Dear Hydrangea enthusiasts,

Welcome to the June 2012 newsletter for Hydrangea PlusŪ.  Hydrangeas are just bursting to open.   Ah, June is finally here.  If the sun would just arrive, all would be great! 

Busy spring means I missed our normal May newsletter.  We planting, propagating, and working on the garden.  We are opening up this month, June 22nd & 23rd so come see the hydrangeas and buy a few for your garden.

We also added two new retail events at two of our favorite destination nurseries.  On June 16th, Hydrangeas PlusŪ will be at Sebright Gardens in Brooks, Oregon (see our website for directions).  Adelman’s Peony farm and Schrieder’s Iris farm will be open as well so make it a day trip.  Sebright Gardens specializes in shade loving plants and are great companions to our hydrangeas!

On July 7th, we will be traveling to Albany, Oregon to take part in celebration at Fry Road Nursery.  They will have food and music and a plant swap.  Fry Road is my favorite place for hardy fuchsias but they grow so many other wonderful plants, too.  See our website for directions.

What’s Happening…

The hydrangeas are beautiful right now.  Most of the Serrata cultivars are blooming and putting on a show that is better than I’ve seen for years.  And, the climbing hydrangeas are so fragrant this year.  I can’t believe I didn’t notice that before but walking past the Quelpartensis, from Korea and Dan Hinkley’s adventures, there is a tantalizing scent!  Of course I proceeded to investigate all the climbing hydrangeas in bloom.  The Petiolaris in our back garden also is just a bit fragrant.  Did anyone else notice their climbing hydrangea has a wonderful fragrant?

Our annual spring sale was a great hit, too.  The sun was more present than normal and many new and loyal customers came to visit.  This is always the two weeks before Mother’s day.  I saw so many of you – be sure to tell your friends where you got those beautiful hydrangeas!

Our next event is a new one for us.  We’ve tried and tried to open a weekend so you can see our blooming hydrangeas (even if they are pink in the nursery) but we’ve missed the blooms the last few years as they are shy to arrive.  So, put it on your calendar, if you’re in the neighborhood, June 22nd/23rd for our first annual Bloom extravaganza.  At least I hope you’ll see some blooms.  Our garden will be open for a few hours, too.  Nursery tours and of course, retail sales hours both days.  Check the website for specifics.  And, hope for good weather!

Overstock sale – BIG BIG SALE

We’re planting our new crop of hydrangeas but still have some 3 year size that are just too big and plentiful to carry over until next year.  See our ‘On Sale Now’ category on the website.  Lots of great plants for just $30, they need a new home!

Sale – Free shipping

Back by popular demand!  Free shipping on orders of $200 or greater to the first 100 coupon users! This offer is good just through June 17th, 2012.  Orders must ship on or before June 19th, 2012 and is good to US addresses only and cannot be applied retro-actively!  It’s a coupon code and if you have trouble using the coupon just let me know.  Use the coupon code, FREESHIPPING (below your shopping cart) once your order has reached $200.  You won’t be able to see the coupon is accepted and in effect until your reach the check out stage.  If there is an error with the coupon, you will get a purple box at the top of your shopping cart that says ‘you have entered an incorrect coupon code!’.   But again, if you have trouble, just send me a note with the order, email or call right away and I can fix it for you.


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Remember Father’s Day

Who says Dad doesn’t like flowers!  Just ask my dad, who had to have the new Little Lime this year.  How about a hydrangea or a gift certificate from Hydrangeas Plus!  Father’s Day is June 17th this year.  Orders for Father’s Day will need to be placed by Monday, June 11th at 1:00pm, PST.   We can send E-mail gift certificates through June 14th.  We have lots of hydrangeas budding and ready to bloom by then so let us help you pick a hydrangea.  Be sure to include any special comments on the order, too.  Does Dad really need another tie this year!

A little administration

When we upgraded last year, many folks had trouble logging into their user accounts. If this happened to you, please let me know.  I can fix the problem.  With the new upgrade, any zip code with the 4 digit extension will not allow you to login to your account. Or, if you need to change your email address, please let me know.

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Kristin VanHoose
Hydrangeas PlusŪ