Buy your potted hydrangea plants soon. The nursery will have a large selection of hydrangeas, along with other plants, as Mother’s Day is on the horizon. Many people forego the gift of expensive cut flowers for something that will last much longer. Moms who garden may appreciate a new perennial for the yard. (Offer to plant it for her too!)
Flower shops will have blooming plants or cut flowers, but nurseries will have shrubs to be planted with flowers appearing later on this summer. Planting them now will get them ready to bloom soon. Even small plants usually will have blooms the year they are planted.
We’ve had such a cold April that it’s been a little difficult to believe it really is Spring. Of course it’s still too cold to plant most things outdoors, but I’m almost ready to buy seedlings and set up my little deck green house. I won’t be purchasing anything big to add to the yard this year. The deer have eaten all my rhododendrons, and any new hydrangeas I put it will be propagated from the old ones. I will be concentrating on growing as many vegetables as I can. I bought a new raised bed made of black fabric and can’t wait to get some dirt to put into it. Then the soil can warm up and be ready for planting by the end of the month.
The hydrangeas in the picture above were some I bought in Spring of 2012. Last year they looked wonderful – the flowers in the bouquet below all came from my yard last year (2013). And I hope that this year they will be even bigger and better.