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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Today's Flowers: Hydrangea

Every day my hydrangea bushes are having more color and more blooms forming.
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I like the variety with some of the blooms changed all the way to blue and some still mixed with immature blooms.
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I started with one hydrangea, pictured below, which got to be very large.
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About five years ago, I noticed that part of the hydrangea was like a separate plant. I investigated and was able to dig up the part that was to one side and crowding the entrance to my back garden. I planted that in the back garden and it's now a large plant of it's own. That's the baby below. It quickly catching up in size to its parent.
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The parent plant has put out another baby in the place where I divided it. If I ever get the energy, I'll dig up that new section and start another new bush.
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I love to be able to get new plants by dividing old ones. A lot of my garden has been expanded that way.
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I never realized that you could divide hydrangea bushes but after my success with that one I read about how you can dig up the original bush and divide the root ball. That never would have worked with mine. The parent bush was much too large to dig up, at least in terms of my digging ability. What I've discovered is if the bush has room, it can spread out with new parts having some of their own roots. If you dig up the part with it's own roots and cut away the ones attaching it to the parent, you have a new plant with little disturbance to the large parent plant.
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12 comments:

eileeninmd said...

These are gorgeous flowers, love the colors. Are they a mix of yellow and blue?

Carver said...

The hydrangea are a deep solid blue when the blossoms mature. When they first start changing from the green buds to the blue, they are almost cream color and blue. After that there is some white in the center of the blue, and finally when mature go to solid blue. At the end of the season they change to an almost wine color before drying out and dying.

Dee said...

Love hydrangeas! My own seems to bloom later in summer, for some reason. Maybe because it's on the north side of the house and in a spot where it doesn't get much afternoon or evening sunlight . . . hmmm. Anyway, I like the multi-colored hues of your blooms!

Denise said...

Great information on your post Carver. Beautiful hydrangea shots too and I love that color. Thanks for continuously supporting Today's Flowers. Very much appreciated by all of us. Have a great week.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carver: That is a sweet blue and yellow color on the flowers.

Naturegirl said...

How wonderful and gorgeous are these blue hydrangeas! Oh my you have them in bloom already..sigh.
I have planted a blue one I recieved on MD with hopes that it will do alright planted outside.
Presently I watch my Annabelles grow large stems..but they won't bud out until July. Sure enjoyed viewing yours!

Rambling Woods said...

Beautiful blue color....

Ebie said...

Carver, thanks for your response to Eileen's comment. I thought the yellow and blue are a separate variety.

I love them, and they bloom longer!

Anonymous said...

I prefer the macros, dearest
congrats
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Mar said...

Such lovely flowers, I love your large bushes and how you have been able to divide them. I have expanded my garden that way too!

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Ann said...

what fantastic macros. My hydrangea has the same colour.

Gel said...

Hi Carver,

I <3 blue flowers. These shots are gorgeous!! I enjoyed reading the accompanying info.