Now that I have moved out of my rental, I live in a flowerless environment. I have a yard without hydrangeas and in fact, there are no flowering plants. The house I bought has been sitting empty for about a year and apparently the previous owners didn’t believe in growing flowering shrubs. Two huge tree looking bushes were blocking the front windows (until I trimmed them- quite a bit – you can see one of them in my photo) and the only other plants in the front are holly. Oh, I did find a small azalea amongst the weeds and dug it up and gave it a sunnier location. I imagine it will be light purple since most azaleas I see in the north seem to be. I’ll have to wait until next Spring to find out.
My landlady had talked about letting me dig up part of one of her hydrangeas, but I got too busy to even think about doing that, so I came to the new place empty-handed. Now the search is on for blue hydrangeas of my own. I am not searching too frantically, since the front yard still needs some work – maybe grading – so the planting might have to wait. I’m also watching the sun to find the best locations for planting.
Also, I spent 5 hours in the yard on Saturday and have been in pain ever since. I should know better. This body is not used to yard work, so I will have to remember to pace myself and stop after an hour or two. Also, I’m not as young as I’d like to be! A nice reader suggested I do a soil test and that reminded me that we have a great resource here in New Hampshire at the UNH campus. The UNH Cooperative Extension will test soil for you (if you live in the area).
As I find good places to buy hydrangeas (and other plants), I’ll be sure to share with you.