Hydrangea paniculatas must be the showiest plant in the summer garden, and I have affection for all of them. ‘Chantilly Lace’ and ‘Pinky Winky,’ however, have captured my heart, not only in terms of their beauty, but also because of their proclivity to attract pollinators. Here at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, we have several of the leading varieties of what we call the “panicled hydrangeas.” With 51 acres and the hydrangeas spread out, I have not paid that that much attention to any visiting pollinators. Everyone loves them against a backdrop of deep green garden foliage or combined with cottage garden plants like rudbeckias. Bees, butterflies, wasps and giant flies, however, will make you consider adding a little dazzle from ‘Chantilly Lace’ or ‘Pinky Winky’ to the backyard wildlife habitat. If you are not using the panicle hydrangea, why not? They are cold-hardy and recommended from zones 3 through 8 (9). In Savannah, where we push zone 9, they do superbly. This means just about the whole country can grow them.The Hydrangea paniculata, or panicle varieties, are different than the mophead, or French, hydrangea. The leaves are smaller and the quantity of flowers is incredible. The flowers may be 6 to 15 inches long and most are held upright on the plant. You now have a staggering list of choices as far as the size, from those that are diminutive or dwarf to those reaching 10 feet.It seems not one nursery or catalog description mentions pollinators in association with the Hydrangea paniculata. Perhaps this is because most have sterile flowers. If you look at internet images, you will see that there are selections that do seem to attract pollinators. This is an important criterion with many gardeners. These selections, like ‘Chantilly Lace’ or ‘Pinky Winky,’ seem to have an ample quantity of both sterile and fertile blossoms. Though the fertile blossoms are not near as showy, they make up for it in honeybees and other pollinators.Ideal growing conditions include fertile, well-drained soil with morning sun and afternoon shade. In the landscape, plant the hydrangea among other shrubs 72 to 80 inches apart in odd-numbered clusters for a terrific, eye-catching display. To plant your hydrangea, dig the hole two to three times as wide as the rootball, but no deeper, so you can plant it at the same depth it is growing in the container. Apply a good layer of mulch to conserve moisture. Once established, you’ll find your panicle selection is less dependent on water than its big-leafed cousins.Soil pH does not affect the color of the flowers like it does with the blue or pink big-leafed hydrangeas. Any flowers left on the plant do provide winter texture and interest. ‘Chantilly Lace,’ ‘Pinky Winky’ and the other panicle varieties bloom on new wood, so prune in late fall or early spring. A medium pruning that removes one-third to half of the plant size gives a better structure for large blossoms and the new season ahead. Feed your hydrangea in early spring as new growth resumes.Everyone loves hydrangeas, bees and butterflies. Now, with varieties of Hydrangea paniculatas like ‘Chantilly Lace’ and ‘Pinky Winky,’ you can have them all.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the CGBG at www.coastalGeorgiabg.org.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than 5,000 workers at 50 supermarkets on Long Island face potential layoffs this fall if the company that owns Pathmark and Waldbaum’s can’t find buyers for those stores after filing for bankruptcy.The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., known as A&P, may close 19 Pathmarks and 31 Waldbaum’s in Nassau and Suffolk counties between Oct. 19 and Thanksgiving, according to mass layoff notices A&P filed with the New York State Department of Labor shortly after the grocer requested Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Westchester federal court last month.“We are confident that pursuing a sale process implemented through chapter 11 will enable us to preserve as many jobs as possible and ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome for all stakeholders,” Paul Hertz, president and CEO of A&P, said in a statement July 20.But, since first announcing that the New Jersey-based, 156-year-old company plans to sell 120 of its about 300 stores and close 25, the number of supermarkets it warned may close has risen in advance of court-ordered deadlines for buyers to bid on the remaining stores.Aside from Waldbaum’s and Pathmark, A&P also runs stores in its own name, plus SuperFresh, Food Basics, The Food Emporium and Best Cellars stores across the tri-state area, Pennsylvania and Maryland.The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the union that represents about 30,000 A&P employees, has been negotiating with the company to preserve seniority rights and severance for its members. Some workers may be rehired if their stores are purchased.“The UFCW and UFCW Local Unions will work hard to ensure that the process for selling stores protects our members’ jobs, working conditions and benefits,” the union said in a statement. “We will also hold A&P to its commitments to involve UFCW in the sales process, protect union contracts and these good jobs.”Four days after filing for bankruptcy, A&P filed a mass layoff notice for 472 workers at five “underperforming” local supermarkets it plans to close, including Pathmarks in Baldwin and Centereach as well as Waldbaum’s in Riverhead, Oceanside and Carle Place. Those separations are expected between Oct. 19 and the stores’ scheduled Nov. 1 closing date.Then on Monday, A&P filed another mass layoff notice indicating 4,732 workers at 17 additional Pathmarks and 28 more Waldbaum’s on LI may get pink slips between Nov. 12 and Nov. 26. The list detailing the layoffs for each store adds up to 4,632 affected local employees. Regardless of the discrepancy, either number combined with the 472 from the first round of layoffs equals more than 5,000 workers.The latest layoff notice include 13,097 A&P workers statewide. The potential layoffs also reportedly affect 450 workers in Connecticut, about 5,000 in New Jersey and 151 in Philadelphia. Among A&P’s competitors bidding on their stores are Stop & Shop, Key Food and Acme Markets.Acme Markets’ purchases don’t include any of A&P’s LI locations but Key Food plans to buy two Waldbaum’s in Albertson and Glen Head, Newsday reported. Among those Stop & Shop announced it will acquire are six local Waldbaum’s in Easthampton, Southampton, Baldwin, Massapequa, Long Beach and Huntington, as well as two Pathmarks in Seaford and Greenvale.“Stop & Shop is always looking for convenient locations to better serve our customers,” Don Sussman, Stop & Shop’s New York Metro Division President, said in a statement. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to expand our presence in greater New York and serve new customers.”
The Latest: Notre Dame-Wake Forest game moved from Charlotte Associated Press The school announced the move Wednesday. A day earlier, the school said it would not host fans to open the football and other fall sports seasons for home competitions amid the coronavirus pandemic.At the time, that affected only one football game: the Sept. 12 opener against top-ranked Clemson. Notre Dame’s visit two weeks later will give the Demon Deacons a second home game in September, though the school says it doesn’t anticipate being able to host fans for that game, either.In a statement, athletic director John Currie says the school was excited to play in Charlotte in front of a “vibrant” fan base roughly 80 miles from campus in the home stadium of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The school is allowing ticket holders for the Charlotte game to receive a refund, roll the cost over toward next season or transition the purchase to a contribution to support Wake Forest athletics.___Italy midfielder Jorginho has been cleared to train with the national team after joining the squad three days late because of concerns about exposure to the coronavirus with Chelsea. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Wake Forest says its Sept. 26 game against No. 10 Notre Dame will move from Charlotte, North Carolina, to the Demon Deacons’ home field in Winston-Salem. The Italian soccer federation says a virus test for Jorginho came back negative.Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali was dropped from the team list after he was placed in isolation by his club for potential exposure to COVID-19.Italy hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday and then visits the Netherlands three days later in the Nations League.Winger Federico Bernardeschi was sent home with a muscular injury.___ September 2, 2020 This month’s road cycling world championships have been moved to Imola, Italy, after Swiss host Aigle-Martigny backed out because of a government ruling limiting mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.The revised event from Sept. 24-27 will feature only elite men’s and women’s categories. Junior and under-23 races have been cut from the program.___Some European basketball club competitions have been rescheduled because of various coronavirus restrictions on the continent.The regular season of the Europe Cup is now scheduled to begin in January. FIBA had hoped to start the second-tier competition by October. FIBA also says the EuroCup women’s qualifying rounds have been pushed back to December. The regular season is scheduled to begin in January.FIBA still hopes to start its women’s EuroLeague on time with the regular season scheduled to begin in mid-October.The FIBA Europe board will next meet in October and will discuss holding its competitions in single-venue “bubbles.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports