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.