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Is it just me or are the Hydrangeas particularly glowing this year?

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  • Nikki
    Nikki Atlanta, GA
    on May 9, 2012

    They're beautiful and I'm jealous. Mine are suffering from a transplant gone wrong I'm sure.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    360 Sod (Donna Dixson) Buford, GA
    on May 9, 2012

    Aww, well maybe by next year yours will be recovered and blooming beautifully for you.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I New York, NY
    on May 9, 2012

    Heavenly indeed! One of these are going to make it to our daily morning inspiration posts on facebook. Now how choose...

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on May 9, 2012

    Four Season, have never been able to grow Hydrangeas. Maybe too hot, sunny, not enough food? Whatever. I gave up but yours make me want them again.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on May 10, 2012

    If you've got a shady spot, Sherrie, try one of the native oakleafs. They won't work for me so close to the beach, but I'd definitely give one a try where you are.

  • Erica Glasener
    Erica Glasener Atlanta, GA
    on May 10, 2012

    Douglas, I have to chime in, oakleaf hydrangeas are great. I have been noticing them around town this spring. Here's a photo for anyone that doesn't know what they look like. Oh, don't prune these unless they get too big, they have beautiful flowers, foliage and bark. There are dwarf selections too.

    double flowered selection of oakleaf hydrangea

    double flowered selection of oakleaf hydrangea

  • Rebecca D
    Rebecca D Dearborn, MI
    on May 10, 2012

    Erica! I have an Oak leaf hydrangea in my yard. The blooms start out white, progress to a mauve and turn copper in the fall! The leaves turn a lovely burgandy too! It grows on old wood so leave it alone. ENJOY!

  • Erica Glasener
    Erica Glasener Atlanta, GA
    on May 10, 2012

    Yeah Rebecca, you can see it's an easy one because you don't have to prune it.

  • Patty M
    Patty M Ridgewood, NJ
    on May 11, 2012

    Have planted many hydrangeas but they just don't take.. Any recommendations??

  • Michelle W
    Michelle W Oceanside, CA
    on May 11, 2012

    They prefer an acidic soil. Try mixing in some soil made for Azalea's.

  • Erica Glasener
    Erica Glasener Atlanta, GA
    on May 11, 2012

    Patty, where do you live and what are the light conditions?

  • Nancy Rhodes C
    Nancy Rhodes C Bessemer, AL
    on May 11, 2012

    My Hydrangeas are exceptionally beautiful in Birmingham, Alabama this year.

  • Patty M
    Patty M Ridgewood, NJ
    on May 14, 2012

    Live in NY.Good light in Spring especially in pm , out front where I'd plant them.Was told not to get them from grocery store just a nursery.Any special treatment to feed em?

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on May 14, 2012

    Patty, you should definitely buy them from a good local nursery as not all types of hydrangea are hardy in New York. Morning sun and afternoon shade is generally ideal, but the farther north you are the more sun they can take. Good drainage is crucial. And make sure they have enough room. Depending on the type you plant, allow at least 4 X 4 feet.

  • Chris K
    Chris K Urbana, MO
    on May 14, 2012

    Mine have never been so full or beauful as they are this year. Must be perfect weather for them.

  • Kathy C
    Kathy C Powell, TN
    on May 14, 2012

    Mine have not bloomed yet but will add a pic as soon as they do.

  • Nancy Rhodes C
    Nancy Rhodes C Bessemer, AL
    on May 14, 2012

    Here are my Hydrangeas when they first started to bloom this year. The sun will get really hot this summer but they somehow keep on blooming. I water them a lot. They would be better off when there is more shade and water near by I think but I won't disturb them.

  • Mary A
    Mary A Summerville, SC
    on May 14, 2012

    Im in the Summerville SC area transplant from northcentral Ohio...I had georgeous hydros in Ohio and they bloomed all summer in direct sunlight and became a bush typle blue plant as tall as my chest.....but here...?...how and where do I plant them...so hot and so much sun Im sure they will bake...

  • MaryAnn D
    MaryAnn D Ocala, FL
    on May 14, 2012

    This is the first year in Fl I have been able to grow them.Donot know how to post a pic here.Iput them in pots instead of the ground to.Am shade and pm sun then shade again

  • Jean M
    Jean M Valdosta, GA
    on May 14, 2012

    no they are glowing, lovely photos :)

  • Kathy C
    Kathy C Powell, TN
    on May 16, 2012

    One year mine were blue and the next year they were pink. What is it that you can add to the soil to determine the color?. I trimmed it down in the spring. I usually do it in the fall. I saw on t.v. where you need to water even though it has rained because of the heaviness of the leaves. It is difficult for the rain to get directly into the roots. It's good to take the water hose and water directly into the roots.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    360 Sod (Donna Dixson) Buford, GA
    on May 16, 2012

    Kathy, here is a publication by the Georgia Extension on Hydrangeas that you might find helpful on understanding how to change the color of the big leaf Hydrangeas. http://www.caes.uga.edu/publications/pubDetail.cfm?pk_id=7829

  • Nancy S
    Nancy S Lagrange, GA
    on Jan 30, 2013

    We moved here will be 2 years in April.. I had the mother bush that started over 60 years ago.. when we moved I had to take it with me. My mother is no longer with us and I left that place and moved.. when we left we had to transplant them.They were not that showey last year.. but I'm hoping they are more root bound and will do better this year.. they are some of nature's most elegant beauties..

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    360 Sod (Donna Dixson) Buford, GA
    on Jan 30, 2013

    @Nancy S , I fall in love with Hydrangeas every year!

  • Nancy S
    Nancy S Lagrange, GA
    on Jan 30, 2013

    Hydrangeas have been in my life always. We moved those hydrangeas from a farm I lived on for the first 8 years of my life. I do not know where mother got the 'mother' bush. She moved it from that farm to where I lived until I married the wrong man... LOL.. at 18. The happiest years of my life........ Mother always wanted to have a pink one. She never could get one to grow pink. I've heard different ways to do it.. she tried just about all of them.. She put so much Lyme on them, they turned purple.. beautiful blooms they were. When I moved back into my old home place.. I lived there for almost 10 years and then tragedy happened, as it always will and I moved again.. We moved it to where I live now, along with some that mother had rooted from the mother bush. She would find an old limb underneath the bush and lay a rock on it and next Spring, it would have taken root and she would let it live that way for about a year.. then she'd transplant it. She had about 10 or more hydrangea bushes from that one mother bush. I look at it everyday and I swear it better bloom this year. I can't wait.. thanks for returning my message. I know you are waiting.. for the Spring time.. So am I.. I love winter but I don't love the extreme cold... thank you, nancy still

  • Marcia Reichert
    Marcia Reichert Horn Lake, MS
    on Feb 1, 2013

    MaryAnn, your Hydrangea from Ohio did well in the sun but would suffer in the south because it's hotter here. It's a location thing . Down here in Mississippi we have to have them in, at minimal partial shade. I had mine in the ground for 6 years before I added Moonooer to the surface of the dirt around them. WOW! It's just like Morning Glorys. Up North they're an annual but around here (South) they are almost a plague. They come back every year.

  • Beth G
    Beth G Decatur, GA
    on Feb 9, 2013

    always have enjoyed these! Wonder if they could be a container plant ... perfect light conditions on my balcony.

  • Dcz665
    Dcz665 Highland Park, IL
    on Feb 9, 2013

    Displaying these gorgeous pictures just isn't fair to us Northerners. My hydrangeas are buried beneath a combination of dirt, leaves, leftover evergreen branches, and chicken wire to hold it all together and as of two days ago, 6 inches of snow! But come May these bushes will be in full swing. I have paniculata, oak leaf, mop heads and the everblooming summer variety. The hard part with any hydrangea is the pruning issue. There are different types and you need to careful you don't prune at the wrong time or you'll lose your blooms. I've purchased plants from highly rated nurseries and from big box stores...some have flourished, some have died. Years ago I asked my brother (a top ten grower in Massachusetts) why some of my plants had died despite having perfect growing conditions. His very technical answer...sometimes plants just die!

    • Michelle
      Michelle Ogden, UT
      on Dec 4, 2016

      How do you prepare the plant for winter? Could you give me some instructions on how you use the dirt, leaves, evergreen and wire? Thanks

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Feb 9, 2013

    @Beth G : Beth, if you have room for a large container, like a half whiskey barrel, you could probably pull it off. See this for some caveats: http://hydrangeashoh.wordpress.com/2009/03/13/growing-hydrangeas-in-pots/

  • Elaine Simmons
    Elaine Simmons Florence, AZ
    on Feb 9, 2013

    I just found one of my favorite tv hosts and my favorite flower on the same post! I really miss your shows Erica! Yours was my most favorite of all the garden shows. I have just moved to AZ so don't think I can grow hydrangeas in a pot, sun is just too hot. Before in Iowa, I grew all kinds of hydrangeas.

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