My Endless Summer
My blue hydrangea bush is blooming and I want to share my pictures.
I went away on a little vacation a couple of weeks ago and when I returned, I found that my gardens were producing some flowers! And my Endless Summer, blue hydrangea had little flowers.
I’m always eager to see the color of the hydrangea flowers, and I had only grown them for one year previously, so I hoped they would be that same pretty blue. And they are! The bloom in my picture here is so lovely. I will be using it for some new stationery at my BlueHyd store.
In the mean time, I am taking the best photos and making posters to sell at the Zazzle store. I’ve enlarged the images so they will look fine as large size prints. Just need to get them made.
Burlap-Look Wedding Program
Without new hydrangea flowers in the yard yet, I must put off creating with new floral images, but I am still staying busy designing for weddings.
This wedding program template, without the burlap background, has been one of my best sellers at BlueHyd. Since burlap has become the next great thing that brides are looking for in the way of country themes, I went to work designing a burlap-look background. I honestly couldn’t tell you what steps I took to complete this image (there were a lot of them!) but I think it has turned out nicely.
One of the items I added it to was this popular wedding program. Now the double-sided paper has a burlap background and the tan color matches the lavender quite well. Any couple having a country wedding with hydrangeas involved, will hopefully consider this Burlap & Lavender paper for their ceremony program.
Blue Hydrangea from Pixabay
I take my own pictures of hydrangeas that either grow in my yard or someplace else. I also use images from free stock photography sites. But I don’t use those to create my Zazzle products.
Some sites advertise “free” images, but they are only free in certain instances and for particular uses.
One site where you won’t have to worry about the use of images is Pixabay. This hydrangea flower image came from there. I downloaded it, cropped it, and added it here. There are no flowering hydrangeas in my yard yet this year, so I don’t have any to share.
I’ve expanded this blog to include all types of gardening and landscape design, but I want to still focus as much as I can on the hydrangea.
As I uncovered the leaves from the base of the Blushing Bride hydrangea, I found that a couple of the branches had formed roots which will be new plants! This form of ‘root layering’ or ‘ground layering’ is a great way to start a new shrub from an established one.
Rooted Hydrangea Branch
It’s bare and spindly looking stems are curving out from the center and then upward and at least two of them were touching the ground enough to form roots. Now, new growth is showing beyond the roots which means I will have a couple of new little baby hydrangea plants!
I have propagated hydrangeas this way before, back when I lived in my rental house. I had found a rooted stem with big leaves and a flower that was growing separate from the main bush, so I dug it up and planted it near the front steps. You can read about how I did it on my Propagating Hydrangeas page about root layering.
So for now I will let the babies grow – attached to the main plant – until they get larger. I’ll probably dig them up in the Fall and find them a place to grow on their own. I love to find free ways to landscape. Isn’t that exciting?
dried hydrangea on stem
Last summer was the first time I planted my own hydrangea shrubs in the yard. I planted six shrubs which were a combination of the macrophylla and paniculata variety and had flowers that were blue, white, pink and somewhat green by summer’s end.
Because hydrangeas last so long on the bush, I just let them continue to change and fade and eventually dry out on their stems. I left them alone over the winter and some of the dried heads fell off, but some stayed attached until this spring.
So when is the best time to remove the flower heads? Unlike some other perennial and annul plants, the hydrangea does not need dead-heading to flourish. The dried flowers look just fine and even add some interest against the winter snow.
But, I have decided to remove the dead flowers next Fall. My shrubs are all quite small and the snow on the flowers tended to pull the stems down and bury the stalks under all that snow. With just the stems left on the shrub, the snow should not be able to do as much damage.
So that is my plan for the end of the growing season this year.
Growth on Old Wood
Now that the hydrangeas have sprung back from the weight of the snow, I realize I have some trimming and pruning to do. I leave the dead flowers on the stalks over winter, but now they need to be removed. Some branches are broken, but I know that they will fill in quickly with new growth.
Some hydrangeas bloom on new growth so you don’t want to trim those in Spring, or you may be cutting off the blooms. Some bloom on old wood – the stems that were there last year. And some will bloom on both.
This is my “Endless Summer”, a small shrub that I planted last Spring and it bloomed profusely even though it never grew very large. This year I expect it will grow larger and lots of blue flowers. The dead flowers are still showing at the end of the stalks and I will be cutting them off.