Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hydrangea

Our pink hydrangeas.

Hortensia, in French. This specimen grows on the north side of our house. When we first got here, it was a beautiful blue. Someone, obviously, had been feeding it the proper combination of chemicals.

Looking down from the deck, feet and all.

We don't do anything, other than prune it back every year. Consequently, it's resumed a more pinkish color. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

A closer look. Still from the deck.

7 comments:

  1. For Mother's Day, my son gave me a pot with two beautiful Hydrangeas. Same colour than yours. I was told they needed lots of water, and the sun. I have no sun but I put them under a lamp at night, and near the window during the day. Watered them everyday. They slowly paled and dried up. Is it me? Yours look so happy...

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  2. Beautiful colour and beautiful photos..looks great.!!

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  3. Applying aluminum sulfate or sulfur will turn your hydrangeas blue. I'm applying lime and high phosphorus fertilizer to mine to turn them pink. :)

    BettyAnn

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  4. Yes,I meant to say also that your photos are beautiful! Don't know if I'd say the same about the toes, though. :)

    Claudia, hydrangeas need lots and lots of water. Perhaps did yours dry out? I'm not sure about where you live, Toronto right?, but here in North Carolina we have to plant them in the shade.

    BettyAnn

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  5. Maybe if I had put my toes near my hydrangeas, as Walt did, they would have stayed happy.

    I'm in Toronto, BettyAnn. But they were in a pot, not outside. I have no garden, no balcony, plenty of windows but no sun. I don't have a green thumb. It's hard to know what will remain well and alive in my home. That's why I enjoy so much Saint-Aignan's garden. It brightens my life.

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  6. claudia, I don't know how to advise you. My plant was already here and full grown - in the shade.

    ann, thanks! It's mostly luck, of course.

    bettyann, I'm no good at the alkaline/acid thing, so my hortensias will stay au natural.

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  7. Claudia, I can kill efficiently anything that I try to grow! So I don't try any more. But I love other people's gardens AND their feet ;)

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