Dear Hydrangea enthusiasts,


Welcome to the December 2008 newsletter for Hydrangea Plus®. We here at Hydrangeas Plus® wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season. Thank you for a wonderful 2008 and we’re looking forward to growing new hydrangeas for you and your friends and family.


What’s Happening…

The winter weather is upon us here in the Pacific Northwest. We are expecting cool weather this week, into the high 20s. Burrr, it isn’t supposed to get this cold until January. We are buttoning down the shade houses with plastic to keep the hydrangeas a bit warmer. Leaves are just jumping off those hydrangeas, right on schedule.


Tree is trimmed, cookies are baked, gifts are wrapped, I just have to hope the girls don’t find any of my good hiding places. Before they could read, it was so much easier to put out those presents from ‘Santa’.


Hydrangeas Plus Catalog (IX)

The 2009 catalog is getting closer to your mail box. You’ll just love the new design that we came up with. I always forget this takes so long. I’m working on updating the pictures I took this summer, rewriting, editing and adding some new information.


Don’t miss out on this wonderful catalog. If you haven’t ordered in the last two years (that’s 2007 and 2008), you can still get a 2009 catalog for free. To assist me in my database, please order the catalog and use the coupon code CAT9 when you order. You should not have to put in a credit card if you did this correctly. The discount box appears below the shopping cart, first page in the checkout.


Shipping and office schedule

Our 2008 shipping season is coming to an end on December 16th. But, for you last minute shoppers, I can continue to process the gift certificates up to noon (PST), Christmas Eve. I can email the certificate so you can print it out. It will make a great stocking stuffer, too.


We will be out of the office from December 25 – January 5. Emails will be checked periodically but phone messages will probably not be returned until January.


We’ll be back in 2009 and begin shipping as soon as the fingers can stay defrosted enough to wrap the plants. I usually brave the weather by the end of January but on occasion, Mother Nature doesn’t always agree with my schedule. She is the boss, you know.


2009 New Offerings

I’ve been promising the new varieties and they are ready for ordering online. Some are very limited in quantity so order early. You may always order now for spring shipping and add to your order at a later date.


Schizophragma Roseum (pink climber cousin of the hydrangea family)

Macrophylla Jogasaki (double lacecap just exploding with blooms)

Macrophylla Seafoam (lacecap that wants to grow up and be a mophead)

Macrophylla Brunette (dark red/purple blooms, you’ll have to order early on this one)

Macrophylla Gerda Steinger (best cut flower in the world!)

Macrophylla Merritt’s Beauty (reliable bloomer with strong flowers, strong colors)

Paniculata Pinky winky ™ (Indeterminate flowering, new white blooms at tips while other keep red)

Serrata Painter’s Pallet (Dirr’s open pollinated seedling, glorious green and pink lacecap)



Happy Holidays! The VanHoose and Gomez families wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. Thank you for your business past, present and future.


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Kristin VanHoose

Hydrangeas Plus®