Dear Hydrangea enthusiasts,


Welcome to the August 2010 newsletter for Hydrangea Plus®. 


What’s Happening at Hydrangeas Plus®

Unless you didn’t notice, I missed June and July.  I really don’t have an urgent excuse other than I was super busy around here and didn’t have a chance to sit down and jot down my musings. 


Here’s a taste of what we’ve been doing on…

We continue the rebuild 3 of the houses we lost in 2008 (only 2 left to start)

Build the display garden hardscapes, irrigation and pathways.

Propagate plants for our 2011 fall crop.

Watching for critters, fungus and blooms.

Taking pictures for next year’s catalog.

Relocating some cultivars in the nursery for better performance.

Testing some of the new varieties on the market and varieties coming to market

Count, cut, align and fertilize the 1 year, 2 year and 3 year plants


Oh, and swimming, bible camp, Camp fire camp and playing with friends.

I can’t wait for school to start again so I can take a break.


Weather has been super cool, unlike any other part of the country.  We had just a few hot days and expected to get two more days over 90 degrees this weekend.  Ideal conditions for the hydrangeas and for people. 


Display Garden


It is beginning to take shape.  We have had some challenges with the water and irrigation pipes breaking under the weight of the big trucks so our hope for a summer blooming garden was postponed.  We finally had the fence installed so no one (including yours truly) falls off the eight foot walls.  I got dizzy just looking down.  We have sunny places and shady places and many shunny places that hydrangeas love.  I can’t wait to show you all the progress.  I’m trying to come up with a fancy name for the garden but don’t have the perfect one. 


FaceBook and Twitter


Welcome new Facebook subscribers.  We now have almost 6000 fans.  If you haven’t posted your favorite summer hydrangea picture to our facebook page, please do so!  We’d love to hear from you.  We offer videos, specials, related articles and hydrangea happenings as we hear about them.  Just search for Hydrangeas Plus while logged in to Facebook or go to   We are also on Twitter at, still can’t get over that name but a great way to keep up with the happenings in our little hydrangea heaven part of the world.


Gardenpalooza, the Tour – September 9th – 12th, 2010


We have joined this wonderful tour de September bliss, a great time of year for us in the Pacific Northwest, and elsewhere, to get a jump start on spring and plant some awesome plants.  Hint, hint, you all need at least another hydrangea in your garden this year. 


This 4-day event will guide you through specialty nurseries and garden centers throughout SW Washington and NW Oregon.  Visit the website at for an interactive on-line map of the other participating members.  Here is our schedule for the event.


Hours:  10:00am to 4:00pm

Everyday special – Free Hydrangeas Plus® fertilizer or lime with every $50 purchase


Thursday, September 9th – Kickoff for Gardenpalooza, the tour Des Plants

Opening day contest – enter to win $100 Gift Certificate for Hydrangeas Plus


10:00am – Cut hydrangea demonstration by Kristin, get those beautiful blooms to last


2:00pm – Nursery tour with Kristin


Friday, September 10th

2:00pm and if anyone asks -  Hydrangea pruning demonstration with Kristin, find out how to prune without losing your hydrangea blossoms for next summer.


Saturday, September 11th

10:00am – Cut flower demonstration and pruning demonstration by Kristin


11:00am – Walk with William and Judy from Gardentime TV around the nursery and listen to this great couple talk about their favorite hydrangeas.


1:00pm – Pruning demonstration

2:00pm – Nursery tour with Kristin


Sunday, September 12th

1:00pm, 2:00pm and if anyone asks -  Hydrangea pruning demonstration with Kristin


Hydrangeas will be 20 to 30% off retail catalog prices here at Hydrangeas Plus®.  Please come visit us and pickup a new hydrangea or two.


Summer Special


We have been running a great special all summer.  If you buy $100 worth of hydrangeas, receive 10% off your total plant purchase.  If you buy $150 worth of hydrangeas, receive 15% off your total plant purchase.  (no, we are not done) If you buy $200 worth of hydrangeas, receive 20% off your total plant purchase.  If you buy $250 worth of hydrangeas, receive 25% off.  (just one more, I know we’re crazy) If you buy $300 worth of hydrangeas, receive 30% off. 


Did you catch all that?  Here is a summary…

10% off your plant purchase of $100

15% off your plant purchase of $150

20% off your plant purchase of $200

25% off your plant purchase of $250

30% off your plant purchase of $300 or more


Offer is good through the end of August, 2010 but orders MUST SHIP THIS YEAR.  This is good on all orders shipped in the US only.  There is no coupon to enter, the discount will activate as soon as your shopping cart reaches these values.  The discount does not count toward the shipping costs but it is still a great deal.


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Kristin VanHoose

Hydrangeas Plus®