Hydrangea update

ostrich(3a AB)August 14, 2014

Finally, finally, my hydrangeas are blooming! It's already the middle of August, this is just getting silly!!!

My poor Quick Fire (the one further away) has lush green foliage but just a few blooms... but look at my Vanilla Strawberry (the closer one)! This one was much smaller than QF last year but this year, it has shown vigorous growth and there are many creamy, green blooms too:

I actually like these creamy, limey, green blooms more so than when they turn white and pink!

As for my Incrediballs, they have also grown vigorously as well. Now, the blooms are not huge, but I actually prefer it that way. These stems are amazing - even just after a major downpour, they will still be upright, holding the flower heads firmly upright! Here they are:

Here are the Incrediballs as seen from the fence:

As for my other hydrangeas, the Pinky Winky is full of buds but not quite ready to bloom yet.... the Little Limes are also very much behind. The Pee Gees that were planted last year in the front yard also are just showing some buds. Perhaps I can show you some pics later!

Of course, I had to S.P. that Bombshell.... that one was so promising but it just succumbed to our winter.... sigh!

Anyway, even though they are late, I am a huge hydrangea fan and I can't wait until they are all in full bloom!

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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

I love hydrangeas but am starting to hate them.....my 'Bella Anna' has about 3 nice blooms, my annabelle got cut down by deer, the pee gee is just starting to show about 20 buds but is in a disarray of a sprawling shape....endless summer's deserve round up and my quick fire (enabled by YOU) is the only thing really blooming.....this could be another rant in the duds.....then again I did that LOL.

But nice looking gardens, bloom or not.


    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:36PM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

That's a breathtaking display. Lovely garden!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:29AM
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Very nice!! I like the variety of foliage in the garden as well as the blooms. It looks like you did a great job planning for year-round interest.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:38AM
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Looks great...my Pinky Winky is blooming right now, strange how plants have their own schedule.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 10:25AM
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Lovely. I really need to try some hydrangea!
Beautiful house as well; love your two stories of windows looking out onto the back yard and garden. You can really enjoy the view at any time!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 10:29AM
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ostrich(3a AB)

Thanks, everyone! I think that these hydrangeas are some of the most reliable things in my yard!!! :-)

debbiecz3, you must try some of these hardy hydrangeas - in a way, they are kind of like hostas - once you get one, you want to try more and then you start to collect more and more! Ouch.... maybe I should not scare you off right now before you try it! LOL!

SCG - put your Endless Summer in a pot - it will do much better! I listened to someone on the board here (was that rosecavalier?) and put mine in a big pot this year and it's been doing great! Give the other more time.... and your Annabelle will bounce back too! Bad bad deer.... you know that they get tummy aches after eating hydrangea, right? Perhaps it was a young bambi who has not learned his lesson yet!!! :-)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 6:48PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Thanks ostrich...my yard is a pretty much no coddle yard...you either produce or your gone.

Now I wonder why I have so many ex-wifes...LOL

Anyways...I have a 10ft fence up now... mostly complete and the season to eat what was eating my plants is soon approaching....yay...

I love the look of your gardens. I wish I made mine more narrow, to mimic yours. These darn 8-10 ft wide gardens take more expertise than I can offer...


    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:04PM
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rosecavalier(3 AB)

Ostrich...great photos of your hardy hydrangeas...beautiful yard and love the color scheme of your house...and glad you are meeting with success re: Endless Summer.

Last year I picked up a white potted mophead from one of the box stores...I think Home Depot...and potted it up immediately. A year later it is coming along nicely with some great attributes...I think it is going to be a winner and can't wait for it to get some real mass. It's the first white hydrangea I've tried.

Its starts out a lime green, opens to a huge snow white mophead, and then ages with a few blush pink spots...foliage looks real healthy...makes you smile when you look at it.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:35PM
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rosecavalier(3 AB)


Purest snow white most of the summer...ages to this...enormous 8" wide mopheads that last longer than any of my other hydrangea blooms. Interesting that I didn't see them this spring in the stores.

Also, I'm finding that these tender hydrangeas are easy to propagate...just cut some dormant stems off in the spring, put in water with indirect light for a month...then pot up even if there aren't roots showing.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:43PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

My problem with pots is where do I put them. I don't have a heated garage so they will suffer more freeze thaw than if in the ground. I have one tiny, tiny, did I say tiny, piece of endless summer that made it in a pot now and I am not sure what I am going to do in the fall. It is small enough to go into my tuber storage (if I get it built) but other than that I am SOL...

Until I get good at this I like tough love....live and flourish or follow Ostrich's many and be shovel pruned....


    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:58PM
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Beautiful garden. I love hydrangea and yours are wonderful. Also love the layout. My bombshell is also doing poorly, it is tiny with one bloom. I'll give it one more year unless they come out with a cool hardy hydrangea next year to take its place.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 6:51PM
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Beautiful garden photos Ostrich and I really like the look of your house as well.

'Quick Fire' does exceedingly well for me, last year my most established plant had grown to 4 1/2 ft tall and over 6 ft across. 'Incrediballs' are doing great and 'Little Lambs' are stealing the show as they always do!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 1:15AM
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ostrich(3a AB)

rosecavalier, that is indeed a beautiful white mophead! Thanks for the pics. Do you by any chance remember what it is called? I so wished that we could grow macrophyllas in this region.... sigh!

SCG, I don't have a heated garage at all, but it is insulated. The temperature in the garage will drop to just below zero when it gets very cold outside. I am sure that will work fine. In fact, you do not want a heated garage, because you would want your plant to go completely dormant, I think. So you can still try it :-)

Also, SCG, I so wished that all of my beds are 8-10 feet wide at least, so I can do different "layering" effects with various heights and textures at the front, middle section and back! In fact, the areas of my bed where they measure 8 feet are the best looking areas. The narrower areas are the ones that I have trouble with (in making them look good!). So, I think that you will have a lot more fun with your wider beds! I just have to make do with my little city lot.... sigh!

twrosz, do you have photos of your hydrangeas please? I would love to see them please!!! :-) Is your QF in a full sun location? Where does it face? I would love to especially see your Little Lamb!

catt - thanks! Have you tried other hardy hydrangeas?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 8:48PM
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Ostrich, the hydrangeas all have a south exposure and are in very good soil.

Here's 'Little Lamb', it's well over 3 ft tall and would be considerably larger, though had been given a substantial pruning this spring, this is a FANTASTIC hydrangea !!!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 1:10PM
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'Little Lamb' up close, it's a real beauty!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 1:13PM
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'Quick Fire', is a larger even more vigorous shrub than 'Little Lamb'.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 1:20PM
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'Quick Fire' can produce some very large blooms.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 1:23PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Ostrich maybe in the future I will appreciate the beds as I mature into gardening but at this point I can't imagine how things are going to look because everything I have is immature. Patience is hard to find this year as well. You can also very nice huge bed, right now you call it your backyard, if you get rid of the grass :-)

twrosz very nice pics! I searched for little lamb here but it is impossible to find around here. I did manage a quick fire and am happy to hear it is vigourous.


    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 1:59PM
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Absolutely stunning photos here. :)

On my way out the door but I have a quick question and hope this isn't regarded as a hijack.

Does the Quick Fire respond well to pruning to keep it smaller? Will it still bloom each year?

SCG About your pots. In the fall, when I haven't had the chance to plant everything, I just dig a random hole and plop the whole pot in. Nothing has died on me yet :)

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 11:11AM
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nutsaboutflowers, yes, both 'Quick Fire' and 'Little Lamb' will flower well even after rather hard pruning ... though, you might want to wait for the release 'Little Quick Fire'

Here is a link that might be useful: 'Little Quick Fire'

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 11:46AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

NAF, the reason to move them indoors was to keep them from the extreme cold temperatures which is killing them to the ground. My "shop" is not attached nor heated, unless I light the wood stove, so gets to the same temperature as outside. Therefore no gain. BUT I am doing exactly what you say with a bunch of plants.

twrosz that 'Little Quick Fire' is very interesting. It is nice to see another new paniculata come out as there as so few new cultivars on the market....LOL


    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 12:34PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

twrosz, your hydrangeas are simply STUNNING! How long have you had them for?


    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 11:44AM
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Ostrich, I've had these hydrangeas for about five years, they do develop quickly and are very reliable bloomers.

rosecavalier, those are very nice looking hydrangea photos, I should grow a few mophead types in pots, maybe one of the new double types.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 3:28PM
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rosecavalier(3 AB)

Great photos of your hardy hydrangeas Terrance...I would like to grow some but they would have to take up rose real estate ... so I've just got the tender hydrangeas in pots...and use them as supplemental color and anchors in the landscape...can't beat them for that.

I can't imagine a hydrangea breeder working on doubling mophead flower structure...do you have some new cultivars in mind?

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 9:49AM
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