Hydrangeas et. al…
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May 7, 2008 at 9:59 am #27778
Hi- today is my first visit to this site….loving it already!
I found a post regarding hydrangeas , wrote a long response, then somehow lost it, sooo I’ll start again:
I have a habit of rescuing sad-looking spent, rootbound, shrubs and perennials for two reasons…no three…they look doomed and I hate to see them wasted, I am cheap, and I also love a challenge, and when I succeed it gives me quite a lofty saint-like feeling.
I am going into my third growing season in my new/old farm house with fertile loamy soil. I have established a large compost over the past several years and the extra work has really paid off!
I am quite exposed to a busy village corner and needed to start hiding myself as quickly as possible!
I wanted a whole hedge of those huge "snowball bushes’ around my corner, because I love the soft/ wild look….but didn’t know how to acquire them and didn’t have much money.
I first planted what I call a "snowball bush"…but it is a white cap-shaped bloom that has been enormously prolific. It has a reddish smooth stem and I trim it slightly every Fall and feed it a portion of fish emulsion around the root before the first leaves start to pop. It seems to enjoy this .
It is in a full-sun southern spot.
Last spring I rescued two of those "french blue" species that were both already full blooming inside a small dry tight plastic pot…had to actually cut the pot away to remove. I soaked roots in water for a couple of days and planted in a cooler spot/ Western side of house. Neither one thrived despite all my love and attention. They never seemed to take in any water or nourishment no matter.
I had to emotionally detach!
To soothe myself I then purchased a rather expensive and healthy looking lavender Butterfly Bush from a "high-end" garden shop. It is now nothing but a tall dead bundle of sticks. I left the blooms and all and never cut any of it, as I am under the impression a summer-blooming bush would green-out from the existing dry lengths of branches. I do see a bit of green leaf on the bottom stems and am hopeful.
The two questionable Hydrangeas that I gave up on, have some green growing from their centers at soil level. Should I cut them down to that point? Or maybe they are only weeds growing?
I have many other questions about transplanting my existing perennials…is it too late to move some peonies?
Can I dig up some wild "invasive" thorny rose to plant around the perimeter of my exposed back yard to keep out my neighbor’s creepy dog and him as well?
Since I live alone, I would like to have as little lawn to mow as possible.
I have a lot of LilyoftheValley…will spread that around and also a bugle weed that has already bloomed.
I also have a huge veggie garden that was too huge last year and decided to simplify it this year. ( I had use of someone’s greenhouse last year, and I over planted….but not this year…just started a few seedlings in my house.)
Maybe I should post several threads for different questions….I need advice in many areas.
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