What a year we've had!
This has been an extraordinary year for blooms. Not only for hydrangeas, but for roses, peonies, hostas and everything that comes out of the ground. Some attribute it to the mild winter we had. This past December, just before Christmas Day, we had a few days of Spring like weather when it was so warm, the daffodils started to come out. Also remember that last year we had no blooms from the hydrangeas macrophylla, aka mopheads or French hydrangeas, due to a late frost we had in Spring. My poor gardenias were decimated too, but they made a return this year with plentiful blooms.
If I have to skip a year of blooms to get this, so be it.
I started gardening "for real" when I came to this house almost four years ago. I inherited a garden "with good bones" as my friend Sandra told me. Besides, I had nothing better to do. At that time I did not even know the names of the plants I had in the garden. Some of my readers helped identify them from photos and that's how I came to know Sandra Jonas who later took me to my first hydrangea garden tour in Atlanta. That was it, I was hooked. It also helped to have been guided around some of the most beautiful gardens in Atlanta by a past president of the Hydrangea Society of Atlanta. The fact that she is not only knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with is only surpassed by her generosity and enthusiasm.
The hydrangeas you will see below are all different varieties of hydrangea macrophylla My daughter and I have bought them at different times and at different nurseries. Some of them are in the ground and came with the original garden, but others, including the pink ones in whiskey barrels where bought and planted by my daughter and me in the last three years.
We have a highly acidic soil so if they are blue they go in the ground. With the pink varieties, if we want to keep their original color, they go in one of the six whiskey barrels we have around the property. It's as simple as that!
For me, though, this is the star of the show...Hydrangea Shooting Star, a baby just a year ago!
We have oak leaf hydrangeas also, but they are too small still to brag about! They each have one bloom, but what a bloom! The hydrangeas paniculata are starting to form buds. I am sure they will be spectacular too.
Enjoy the show!
Hydrangea macrophylla Mathilda
What a great place for a tunnel....hmm
|Another hydrangea Mathilda|
I still have the front to share so stay tuned!
All photos by Lindaraxa
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