Friday, February 27, 2015
As the buds appear on our hydrangeas, it must be time for the Garden Tour! We were blessed with no late freeze this year so the flowers should be bursting forth soon. 'Endless Summer' has been popping out all over Atlanta, as has 'Annabelle'. I was late in dead heading faded flowers, and had to push through the new growth to cut out all of my dead branches, of which I had many.
The South has been deluged with rain this spring, which will bring fabulous hydrangea flowers out for the tour. Gloria Ward, our tour Chairman, has done an excellent job again in collecting a fabulous group of gardens for your enjoyment.
I don't know if you have things not planted yet in your garden, but I have soooo many small hydrangeas to plant. I'm going to be babying lots of plants over the summer, and probably not planting until fall. I ordered from Kristin VanHoose, our October 2012 speaker. Check out her fabulous catalogue at www.hydrangeasplus.com. If you have not visited Scott McMahan at his Atlanta in town retail space, Garden*Hood, you are missing a treat. A strong supporter of the Southeastern Flower Show, as a vendor, Scott's plant selections of unusual and special plants will blow you away. It may be a bit too late to plant, but if you do buy new ones, you will have to give them lots of TLC throughout the hot summer. I also purchased several large plants that I will need help in planting. Any volunteers?????? Just kidding! The cool and wet weather we have experienced for the last two months should produce spectacular blooms! I can't wait to see the lush gardens that Gloria has organized for your Tour pleasure. Bring your sneakers and prepare for rain or shine and get those cameras out and charged. It will be a Garden Tour to remember!
A small group of us will be going to France in July, touring gardens through Normandy and Lombardy, with our favorite tour guide, Michael Smith. Just received my brush-up tapes on French, to help me reawaken those 12 years I took in elementary and high school. Bonne chance (good luck to those who don't speak French)! We will be doing a narrative on the tour in later newsletter editions, as well as our usual recap of our April 2013 speaker. Robert Mallet spoke at Trees Atlanta and our Spring meeting. His talks were so informative.
Happy Hydrangea Hunting!
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