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Rare Bulb Highlights: Ornamental Onions
Hello Fellow Gardeners!
There are so many exciting bulbs available for fall shipping or pick-up through our Rare Bulb offerings - 265 to be exact - that we thought we should introduce you to some of the many highlights between now and fall.

In this instalment we highlight the ornamental onions or Allium. Few garden plants can offer inflorescences forming perfect spheres which makes ornamental onions indispensable for the garden. Add to that their long-lived habit and easy care and you have some real winners for taking your garden to the next level. We have 30 different kinds of Allium to choose from.

If you would like to order, full details on pre-ordering Rare Bulbs as well as Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids are below.

Our mail order site is now fully updated with all kinds of crazy and fantastic botanical bulbacious wonders, most of which you won't find anywhere else in Canada. Both local and mail order customers can place orders there for pick-up or shipping in the fall.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians
Tulipa wilsoniana has relatively large cup shaped red flowers sitting atop rippled, bluish foliage.
Available now for ordering along with many other amazing tulips from our Rare Bulb offerings.
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Rare Bulb Highlights
Ornamental Onions You Should not Live Without
Last year I brought home bulbs of all of the large-flowering ornamental onions we had available as part of our rare bulb offerings. Boy, was I amazed when they all bloomed in spring. Their huge spheres in shades of purple, magenta, lavender, and white seemed to float above the garden like floral balloons. I've always loved Allium but this past spring has convinced me that I really could not live without them.

Ornamental onions are best-known for the species and hybrids which form large spheres that can be 3-6 inches. The best of the commonly available cultivars is 'Globemaster' but there is a wealth of other large-flowered cultivars in a variety of shades that are equally, if not more, stunning. There are also Allium with even bigger spheres such as A. cristophii , A. schubertii and the hybrid 'Spider' with firework-like heads up to 8-12 inches across! There are also Allium that form half spheres like A. nigrum and 'Miami', Allium that form small spheres or egg-shaped heads like the blue A. caesium , A. sphaerocephalon , and 'Red Mohican', Allium forming small fireworks like A. pulchellum ssp. carinatum and A. flavum , Allium with dramatic, broad architectural foliage and large heads like 'Ostara', A. nevskianum , and A. karataviense 'Ivory Queen', and cute little Allium with small clusters of flowers like A. moly and the shade-loving A. ursinum . All of these various forms offer shades of magenta, purple, lavender, blue, white, and yellow.
Ornamental onions can be grown by the majority of Canadians from coast to coast. They are mostly considered hardy to zone 4 (with some officially hardy to zone 3) though gardeners in zone 3 and even zone 2 have successfully overwintered Alliumwith mulching and good snow cover in protected microclimates. They are also disease resistant, bug resistant, and deer resistant!

We are very pleased to offer 30 different species and cultivars of Allium for fall pick-up or shipping.
Allium with Large Heads in Purple Shades
Ornamental onions are best-known for the species and hybrids which form large spheres that can be 3-6 inches in various shades of purples. We have 7 different cultivars of this type available.
Allium with Large Heads in White
The large sphered cultivars also have beautiful white counterparts. We have 4 different cultivars of Allium with large white flower heads.
Allium with Large Firework-Type Heads
There are also Allium with even bigger spheres such as A. cristophii , A. schubertii and the hybrid 'Spider' with firework-like heads up to 8-12 inches across!
Allium Forming Half Spheres
Allium 'Miami' and A. nigrum form half spheres.
Allium Forming Small Spheres and Egg-Shaped Heads
Various Allium form small spheres or egg-shaped heads like the blue A. caesium , A. sphaerocephalon , and 'Red Mohican'.
Allium Forming Small Fireworks
Some Allium form small fireworks like A. pulchellum ssp. carinatum and A. flavum.
Allium with Large Heads atop Dramatic Foliage
Some Allium have dramatic, broad architectural foliage and large heads like 'Ostara', A. nevskianum , and A. karataviense 'Ivory Queen'.
Allium with Small Clusters
Some Allium form small clusters of flowers like A. moly and the shade-loving A. ursinum .
Rare Spring Bulbs
265 Superlative Bulbs, Rhizomes, and Corms
Bulbs represent an extraordinary opportunity to layer in extra colour, dynamism, and drama into your perennial borders and containers. They come in a diverse range of colours, shapes, and sizes and there is a bulb for nearly every garden situation. Bulbs are also very easy to care for. Just dig a hole and drop them in. You're done! Now prepare for years of beauty and colour. 

We are very excited to offer 265 different rare and unusual bulbs, rhizomes and corms this fall up from 200 last year! There are many new treasures to be discovered!
Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick-up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Please order early to secure your favourites as many bulbs sold out in advance last year.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in mid to late September, depending on when they arrive from Europe. 

Local Customers : Choose "pick up" when you check out. We will send you an email when it's time to come in. Please place separate orders for bulbs and Cypripedium as this makes administering your orders easier. Please don't place orders for plants. They should all be ready now. You can always call or email first to enquire before you come in.

Mail Order Customers : Please do not place orders mixing plants, bulbs or Cypripedium, unless you're placing an order for mixed plants and bulbs after Sept 15 or mixed plants, bulbs, and/or Cypripedium after October 1st. Otherwise, each of these categories will ship separately to arrive to you as fresh as possible for immediate planting and best establishment before winter. In summer and fall, plants are already grown and can't be held for more than a short period. They must ship when orders are placed. Bulbs ship in mid to late September. Cypripedium ship in mid October. If you place an order mixing these categories, we will need to arrange multiple shipments and recalculate your shipping costs.

A Note on Shipping Costs : Unlike other mail order nurseries that ship fairly uniform products such as just bulbs or just bulbs and bareroot bagged perennials, we ship a very large range of products in a very large range of sizes. This makes it difficult to tweak our shopping cart system to give proper shipping cost estimates for all types of orders. We have left our system configured to estimate shipments containing plants which is the most costly type of item to ship and the most important for us to get right. However, this means that our system will sometimes over estimate the cost of shipping bulbs and Cypripedium. We will be re-evaluating all shipping costs for bulbs after shipping and adjust your shipping costs downwards should there be a discrepancy. Our goal is only to cover our costs in shipping, not to make money. Thanks for your understanding.

Ordering : Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to start shopping! The minimum order value to place a pre-order for mail order or pick-up is $40.

Have fun!
Cypripedium
Lady's Slipper Orchids
40 Amazing Hybrids and Species
We are excited to offer a diverse selection of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. The majority of our offerings are Cypripedium hybrids which possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have beautiful flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. In fact, in optimum conditions they should double in size every year! They come into bloom from late April through June offering an exquisite show in the garden.

This year we have added a selection of some of the best and most interesting Cypripedium species. Once you've gotten some practice growing the hybrids these plants are a wonderful way to continue your love affair with lady's slipper orchids. Keep in mind though that species orchids are more exacting in their requirements and that you should do research on how to care for them.

Most of our hybrid Cypripedium are "officially" hardy to zone 4 while some are hardy to zone 3 and even zone 2! Even the zone 4 plants may be hardy in protected spots in zone 3 with mulch and good snow cover as we are still learning about the hardiness of the different hybrids. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing these Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 40 different lady's slipper orchids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October 2017. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring. Here they are:
Ordering : Visit the Cypripedium Pre-Order to peruse and make your selections. All of our Cypripedium are top quality, blooming-size plants often with multiple eyes sourced from the best growers in Europe and provided to you bare root. October is the best time to buy and plant Cypripedium directly into the ground and the only time we will ship them. The largest rhizomes are selected to fill fall mail orders and pick-up orders. The remaining unsold rhizomes are potted up for spring sales on site at Phoenix.

Local Customers : Choose "pick up" when you check out. We will send you an email when it's time to come in. Please place separate orders for bulbs and Cypripedium as this makes administering your orders easier. Please don't place orders for plants. They should all be ready now. You can always call or email first to enquire before you come in. 

Mail Order Customers : Please do not place orders mixing plants, bulbs or Cypripedium, unless you're placing an order for mixed plants and bulbs after Sept 15 or mixed plants, bulbs, and/or Cypripedium after October 1st. Otherwise, each of these categories will ship separately to arrive to you as fresh as possible for immediate planting and best establishment before winter. In summer and fall, plants are already grown and can't be held for more than a short period. They must ship when orders are placed. Bulbs ship in mid to late September. Cypripedium ship in mid October. If you place an order mixing these categories, we will need to arrange multiple shipments and recalculate your shipping costs. 

A Note on Shipping Costs : Unlike other mail order nurseries that ship fairly uniform products such as just bulbs or just bulbs and bareroot bagged perennials, we ship a very large range of products in a very large range of sizes. This makes it difficult to tweak our shopping cart system to give proper shipping cost estimates for all types of orders. We have left our system configured to estimate shipments containing plants which is the most costly type of item to ship and the most important for us to get right. However, this means that our system will sometimes over estimate the cost of shipping bulbs and Cypripedium. We will be re-evaluating all shipping costs for bulbs and Cyps after shipping and adjust your shipping costs downwards should there be a discrepancy. Our goal is only to cover our costs in shipping, not to make money. Thanks for your understanding.