For those of us in GA, mophead hydrangea flowers have faded and are not very attractive. The 30 days after flowers fade is the perfect time to prune mophead hydrangeas if needed. I pruned mine last year and documented the process.
Commented on Jun 25, 2012
It looks as if you pruned them back by 1/3? Do you prune them every year?
When we bought the house, there was a hideous old fence here, more splinter than fence, and the tenants has piled bags and bags of yard/dog waste here. I suppose the bright side is that it was holding the fence up, but we have a free yard waste dump about eight blocks away so it was not appreciated! Under all of that was a lot of rubble--cement blocks, iron pieces, bricks. After we finished the terracing inside the yard and got the new fence up, I could finally concentrate on a
little alley beautification project. There is always something blooming these days and I avoid hauling my grass cuttings by using them to mulch down the bed. I have soaker hoses here, but the grass helps it all hold on to the moisture longer. There are a lot of tulip bulbs sleeping away down there as well.
Commented on Jun 25, 2012
Lori, a great transformation and I like the orange trellis made out of a door frame? Are you
Cith, it seems that single and early blooming peonies are the best for the South.
Here is some more info from North Carolina Extension that may help you. Peonies grow best in cool climates. Some mail order catalogs provide a rating range from 100 to 300 chilling hours per winter for cultivars. Select cultivars with a low chilling requirement. In general, most of the newer peony cultivars do not perform well in the south because they were bred and selected in northern nurseries and do not receive an adequate amount of cold weather in North Carolina. Many of the older cultivars perform reasonably well in North Carolina including: Baroness Schroeder (white), Felix Crousse (red), Festiva Maxima (white double with a crimson center), Felix Supreme (raspberry), Mons. Jules Elie (medium pink double), Sarah Bernhardt (apple blossom pink), and Teresa (pink).
Peonies grow best in full sun, but will tolerate light shade. Peonies require winter cold to flower. To encourage flowering, plant on a northern exposure and do not mulch in the winter. Flower size will decrease due to root competition from nearby trees and shrubs. The planting site should have protection from strong winds, but be well aerated to reduce diseases problems. Peonies prefer a well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Roots will quickly rot in poorly drained soil; consider planting in a raised bed. Try to avoid locations where peonies have been grown before.
We Love our front porch. I am an avid picker so everything on our front porch is second hand and re-purposed. Antique white wicker rocker $30~hanging paper lights from pottery barn found
brand new in box at a sale $3...yep thats correct 3 dollars. SCORE! A pair of restoration lanterns on steps, another score $10. The list goes on and on and its all paid for and the thrill of the hunt is always amazing. Many memories have been made here with family and friends.
Commented on Jun 24, 2012
A great welcome! Makes me want to hang out on your porch.