Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I'm a Proud Mama...


I can't believe it! And I really need to crow about this. I finally have a bloom (at least the beginning of one) on my Endless Summer Hydrangea. I have spent practically the national debt trying to grow hydrangeas. I've seen them (not often) in my city and have tried everything and everyplace I could think of to grow them. I had finally decided that I would just have to buy a large plant every year and treat it as an annual. But still I'm challenged. This cute little darling is now appearing. It has been in this location (east-facing) for three... yes, that's 3 years and is finally showing signs of life. Last year it didn't bloom at all. Now it is about 10" tall. I have babied it, I have talked nicely to it, I have cussed it, and at last!!! I even planted a companion (coneflower) in front of it to block out the hot afternoon sun, and Sweet Woodruff around it's base to keep in in moisture and give it company. Guess I'll have to hold a shower tonight... heavy rains are expected. Last night (middle) we had a very strange lightning display to the north and east. The whole room kept exploding like flashbulbs. It was really kind of frightening. Some rain, but thank goodness no hail. Hope we are as lucky tonight.

8 comments:

Carol said...

Congratulations! It is coming along nicely. You will surely have a lovely bloom that you can enjoy this summer and then perhaps dry for more enjoyment this winter.

Naturegirl said...

Whohoo!! Yeah!! Now get the miracle grow on that baby!!
Do try growing ~Munstead~ lavender..you are in zone 5 so surley you can!! I am in zone 6. Don't overwater hates wet feet must have good drainage and
enjoy it's sweetness! Thank you for introducing yourself to me fellow Libra!!Oct.21 hugs NG

LostRoses said...

Bev, we saw that lightning display from the north, pretty spectacular! Now if it would only rain here.

I'm amazed at your hydrangea, good for you! I've also purchased them in the past and treated them like annuals, though that wasn't my intention!

Maybe it really will be an "endless summer" at your house this year! Keep us posted.

Bev said...

My thanks to all of you. I will be sure to keep you updated. And thank you Naturegirl... it hadn't occurred to me to do that. I sure will!

gardenmomma (Chris) said...

what a beautiful plant and wonderful photo!

tori8lucy said...

Hi, Love your blog. I live in Lakewood and also have tried hydrangeas (even Endless Summer) with little success. I'm glad I'm not the only one!
Tina

tori8lucy said...

Sorry, I meant at least I'm not the only one trying to grow them!
Tina

Bev said...

Thanks Chris and Tina. It is coming along beautifully and I'll post another photo soon I hope.