Sunday, June 22, 2008

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Hydrangeas!

Yeah, I’m so happy; I have blooms, yes blooms! Hubby and I planted seven hydrangeas last year- we planted a few Annabelle’s (they like a little more sun then other types), a few Endless Summer (they should bloom for me until fall), and a Lime light—he was on special. I had wanted to put in more but I figured I should probably wait to see how this crop did before I blew any more money. In our first house, I was not very successful with hydrangeas. But, this time, I was determined to get some blooms since they are my favorites! In the summer months, while driving home to Charleston on highway 17(one my favorite South Carolina Low-Country routes), I would always notice the beautiful Nikko Blue hydrangeas located near dilapidated houses loaded with big huge blooms just waiting for someone to cut them! A few times I even thought about pulling over and cutting a few, after all, the houses were abandoned—who would mind—but I always figured it was best to keep driving. Note, this is something that still puzzles me—why I had put some much work and effort into caring for my hydrangeas at our first house and never had one bloom, but here were these huge bushes, looking quite beautiful, and no one is around---harumph!.

The good news is, I now have my own and don’t have to think about thievery anymore. I have blooms on four of the seven shrubs. I planted last year–I guess you can’t have everything. However, I think I know why- they others ones are not blooming—our next-door neighbor Sandy’s house is blocking the sun and this puts me in a little bit of a quandary! Hydrangeas, after all, like their morning sun.

And for my lacecap –this was pink when I bought him-I have soil issues!

My neighbor's oak-leaf hydrangeas -which I admire from my porch!

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