Finally — I got my newly acquired Pinky Winky hydrangea shrub into the ground! The other four hydrangeas were planted a couple of weeks ago and then we had a week of rain. I couldn’t decide where to put the last one – the Pinky Winky – and then I decided it should go out front so it can be seen by passersby. So I began to dig near the edge of the house and I was stopped by a white pipe in the ground. It must be part of the septic system I suppose.
So I filled in the hole and had to find another spot. I decided on the area next to the garage. The Pinky Winky tag tells me that it will be quite large and eventually reach 8 to 10 feet wide and high. It also needs some sun. I also noticed that little buds are forming – which is exciting! I thought I might have to wait until next year to see some blooms, which will be pink and white and elongated.
All hydrangeas – the Limelight, Blushing Bride, Blue, and Pee Gee are doing well.
The nursery I visited recently in Wilton, NH had a nice variety of hydrangeas ready to buy. With the exception of the tree variety hydrangea, all were together under a greenhouse dome and there were many to choose from the first of this week.
I couldn’t resist getting this Pinky Winky hydrangea (Paniculata) and I sure hope it likes living in my yard. The flowers will be elongated, white- changing to pink, according to the photo on the big tag.
I haven’t had time to get it into the ground yet because we have been getting some nice rain. Also I am not sure exactly where to put it.
This is my first Spring in my new place so I have been watching the sun – on the days it cooperates – to see which areas get the most.
I think that this one will like some sun but to be shaded from the heat of the day so the front (east-facing) area should work. Also it will grow to be quite large so it will fill in the front bare spots nicely.
I need to order some garden dirt for the entire front garden area, since most of the topsoil has eroded away it seems.
The Pinky Winky hydrangea is not one you will easily forget. The flowers are pretty shades of pink and white and the shrub itself can be eight feet tall. Plant this one someplace where it has room to branch out. It is a paniculata and is a sister of sorts to the “Limelight” hydrangea which also has cone shaped flowers, but they turn a light green.
Paniculatas are hardy and the flowers form on new wood – or new stems, and that means the pruning – if needed – should be done in late winter or very early Spring before the new buds set. This shrub will bloom in summer and into Fall, like many hydrangea varieties.
As you can see from the photo I’ve added (not mine), the blooms start off mostly white and fill out along the tall spire, shaped like a Christmas tree. Later the flowers will change color to pink. See a good picture of them at the Proven Winners site.
Remember to plant this one in either sun or partial shade, but the ground should be moist and cool. That is what most hydrangeas seem to like.
I look forward to growing my own this year, and then I’ll add my own photos.