President’s Message – Spring 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016

President’s Message – Spring 2016


Spring Greetings Hydrangeaphiles!

Oh what a happy time, strolling through my garden inspecting my hydrangeas.  I have a renewed bounce in my step, and I am absolutely giddy with the delight as I see all my viable H. macrophylla and H. serrata buds! April 15th is not just tax day, but hopefully the last date for any late spring frosts, or freezing and fluctuating temperatures that cause our beloved H. macrophylla and H. serrata buds to burn and dash our dreams of bodacious June flowers. Every Spring I marvel at “Mother Nature” and how quickly the leaves fill out and buds develop. After checking my hydrangea buds, I watch the emerging fern fronds unfurl. Ah, the joys of gardening!  Now is a great time to put down soaker hoses around your thirsty hydrangea bushes and then cover up the hoses with compost and fresh mulch! Overhead watering from sprinkler systems can cause the ugly purple spots of fungus on the foliage called Cercospora. Soaker hoses, drip irrigation, or hand watering below the foliage reduces that probability. Designing containers with various textures and colorful plants is another current passion. While you are plant shopping for your garden or containers this Spring, please support our AHS sponsors such as Blossom and Bloom, Boxwoods, Buck Jones, Kelli Greene, Scottsdale Farms, and Wilkerson Mill Gardens. Please mention to management at the nursery how much you appreciate them being a sponsor for the AHS and for their wonderful plants they donate to our three plant raffles.   

Mark your calendars for our upcoming spring meeting on Thursday, April 21st at McDonough Hall at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 7:30 pm, when we welcome Dr. Mark Windham, professor and distinguished chair in ornamental pathology at the University of Tennessee.  He teaches classes in introductory plant pathology, diseases of ornamental plants and forest pathology.  His lecture title: “When Bad Things (Hydrangea Health Issues) Happen to Good People!”  We are really looking forward to hearing Dr. Windham speak.  I met Dr. Windham last July in Cape Cod when he spoke at the Hydrangea Symposium at Heritage Gardens and Museum.  He is very entertaining and knowledgeable.  I know you will not want to miss his informative lecture!  If you cannot be with us on 4/21/16, his lecture will be reprinted in an upcoming newsletter. Our newsletter is a benefit of an AHS membership. So please join us if you are not currently a member.

Your AHS membership also includes your AHS 22nd Annual Garden Tour ticket.  We are really looking forward to our annual Garden Tour this year on Saturday, June 11th.  Dörte and Scott have selected some beautiful gardens for your touring pleasure.

You may renew your membership at our April 21st meeting or on this website through PayPal. With your renewed membership your tour ticket(s) will be mailed to you in early June.  

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Happy Gardening
Gloria Ward

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