College acceptances are rolling in for our high school seniors. This senior class is being accepted to some excellent schools. Beyond the exceptional public colleges and universities in New England, many students have applied to public and private institutions outside of the region with great results. Some examples:

Virginia Tech
RPI (Troy NY)
North Carolina State
Temple (Philadelphia)
Trinity Univ (TX)
Florida State
U of Hawaii
American University (DC)
Auburn U (Alabama)
Penn State
Rutgers (NJ)

Examples of some impressive New England private schools include:

WPI
Stonehill
Assumption
St. Michaels (VT)
St. Anselms (NH)
Sacred Heart (RI)

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Hydrangeas can generally be broken down into two main groups: mopheads and lacecaps. Each group contains a gorgeous assortment of species and varieties. We’ll discuss some of our favorites and give you ideas about how you can use them in your garden. We’ll also show you some other great selections in the hydrangea clan, including oakleaf, paniculata, and climbing hydrangea so you can pick the best ones for you, and give you tips on how to care for hydrangeas, too.

Mopheads

Mophead hydrangeas offer big dome-shape clusters of flowers in blue, pink, or white. Most mopheads bloom in late spring or early summer but make their flower buds the year before you see them. As you care for this type of hydrangea, know that it is best to prune them is in early summer, right after the flowers fade.

Most mopheads grow best in a spot with moist, well-drained soil and a bit of afternoon shade.

Big Daddy

One of the showiest mophead hydrangeas you can grow, Big Daddy Hydrangea macrophyllafeatures huge (14 inch-wide) clusters of blue or pink blooms. The long-lasting flowers are great for cutting because they have strong stems. It grows 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

One note: Because the flowers are so large, the stems can flop if you grow the plant in extra-rich soil or too much shade.

Pink Shira

A relatively new mophead variety, Pink ShiraHydrangea macrophylla is a favorite for its strong stems, compact habit, and long-lasting blooms. Its flowers start out a lovely shade of lime green then turn pink or lavender (this one doesn’t go blue. It grows 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 5-9

Cityline Paris

Cityline Paris Hydrangea macrophylla is another recent mophead introduction that stands out because of its upright stems and compact habit. It features bright fuchsia-pink flowers that last a long time then fade to a lovely shade of green in summer. It grows 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 5-9

Cityline Berlin

A sister to Cityline Paris, Cityline BerlinHydrangea macrophylla offers larger flowers on the same tight habit and strong stems. The flowers on this mophead aren’t as brightly colored as its sister, but they last just as long. It grows 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. 5-9

Black-Stem Hydrangea

Black-stem hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nigra’) has beautiful mophead flowers, but as its name suggests, the stems are what stand out. They are a dark purple-black color that contrasts against the green foliage and pastel blue or pink blooms. It grows 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9

Sun Goddess Hydrangea

Flowers aren’t the only reason to grow hydrangeas; some have stunning foliage, as well. Sun Goddess Hydrangea macrophylla is one great example; this mophead features bright golden-green foliage that lights up the shade garden. Sun Goddess grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9 Other hydrangeas that feature golden foliage include Lemon Daddy and ‘Lemon Zest’.

Lacecaps

Lacecap hydrangeas give the garden a more delicate look. Instead of producing a one big rounded cluster of showy florets, they form a flower head composed of a ring of colorful florets surrounding a lacy cluster of small florets. Lacecap hydrangeas have similar cultural needs as their mophead cousins, mainly differing in flower form.

Bits of Lace

Bits of Lace Hydrangea macrophylla features lacecaps of large white florets that are strongly blushed with pink. The large florets surround a lacy group of smaller pink ones. This selection also offers sturdy stems and dark green foliage. As you learn how to care for hydrangeas, make sure to understand theirhardiness zone restrictions. This one grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

‘Lanarth White’

Considered one of best lacecaps, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lanarth White’ shows off large clusters of white florets faintly blushed with blue or pink. Its stiff stems keep the spectacular flowers standing upright. It grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

Rough-Leaf Hydrangea

Rough-leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea villosa) is a favorite of gardeners in areas of the South and Northwest and is a little more exotic-looking than your average lacecap. It features long, narrow, hairy foliage and blooms in late summer and fall. It’s also much larger, growing to 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 7-9

 

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Ayer Shirley Regional High School will be performing Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” in April. Click here to learn more about the production and how to purchase tickets.

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AYER –It’s not new news that Ayer Shirley Regional High School recently underwent a major overhaul thanks in part to the State of Massachusetts, not to mention countless individuals dedicated to the improvement of our schools and District. Now that the walls are up, the floors are in, and things are more or less getting back to “routine” without construction everywhere, it’s time to open up the new space and fully christen it.

Part of this is offering the region’s students, families, local organizations and community businesses the opportunity to own part of it.

The Ayer Shirley Regional School District is celebrating the high school’s beautifully fresh auditorium by making it possible to take a piece home — in theory. Each of the 575 plush, burgundy seats in the auditorium is up for adoption.

Don’t worry if the color doesn’t match your home décor — once adopted, seats stay where they are, with one important change: your business, inscription, name, or personal dedication in memory of someone is engraved on a brass plate, there for people to see every time they enjoy an event in the auditorium.

Each plate measures 4″ x 1.5″, offering three lines of text, up to 25 characters per line. You can note your name or your family name and the year. You can promote your business. You can list the alphabet backwards — it’s your seat, write you wish (within reason). And once your seat is adopted, it will not be re-adopted.

One seat, one sponsor, securely attached to the back of the chair.

The cost to adopt is just $150 each for individuals (students, friends and their families). Up to three families can be noted as sponsors per plate, so consider combining your adoptions. Seats promoting businesses are just $300 each and can include your company name, address, contact information and/or website. All adoptions are tax deductible, with 10 percent off if ordered by May 31.

All proceeds will be split equally amongst ASRHS Music, ASRHS Drama Club and the district, to help provide additional opportunities for the students in our region.

To request an adoption form or more information, contact ASRHS Drama Director JulieAnn Govang at 978-772-2545, or email ayershirleydrama@gmail.com. Adoption forms are also available for download via the ASRHS Drama Club website at www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm.

Read more: http://www.nashobavalleyvoice.com/ayer_news/ci_29557419/asrhs-hopes-youll-take-seat-auditorium-literally#ixzz41vde8bha

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