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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Summertime on Cape Cod is when we get to see grand and glorious scenes like this.flagwithhydrangeas.JPG
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Welcome Summer 2017

It looks as if this will be a great year for hydrangea blooms! All my plants are loaded with buds with a few of them showing their early color. Yay! The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is coming up soon, running from July 7 to July 16, a wonderful opportunity to see private gardens featuring hydrangeas all over Cape Cod. Our hydrangea society is holding our second Hydrangea University at Heritage Museums and Gardens on Friday, July 7, 2017. I will be speaking about a topic I always get lots of questions about: the color of hydrangea blooms. To see the full schedule of speakers go to www.thecapecodhydrangeasociety.org. 

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Winter Damage

This past winter was really hard on our beloved hydrangeas on Cape Cod. I'm hearing reports from everyone about seeing nothing but sticks on shrubs which are by now are usually covered with lush foliage and lots of buds. A group of us are trying to assess the damage Cape-wide to find out if there are any varieties that did well despite the awful weather, and which varieties were killed off completely. Most of us see growth only down at the base. These hydrangeas will recover, but we expect no flowers this summer. I'd be interested to learn what happened in your garden. What made it and what didn't? If you know the name of your hydrangea (e.g., 'Endless Summer', 'Merritt's Supreme', 'Ayesha'), please let me know if you have flowers this summer and what town you live in. Thanks! 

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Boston Flower Show

Last weekend I spoke at the Boston Flower Show on the topic "Heavenly Hydrangeas for the Home Garden". The audience of about 150 people was terrific with many good questions asked after the presentation. As always I loved being at a flower show especially being inside with colorful flowers on a very cold day in March.


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Friday, April 26, 2013

My Latest Hydrangea Book
I am VERY happy to report my latest hydrangea book is about to be released! Heavenly Hydrangeas: A Practical Guide for the Home Gardener is the book I wanted to find over 20 years ago when I first became interested in learning everything about hydrangeas. This is a combination of how-to book and photo essays. All the basics are in the book: color; pruning; choosing the right plants; planting and transplanting advice; drying, hydrangeas as cut flowers; how to make a hydrangea wreath, etc. I did everything I could to make this book helpful for the home gardener. Each chapter deals with a single topic (like flower color). The text is supplemented with photos throughout. There is an index, a list of places to see great collections of hydrangeas, and an appendix with frequenly asked questions. So, if you want to learn more about hydrangeas, I think you need this book. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
PS You can find ordering information by clicking on the link in this site's hydrangea books page.
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Heavenly Hydrangeas
Available Spring 2013
Sample from Heavenly Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas: Cape Cod and the Islands
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