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Hydrangeas

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As you might know, I am a bit obsessed about hydrangeas.  This is Pinky Winky, my must have from last year.  Photo from last year too, mine is still white and has some browning on the blooms, hoping this is from too much watering with the hose since it has been so dry, but it is a beautiful plant none the less.
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I especially like the new stronger stemmed ones like my Limelight.  It is a show stopper right now…. much better than I even thought it would be.  I whole heartedly suggest you add this shrub to your garden somewhere, I did not realize how nice the creamy green blooms look with just about any color scheme.  I will be doing cuttings soon so maybe I can grow some babies of this one.
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Okay, I have a few new ones and I am wondering if any of you grew them…. the first one is Pink Diamond…. it said on the web…. “It produces both sterile and fertile flowers.”  Does that mean it self seeds?  I have never had one do that, and if it does look like that, wow…  Mine has about 8 blooms forming on it now.  Picture is from the web.
This is another of my new ones I know nothing about, Raspberry Parfait or also called Harlequin Hydrangea.  Pics and info from the web, mine is not blooming yet….
“This hydrangea is a must for all collectors or those that need just one. The blooms are two colors of vibrant pink to purple with white borders - just like an angel's halo. We love this unusual and eye-catching specimen and we barely grow enough for the demand.”
The bloom is very tender and does not do well in any afternoon sun.” Okay, what does that mean, you never get them or the look like you know what….   You see I have got into this trouble before, enter case in point my variegated hydrangeas….
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Yes, I know this picture looks beautiful, but my Light O’ Day has been a challenge.  I think this plant might also be called 'Variegata', at least I cannot tell the difference between the two.  
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But this beauty bloomed her heart out for me….  my Nikko Blue (which is pink for me) was the best it has ever been.  When the garden tour was here it was picture perfect pink and green blooms.  Last year the frost got every single bloom and I missed her so much.  Yes, I think roses and hydrangeas must be girls… lol.  But I didn’t really give her enough room where she is at.  I recently removed all the plants around her and today I am going to cut here back just a bit in the front for my sidewalk.  It is about 4 years old and I thought it would die back last winter and it did not at all, so now she is a bit in the sidewalk. 
It said online that if I cut mopheads back before August 1st they would still make blooms for next year.  I am not going to be too aggressive, but I wish I would have put this one in a bigger area, by fault, but she has a prime spot!

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Tree Hydrangea or Grandiflora has beautiful smallish white blooms the are very crisp and beautiful to photograph.  I had purchased these from one of the mail order magazines for like two for $2.00, so you cannot beat the price.  They were tiny little sticks that took off, leafed out and did fairly well for two years.  Last summer they stopped growing up and just flopped down and out and were a mess over some perennials I wanted to keep.  I took all but one out and moved it to a bed near the driveway, this year it seems happier and it now lighter and growing more up, but no blooms.  I’d say I chopped them all off last fall.  It has more room now, so if it wants to flop, I guess it can.  The blooms are really pretty and for that reason I will keep it going.
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Hydrangea Serrata Preziosa is probably one of my very favorites.  It has wonderful fall colors, its stems are dark burgundy and the blooms and leaves will darken as well.  Here it is from last fall....

You would just die if you saw what I did to this plant.  I bought it on clearance for like $4.00 and it was a little tiny dried out plant.  But it had a definite fork dividing it into two directions.  Yes, you guessed it… I chopped it in half!  And I’m here to tell you both plants are thriving, blooming…. tripled in  size and beautiful.  I would not recommend that for the expensive ones, but I guess I was brave that day.
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This last one is brand new on the market and I cannot find too much information on it.  It is the new forever and ever hydrangea  called Summer Lace.  

Okay, that is 10 I’ve talked about…. now let me tell you a little secret…. I have cuttings from two oakleafed and two more unknown varieties rooting under my deck.  They are super easy to root…. just take a soft stemmed 6” or so piece, dip it in root compound and place it in a container with a gallon sided baggie over it, or if you have a damp shaded spot right in the ground.  I have had VERY good luck rooting hydrangeas.

Let me know the kinds you grow…. I’d love to hear from you.
Happy Gardening….Brooke
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2011 Update.... I have added a few more this year...
-Quick Fire
-Snow Queen Oakleaf
-Vanilla Strawberry
-Invincebelle Spirit
-Glowing Embers

2012 Update.... Added
-Incrediball
-Annabelle
-Cityline Paris Hydrangea
-Bombshell



Look for pictures coming this summer!

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