Dear Hydrangea Plus¨ Newsletter Subscribers!

Welcome to March 2013.  Happy St. PatrickÕs Day to all 
Dry, dry, dry spring we are having here in Oregon.  I canÕt remember a drier one.  And warm, over 50 degrees today and all this week during the day.  Believe me, that is a heat wave for us this time of the year.  Hydrangeas are breaking out with their spring foliage in some beautiful colors.  Visit our Facebook page to see a few of the latest photos.

It is time to start thinking about fertilizing the hydrangeas.  We recommend a balanced, time-released fertilizer so that the nutrients are released over a 3 or 4 month period.  We sell a great one on our website as well as a great aluminum sulfate product and garden lime to sweeten your soil.  I can ship amendment only orders cheaper than the website calculates via USPS Priority Mail so email me specifically for a better cost of shipping.

Orders are coming in quickly so order early and donÕt miss out on those special varieties.  You can order now but ship later.  If something is out of stock, please email me and IÕll let you know if and when I expect it back in stock.  Several of my newest varieties are in very limited in supply due to some vendor errors with my 2012 summer orders.

Retail hours this month Our first retail event at the nursery is coming up soon.  The annual Spring Break Sale March 30th with hours 9am to 3pm.  Come buy those hydrangeas that are on your plant list before the local nurseries even have them in stock.

At the Spring Break sale on March 30th, I have again invited several specialty nurseries to come and sell with me.  Joining me are Fry Road Nursery, Sebright Gardens and Dancing Oaks Nursery.  Here is a little information about themÉ

Fry Road Nursery offers a vast collection of hardy fuchsias. They sell other unique wonderful plants, too. This mail order nursery is also must-stop destination for the home gardener.

Sebright Gardens carries several hundreds of varieties of shade loving plants Ð not limited to hosta, fern, and epimedium. Their nursery opens in early April so come see a preview of their 2012 fabulous plants. Sebright Gardens is also a mail order nursery so visit their website.

Dancing Oaks is a destination nursery nestled in the foothills of the central Willamette Valley and grows unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from all over the world. Their plants are also available via mail order.

Come join us.  Hours are 9am to 3pm on Saturday, March the 30th.  Our address is 6543 S. Zimmerman Rd Ð Aurora, Oregon.

GARDENPALOOZA The date for Gardenpalooza is April 6th this year.  Come join us at Fir Point Farms from 8am to 4pm.  The address is 14601 Arndt Road in Aurora, Oregon (97002).    The farm was purchased by Country Grains so expect wonderful fresh culinary treats, warm drinks if it is cold, cold drinks if it is warm and over 40 different garden items and plant vendors. 

After ten years outside in tent #1, we are moving into the greenhouse on site so donÕt miss us.  Oh, I will miss my neighbors!  I am willing to bring you special varieties to Gardenpalooza if you just ask!  Tell me size and variety and it will magically appear for you!

New Catalog is coming! ItÕs getting closer, finally!  After some delays and software issues, the Hydrangeas Plus 2013 catalog is on the press and will be available about April 1st.  I do have the pdf file available now if anyone would like me to send it to them by email.  Please email me at [email protected] and request a copy.  Please do not reply to this newsletter Ð email me directly to avoid any delay.

If you would like a new catalog, the cost is $5.  Please order online (at or send a check to

Hydrangeas Plus¨
PO BOX 389
Aurora OR 97002

The PDF file of the catalog is free (just email me at
[email protected]).  The catalog is also free with any order over $10.  We automatically put one into every box we ship.

Facebook & Twitter Check us out on both social media applications Ð you never know when there will be breaking news in the hydrangea world.  We have almost 23000 fans on Facebook now.  Visit our facebook page if you havenÕt already.  We announce give-aways, specials and helpful hints and tips often.  Follow us on twitter

Free Shipping special Ð Coupon code FREE
It is that time of year to offer Free Shipping on orders over $200. For those of you in colder zones, please know that you can specify a later shipping date and still get free shipping in April, May or June.

This offer is good just through Sunday, March 31st.  Orders must ship before June 25th, 2013 and is good to US addresses only and is not retroactive to orders placed before today! 

ItÕs a coupon code and if you have trouble using the coupon just let me know.  Use the coupon code, FREE (below your shopping cart) once your order has reached $200.  You wonÕt 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 Ôyou have entered an incorrect coupon code!Õ.   But again, if you have trouble, just email or call and I can fix it for you.

Office schedule Due to a date with a certain Mouse in California and a daughter dancing onstage with him, we will not be shipping March 25th & 26th.  But otherwise, order early and often.

Please leave a message if I donÕt answer.  Remember, IÕm a working owner and I like to get my hands dirty.  We really will get back to you promptly.  Or send me an email from the website.  I can answer more quickly and in the middle of the night, when there is no daylight to be outside working.

Transplanting Tip

It is a good time to consider transplanting any of those hydrangeas that may need a little more sun or a little less.  When the hydrangea is dormant or mostly dormant, it is a great time to move these shallow rooted plants.  Just be sure to get lots of the lateral roots and water it in its new home well.  ItÕs best to transplant the hydrangeas before you see complete leaf formation.

Kristin VanHoose
Hydrangeas Plus¨