Hydrangea Vines and Peonies
Oh wow! That hydrangea is gorgeous. I planted one a couple weeks ago where it has the potential to reach 40′ at least. I’ve heard it can take years to settle in and bloom. Is that your experience?
Just stunning these close-ups! Is your hydrangea climbing an arbor? I have one going up a trellis built near the house but the hydrangea attached itself to the house so I had to hack it back…be careful they are dangerous that way! Great shot of the spider in the peony 🙂
Tom – the hydrangea is about 9 or 10 years old and I’ve never seen it bloom so beautifully as it is right now. It is a slow a starter and it didn’t bloom for me until at least the third or fourth year but each year has been bigger and more beautiful than the year before. I didn’t keep records of when flowers bloomed then, so I’m kinda of making an estimated guess. The one bad thing is that Japanese Beetles seem to like the leaves and the plant is too tall for me to keep them under control.
Lynn – yes, my vine is growing up and over an inexpensive wooden arbor which is now falling apart. (You can see a slat on the ground in the first photo.) Last week I found a replacement metal arbor at an antiques fair. Now I just have to figure out how to remove the old one and get the new one in place without messing up the plant.
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I'm just a gal who likes the outdoors; the trees, lakes and growing things ; in addition to dabbling a little on the the artistic side of life.