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.
I always wondered if there was a secret to keeping hydrangea flowers fresh once they’ve been cut from the bush. It seemed that sometimes my flowers would last a few days, but usually they would wilt quickly once I added them to a vase.
Hydrangeas have a sticky substance in the stem and once they are cut the goo blocks the stem and it can’t suck up the water as needed. To keep hydrangeas fresh and make them last, if you are cutting them yourself, you must have a vase or bucket of water handy to put them in instantly when making the cuttings. Once you have your cuttings, take them inside and move the flowers from the bucket / vase to another container of HOT water and leave them for 10 minutes. This clears the inside of all that sticky stuff so the water will be able to travel up to the bloom. I have done this successfully and my hydrangeas did then last for days afterward.
If you are planning to use hydrangeas to decorate tables or as a centerpiece for a special event, be sure to cut them, and use the hot water method described above, as close to the event time as possible. If you have room in the refrigerator, keep them cool (in water) until needed.
If the bouquet is for decorating your home, be sure to change the water each day to keep the bouquet fresh.
My online journey began back in 2007 when life circumstances demanded I find a way to earn some income – any income would be of benefit. At the time I had a 10 year old son to care for and a 19 year old daughter in college who also lived with me. This is when I found Zazzle and began my journey into graphic design.
Once I began to sell products, blogging was the next best option. Selling meant finding the right customers so I began my Seashells by Millhill blog. A little later on I began to blog about the hydrangea photos I had taken and made products to sell with those images.
Gardening has always been a favorite pastime, so including my adventures in growing flowers and vegetables was the natural next step. I loved sharing my New Hampshire life with readers here on Hydrangeas Blue and on my New England’s Narrow Road blog.
Then life moved on and took me with it. This time I headed back down to Florida where I could afford to live on my meager income. My 18 year old son wanted to go to college there and my other son lived there as well. We pooled our resources and got a house.
I’m not happy about being back in the south, and my gardening experiences are not much fun, but I do still like to blog. Now I am experimenting with growing vegetables in a hot climate.
This blog is a work in progress, written by a nomad (with 2 black cats) who never really knows for sure where life will take her next. Thanks for reading.
You don’t need a green thumb to grow hydrangeas, so why not plan to plant a new shrub this Spring. With just a bit of knowledge, you can have a beautiful and long lasting addition to your landscape in the form of big gorgeous blooms.
Once you’ve made the decision to add a hydrangea to your yard, find out which type you’d like to grow and if it is right for your planting / climate zone. There are many varieties and flower types. Most are shrubs but some can be little trees, such as the Pee Gee, so know what you are buying. Decide where you will plant it by searching for a spot in the yard that is free of tree roots and has plenty of sun. Also remember that the plant you buy will grow to be around four Continue reading “Planting a New Hydrangea Shrub This Spring”