Hydrangeas in My Yard: The Paniculatas

My last post was about the macrophylla varieties of hydrangeas growing in my yard. Those have big, rounded blooms and large leaves. This post contains pictures of my two types of paniculatas, which are hydrangeas with elongated type flowers. In general I have found the paniculatas to be very easy to care for. They seldom…

Sparse Vegetable Garden This Year

It seems to be the consensus here in my part of New England, the gardens are not growing all that well.  Not that I know that many people, but almost everyone I do know has a small backyard, or patio garden. Just last night, one of my neighbors walked by and we chatted for a…

“Blushing Bride” The White Hydrangea

In the mix of hydrangea shrubs I recently purchased, the white flowering “Blushing Bride” was new to me. I’ve had the blue endless summer variety, limelight, pee gee and a few other types, but not the one with round, white flowers. I planted it in the front of the house, next to the entryway. It…

Propagating Hydangrangeas Could Be Easier Than You Think

Most people think of starting a new hydrangea plant from a cutting, but I am talking about propagating by root or ground layering here – and it’s especially easy if it’s been done for you by mother nature. My new yard has no hydrangeas, except for the tiny ones I planted this fall. But the…

Perennial Flowers That Like Shade

I’d like to write about tall perennials that like shade, but I haven’t come across any.  The best flower for shade is the astilbe (shown).  It has pretty leaves and shoots up tall, colorful and feathery-looking flowers.  It is available in many colors and I especially love the white.  But the flowers are tall and…

Baby Hydrangea In Second Year After Propagation

Want to see my baby?  This little hydrangea bush was propagated from a large one. Sometime in the summer of 2009 I noticed that the big, blue hydrangea plant in my front yard had a “baby” growing next to it. It didn’t have a bloom, so I dug it up and put it by the…

Are We Gardening Yet?

Anyone thinking about gardening yet? If you love getting your hands into the dirt like I do, then I’ll bet you are dreaming of seeing green soon. Somewhere under that mound of snow to the right in my picture, lies my hydrangea shrub. To the left of the front door is my new little cutting…