It’s May and while the black flies swarm and temperatures are on a roller coaster the hydrangeas in my yard are growing new leaves. My Endless Summer plant has lots of new growth. I’ve left the bare stems just in case something pops out along them. In general, I don’t prune this plant. It’s relatively small anyway so there is no need. I am not adding any new perennials to my yard this year, other than the ones I will propagate, but this is a good time to buy and plant hydrangeas in the landscape.
I added some bonemeal around the base and will eventually add new dirt too. Right now I am busy readying my vegetable gardens for planting – hopefully this weekend. Once the fabric pot raised beds have all the dirt they need, I will add what’s left to the flowers. My Pinky Winky and Limelight hydrangeas all look fine too. In a couple months I’ll see some flowers. Can’t wait!
I’m so happy to add this picture of the new hydrangea shrub. It’s growing like mad and has buds all over it! One of the great things about hydrangea plants is that they are hardy and fill out quickly. If you look back at my other posts you will see just how quickly this one grew. Last year it consisted of two stalks of leaves with no flowers, and although it didn’t look like it was doing much, I’ll bet that underground the root system was expanding and strengthening to support the wealth of growth for the following year – which is now!
That is why you will sometimes hear to not let certain plants bloom the first year. Blooming takes a lot of energy which takes away from the plants ability to become strong. And a good, sturdy plant is needed to produce great flowers. Hydrangeas seem to be “smart enough” to do this on their own. At least that is how it seems to me.