Last year my one and only hydrangea did not bloom at all but I don’t know why. So this year I was hoping for better or just some results from my efforts.
Just to be sure I was doing the things needed to grow beautiful hydrangeas I did a bit of research. Here is what I found at Get.Smarter.com
“Hydrangeas thrive in rich, moist, well-drained soil. Light preferences depend on the variety, but, in general, hydrangeas prefer full sun with some afternoon shade. The best time to plant hydrangeas is after the last frost in the spring or in the fall. In the first couple of years, water hydrangeas frequently to help the plant develop strong roots. For some varieties, the pH level of the soil affects the color of the flowers: more acidic soil yields blue flowers and more alkaline soil results in pink flowers. Add lime to make the soil more alkaline, or add acid-based fertilizers or acid-rich organic material, such as coffee grounds or egg shells, to make the flowers blue. Hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs or vines that are resistant to both pests and diseases. The most common variety is the big leaf hydrangea, which has large leaves and showy flowers in big, rounded clusters.”
She is looking pretty good so far this year and I am hoping to get lots of these amazing blue blooms until the fall.
It has a lot of blooms!
Itty bitty blossom.
This blossom should turn blue in a few more days.
Then in the fall I plan to dry as many blossoms as my sweet bush produces. These are blossoms I dried from my hydrangea’s first year.
I’m so excited that I will have hydrangeas for bouquets this summer. This was the first bloom my hydrangea produced its first year.
Since they do better if planted early spring after the last frost or fall, I need to wait to get a few more hydrangeas. Now that my hydrangea is blooming I am itching to plant more.
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