Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Have hydrangeas, will travel
On one of my trips back to Indiana in the fall of 2006, I dug up two hydrangea shoots that we had rooted by turning down a stem and placing a brick on it. I carefully packed them in good soil and got them in the ground as soon as I got back to Deerfield. The mail-order hydrangeas had done well in Indiana on the northwest side of the house. The flowers were always blue and full.
Fast forward to the spring of 2007. The spindly bushes are barely alive with very few leaves. In the spring of 2008 there was a little new growth, a few more leaves but not a sign of the first flower.
Here we are in the early summer of 2009 and the hydrangeas are finally coming to life. They still are on the puny side, mind you, but the half dozen or so blooms were a pleasant surprise.
A gentle reminder from Ma Nature not to give up.