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2013 Plant Delights Nursery February Newsletter
February 2013 Dear PDN'ers, I don’t know about you, but I’ve about enjoyed this winter long enough...and winter megastorm Nemo missed us. While we’ve only had a low temperature of 18 degrees F in Raleigh, very mild by our norms, it has been consistently cool, which is great for the plants but not so much for those of us with thin blood...I mean chlorophyll. Out in the garden, our early trilliums are about 2-3 weeks behind normal, which is actually a good thing when it comes to avoiding those pesky late spring frosts. Despite the cool, some plants just can’t wait. Our silly clumps of Arisaema ringens are already trying to poke their heads through the soil far too early. When this happens, adding a few inches of mulch to help keep the soil cool will help delay their emergence. Podophyllum pleianthum, a Chinese mayapple, also always emerges too early. Fortunately, it seems to be quite tolerant of getting burned back to the ground time after time. We’ve