Hydrangeas failed to Bloom
I have a nice established row of mophead and lace cap hydrangeas that were planted eight years ago on the North-East side of our garage. They had bloomed every year and for the last two years the display was wonderful. I felt like having Scarlett and Rhett over for Tea. Last fall, like almost every fall, I have cut off the dead flower heads and stuffed them (along with some pine needles and other convenient mulchy stuff) down around the remaining branches for a small degree of winter protection.
There are almost no blooms on the plants this year but otherwise the plants are growing very well. Obviously, we had an unusually cold winter. Our temps. dropped to four and three degrees F on the coldest nights while previous year lows were probably 15 to 10 degrees F. I assume the extra cold is responsible for the bloom failure but I have looked online and it appears that the general consensus is that cold down to zero requires no protection at all.
The web info did suggest that a late freeze after budding out was a common cause for failure. I don't recall that we actually had a very late freeze although it was certainly late enough to kill my peach and plum fruit as often happens. Have you all had similar problems? And is Tomorrow just Another Day?