Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Learning about Hydrangeas

I will admit it...I love hydrangeas but I am scared of them.......no, really..I am afraid I will mess with them and they will not bloom for me or they will die...so I just plant them and let them do whatever they want to do...  I have even made a bed where I hoped they would be happy......having said all that, here are a few pictures of hydrangeas growing naturally.....they really are one of my most favorite flowers but none of my family grew them and they are not familiar to me...even though I have had one in my yard for about 25 years..LOL

the first one I had any success with were these lovely Blushing Bride hydrangeas...

in pots on my deck


blooming without any care
blue tinged

pink tinged

green tinged

the whole plant
Lady in Red.has always been blue

don't know the name..at least it's pink..
has dark stems and blooms blue.....I like it a lot....

dug from Bryan's granny   ..scared to move it because I don't want to kill it..it grows in weeds.


my success story..oakleaf hydrangea.
As you can see, there are quite a few in my yard..they fascinate me..they are beautiful and so old fashioned..but mine have not really multiplied or grown so well...maybe one day I will overcome my crazy fear of hydrangeas...but until then, I will just enjoy whatever they give me as I observe from afar...


thank you for stopping by today..

I hope to see you again soon..

Mona

7 comments:

  1. I moved up the coast from Southern Cal. where I had never seen hydrangea. Here in the Northwest, they grow beautifully, with little care. I do prune mine every time I cut the flowers. From that cut, the stalk will branch out. They propagate easily too.

    Yours are most delightful!

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    1. thank you and I will try that for pruning..that is what always makes me nervous. :-) and would love more of them so I will try propagating what I have..thank you for your advice....

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  2. I love Hydrangeas and yours are gorgeous! Looks like they're doing quite well, without any help. My mother had many in her yard, but I'm not sure how she cared for them. Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day!

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    1. I had a wonderful Mother's Day Marguerite and I hope you did too....

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  3. You might want to check with a nursery. I used to prune mine but found out they bloom on old wood. Now that I don't prune them I have five times the blossoms. I was told that the plants grown on the East Coast require pruning, the West Coast variety shouldn't be pruned. I'm not sure I could tell the difference so I checked with a nurseryman. I was also told they thrive on benign neglect! Good thing for me.

    Yours are gorgeous.

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  4. Shade and water Mona. Yours are beautiful and are doing fine. I think You ARE doing wonderful with them. Google layering them and you can start having wee babies. Thanks for your comment today.

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  5. Mona - I think you are doing a fine job with your hydrangeas! I cannot find anywhere in my yard that they like. I have a friend who has an entire bank of them behind her house and it is a sight to see, when they all are blooming!

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