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Hydrangea

on August 4, 2015

This has been a banner year for Hydrangea. We’ve had a lovely, cool, somewhat rainy summer (until the last couple of weeks – it’s been warm and humid!) and everywhere you look here in Minnesota, the hydrangea are drooping practically to the ground with their huge flowery heads. I just had to share mine – they’re so beautiful this year! I got my original plant from my mom’s bush at the house on the lake where I grew up, so I think it may be a pretty old variety. It has almost taken over half of the front garden of our house on the northwest corner and moved around the corner to the north side.

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This is the northwest corner of our front garden.

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This is that bush turning the corner to the north side of our house. That’s ok because it’s kind of hiding the gas meter.

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I love these big heads of tiny flowers.

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They start out white and then turn a lovely green.

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Last year I had to dig some out – they were heading out into the front yard – and I put a bit on the northeast corner of the house where we needed a “little something”. This bush has been growing here for about one year. It looks good, but it’s not so big.

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Two years ago we put a little bit on the back of our garage and now look!!! The bush is HUGE! The heads are almost resting on the ground because they’re so big!!! I think they’ve gotten watered a lot – they’re right next to the rain barrel (you can almost see it there on the garage corner).

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You can see how huge they are – they’re the size of a dinner plate!

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I love these prolific growers!

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I even love the ones that have these tiny, lacy parts on them (even if they aren’t supposed to be there).

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Hydrangea grow fast and grow so beautifully and bloom most of the summer. They make a great bouquet and if you hang them upside down, they’ll dry so you can use them in dried arrangements all winter.

 

 

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6 responses to “Hydrangea

  1. taphian says:

    I love hydrangea, too and have a lot in my garden. I planted something like an U-shaped wall to sit in the garden. The hydrangea have many colors. We also have one with oak-leaves and some other kinds.

  2. […] the weather this summer had made them grow huge blossoms. You can read about them in my post called Hydrangea. I decided that after years of having these beautiful bushes with their beautiful blossoms, now is […]

  3. […] My hydrangea got hit by hail and cool weather early in the season and are NOT up to last year’s standards. […]

  4. […] Hydrangea didn’t get to the size of a dinner plate like they did last year, but there will be enough of them to dry for an […]

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