2012 Plant Delights Nursery April Newsletter

I picked a lovely night to write to you from our home patio, where I’m sitting adjacent to the falling water sound of the Mt. Michelle waterfall, punctuated by the intermittent peeps from nearby mating frogs, each in search of a suitable companion. It’s not yet the cacophony that we’ll have in a few more weeks, where up to eight different species of poorly harmonized frogs will be trying to communicate simultaneously like a restaurant full of cell phone users. In the dark of this evening, it’s fascinating to watch the mosquitos continually trying to attack my cursor as it moves around the laptop screen. So, what is the best way to clean blood off laptop screens...inquiring minds want to know? We’ve just added another three dozen new plants to the website, many available only in very limited quantities. Shop Now! It’s been quite a start to the year in most parts of the country, with spring arriving far too soon. Many folks had their gardening chores recently interrupted Read more [...]

2011 Plant Delights Nursery January Newsletter

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 [...]

2009 Plant Delights Nursery March Newsletter

Happy first day of spring! I know many parts of the country are still covered in snow, but at least the calendar now makes it official. It's been a roller coaster late winter as we opened for our Winter Open House to 70 degrees F, followed the next day by 36 hours of rain, then 2" of snow, then consecutive lows of 16 and 15 degrees F...then back to 70 degrees F. How would you like to be a plant? Unlike humans, who can go inside on bad weather days, our plants are stuck to fend for themselves...pretty impressive, if you think about it. On the good side, this has been the first winter in six years we've gotten meaningful hardiness data on many of our trial plants...especially agaves. Damage on agaves may take more than a month to show up after the plant has been affected by cold, so don't get too excited when your plant looks great the morning after. Conversely, don't fret over the older leaves turning black, as this is normal. The older leaves on an agave lose winter hardiness, while Read more [...]

2008 Plant Delights Nursery October Newsletter

Greetings from PDN and we hope all is well in your garden. It's been a challenging time since we last wrote, from Hurricane Ike to the stock market dropping like a hot potato. Our thoughts go out to the people and gardens affected by Hurricane Ike. At the Stephen F. Austin Mast Arboretum in Nacogdoches, TX, the Pineywoods section of the garden no longer has many pines or woods of any kind. The photos I've seen show the Arboretum stunningly devastated. Likewise, Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens in Houston suffered severe damage from both wind and flooding. Moody Gardens on Galveston Island also suffered heavy damage, but has reopened. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were adversely affected by the storm. Outside of Hurricane Ike, this has been about as good of a late summer and fall as it gets. The temperature in most of the Southeast has been far below normal and we have had good rains leaving us 7.5" above normal for our yearly rainfall. There are still some very dry Read more [...]

2008 Plant Delights Nursery August Newsletter

Dear PDN'ers: Greetings from PDN, we hope all is well in your neck of the woods. In the spirit of the late George Carlin...why is it that woods have a neck instead of say, an arm or a foot? Inquiring gardeners want to know. The fall 2008 Plant Delights catalog went in the mail Monday and should be arriving at your homes in short order. We hope you'll find some treasures you just can't live without. If you can't wait, the new catalog is already on line at www.plantdelights.com. Weather permitting, we're ready to start shipping from the fall catalog as soon as you're ready to receive your plants. We finally have our stock back up of Colocasia 'Thailand Giant' after our debacle that I described earlier. Again, thanks so much for your patience as we work to resolve our screw-up. Another small error in our last e-newsletter, I wrote about Hymenocallis pumila and meant H. pygmaea...sorry. We mentioned several months ago an upcoming article about PDN in Garden & Gun magazine. Well, 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 [...]

2006 Plant Delights Nursery September Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights as we open for our FINAL open house weekend of the year. The first fall open weekend greeted us with near perfect weather... a welcome change from some years in the past. We've got the same great weather booked for our final open weekend of the year which starts today, Friday September 15. When the weather finally cooled after the summer heat, the garden has been ablaze with some amazing plants. click for open house information This is one of the best flowering years we have seen for lycoris (surprise lilies). If you haven't grown these amaryllis relatives, you haven't enjoyed the surprise when they burst out of the ground in late summer/early fall with stalks of flower that range from red to orange and from white to yellow. The foliage doesn't emerge until after the flowers have finished and remains evergreen through the winter and spring. The key to growing and flowering lycoris is to not let the soil stay excessively dry for long periods and to be sure Read more [...]