Wifes Latest Hydrangea, between the Reptilian, and Sum/Substanc

leafwatcher(zone 5)June 9, 2014

There is NO WAY this plant can look like this naturally ! Its just too blue..However she had to have it. I have no idea what color purple or pink it will revert to..IF it survives the coming winter. This last winter REALLY set back a few of our Hydrangea big time.

My other Tri-Color Beech down at that end of the Hosta bed. Not the best picture.

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Twist and shout endless summer hydrangea. They really ARE that blue if the soil is acidic enough.

If you want it to remain blue then just give it something to acidify the soil. I like holly tone as it feeds the plant too, but there's lots of products that will do the trick.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 2:05PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

There is an old trick used by hydrangea lovers...push a handful of long rusty nails into the root mass from above ground. It will keep the blue colour. Strange but true. Worked for me years ago. :-)

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 4:24PM
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I use Aluminum Sulfate. This guy in the background was pink two years before. (Photo from last year.)

Link: http://www.bonide.com/products/product.php?category_id=705

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 10:14PM
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Leaf watcher your wife's hydrangea is looking good, tell her I really like the blue. W3CXS have never seen one so intense of blue!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 11:38PM
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Oh the Trip Color Beech has a nice color for as young as it is.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 11:40PM
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mary4b(4b WI)

I actually prefer the pink, which is lucky, as I have alkaline soil. (And pink compliments the tricolor beech, should they happen to be near each other!)

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 5:20AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

I actually have this Hydrangea. It's called Twist and Shout and was developed by Michael Dirr. It blooms on both new and old wood and thus you can prune it or not according to your taste. It looks great in a Hosta garden. Let me see if I can find a picture.


    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 7:49AM
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Beautiful also Steve!

Hydrangea's are a plant for some reason, dont grow well in our gardens....so I am enjoying the photos!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 9:16AM
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leafwatcher(zone 5)

Hydrangeas are one of those few plants (to me) that have leaves so nice it doesn't matter if they bloom or not !

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:28PM
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