Hi, ‘drangea, you’re lookin’ good!

I received a potted hydrangea as a gift last year.  I love them but have heard that they are hard to raise, so I’ve never tried.

But since I had the potted one, after it was done blooming, I stuck it in the ground with the idea that if it was going to die anyway in the house, I might as well give it a fighting chance outside!

Well, it took full advantage of that chance and this year  i.t  i.s  b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l (with absolutely no help from me).

I planted it right outside the living room window — not because of any grand plan, but just because that was where there was a spot for it, and that it is a fairly shady spot.  But now, I’m so glad it’s right there where I can catch a glimpse of it often during the day.  It always gives me a lift.

The two pictures directly above were taken two weeks apart. I was hoping that as the bush filled out, the blooms would become more evenly distributed all over the plant.  But that hasn’t happened.  It’s interesting to note that the blooms continue to be almost entirely on the side of the plant that faces west.  I’m guessing that has something to do with the amount and direction of sun different parts of the plant get.

I first really noticed and became a fan of hydrandea’s like this about 10 years ago when Hubby and I were attending a conference in Columbus, Ohio and I went on a garden walk through the Germantown section.  I saw several of these and was just struck by how beautiful they were.  The way the blossoms turn from pink to blue to lavender fascinated me.

I recently read that hydrangea’s love acidic soil so you should water them with water laced with ammonia.  I’ll have to try that to see if I can actually get mine to stay around (and bloom!) for more than just this year.

7 Responses to Hi, ‘drangea, you’re lookin’ good!

  1. Hilary says:

    Oh they’re beautiful, Sandra. My Dad always had some in our yard. I believe they were predominantly blue. I didn’t realize that they changed colour. I thought they were either pink, blue or white depending on the acidity of the soil. Interesting to know.

  2. C. Beth says:

    Those are gorgeous! I can see why they give your spirit a lift.

  3. Sandra says:

    Heck, Hilary. I know soooo little about plants. Maybe there are strictly pink, blue and lavender hydrangeas BESIDES this kind. I just know I love the variation in this one. 🙂

    Beth — They are, aren’t they. The person who gave me that plant (and I can’t remember who it was) really gave me a gift that has kept on giving!

    Chrissy — thank you, thank you! 🙂

  4. I’m amazed that you can grow a hydrangea in your northern climate!! I didn’t know they would survive your winters! I bought three hydrangeas this summer–haven’t planted them yet, but they are looking pretty good as long as I keep them in the shade with plenty of water. When we lived in town I had one and it would be wilted by the end of the day, but once watered it perked right up! They are so lovely. I still recall the huge bush that grew outside my grandmother’s bedroom window with the hugh blue blooms! I’ve loved them ever since. Wish we could grow lilacs down here!

  5. aubrey says:

    your flowers are gorgeous…I’ve been wanting to plant some in the corner of my yard. Beautiful pics! Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Sandra says:

    V — I’m amazed too. It made it through one winter, but that could have been a fluke, so we’ll see. That area IS somewhat protected because the sun room sticks out from the house to the east of it. I’m just not questioning “why”, but enjoying it!

    We had a huge lilac bush at the farm that was always FULL of blooms in the spring. I would bring bouquets into the house and that old farm house would smell sooo good. When we moved here we planted a miniature lilac bush at the corner of the house next to the garage. It took it a few years to hit its stride, but when I had my garage sale this year, it was in full bloom and practically everyone who walked in the door commented on how good it smelled.

    If I can have a hydrangea, maybe you CAN have a lilac. Maybe you should give one a try! 🙂

    Aubrey — Thank you! Hope the pictures of mine give you a boost in planting yours! Happy weekend to you too. 🙂

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