“Blushing Bride” The White Hydrangea

hydrangea plant in garden
Newly planted “Blushing Bride” hydrangea shrub.

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 won’t be really large – only 3 to 5 feet across – so won’t block the doorway.

(My yard is a work in progress – soon this front garden will be spectacular! Wait and see.)

The tag says that the flowers will be blue in acidic soil, so this new type of hydrangea is apparently closely related to the Endless Summer. I don’t know if my soil is acidic or not so I guess I’ll just wait and see what the flowers look like on this one.
I’ve read a bit about it and it should be a hardy plant. If you have one, here are some things to remember:
* Don’t cut it back. This one blooms on new and old wood. (Trimming of dead stalks can be done mid-summer.)
* It likes sun with some shade
* White to light pink flowers (in alkaline soil)
* Cutting the flowers in summer will produce more blooms
* Pile mulch around the base for winter
When mine gets flowers, I will be sure to share them here. It already has buds so I’ll expect flowers by July.

See the updated page with flowers here!

The Petiolaris is a Climbing Hydrangea

Hydrangea petiolaris photo by Bruger:Sten
Image via Wikipedia

I am unfamiliar with the climbing form of hydrangea, or at least I was before I researched it for this blog post.  I will be moving soon into a house of my own where I plan to do lots of gardening so I need to know what is available for my area of the country.  I live in growing zone 5 so my plants have to be able to withstand cold and lots of snow cover.  Always check before you buy plants online to make sure they are suitable for your area.

The petiolaris, or climbing hydrangea plant, can be used as a ground cover as well as a climber.  The blooms are white and lacey looking and show up around the month of June and the leaves are heart-shaped and green.  If you want this flowering vine to climb, then plant it near a sturdy structure that will be able to bear the weight of the full grown bush which can be up to 50 feet in height… yikes!  That is big, so think long term when planting this one.  It likes shade or semi-shaded areas which is good to know since my new yard will be surrounded by trees and I’m assuming will be quite shady most of the day.

I like the idea of planting it to cover an unsightly tree stump (I have a tall one in my new yard) or some other part of the yard that isn’t very nice looking.  According to what I’ve read, it takes a year or two to get established and then it takes off and grows like crazy.

Scroll down this page at Dave’s Garden site and read what people who are growing this plant have to say.

Check with local nurseries to purchase.

Hydrangeas and Lilacs Photography Poster

Hang a summertime bouquet on your wall. Lovely white hydrangeas and purple lilacs make a striking bouquet of cut flowers arranged in a vintage, white vase in this digital art design. Not much information accompanies this picture, but the clean, white color feels like summer and I can smell those sweet lilacs!
This photography print is available from slcook52 at their Zazzle store and measures 15 x 19 inches. A smaller size is also available.

white hydrangeas and lilacs in vase
Hydrangeas & Lilacs Print by slcook52

Click this link to view Sylvia Cook’s store.

What Flowers Will Kate Carry Down The Aisle?

Cascade Bridal Bouquet
Image by Flower Factor via Flickr

I was wondering if the Royal wedding would include hydrangea flowers? I really haven’t been following the Royal Wedding news, but I found a site that has a video of a floral designer talking about which flowers will be used in Kate’s bridal bouquet.  He says that Kate’s favorite flower is some kind of lily so most likely she will carry a bouquet that contains white lilies.  Traditionally the bouquets have been all white and Kate’s will apparently be white as well.  It will probably include white roses from Africa (where Will proposed) and maybe lily of the valley, which is a sweet little flower.

Even though Diana and Charles had potted hydrangeas and other flowers decorating the church, they were all white.   According to the man being interviewed, the cascading bridal bouquet could be four feet long!  Good thing the bride is young and strong, that thing could be quite heavy.

I plan to watch the ceremony, since it’s an historical occasion and I will be paying attention to the flowers for sure.

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