It been so cold up north this winter

Joopster(5 (Chicago))January 3, 2014

It been so cold here in Chicago and next week will be around negative 10. I'm afraid non of my new plants that I planted in the summer wouldn't make it. Most of my hydrangeas are not covered, beside piles of now. Oh well, guess I'll be replacing most of them in Spring.

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

I always worry about Summer and Fall plantings but remember one ironic thing: snow is a very good insulator and can help them handle extreme temperature conditions! Too much heavy snow on top can break/bend stems but otherwise, some snow is 'ok'. Good luck in the New Year!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 6:10PM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Hope you and the hydrangeas are keepng warm during this artic vortex thing!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 10:16PM
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Joopster(5 (Chicago))

OMG it was so freezing. Thanks for giving me hope guys.... LOL... My husband pretty much cover all the plants with snow before it get below -15. Snow is our only hope to keep those poor plants insulated.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 12:24PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

This is why I only plant H. paniculata. They are so much rewarding and tough as nails.

The snow on the flowerheads swaying in the wind is just magical.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 10:06PM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

been in the teens several times this winter. Wonder what I will have in the spring as I never protect.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 7:44PM
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sandyl(Zone 6B -7)

Wow!!! This winter has been something eles, the last two weeks here in mid TN we have been down to single digits with wind chills below zero many mornings and go up to only the low teens during the day. I'm more a clematis person then a hydrabgea person, I have over 25 clematis and they can handle the cold even in pots with no protection but I'm kinda new to hydrangea with only having two that have been in the ground two years this coming spring. One is a blue endless summer that has mulch around it, I haven't trimmed any of the steams from last year, but I can't believe any of them would have survived this cold without more protection then just mulch. It will probably have to come back from the crown this spring. The other one I have had for about 4 years, its from a florist shop, a beautiful bright pink, and the first two years it was in a large pot outdoors year round but not cold like this year and it did fine. I put it in the ground two years ago but it hasn't bloomed since being out in the ground, I think I put way to much farm produced cow manure in the hole, I put almost a 5 gal bucket of aged cow poo in the very large hole when I planted it two years ago and it has only been very green and very very lush for the last two years so this year I hope the cow manure has disipated and it will bloom for me this year. I did build a fence around the pink one last fall with chicken wire and then line the chicken wire with cardbaord and then filled in the fence area with about 5 bushel of dry fall leaves and I'm hopeful that privided protection this winter for that one. I think it will be fine. Hurry up spring, I'm done with winter.. I promise not to complain about hot summer weather ever again. Who am I kidding, come July and its' 100 plus outside I'll be complaining its to hottttttt.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 10:55AM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

10 degrees here tonight but at least the hydrangeas are under a blanket of snow! Though that will be gone by this weekend. Come on Spring!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 8:31PM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

Well it got to zero here this morning. Very hard winter-hope the snow cover helped!!!!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 6:04PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

What hydrangeas do you folks have concerns about?

36 days below zero this winter, several lows -10+. Only issues here will be mophead and oakleaf dieing to the ground.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 8:19AM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Well, it started as hydrangeas in snowy Chicago but then I think we started concentrating on a variety called Hu Mans! Hee hee hee!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 12:25PM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

Well most of my hydrangeas are 5 to 6 feet tall and do not know if they were killed to the ground as we rarely ever get this cold for so long....

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 8:10PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

You just cut back to healthy green tissue...similar practice with roses.

My oakleaf was 4' tall....had to almost cut back to stubs. Filled out fairly quickly.

No worries hokie if its hardy.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 8:21PM
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