especially since we still haven't seen those major hurricanes that we've been promised! Not only has the weather been superb, but fall has brought out garden visitors en mass. We just finished the best attended fall open house in our history, followed by a wonderful visit from participants at the 30th Anniversary J.C. Raulston Arboretum Symposium. It was great to have so many folks visiting for the first time and seeing others returning for the first time in a decade. We would like to personally thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to attend either of these events. We'd also like to welcome a great new crop of PDN volunteers. Our volunteer program, which started in 2003, has swelled to 12 people, including some that have been here since our program began. Volunteers spend their time helping in either the botanic garden or research divisions. In exchange for their invaluable Read more [...]