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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Blue Hydrangea


My blue hydrangea I planted last year is growing very well
except there aren't any blooms!  This seems to be a pattern 
with me!  Sigh!  This week when I was at the garden center,
they had the big ones on clearance.  I couldn't resist getting
another.  It's a battle of the wills!  Who is more stubborn, me
 or the hydrangeas!?  I wonder how many I'll have to buy before
 I find one that wants to bloom the following year. haha.


35 comments:

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  2. Hope your hydrangea lives up to your expectations. I have 3 and they are loaded with blooms. Big ole mop heads. But the weird thing is that last year they were more blue and lavender. This year there are a lot of pink ones. I know the acid level in the soil determines the color. They have pine straw mulch around them, just like last year. It's a mystery. Someone told me they sell something at Lowes that you can add to make them more acidic. Maybe I'll try that.

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    1. Yes, it's acid...I have a bag of that. Don't leave it out, though,...the raccoons like it! Weird, I know but they tore into a bag here. I hope this one is happy. They look healthy for me, just don't bloom again! I think this is my fourth one in the yard now. haha.

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  3. I so love hydrangeas. I have dried some and they retained their colour for quite a while. Yours are such a beautiful, delicate shade.

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    1. I planted it near Garden Girl. She's smiling! haha.

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  4. They are lovely but can be tricky to grow I think

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    1. I wonder why that is! I wish I knew what mine were wanting! They are lush and green....just no blooms!

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    2. Hello! I'm a hydrangea fan also. A thought on why yours never have blooms - do you trim off the stems in the winter? On old fashioned hydrangeas (ie - Nikko) the blooms form in the stem. So if you cut down the old stems (canes), you're cutting off your spring blooms.

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    3. Hi Susan! Wow...it's been a while! :) Thanks for the tip. I've done both...leave the canes and cut them...so, who knows! Maybe I'll leave them on these two new ones and see if that helps!

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  5. Just had to cut mine back a bit, although very late doing it this year. Mine seems to thrive well every year with little attention and plenty of water in the summer with phostrogen feed sometimes. One year I sprinkled a lot of iron filings around the roots and some areas of my usual pink blooms became blue. . .

    I love hydrangeas and hope your's are very successful . . :)

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    1. They do love acid for blue blooms! I suppose the iron did the trick! Pictures? I'd love to see them!

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  6. I know how you feel!! Remember my story with peonies? ... so frustrating ... haha. I love hydrangeas, they are beautiful. I don't have them in the garden because they are poisonous to dogs ... last thing I have the time to do is to watch each and every step of Montik ... haha. Fingers crossed that your hydrangea will bloom!!

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    1. I didn't know they were poisonous to dogs! Yes, I think Montik is a handful already! haha.

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  7. How pretty. All the hydrangeas round here turn pink unless you are really careful to feed them with - whatever it is that lets them stay blue. My granny was very good at that.
    I have just posted a rose petal jelly recipe on my other blog. The roses in my back garden have been flowering beautifully but it has rained so much they are all lying flat on their faces poor things. So I thought I'd try a spot of cookery. Yum!

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    1. I always forget you have a second blog! I should add it to my sidebar so I remember! Rose petal jelly sounds so fancy! Yum. I bet it's delicious!

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    2. It does sound fancy but very easy to make..... provided you have fragrant roses and not to many aphids!

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  8. They may win
    There at your bin
    As you only have so much room to plant
    Maybe they just wish to see you rant lol

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    1. And rant I do
      and fuss and stew.
      Blooms I want,
      forget this stunt!

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  9. I feel your pain...we had some at our old house and they can be temperamental Betsy. It took a year or so for mine to bloom as well. Just back from our vacation with the family. Ben and Katy made it to Thursday before they went home. Baylor just was not sleeping well, you know how any change in routine does not work for our special guy! Glad to be home and catching up with my blog friends.

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    1. Oh yes. Our Alex especially doesn't travel well. Hope you all had a really fun time, though!

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  10. Maybe it's the sunlight, too much or too little?

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    1. I just saw someone else's blooms on another blog. do you prune them? You probably know more about them than I do. Ha ha! But I just read that they bloom if pruned.

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    2. Well, I have two in sunlight and one in shade. None are blooming!
      And I've pruned and not pruned! Isn't that crazy? Seems like the people
      that have huge blooming plants do nothing at all for them. So frustrating!

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  11. I don't have a Hydrangea, but they are beautiful. Best of luck!

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    1. They certainly are....any other flower and I wouldn't be trying so hard!

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  12. I absolutely love hydrangeas, but we have the same problem. Bob gave up on them. We have a hydrangea tree and an oak leaf hydrangea that flower profusely though. Makes no sense to me. GOod luck with yours!

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    1. There has to be a logical explanation! I'm not ready to give up yet. haha.

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  13. We have had four hydrangea plants in a shaded area of our backyard. Years ago they bloomed a little, but we haven't seen any blossoms in years. This year we planted two new ones in our sunny front yard and we are seeing many many blooms. The real test will be whether they bloom like that next year. Betsy, I would have thought if anyone could get them to bloom, it would be you.

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    1. Oh, it's so sad.....what on earth? haha....I've searched online for an explanation...haven't found one yet!

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  14. Like the slight bluish tinge in them.

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    1. I do, too...that icy pale color is lovely!

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