I have a few leaves coming out too and the average date of late frosts for me is around mid-March so I am hoping the tender new growth will not get nipped either. The long range weather forecast for me suggest temps in the lower 40s in the next ten days and guesses after that. Getting c l o s e to the 30s.
But oh well. The plants will produce new leaves if these get nipped. It just may take several weeks. Knock on wood!
New leaves sprouting here too. Guess it was the hot weather last week. Most of the hydrangeas in my yard are buried under atleast 2 bushels of leaves so I don't know what they're doing at their crowns, but all the exposted branches are putting out leaves.
Checked on Lady in Red yesterday and she's still going strong, despite some of the chilly temps and cold rain we've had for the last several days, so hurrah for her! I also some new growth on hydrangea `Paris Rapa' and `Blaumeise,' but not showing any yet on others.
I just found a piece of one of the branches a cut off H. Macrophylla 'Nikko Blue' in the fall. The woody stick is lying on the ground and leafing out!! This has been such a great performer for me that has needed absolutely no attention.
Wow, Angie, I'm glad you posted those photos, because it inspired me to go poke around under the leaf mulch around my hydrangeas. I have little shoots starting on the Limelight and the Preziosa, though nothing on the Pinky Winky (which was the biggest and healthiest of the three last year.) This is their first winter, and I really didn't do much in the way of protection, so I was sure hoping they'd make it! I covered them back up, though--it was down to 20 last night, and I don't want to lose those first buds to a freeze!
I hear ya on all the enablers here on DG. Between seed swaps, generous surprises, all I've learned on the forums, and the co-ops, I've really expanded my interests! I started with iris and spring bulbs, and have branched off into all kinds of butterfly plants, chocolate plants, daylilies, peonies, hydrangeas, clematis, and roses. I can't WAIT to see things in bloom this year! And I always used to think of myself as primarily a vegetable gardener!
Angie, I noticed this afternoon while I was out working in the yard that my hydrangea `Blaumeise' has green sprouts showing on it, as does my `Paris Rapa.' The Blameise is too big to cover up, but it sits in a corner so it's well protected. The `Paris Rapa' I covered back up, just like you. Don't want anything happening to those precious green shoots!
We're all a little mad here, I think, but what a wonderful madness to have!
Did you know, my 'Lady in Red' H. among other hydrangeas survived a flood that lasted 3 days in our backyard this winter. A good reason why you're adding them into the garden Angie. :-)
I'm looking forward to see yours.
The only thing I have planted with it as of now is some of my hellebores which are blooming and a patch of newly planted Corydalis `Beth Evans,' also blooming. If I haven't lost it, I have planted also Acanthus mollis, but it's not showing up yet, so I'm fearful that it's gone. I'll be getting some more of this at the SARU to replace it, though.
My `Lady in Red' is in the back yard, along a fence line near a corner where I am going to plant in the very corner a Styrax which is on order.
I planted my 'Lady In Red' among my other macrophylla H. At this early stage of growth, they don't look very much different than the others. The branches may have more red as appose to green/gray looking stems on others.
My Acanthus mollis are semi-evergreen here too, I'm on 7b. Most of the larger leaves will be killed back by frost, but the smaller ones especially those that are planted in protective corners stay green most time. They haven't taken off and break out of dormancy yet though (no active growths noticed).
My SIL (who lives about 30 mins away from me to the west and toward the city of Seattle) has had her acanthus coming up for a few weeks now. I have seen no life at all in mine. But our tough winter has slowed everything down, so I'm still waiting.
My Lady in Red (and all my hydrangeas, reall) is just still little green leaflets on sticks, so we're quite a ways away from your beautiful show.
We've just turned the corner into sunshine, though, so things are blooming at a rapid pace. Finally!!
Hemophobic, that's interesting about your Acanthus. My SILs Acanthus is at the edge of the branch shadow of a Cedar tree. And she had winter temperatures down in the 20s, I'm sure. And it keeps spreading . . .
I'm in the foothills of the mountains and it's colder for me. Mine didn't make it, but my neighbor's did.????
Yes, some microclimates that we've. I've plants that overwintered in certain spots here that would not survive in another spot in the garden. Here is one of mine planted on South facing garden, sheltered from North wind.
Did you know that Acanthus mollis is easy to propagate from root cuttings? I accidentally found that out when I moved mine around in the garden. The left over root will slowly form another plant over time.
Did not know that, Lily, so TY for that bit of info. I'll try to keep that in mind. Funny thing is the original plant in my planter in Asheville was putting out new growth a couple of weeks ago and the one that expired was a rooting of it. So I have hope yet!
Beautiful hydrangeas Peggy. The T. Angels is a beauty no doubt. My LIR has been here for several years. This early winter it was submerged under flood water for 3 days. These and other lacecaps hydrangeas in this area came out without any distress. The mophead macrophyllas did show large portion of tips damages, but survived the flood they did as well. I was very pleased with my hydrangeas this year.
Bigred: That Acanthus mollis is spectacular (both of them, actually), but the big one, oh, my. Hope mine looks that good next year. Just planted out a new one to replace the one that died or moved away this winter.
Nice going Angie. Best of lucks this time around with your acanthus. This mophead hydrangea couldn't decide whether it wanted to be pink versus blue -- sooo, it's half and half. lol. The soil must be right smack at neutral.
Lady in Red yesterday, grown without protection in Zone 5
This afternoon I picked up a new Endless Summer introduction called 'Twist & Shout'. It's a lace cap, blue or pink depending on your soil. The amazing thing is it's hardy to Zone 4. It blooms on both new and old wood. Finally, a macrophylla that's hardy for us northerners. It's a cross between 'Penny Mac' and Lady In Red, developed by Dr. Michael Dirr (who also developed Lady In Red). I wonder what else he has in the pipeline?
It is very nice when the hydrangeas behave like that, Lily_love. I have a sister with only one unnamed mophead hydrangea and that one always blooms part blue and part purple & pink. The aluminum and pH near one set of the roots must be slightly different. Nice looking though!
the bigger acanthus is one I "moved" to another location. The one I moved died in it's new location and this one came up in the location I moved it from.If you leave even the tinest piece of root...it will sprout back out.
I tried to turn my pinks back to pink by working lime in around their roots but apparently I didn't use enough because they're all mostly blue again this year.
I think we can do the lime for our pinks twice a year, bigred, and it's my intention to reclaim my pink ones as well. I have enough blue, some great Limelights and want my Big Daddy, Beni Gaku and Lady in Red back in the pink stage again.
I haven't admended the soil much with this mophead macrophylla. But it's pink as can be this year. Though, I've lost many portion of the plant due to a Flood back in Feb. I think I've lost at least half of its size.
Pirl, I went to our local Botanical garden (Birmingham Botanical Garden) this weekend. There was a wedding reception there. They decorated the tables with this lovely off blue/green hydrangeas. Now that I noticed my pink. They could have got a section of the table adorn with the pink for the Bridemaids? Don't you agree? Here is the blue for the groom's side of the family?: Just a thought. lol.
Thanks Angie. It's great to have a job. I loved what I did, and kicked and screamed when I first found myself without a job outside the house few years ago. Now, I'm pretty contented staying home and gardening full time. :-)
This year is my best hydrangeas year so far I think. Though, I need to take care of this variegated lacecap, its blooms are not as big as they were in years past.
Lily: I know I'm lucky to have a job, but I've been working since I was 15 (after school and on weekends) and I'm now almost at full retirement age, so I'm looking forward to giving it up for gardening.
Angie, I hear that. DH's same sentiment exactly. I can feel for you. I'm so thankful I was able to stay home before I'm entittle for retirement. Only difference now, DH used to say. "You work too, only you're NOT getting paid for it". lol.
Pirl, do stay around. If you weren't so far away, you would be invited for some cuttings of the lovely hydrangeas.
I planted Kardinal fall of 07,buds are opening up and starting to color up,it's gonna have to do some serious coloring to be "red"...right now it's pink. I'm getting that purple color on one of my blues just a few feet down from the Kardinal.
Lemon Wave is about the slowest growers I've seen to date but at least the foliage is pretty.I planted 3 probably 3 yrs ago. Two died but I have one I've grown from cutting in the greenhouse. I'm holding it until the water company finishes the waterlines that go thur the bed I want to put it in...and they're moving at the speed of a stampeeding herd of slugs.My neighbors cut down a big oak in their yard that shade the exsisting Lemon Wave so I'm hoping the one I'm holding will do better once I plant it in the bed next to the house that gets morning sun and aftrenoon shade.
Planted a pure white mophead in display garden yesterday for future cuttings.
I loaded a nice batch of pinks and lavender(probably a blue I didn't get the mix limed right)mopheads on the truck last night for today's farmers market.
There are so many macrophylla hydrangeas on the market out there. I love them all. I saw 'Neko Blue' in the pink version the other day at a nursery. The mophead style bloom is huge, larger than any thing I've in my garden right now. My garden is becoming shadier each year. Ooooh, more hydrangeas, why didn't I think of that before. lol.
Oh my Lady In Red is huge so far this year! Loaded with buds. I will try to remember to take a photo when it stops raining. But want it to rain for a while we really need it here. I love this hydrangea. My Oakleaf hydrangea is doing great once again also. Does anyone prune ever? I have not pruned any of them yet. My Annabelle is doing great also.I also have a lace cap. Maybe when it blossom I can post a picture to see the name. I do not care what color they are. I just love the plant and flowers which ever color they are. Happy to see the growth. I lost the lace cap flowers last year cause of frost. Ronna
What? All you have to do is stick the snipped off ends into the ground? No growth hormone or anything? Okay you know what I really never thought about the name Lady in Red. LOL I thought it was beacuse the stems were red and the flowers. But the Wayside photo is really nice. As you can see mine is not red either just the veins and stems. But I still love it. Has really grown and looks so healthy.. It is the tallest it has been since I purchased it. I think I counted 17 buds today. Ronna
Hi again fellow gardeners. How are your Lady in Red and other hydrangeas comng along? I've noticed some other threads where some of us complained of 'no blooms' others 'problem with wilt'. I deadheaded my LIR after all the blooms were spent, I noticed that stimulated abundant new growths. Will they rebloom in the fall -- what do you think?
I don't know about the rebloom as I usually don't cut my blooms off until well into fall. Some (the Blaumeise) I don't do until it starts leafing out because it blooms on new growth, so I wait to see what doesn't put out new growth and prune that. My `Claudie' has not bloomed this year, so maybe it's just growing or maybe I cut off the potential blooms when I pruned it in the spring. I'll wait and see.
Claudie is supposed to be a late bloomer, as far as macrophyllas go, Angie. While pruning in Spring would have cut off flower buds, I hope you missed a few spots here and there since it has some nice lacecap flowers!
Luis: There wasn't much pruning done on Claudie, since he's newly installed last year, just a few frostbitten leaves here and there and a twig or two, so there's hope yet! Thank you for responding. He bloomed nicely for me even last year after being planted.
Here's a link to an excellent University of Florida Extension article about hydrangeas, newly introduced hydrangeas, and whether or not they are remontant. Lady In Red is not remontant. It does not bloom from new wood.
sniff, sniff, so she won't bloom again! Snapple45, thank you for the great link. So much helpful info. I'm satisfied with my LIR, it's beautiful and really has done well in my garden. Even though it's not a remontant!
Endless Summer's real cultivar name still is 'Bailmer', Endless Summer is just a trademark. For marketing purposes companies will often come up with cute catchy tradenames that people are more likely to remember and try to get people to think of the plant by their tradename vs the plant's real cultivar name, that way when things go off patent and anyone can sell the plant (or for plants that were never patented in the first place), only the company that owns the trademark can sell it under that cute catchy name that everyone remembers, everyone else would have to sell it under the real cultivar name that nobody knows.
Dirr's new introduction: 'Twist & Shout'. It's only been in the ground here for about three weeks. The growth response I've seen since planting out ( I kept it in the pot for about a month) has been remarkable. It looks like it's going to be a "supersized" hydrangea, both in leaf size and bloom size. One of the parents is 'Lady In Red'. ( Endless Summer and Lady In Red were both hybridized by Dr. Michael Dirr in case some of you were not aware.)