We know it's hard for some folks to wrap their mind around being excited when insects eat your plants, but that's how nature works. In the best scenario, the insect eating the plant is as beautiful or more so than the plant their eating. I just snapped this photo of the larvae of the Pipevine Swallowtail devouring all of our aristolochia (pipevines) in the garden. This actually doesn't harm the plants, and before long, your garden will be filled with these beautiful butterflies below. No spraying, please. See the top 25 flowers that attract butterflies here.
A pipevine swallowtail enjoying a lantana nectar snack here at Juniper Level.
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It’s been great to connect with so many folks as they discover our Facebook site, although we have a long way to go to catch up with mail order nurseries that have been using it for several years. Facebook allows us to share images and tidbits about cool plants that may look great between newsletters and open houses. It also allows us to promote special events and pass along news that pops up too quickly to mention in our monthly e-newsletters We’ve posted some great agave (century plant) photos there that aren’t to be missed. Visit our Facebook Page!
Last week was a real treat when a bus load of fern fanatics from the Hardy Fern Foundation and British Fern Society descended on Plant Delights. It was great to spend over 5 hours talking about and looking at ferns with a bunch of pteridomaniacs. You can read more about the folks that visited and see photos on our Facebook page at Visit our Facebook Page!
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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 [...]
It's December, which means only a few more weeks remain before the new 2002 Plant Delights Nursery Catalog will hit the mail. All of the plants have been selected, the text has been written, and the photographs have been selected. Now, all that remains is to finish putting everything into a publishable format. David Lee, our master graphic arts designer/shipping manager is spending nights and weekends putting this all together.
Over 150 new plants and over 700 color photographs grace the pages of the upcoming 2002 catalog, expanded from 96 to 116 pages. We hope to have good stock on all items, although anticipating demand for a new plant is anything but an exact science.
We have essentially stopped shipping plants for 2001, unless we are apprized of a horticulture emergency to which we could respond. Newly arriving orders will be scheduled for spring 2002 shipment. Remember, there are still gift certificates. If you're tired of getting new ties, socks, or more golf balls than you Read more [...]
It's hard to believe, but the year is coming to a close...and without a hurricane to hit the US! Fall has been beautiful and consequently lots of folks have been planting in their gardens. Frankly, with all that's gone on in the world this fall, the garden is truly the place to be. I can easily remember back to the "good old days" when we didn't know a Taliban from a telephone.
The change in consumer purchasing habits due to the terrorist disaster has had tremendous effects on our industry with many small nurseries folding up shop, while major players such as Burpee went in to Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I cannot emphasize enough...patronize your favorite nurseries, be they local or mail order. Many small and some larger nurseries simply cannot endure income slow downs, particularly in the fall and winter.
We are already looking forward to a big spring, and our greenhouses are nearly fully stocked. Stocked that is with a dizzying array of wonderful new plants. We are working nearly round-the-clock Read more [...]
I hope everyone now has received their fall catalog by now. Response to the larger color photos has been wonderful, which is really good because they were really expensive. The catalog is filled with many choice new items, so don't be left out as plants begin to sell out. So far fall orders are far exceeding last year, which as Martha would say, is "A good thing".
We have just completed construction of a new underground irrigation tank, which will take the place of the one that collapsed back in June. This has been a time consuming and obscenely expensive task, that has left facilities manager Larry Blakeman, claustrophobic, covered in mud, and probably thinking about finding an air-conditioned office job. In the same area, Gary Mazur and Joe Steele of Raleigh's Envision's Co. are just finishing the installation of the new patio pavers around the new Southwestern Garden. We can't wait for you to see this area, filled with agaves and cacti...truly amazing!
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We have finished our mid-summer inventory and our fall catalog, which is back from the printer and in the mail. We hope you enjoy many of the new treasures as well as the return of several old favorites
Our top selling plants for the season as of August 1, 2001
Hi folks..it's us again. We have finished a very successful spring open house. It's always great to see so many folks indulging in their favorite addiction...plants. We have been busy propagating and hope to have most items that were out earlier back in stock in a couple of more weeks. Our next event is a visit from the American Hosta Society Convention which arrives in town next week to the tune of 450+ people. Once the group departs, it's back to work on the fall catalog that is due to be mailed in mid-August. Remember that our summer open house is scheduled for July 6-8 and 13-15. This is when we have quite a few out-of-towners that visit for the first time. We look forward to meeting you in person. The gardens have never looked better, so bring plenty of film. We have just added a new summary of our results with winter hardy palms in our garden this winter...check it out in the articles section. Below, you will also find our updated "best sellers" list. Check and see if your favorite Read more [...]