a whole bunch of Annabelles
Soooo ... I'm a new gardener and I'm going based on internet research to decide what type of hydrangea I have and I'm pretty sure they're HYDRANGEA arborescens aka Annabelles.
The main plant was very overgrown and unruly when we bought the house last spring so I cut it way backing thinking it wouldn't matter if it died. It survived but didn't bloom (which also helped me identify it).
In the fall I was trimming it back in preparation for winter and took a bunch of cuttings and stuck them in the soil down the side of the garden shed, beside the main plant which seems to like that area. I covered all the cutting with clear storage containers and then dumped a ton of mulch all around them until just the tops of the containers were peaking out. They were warm but getting light and rain ... oh boy ... a lot of rain this year.
Then another bunch of smaller cuttings I potted in peat pots and put them in a clear plastic container and buried them in mulch by my raised beds.
I thought they would be all rotted come spring. DH tells me (I have been away all winter and am not home again for another month) the ones by the shed are all still green and looking quite happy. I suspect I should leave the containers over them until the weather warms, probably about the time I get home.
He cannot find the ones I buried by the raised bed, so I have no idea how those fared.
It was all an experiment and I told myself not to expect much so I'm thrilled that some of them have survived the winter, considering they were not potted indoors.
Now .. the funny thing is. I didn't expect many or even any of them to survive and they did .. so I have them planted wayyyyy to close together. About 12".
Can I dig them out and transplant them when I get home or will that damage them? Now that they've done such a good job of surviving I'd hate to kill them off moving them. I thought I might like to share some with gardening friends.
I'm tickled pink at the thought of a lovely hedge all down the side of the garden shed.