Dear Hydrangea enthusiasts,
Welcome to the September 2014 newsletter for Hydrangea PlusŪ.   I am so embarrassed that I didn’t get this out sooner.  We have had such a busy summer and I haven’t written a newsletter since May.  I have a lot of catching up to do for you.
What’s Happening…
Hot!!  What a summer we have had here in Oregon.  I don’t remember having so many temperatures into the 90s!  Hydrangeas were a little stressed (as were the people) but now the cool days of September will soon be upon us.
We are pruning hydrangeas, fertilizing and doing a little grow dance for some of those varieties that are still a little small.  I will be checking on the plants every week so if we’re out of stock, just check back.  Or email me with the size and cultivar and I can email you when they are back in stock.
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Open House dates set:  September 5th – 7th, 2014 and September 12th & 13th, 2014
Hours each day are noon to 4pm
We’ve begun putting the hydrangeas in our retail houses and I’ll spend a lot of next week picking up supplies and setting up for this annual event.  Fall is a wonderful time to plant hydrangeas.  In case you haven’t heard, planting all trees and shrubs is good for fall.  Barlow road is open!  We have had major construction going on around our nursery but you will be able to find us without a bunch of back road detours.
We will have most 2-year and 3-year plants available.  Trees are available for pickup too.  Please email if you have a special order already in mind and we can get it ready.
Fall orders and shipping
Fall is a great time to plant hydrangeas in most areas.  My rule of thumb for successful fall planting is that you must have enough time before frost for the roots to get established.  If the roots don’t get established, the hydrangea won’t live through the winter.  After the first frost, the plant stops growing significantly.  The roots will still grow but not as quickly.  I plant in the fall so that Mother Nature helps me with the watering.  I add mulch after leaf drop to make sure the roots stay warm and continue to grow and get established.  Email me if you have any questions.
Gardenpalooza – September 20th – Fir Point Farms
If you can’t make it to our open house, please visit Fir Point Farms and pickup some hydrangeas.  We are taking special orders for this event too so if you want something special, please let us know.
New Varieties
The anticipation is building.  We will announce our new offerings next newsletter – scheduled for October.  Don’t miss out.  I will post them on Facebook, too.
These new varieties have been tested here at Hydrangeas PlusŪ so we can honestly say these will work for you and they will do what we say they will.  I do a lot of new variety testing and not all of them past my stringent test and get the Hydrangeas PlusŪ stamp of approval.
Finally – specials for fall shipments!
It is time for free shipping again for those orders over $199 and shipped in the continental US.  For those of you unable to come to our fall sale, please take advantage of our free shipping for orders of $199 or greater.  This offer is good just 9-1 (today) to October 31st (not retroactive to previous orders – sorry).  Orders must ship before November 30th, weather permitting.
Use the coupon code FALLFREE (below your shopping card) once your order in the card has reached $199 (that is just five three-year hydrangeas).  You won’t be able to see that the coupon code has been accepted and in effect until you reach the check out stage.  If there is an error with the coupon, you will see a purple box at the top of your shopping cart that says ‘you have entered an incorrect coupon code!’ in a very condescending manner.  Please double check that your cart has $199 in products and that you have entered the code (FALLFREE) correctly in capital letters.  If you have trouble, just let me know and I can fix the charge and invoice here at my end.
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Kristin VanHoose
Hydrangeas PlusŪ