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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

March 9, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #6240158

Here she is putting out new leaves already that I just know are going to get nipped:

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luis_pr
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

March 9, 2009
6:52 PM

Post #6243209

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!
yehudith
silver spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2009
2:09 PM

Post #6255726

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.

Yehudith
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2009
12:36 PM

Post #6284180

I just have small rooted cuttings of Lady in Red in the greenhouse . I trimmed off the winter die back to the new buddng sections.

The Lemon Wave is looking fabulous but it's still in the greenhouse. Haven't checked on the one I planted out 3 rs ago yet. So many plants ...so little time.

Hydrangeas outside are starting to unfurl their leaves.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

March 18, 2009
5:50 PM

Post #6285617

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.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2009
2:21 AM

Post #6287881

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.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2009
10:04 AM

Post #6288837

Nikko Blue was my first hydrangea when I first started gardening 17-18 yrs ago. I lost one ina drought but another plant still survives after all these years and I ahve taken numerous cutting from it.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

March 19, 2009
11:28 AM

Post #6288939

Here's that little `Lady in Red' as of 3/17/09.

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Bookerc1

Bookerc1
Mackinaw, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 20, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6292888

Looks like you'll have some good strong new growth this year! It's still too early for me to see anything, but I can't help checking on my hydrangeas every few days, just in case.

Seems I see you on all my favorite forums now! This is going to be a fun year!

Other Angie
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

March 20, 2009
12:13 PM

Post #6294017

Angie, you and I must be growing many of the same plants, although I have to say the more time I spend on DG, the broader my interests become, thanks to all the enabling that goes on here!

The daylilies and hydrangeas were my first loves, then came dahlias, roses, now salvias, poppies. Who knows where this will lead?

Angie

Bookerc1

Bookerc1
Mackinaw, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 20, 2009
11:14 PM

Post #6296725

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!

Other Angie
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

March 21, 2009
12:07 AM

Post #6296914

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!

Angie
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

March 22, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #6301214

Just checked and `Claudie' is showing some green, as well as my Blaumeise. Going to add more hydrangeas to my garden this year, too.

Angie

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2009
12:24 AM

Post #6301259

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.
Kim
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

March 22, 2009
12:31 AM

Post #6301287

Thanks, Kim. I hope I have some lovely pics to share!

Angie
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2009
5:22 AM

Post #6302376

What is everybody planting as companions to 'Lady in Red'?
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

March 22, 2009
11:55 AM

Post #6302698

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.

Angie
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2009
3:29 AM

Post #6306406

I know you are warmer than I am, but acanthus loves it here and mine aren't showing anything at all. So I think you still have time.

How much do Lady in Red's red leaves stand out as red?
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2009
9:34 AM

Post #6306830

my acanthus are evergreen and I'm zone 8 too
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

March 23, 2009
11:36 AM

Post #6307031

Katie: Last year was my first year to plant, but the leaves weren't all that red. I'll let you know later this year when it starts to put out lots of new leaves and blooms.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2009
12:10 PM

Post #6307136

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).
Kim
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2009
5:23 PM

Post #6308443

Okay. Thanks.

So yours are evergreen? My Acanthus are completely gone, with no outward sign of life. But every year they come back full force and bloom at the end of August.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 20, 2009
11:01 PM

Post #6576234

Here goes! My 'Lady in red' among others: Angie how is yours coming along? For those awaiting for Acanthus Mollis to come back, did they return for you? I've seen one inflorescent on mine today.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 20, 2009
11:06 PM

Post #6576259

As one may have noticed, some of my 'Lady in Red' sings the blue. lol. It's all in one shrub, but because the soil is near neutral, half of the bloom turned out pink (leans toward the alkalinity) ...

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 20, 2009
11:12 PM

Post #6576278

While other turned slightly blue (leans toward Acidity of the soil).

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katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2009
11:49 PM

Post #6576415

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
Kannapolis, NC

May 21, 2009
2:05 AM

Post #6577018

Lily: Here's my Lady in Red, almost ready to bloom. My Acanthus mollis didn't make it through the winter. I did get another plant from the SARU so I have another one in the ground. Hope it makes it.

Your LiR is beautiful. Hope mine looks as good when she starts blooming!

Angie

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2009
2:11 AM

Post #6577047

Yours looks promising! Hang in there. I didn't know my region is way ahead this time of year.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 21, 2009
3:34 AM

Post #6577418

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.????
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

May 21, 2009
11:22 AM

Post #6578063

Katie: Same here. Mine in the edge of a wooded area between me and my neighbor expired, but my neighbor's plant near her house made it just fine!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2009
1:36 PM

Post #6578467

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.

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katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 21, 2009
5:39 PM

Post #6579403

I suppose soil and drainage will make a difference, too. I just wish I had at least one . . .

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2009
5:46 PM

Post #6579435

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.

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katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 21, 2009
5:48 PM

Post #6579449

Thank you!!

That's what my SIL is finding, as well. She continues to dig up bits of tuber from beds where she doesn't want Acanthus. So I do have a supply - I'll just have to wait for the plants to get big again.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2009
5:49 PM

Post #6579454

My macrophylla hydrangea is coming along here.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2009
5:53 PM

Post #6579466

So are these variegated Lacecap hydrangeas, though I'll have to wait a few days before these unfurl.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

May 22, 2009
2:35 AM

Post #6581349

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!

Angie
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

May 29, 2009
6:09 PM

Post #6614439

Here she is, all dressed up in blue-tinted blossoms:

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

May 29, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #6614448

Closeup of the blossoms:

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2009
7:37 PM

Post #6614758

I haven't planted out my LiR. I'm giving them another year in a bucket.

Meantime,I'm getting loads of other blooms from other hydrangeas

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #6614780

one of my many lacecaps

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2009
7:49 PM

Post #6614807

not sure which mophead this is w/ the oaklief

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2009
7:53 PM

Post #6614819

generic acanthus mollis

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2009
7:56 PM

Post #6614834

my wittle acanthus mollis "Tasmanian Angel" I purchased back in April. She's tiny but destined to grow into a beauty.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2009
9:26 PM

Post #6615148

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.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

May 30, 2009
2:00 AM

Post #6616006

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.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 30, 2009
2:08 AM

Post #6616034

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.

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snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2009
2:49 AM

Post #6616263

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?

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luis_pr
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 30, 2009
12:53 PM

Post #6617303

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!
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

May 31, 2009
11:11 AM

Post #6621022

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.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2009
12:40 PM

Post #6621206

How much lime did you use, bigred? I used one cup on a four year old Lady in Red but don't expect to see any possible results for at least another year.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 31, 2009
12:51 PM

Post #6621230

Yes, that's what I have read also. It takes a while (a year or more) before the pH changes will take effect when we add Lime or amonium sulfate to alter the soil for hydrangeas.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2009
1:03 PM

Post #6621282

The aluminum sulfate worked much faster for me than the lime!
snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2009
3:20 PM

Post #6621773

Ground sulphur works for me in about three weeks. However, my soil is already about pH 6.8 so it doesn't take much to get it low enough to produce deep blue blooms.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

June 1, 2009
10:30 AM

Post #6625384

I probably only used a half cup. I'll re-apply in the fall with more so I can get my pinks back.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
11:54 AM

Post #6625563

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.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2009
12:04 PM

Post #6625586

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.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
12:46 PM

Post #6625727

My pink to purple ones grow best by the foundation so it must be the lime leaching from the cement that does it.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2009
1:04 PM

Post #6625773

Pirl, the Star Gazer enhences your hydrangeas too. Very nice combo.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
1:29 PM

Post #6625888

Thank you. I think the name on that lily is Kissproof.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2009
1:31 PM

Post #6625898

Pardon of my mistake. Is it as fragrant as other Orientals?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
1:32 PM

Post #6625906

Yes, it is. I had no idea it would match so well when I bought them.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2009
1:42 PM

Post #6625953

Pirl is it blooming now? Wow, I'll be on the look-out for Kissproof for my zone.

Back to hydrangeas, one of my lacecap macrophyllas:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
1:53 PM

Post #6626002

Now I'm insanely jealous!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2009
1:56 PM

Post #6626013

LOL, I'm sure we can do something about that feeling. ROFL. I love your garden view as well. This is a good years for hydrangeas indeed.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
2:09 PM

Post #6626076

I was (still am) so insanely jealous of that pink lacecap that I forgot to reply to your question: no, they're not in bloom yet. That was a photo from last year.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2009
2:43 PM

Post #6626212

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. :-)

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
3:57 PM

Post #6626528

Of course I agree! Your pink are much lovelier than the blue!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2009
4:22 PM

Post #6626623

It's so much fun to watch those flowers develope. Here is a pix that captured the bloom before all the inner structures unfurl:

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

June 1, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6626822

You ladies are getting way ahead of me here! Work interferes with so much fun, but I'll check mine out this evening when I get home from work.

Beautiful blossom, Lily.

Angie

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2009
5:20 PM

Post #6626863

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.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
5:22 PM

Post #6626877

Lilylove - you know whom you can blame if you're missing pink hydrangeas by morning!

Maybe I should just "unwatch" this thread?
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

June 1, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #6626883

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

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2009
5:32 PM

Post #6626913

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.

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

June 4, 2009
8:59 AM

Post #6639841

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.


Peggy
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 4, 2009
9:13 AM

Post #6639848

What is the ones that have the very large blooms? I only have Endless Summer.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

June 4, 2009
9:36 AM

Post #6639873

most mopheads have large blooms as well as oakliefs but I have a lacecap that has bloom head the size of a dinner plant blooming right now

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 4, 2009
11:58 AM

Post #6640091

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.

Peggy, let see some of your pix please.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

June 8, 2009
9:30 AM

Post #6657413

Nikko Blue was my very first hydrangea many years ago when I first started gardening.

That dang Kardinal is coloring up some more but it sure doesn't look like it's going to do more than light pink.

I'll try to get some more pictures this week.

Peggy
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #6657791

Beni Gaku has been my deepest pink/red so far.

I seem to doubt that any Lady in Red will ever be as Wayside Gardens portrays it, shown here.

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gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2009
12:30 PM

Post #6657793

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
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2009
12:48 PM

Post #6657856

Is your Lady in Red as red as Wayside shows it to be?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 8, 2009
1:35 PM

Post #6658016

Wow, Pirl. I was wondering how alkaline one needs to change the soil pH to get that deep red on 'Lady In Red' as shown? My mophead macrophylla is just contented with being alkalinized. lol.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2009
1:45 PM

Post #6658056

Very pretty, LilyLove.

Something makes me think the color of Lady in Red (as shown) was enhanced greatly in a photo studio.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 8, 2009
1:55 PM

Post #6658103

Well these days and age... I haven't thought of photoshop until someone mentioned it the otherday on DG...

I tried to garden and support local nurseries and shops when I can. Online marketing is not one of my favorites since it lacks that 'personal touch' of face to face contact. If you know what I meant.

Has anyone tried to propagate your hydrangeas? This is one of my broken branches. I stuck the thing directly into the soil, keep moist, viola! 2 years later, here is the newly propagated plant:

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 8, 2009
1:56 PM

Post #6658112

It can be pretty red--here's a pic from Plant Files from a real person who grew it http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/223583/
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2009
2:14 PM

Post #6658197

To my eyes that color is more like violet or magenta, not the red as Wayside shows it to be.

Lily - I have many I've propagated either from cuttings or by layering branches. Many are nice enough to layer themselves!
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

June 8, 2009
7:55 PM

Post #6659831

Ladies: I'm going home to break off a few branches and stick them in the soil!

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2009
11:32 PM

Post #6660753

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

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 9, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #6661405

Yours are coming along well, Ronna. Mine, I've just too much fun with it. All my hydrangeas performed exceptionally well this year. We've got more rain than usual this spring by the way.

Oh, here is one from my neighbor. This undoubtedly has acidic soil. A mophead macrophylla H.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

June 9, 2009
2:51 AM

Post #6661690

This one doesn't belong here, but here is my Cityline Paris and it's a dazzler!

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luis_pr
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 9, 2009
10:42 AM

Post #6662484

Hydrangeas lack red pigments so I always assumed that the picture was not accurate. The LIRs I have seen for sale around here by Lowes came with acidic soil so they looked blueish.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 9, 2009
11:07 AM

Post #6662544

That's beautiful, Hemophobic.

Good to know, Luis! I guess I should be content with a light blue LiR.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

June 9, 2009
10:43 PM

Post #6665257

TY, Pirl. I'm so happy to see it blooming well. It's in full sun, so I keep thinking it's going to croak, but I'll try to keep it well watered this summer and hope it makes it.

Here's my hydrangea Hortensia azul gloria:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 9, 2009
10:49 PM

Post #6665275

Another beauty! Does the center remain that green?
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

June 9, 2009
11:00 PM

Post #6665328

Pirl: I don't know, but I suspect not. This is my first flower for this cultivar. I just planted it last year and it's doing well so far.

Angie

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 15, 2009
1:52 PM

Post #6821975

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?

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

July 15, 2009
11:36 PM

Post #6824333

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.

Good luck and let us know if you get reblooms.

Angie

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6824562

If indeed they bloom on new growths. Pruning them did send out new growths. So I'll keep us all posted on how mine turns out. Thanks for responding Angie.
Kim
luis_pr
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2009
8:34 AM

Post #6825629

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!

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2009
9:47 AM

Post #6825658

Oh mine is so georgeous this year. Has the most blooms its ever had. Really dark out now will try to take a photo when it is sunny out. Ronna
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

July 16, 2009
11:26 AM

Post #6825753

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.

Angie
snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2009
12:59 PM

Post #6825953

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.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP287

I learned that Endless Summer was originally called Balimer.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2009
1:40 PM

Post #6826094

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!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 16, 2009
1:44 PM

Post #6826106

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.
snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2009
2:28 PM

Post #6826253

That's the case with Cercis canadensis 'Covey' patented and marketed under 'Lavender Twist'.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6826958

Here is my Lady in Red. I just love the colors in the hydrangea!!! So rich. Ronna

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gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2009
5:13 PM

Post #6826966

My favorite of all is the Oakleaf hydrangea. The flowers are so pretty!!! They change with the season and last all summer. Ronna

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gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2009
5:14 PM

Post #6826968

Annabelle... first summer in my yard.

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gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2009
5:15 PM

Post #6826972

Is this what you call a lace cap? Have no idea of the name...Ronna

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gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2009
5:16 PM

Post #6826975

I only wish we had more room!! LOL. Ronna
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 16, 2009
6:02 PM

Post #6827131

Lovely! Yes, the one you questioned is a lacecap.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2009
11:53 PM

Post #6828425

Thanks pirl. Nice to know for sure. Wasn't a very good picture of it. More flowers on the other side. Oh well!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 17, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #6830502

Ronna, your Lady In Red is another example of a 'lacecap' hydrangea in the 'bigleaf' group also termed macrophylla. :-)
snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 17, 2009
4:43 PM

Post #6831005

Lady In Red

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snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 17, 2009
4:45 PM

Post #6831015

Endless Summer

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snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 17, 2009
4:47 PM

Post #6831025

'Little Honey' A drop dead gorgeous dwarf H. quercifolia. It holds that color the entire growing season.

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snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 17, 2009
4:52 PM

Post #6831043

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.)

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gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 17, 2009
10:09 PM

Post #6832146

Very beautiful snapple!!! Don't you just love hydrangeas? They really add a lot to the yard. Lovely foliage and flowers to boot! Ronna

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