Friday, July 22, 2011

Blue Nikko has found a home

My hydrangea has finally bloomed.
About 15 years ago,
this was the first “real” plant I purchased
when I finally had an apartment patio.
I was so excited to have plants I ignored common sense
 which said to buy only annuals for my potted garden.
Where to over winter my new shrub? My parents of course.
We have both moved many times since then
and my hydrangea has over wintered at my parents homes, 
temporary homes, family friends gardens…
this hydrangea has seen allot of mileage!
When I finally moved into my little bungalow  5 years ago
I was so happy to welcome it back into my life permanently. 
Unfortunately I first planted it in too much sunshine or too dry soil
and it kept falling over. 
I have moved it every year for the last 4 years
to see if would do better in the next new spot.
 Last year I planted in the shade of my front garden
and babied it for the first year looking at its stubby little branches
mourning the fact that it just was not likely to make it. 
This spring it seemed to have healthy leaves and behold,
the first blooms it’s had in 5 years. 
A true testament to its hardiness.
Never mind it’s a Blue Nikko Hydrangea
and not a speck of blue on the bloom. 
Its pure white petals are a joy to behold.
Welcome home!


LadyJayPee said...

If you want it blue again, this may help: :)

PrairieGarden-Liane said...

Thanks for the link LadyJayPee.

My neighbor has been trying this technique and this year had a violet bloom. I'm sure she will continue to ammend in search of the pure blue.

For me, I'm just thrilled it's blooming at all and will let it be what it will be...for a few seasons anyway :-)