H: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Rare Opportunity for Great Rhododendrons at rock bottom prices

To Mass Chapter Members,
Our chapter has been presented with a rare opportunity.  As many of you may know, Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton is changing their business model.  In the future, they will be contracting with third parties to grow many of their plants to salable size.  They are discontinuing their own production of these plants from small starts.  However, they already had some of these plants in the pipeline, and now do not need them.  Wayne Mezitt, owner of Weston Nurseries has very generously offered these plants to our Chapter at very reasonable prices.  This presents us with a rare opportunity to obtain some of Weston's best introductions at prices you will find irresistible.  This is a one-time only opportunity.  Once these plants are sold, there will be no more at this size and price.  Though supplies for some selections should be sufficient, supplies of others are limited.  First come first serve on reserving them.
These plants were bred in and for the New England climate and should perform exceptionally well for you.
Types, Prices and sizes are as follows:
Small Leaved Rhododendrons (Lepidotes):
All hardy in Zone 5 or lower.
These are robust plants, 1 to 2 feet high in 4" pots.  Some look to be 3 years old.
Price: $3.50 each;  $3.00 each for 3 or more.
Weston's Aglo (similar to Olga) pink
Weston's Pink Diamond - double pink, early
PJM Elite - a select clone of PJM, more towards pink than "typical" PJM.
Weston's Crescendo - Pink flowers that darken with age
Molly Fordham - white flowers, a week after PJM
Evergreen Azaleas:
All hardy in Zone 5.
These plants are smaller than the prior set, and so is the price:  $3.00 each;  $2.50 each for 3 or more.
Bixby - Compact plant, Dark red flowers
Pink Clusters - dwarf plant, ruffled, bright pink flowers
Pink Discovery - Clear pink flowers
Deciduous Azaleas:
All hardy in Zone 5 or lower.  Most are summer bloomers, except where noted.  Most (all?) are fragrant.  Most were selected for leaf mildew resistance, as well as their other attributes.
Price:  Larger plants, $3.50 each, $3.00 each for 3 or more
prunifolium hybrids - yellow to orange. 
calendulaceum - orange/yellow, a superb native of the east coast, Appalachians
Following deciduous azaleas are smaller than the above.
Price: Smaller plants, $3.00 each;  $2.50 each for 3 or more.
Red Salute
Bonbon - pink flowers with a rich fragrance in June. Bluish green mildew resistant foliage turns bronze in fall
Pennsylvania - light pink flowers with an orange eye
Framingham - peach & pink
Golden Showers
Pink & Sweet
Jane Abbot - pink, blooms in May, extremely fragrant
Weston's Sparkler - Ruffled, dark pink flowers
Popcorn - white with yellow flair
To order:  Email me the following:
full name
phone number
Number and type of plant.  Note discounts for 3 or more of the same type.
Plant pickup will be at my house Saturday, June 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  Instructions & details will follow.  If you wish to order plants but cannot pick up on this date or get a friend to do so, let me know and we can discuss possible alternate arrangements.  Please consult Weston's catalog or do a Web search for more info on any given cultivar - info can be found for all of these selections on the Web.
Remember, first come, first served.
Joe Bruso
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