Dear Hydrangea enthusiasts,

Welcome to the November 2008 newsletter for Hydrangea Plus¨. 


WhatÕs HappeningÉ

We hope that you are having a wonderful fall.  Weather seems to be cooperating with hydrangeas around the country with the few exceptions of early snowfall.  WeÕre having a glorious fall here in the Willamette Valley.  ItÕs perfect planting weather in between the sheets of rain.  The hydrangeas are slowly going dormant and the colors are spectacular.  Leaves are turning red and yellow and blooms are getting redder or greener, depending on the variety.


WeÕve been busy here at the nursery.  Plastic is on the shade houses for a bit of added winter protections, hydrangeas are pruned.  I got the pruning video on YouTube (my user name is HydrangeaLady, just in case you missed it).  IÕve update inventory for the rest of the year and now IÕm off to finish those 1 year plants (that should be ready for April shipping).


Hydrangeas Plus Catalog (IX)

IÕve begun the task of 2009 catalog.  I always forget this takes so long.  I have so many new pictures that I need to get those organized before too long.


Shipping schedule

We wonÕt be shipping the week of Thanksgiving.  The dates are November 24th – November 28th.  We hope you all have a happy Turkey Day.  Orders processed that Thanksgiving week will be sent the following week, December 1st and 2nd


Our 2008 season will come to an end on December 16th and that will be our last shipping date for 2008.  ItÕs always so sad when I say that.  But, weÕll 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.


Final Days of Free Shipping

We are in our final days of the Free Shipping campaign for fall 2008.  Get your orders in by November 30th to get your free shipping discount.  This free shipping applies to all orders over $150.  There is a coupon FREE SHIPPING but if you miss it, IÕll adjust it here at my end.


2009 New Offerings

IÕve been promising the new varieties and here they areÉ

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, youÕll have to order early on this one)

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

Macrophylla MerrittÕs Beauty (reliable bloomer with strong flowers, strong colors)

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

Serrata PainterÕs Pallet (DirrÕs open pollinated seedling, glorious green and pink lacecap)


Order early or we may run out of these.  IÕll get the pictures and descriptions on the website in December.


Winter Tips

Stay warm!  Okay, thatÕs a given.  When the temperatures start dropping, the leaves will begin to drop and thatÕs totally expected.  Most of these cultivars are supposed to do that.  They will still need some water, but much, much less.  In warmer climates, the leaves may not totally drop off but be patient.  New leaves will push those off next spring. 


Back to the staying warm comment, some areas where temperatures drop below 10 degrees, it is a good idea to cover those hydrangeas that bloom on old wood.  The European macrophylla hybrids are particularly sensitive to drastic changes in temperatures (from cold to warm and warm to cold).  Protect these cultivars with a thermal blanket (waterproof or water resistant).  Tightly woven burlap is also good protection.


In most areas, Arborescens, Oakleaf, Petiolaris and the Paniculata families will not need protection.  These are hardy to zone 4.


For new plantings, it is also a good idea to mulch after leaf drop.  This will give you a few extra weeks to help the roots get established.


For container plants, be sure that you move them inside or insulate the containers when temperatures drop below 20 degrees.  If you bring them inside, they will still need to be watered once or twice per week.  The soil should stay just moist (not wet).


Happy Holidays!


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Kristin VanHoose

Hydrangeas Plus¨