Thursday, June 13, 2013

Oakleaf Hydrangea

 
I'm loving this big beauty by my front porch. No fragrance, not much color, but impressive cone shaped blooms that keep stretching and filling out all the way to the tip with delightful little white flowers!
 

 
The last two years I trimmed it back hard thinking I'm going to move it somewhere else. But it's huge and the digging doesn't really appeal to me so I leave it where it is.
 
It must enjoy the harsh pruning(s) I've been giving it because it keeps getting enormous and there are more flowers on it than I've seen in the 7 years we live here. Not sure how old it is, my MIL planted it several years before we moved here.
 
The rains usually kind of flatten it but luckily this year they have not done it yet. Should I hold my breath? I'm hoping it gets to stand tall till the end of Summer.
 
I've been enjoying my time working outside catching up on some weeding, planting, deadheading, etc. But alas, tomorrow it's more strawberries. This is what I'll be doing with them.
 
♥Blessings!♥
 


8 comments:

  1. Oh Martha, this is so beautiful! I have pink and blue hydrangeas but I would trade them in for this one!

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    1. My blue and pink ones are just ready to bloom. Love them all!

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  2. It's a hydrangea monster! haha..wow...it's huge and lovely! I drove by one of these yesterday and wondered what it was. I thought maybe some kind of wisteria, so I'm glad to know it's real identity!

    now, I'm off to see what you're doing with strawberries!

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    1. oh yes! your wonderful lunchbox strawberries!

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    2. yes, I'm moving on to the 'easy' part of doing strawberries. made some jam on Tuesday . Haven't decided yet if I'll bother with more or make them eat something else once it's all gone. haha

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  3. Wow, stunning! The plant is huge and beautiful!

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  4. Wow! That is beautiful. One of the biggest I have ever seen!

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  5. Hi. I was wondering what time of year you trim this so that it does not loose its' ability to flower? Thanks.

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