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Volume 7, Issue 1

Volume 7, Issue 1 Spring—2006

Spring 2010



„Lanarth Lavender‟

„Mme Emile


„Lanarth White‟

CSRA Hydrangea Society


March 18, 2010 Meeting Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Aiken Technical College Community Room Everette Jones, “Companion Plants for Hydrangeas” Everette Jones, owner of Shady Characters nursery, a local, family owned nursery in Aiken specializing in herbaceous perennials for the shady woodland garden. With an original emphasis on Hostas, the nursery has expanded to include other companion plants. Numerous selections of Heucheras, Tiarellas, Ferns and Hardy Gingers are available along with many other plants that are unusual and hard to find. Everett will present a program on “Companion Plants for HydranShady Characters Nursery geas.” and share his enthusiasm for woodland gardening and beautiful plants. All are welcome!

THANK YOU to all members who furnished refreshments at our November 2009 meeting.

Also, thank you Cathy Kvartek for providing plants as door prizes. If you would like to volunteer

to bring refreshments to the March 18 meeting, please contact Faye Camley (803270-8757).

“Upcoming Events” June 5, 7:30 AM Society Plant Sale, Aiken Farmer‟s Market

May 22, 7:30 AM—6:00 PM Bus trip to Plant Introductions, Inc., Watkinsville, GA, Lunch at The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia. Meet at the Augusta Golf & Gardens, One 11th St., Augusta, GA Cost: TBA

May 29, 7:30 AM Pendleton King Plant Sale, Franke Pavilion at Pendleton King Park

June 24, 8:30 AM Hydrangea Conference Savannah Rapids Pavilion

August 19, 7:00 PM General Meeting, Location TBD

November 18, 7:00 PM General Meeting, Location TBD

President’s Message Fellow Hydrangea Society members:

about as well.

Welcome to a new year of gardening and to another year of endless opportunities for gardening with hydrangeas. I am Chris Randall, and I am honored to be president of the CSRA Hydrangea Society for 2010. If you are a CSRA Hydrangea Society member, thank you for this opportunity.

We will learn something in each of these areas from three knowledgeable and entertaining speakers at three general meetings this year, March 18, August 19 and November 18. And this year we are hosting the first of what we plan to be an annual Hydrangea Conference. The conference will be June 24. Three more outstanding speakers will be featured at the conference as well as a tour of some beautiful gardens, refreshments and door prizes.

If you are not currently a member, I encourage you to join us. There is a lot to learn within the Society, even for the seasoned gardener or horticulturalist. New varieties of hydrangeas, new ways to design them into your landscape, new techniques for plant care, and new gardening products are being developed or discovered each year by the green industry. And there are tried and true varieties and methods to learn

And finally, we are very excited about a bus trip we have planned to Dr. Michael Dirr‟s Plant Introductions, Inc. in Watkinsville, GA. Dr. Dirr himself will tour us and those of you who have been on a tour or heard Dr. Dirr know what an inspiring time that can be. For additional informa-

tion about our the bus tour, our meetings, the conference, plant sales, and community activities in which we are involved, please check the newsletter. There are simply no better friends in the world than a fellow gardener. And while we all go through ups and downs, one of our friends, Bill Hayes, a Hydrangea Society board member, is going through a particularly tough time right now. Please keep Bill in your thoughts and prayers over the next few weeks. New gardening ideas and new gardening friends are what we are about in the CSRA Hydrangea Society. Did I mention we always have wonderful refreshments at our meetings? And door prizes? I do hope you will join in the fun. Chris Randall

“Growing Bigleaf Hydrangeas—Flower Color”

Gary L. Wade, Extension Horticulturist, Department of Horticulture-UGA Research has determined that the actual mechanism of color variation is due to the presence or absence of aluminum compounds in the flowers. If aluminum is present within the plant, the color is blue. If it is present in small quantities, the color is "in between," and if it is absent, the flowers are pink. Soil pH indirectly affects flower color by affecting the availability of aluminum in the soil. When the soil is acid (pH 5.5 or lower), aluminum is generally more available to the roots. When the soil is neutral or alkaline (pH 7.0 or higher), the availability of aluminum is decreased and flowers are more pink. To gradually change flower color from pink to blue, broadcast 1/2 cup of wettable sulfur per 10 square feet and water it in. To make the flowers pink, broadcast one cup of dolomitic lime per 10 square feet and water it into the soil. It may take a year to see a noticeable change in flower color from this treatment. Page 2

Another quicker way to achieve a change in flower color is through liquid soil drenches. To make the flowers blue, or perhaps more blue during the growing season, dissolve 1 tablespoon of alum (aluminum sulfate) in 1 gallon of water and drench the soil around the plant in March, April and May. To make the flowers pink, dissolve 1 tablespoon of hydrated lime in 1 gallon of water and drench the soil around the plant in March, April and May. Avoid getting the solution on the leaves because foliar damage may result. Gary L. Wade, Extension Horticulturist, Department of Horticulture For More Information There are a number of excellent publications available on hydrangeas, both online and from publishers A former

University of Georgia professor, Dr. Michael Dirr, has written a book titled Hydrangeas for American Gardens.

It is widely available in bookstores and online. The U.S. National Arboretum also has an excellent online publication on selecting and growing hydrangeas. See Gardens/faqs/hydrangeafaq2.html

“Plant Introductions, Inc.” Watkinsville, GA A bus trip has been planned for May 22, 2010 to Plant Introductions, Inc., Watkinsville, GA. We will meet at the Augusta Golf & Gardens, One 11th St., Augusta, GA departing at 7:30 a.m., returning 6:00 p.m. Cost will be determined by number of participants and will include lunch. Plant Introductions, Inc. (PII) breeds, evaluates and introduces new woody (and herbaceous) plants for the nursery industry. The principles, Mark Griffith, President, Griffith Propagation Nursery, Inc.; Jeff Beasley, President, Transplant Nursery, Inc., and Mike Dirr, Professor of Horticulture, retired, University of Georgia, Athens, GA bring 75 years experience to the Company. They understand the American and International nursery business.

PII developed new facilities that encompass breeding, propagation, production and testing. PII established symbiotic relationships with major nurseries, public gardens and universities to test and evaluate the plants from Maine to Florida to the west coast. Their goal is to develop superior garden plants that perform as promised. PII is currently breeding and evaluating thousands of seedlings and selections in the following genera: Abelia, Acer, Aucuba, Calycanthus, Cephalanthus, Cephalotaxus, Distylium, Emmenopterys, Gardenia, HYDRANGEA, Lagerstroemia, Lantana, Loropetalum, Maackia, Magnolia, Nandina, Pinckneya, Punica, Pittosporum, Rhaphiolepis, Rhododendron, Rosa, Spiraea, Thuja, Ulmus, Viburnum … and others. companyinformation.html Botanical Name: Hydrangea macrophylla Common Name: Endless Summer® Twist-n-Shout™ Hydrangea “We believe the profitable and successful future resides in a palette of colorful, ever-blooming, culturally adaptable, pest-resistant shrubs and trees.”

Membership: A renewal membership form is included in this newsletter. RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY. Save yourself postage! Fill out your membership form and turn in to the Membership Chairman, Pam Glogowski, at the March 18 meeting.

Hydrangea macrophylla „Blushing Bride‟ ® HYDRANGEA 'ENDLESS SUMMER 'BLUSHING BRIDE' Blushing Bride® Dark, glossy green foliage makes the perfect canvas for the lovely, repeat, white, mophead blooms that measure up to 6 inches across. As the blooms mature, they turn a lovely blush pink or blue depending upon the soil acidity. Easy to grow and adapts to most conditions. A wonderful addition to any garden! Light Requirement: Partial Sun to Shade Height: 3 to 5 feet Spread: 3 to 5 feet Flower: White, tinged with pink. Summer. Foliage: Green Form: Mounding


Blushing Bride


CSRA Hydrangea Society Officers Chris Randall, President Jacque Rees, Vice President Pam Glogowski, Treasurer Valerie Martin, Secretary

Directors Irv Magin Bill Hayes Kay Mills Rick Rasmussen Gloria Wade Kay Bowman

The CSRA Hydrangea Society was organized on October 3, 2003. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of March, May, August and November. The Objectives of the Society are:

To promote the growing of hydrangeas;

To conduct programs that will encourage and assist its members in the growing of hydrangeas;

To emphasize the pleasure and benefits to be derived from growing hydrangeas.

"There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.” Brooke Medicine Eagle

Valerie Martin, Editor CSRA Hydrangea Society P. O. Box 15601 Augusta, GA 30919-1601

CSRA Hydrangea Society  

Spring 2010 Newsletter

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