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  • Hydrangeas..

    12 posts, 11 voices, 1523 views, started Sep 13, 2008

    Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 by Rome828

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    • Amethyst
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      I love to garden...trial and error mostly, but its looking pretty good now... I am totally in love with hydrangeas..have two now and 3 more coming this mo to plant..I have planted alot of things... iris, ( favorite flower).. hosta’s, ferns, some shrubs..always trying something new!



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          Yardfairy wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • Hydrangeas are one of my favorites too. Here in CA we struggle to get them blue so now is a good time to start treating them with acidic hydrangea food or to build up the soil around them with peat moss.
          When I lived in the UK, I used to cut down the blooms and dry them over a heat source (radiator), then they would last for ages. Very pretty.



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          Brassy wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • I planted 2 Hydrangeas this year 1 died,Not sure what happened,both where treated the same just different areas of the yard perhaps the one that died did not like its spot.



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          Joc wrote Nov 10, 2008
        • I am thrilled with a brand new lime colored hydrangea I planted this year.   I did notice that it needed lots of water, so I’m assuming that they are touchy until they get some roots established.   Perhaps the one you lost was too dry because of nearby trees or the sun.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Nov 11, 2008
        • I recently moved to a house that had not been lived in for over a year. I’m sure the yard was beautiful at some point. Now it’s just over grown.....:(
          I know the topic is hydrangas (which I have 1 BIG bush) but does anyone here know what to do with lavender? It has taken over my yard, do I cut it down low and hope it will grow back? Can I separate it? Pot it and bring it in the house? Is it considered dangerous for cats? Please help.....



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          Lisab41 wrote Nov 29, 2008
        • My favorite hydrangea is oak leaf-the fall color is outstanding and last a long time. The peeling bark gives winter interest. Lavender is very, very tough. I don’t think you can kill it. It is not dangerous for cats or people-there are many recipes with Lavender. It is important in French cooking-yum!



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          Mary Clark wrote Nov 30, 2008
        • I love hydrangeas and have never had good luck in growing them.  Any tips would greatly be appreciated...I’m in SC...hot and humid in the summer.  Mild winters...



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          Yardfairy wrote Sep 8, 2009
        • Lavenders dont do well with hard pruning (cutting them back). They are semi-woody, so new growth wont come from the woody parts. Limit your trimming to the green parts. This gives you this seasons growth to cut into without harming the plant.
          Lavenders are also fairly short lived. I would expect about 5 years from them, although maybe more if you do trim them once or twice a year to shape them. They love good drainage, and not too much water.
          I havent heard anything about lavenders being poisonous. In fact, Lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial of all the oils, being good for helping induce sleep, calming emotions and small children, and for treating burns.
          Good luck with your lavenders!



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          Maryann Rhodey wrote May 31, 2010
        • Hydrangeas are one of my favorite plants as well.  I know when we had them before, they were in the back yard in a semi shady location.  I love the blooms and all the different colors available now.  

          It may the the heat and dry weather that is causing your hydrangeas so many problems, Shirley.  Do you have a shady location in your yard where they can also get a lot of moisture?  Maybe Yardfairy has some ideas.  Or you could do a google search and see what is suggested for your area of the country.  I have also found that if you go to a local plant nursery, they are very helpful with information about plants that do well in your area.  Good luck!



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