Dear Hydrangea Enthusiasts,
Welcome to the March 2008 edition of Hydrangeas
Plus® newsletter. Yes, it's March here in the valley.
We had our usual snow, hail, sleet, rain and sun. Days are warming
to 60 degrees but still a little chilly at night. Hydrangeas are looking
Orders are pouring in! Get your orders in - catalog is in the mail
and slowly reaching those mailboxes. Remember, our one year hydrangeas
in a 4" or 3.5" pot are slowly creeping back onto the 'available for sale'
section of our website. I think most will be ready sometime in April
but some may not be big enough until May. I'm talking to them every
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers during my recovery. I
am doing fine and doctors say everything is healing better than they anticipated.
I'm not quite 100% but getting there.
SPRING RETAIL HOURS and LOCATIONS
I finally did it - set the day and time for our pre-spring retail sale.
Let's hope for some good weather.
Our RETAIL WEEKEND will be
March 22 (8am - 5pm)
March 23 (8am - 5pm)
This will take place at the nursery. Address is 6543 S Zimmerman
Rd, Aurora OR 97002. Directions can be found here. Wish
Yes, I realize this is Easter weekend but I coordinated the date with the
Wooden Shoe Farm's open date (March 20 - April 20).
Next is GARDENPALOOZA. This is the sixth year for this wonderful
celebration of spring. We will be there with 40 other nurseries. Don't
miss this event! It will be held again at Fir Point Farms in Aurora.
See here for
more details and directions. Produced by the Gustin Creative Group.
April 5 (8am - 4pm)
We have set our annual OVERSTOCK SALE to be April 26th-May 10th, everyday,
8am to 5pm
Some very sad news....
Susy Dirr, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Michael Dirr passed away on January
24th. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Dirr family. In lieu
of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to the Sweet Melissa Fund
for transplant families at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel
The Sweet Melissa Fund
c/o Becky Cicale, Lung Transplant Coordinator
111 Hogan Ridge Ct
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
SALE SALE SALE SALE - FREE SHIPPING FREE SHIPPING FREE SHIPPING
Sorry, that was a little annoying. We doing the free shipping again!
For orders over $200 for orders placed before March 31st. This
is only applicable to online orders and cannot be combined with other offers.
We're beginning to run out of some varieties so order as soon as you
can. Just type FREE SHIPPING in the coupon code section on the first
page of the order form (scroll down a bit) once your order for plants and
amendments exceeds $200. For those of you in colder zones, this offer
applies to orders shipped anytime this spring (June 15th).
If you have trouble using the coupon (I know it's awful - so sorry
- I'm working on that) I will amend your order and send you a confirmation
for the zero shipping. Just write me a note in the special shipping
instructions and I'll take care of it for you.
This is only available for the plants available now. No pre orders
for hydrangeas that aren't ready yet.
Commonly Asked Questions
TRANSPLANT Q: I have two hydrangea plants. The larger one used to
be shaded by a flowering tree in the afternoon. However, the tree was diseased
and we had to have it removed. This plant is on the southwest side of my
house. The hydrangea received too much sun and the leaves and flowers curled
up. The smaller plant is on the west side of my house and receives a lot
of sun and reflection off our siding. It also seems to have leaves curl when
it gets too hot. Is there anything I can do to protect my plants from the
hot summer afternoons? Will it hurt to transplant them? My backyard (north
side of house) gets very little sun and is fairly wet most of the year. Any
advice would be appreciated. I love both of my plants and want them to thrive.
A: Other than a cooler summer, there really isn't much you can do.
Watering in the AM hours may help. Mulch the plant in the summer
to keep more moisture in the ground and allow less to transpire away. Transplanting
may be a great option.
Now is a great time to transplant hydrangeas. It isn't difficult.
The plant should still be dormant so transplant risk is minimal. The
root system for hydrangea is generally shallow (the reason why they need
so much water on hot days) and could be up to the width of the branch system.
Be sure that you mulch them well after transplant to protect from any late
frosts we may have before spring.
Thank you for your question.
VISIT THE NURSERY Q: I recently moved to Oregon and
noticed that you nursery or the contact number is a "503" area code. i was
wondering if you could give me the directions to the nursery so that i can
visit and purchase plants instead of having to get them ordered through
A: We aren't open to the public right now (next date is set
for March 22nd). You are more than welcome to place an order online
and we can arrange a time that you can come pickup. We are here most
days. We will give you 20% off if you come pick up (and obviously, no
shipping cost). Retail prices will be similar.
Our address is 6543 S Zimmerman Rd Aurora OR 97002.
BLOOM Q: I have a hydrangea that I planted about 4 years ago.
It has never bloomed. Any suggestions? Thanks!
A: The reasons why hydrangeas don't bloom are usually (1) too much
pruning (2) improper pruning time (3) weather - too cold or transition to
winter/summer too drastic (4) too much shade (5) too much fertilizer.
SIZE Q: What sizes are the 1, 2 & 3 year old hydrangeas
that you ship? Bare root or pot (size?). Many thanks.
A: Our one year plants are in 3.5" or 4" and they were planted
last fall and aren't quite big enough yet. It's the first year we've
offered this 'starter' size and I want them to be perfect - rooted and leafing
out. These will be shipped in the container. Some are ready
now but most will be ready in mid to late April - depending on the weather.
The 2-year plant is growing in a one gallon container. The 3-year
plant is growing in a three gallon. For the 2- and 3-year hydrangeas,
we don't ship the container so we fell it's misleading to say '1 gallon'
or '3 gallon'. These are really the age of these plants so that's
what we call them.
I hope that helps. There is pictures on the website if you click on
1-year hydrangea, 2-year hydrangea, or 3-year hydrangea. It's what
they look like in May. Right now, they are bit dormant but pushing nicely.
We do ship most of the potting mix we use to grow the plant and these are
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