Well we got a good amount of unexpected rain last week.
Anytime they are showing 40% or less of a chance, I don’t bank on it, but we ended up with several inches.
And with temps in the low to mid nineties, it couldn’t be more perfect, I could live with this all summer, how about you?!?!
I get a lot of questions about them and came across useful information in Southern Living’s May edition.
There are many kinds of hydrangeas but the most common are French (Hydrangea macrophylla).
All of them prefer moist, well-drained soil and although we think they love shade, if planted in full shade they will struggle.
They need some sun, preferably morning sun, but mine get a few hours of afternoon sun and they seem to be happy.
I mentioned before that you can coax the pink blooms to more blue by adding acidity.
I found Miracle-Gro Miracid fertilizer is easy to use and I got it right here in Langley!
Just feed your hydrangeas with it every two weeks when you are fertilizing your other veggies and flowers.
I love the result because you will have blooms from pink to lavender to blue, all on one bush! White French and Mountain hydrangeas will not change color. Sorry.
Hydrangeas need lots of water in the summer, but can easily get powdery mildew and leaf spot.
So water in the morning and don’t use sprinklers. Try to water the root area only so the leaves don’t get wet.
You can also spray healthy foliage (before diseases show up) with Daconil or Immunox. Read the label.
Finally, let’s talk pruning.
They actually need very little pruning other than to remove dead wood or shorten a branch.
Most hydrangeas bloom on old wood so whacking them down in the winter will destroy your chance of blooms.
I know the sticks look ugly all winter, but you will be glad you didn’t prune when the leaves start popping out of those ugly sticks next spring!
The Saturday Morning Market is getting better and better.
This week we will have tomatoes, potatoes, Swiss chard, garlic, onions, squashes, beets, turnips, grass fed beef, free-range eggs, tamales, hummus, tabouli, yogurt dip, baked pies and bread…Come and shop with us Saturday 9:00 to 1:00.
Enjoy the Earth! Diana