new hydrangea - Golden Crane

gardengal48April 8, 2012

I am such a sucker for well-done marketing and for anything Dan Hinkley-related so I bought me a brand new hydrangea of a species I am unfamiliar with. Since I really have no garden to speak of any more, yet another plant to grow on in a container :-)

It is Hydrangea angustipetala 'MonLongShou', aka Golden Crane, a very early (late spring) blooming lacecap type with -- get this -- fragrant flowers!! So far my smallish 2G shrub has a bunch of long narrow leaves but no signs yet of any flower buds. Apparently this type blooms on new wood so the obvious cutting back the nursery plant evidenced should not be a deterrant to any flowering. Looking forward to fragrant white sterile lacecaps surrounding chartreuse-yellow fertile flowers.

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

You have no idea how lucky you are to find it. I saw it advertised by Monrovia last year but there were no local nurseries that carried it (or mail order ones). I think the closest one was either in Iowa or Kansas.

No mail order nurseries Monrovia said. They did not produce that many. I think this was a way for Dan to help Monrovia who is financially ailing.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2012 at 6:27PM
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gardengal48

yes, Monrovia doesn't do mail order, either directly or via any online nurseries :-) And while they do sell to box stores, it is typically a different selection of plants or a different grade than what is offered by retail garden centers/nurseries.

We were only able to bring in 10 plants at my nursery and I was informed by the buyer that was it! Dan, who happens to be a neighbor of mine, has been marketing some new and usually exotic introductions via Monrovia for several years. No doubt it is a boost to Monrovia as Dan is such a big horticultural draw, but it also a vehicle for Dan to get some great undiscovered plants on the marketplace. Since Burpee's takeover and sudden closing of Dan's Heronswood Nursery, he has had limited opportunity to market his finds.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 1:21PM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

bought one at McDonalds in Newport News-can not wait to see what it does

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 6:39PM
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