9.19.2012

hydrangeas






yesterday i went out into the bruised, battered and parched garden and cut my hydrangeas.






i'm always so nervous about cutting them b/c there's this thing that if you cut them wrong you cut off next years growth.






pretty sure i cut them wrong.









we'll see next year just how wrong.


hope all is well with you and yours.


xo

30 comments:

  1. Every time I cut mine I think the same and still they thrive!

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  2. Never thought about the ones that bloom on old wood. Perhaps if you cut selectively around the plant, you'll leave plenty left to bloom next year.

    Love that green color.

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  3. I cut mine any which way and they always seem to do OK. They look lovely in your house.

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  4. I think you'll be fine. And I love that room!!! Oh my goodness!


    xoxo
    Lynn

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  5. Jack White won't let that happen! Love the song of his (on your chalkboard) and so inspired by your blog.

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  6. I just love the look of 'on the way out' hydrangeas, and they last forever!

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  7. One of the things that I love about Cape Cod are the blue (and very prolific) hydrangeas that grow there. I am delight to see them when we visit each summer.

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  8. And of course I meant "delighted."

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  9. I have followed your blog for some time. Your home is just beautiful!x Very inspiring!

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  10. I suspect you will be fine. I cut some of mine back earlier this summer, but I still need to trim a couple. It is always a guessing game. Last year I trimmed one way too severely. I am hoping it will be back in all its glory next spring. Your bouquet it beautiful! Do you allow your blooms to dry? I enjoy having them around all winter.

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  11. Not sure about how / when you cut them but yours do look gorgeous Janet! I bought a huge bunch at the weekend to hang up and dry. Love them. X

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  12. I cut some of mine yesterday too. But I have them in a basket to dry & hope to use them on my Christmas tree. I try to cut mine back to the nodules above a leaf & they seem to bloom like crazy! Mine were loaded with blooms this year! Yours look beautiful.

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  13. Hydrangeas are my favourite flower, yours look so beautiful x

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  14. I've never heard that before. I always cut mine and they come back like gangbusters every year!

    xo
    Claudia

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  15. Gorgeous! Christopher says cut them like crazy they thrive on it, we cut ours right back to the ground in the spring and they come back twice the size. Of course for your climate the timing will be different, I'll ask Christopher about it, he's coming around on Friday for cocktails. Hmph wish you were too!
    xo!

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  16. Beautiful, beautiful Hydrangeas. I just got back from England and found the new ones I planted this spring are all dried and dead. Never trust kids with the garden watering. Now I'll have to replant because I want beautiful cut hydrangeas too!

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  17. Gorgeous, I cut mine with no rhyme or reason and they grow, grow, grow. Only one variety though, Annabelle!

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  18. Green hydrangeas have to be one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. They are breathtaking.

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  19. love them!!! Gorgeous and crisp! My garden is DEAD as we are in drought. I have had limited luck growing hydrangeas...

    Been to the Beach, check out my photos xxxxx

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  20. The hydrangeas look just beautiful Janet!

    Happy weekend!

    Madelief x

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  21. Couldn't you have saved them for Monday?

    xo J.

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  22. I do believe that must be just an Old Wive's Tale Janet - I've been cutting mine any which way for years and years and I've never had any problems. Just don't cut them in the heat of the day or they will wilt within hours.

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  23. I'm with Slim -- They'll be back no matter how you cut them.
    Yesterday I got sucked into a bunch of Jack's old videos on Youtube with his sister (what's the deal with her/them?).

    Have a great weekend

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    1. haha omg julie, you did! the deal is that jack and meg were married but he billed them as sister and brother for commercial purposes. he still says they are sister and brother even though people have produced their marriage certificate. haha, that's jack white though.

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  24. Janet,
    They look so pretty and I cannot imagine for one minute that YOU cut them wrong! I walk by these huge hydrangea bushes everyday and I keep thinking one of these days I'm going to bring my Felco pruners and bring a few home. But now you have me scared to death I'll do it wrong! I mean it's bad enough that I'm thinking of cutting some in front of a public building...but to think I could prevent them from blooming next year...hmmmm...maybe I had better not. Back to your...they look lovely on that vase!!
    xo
    annie

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  25. Hi
    Cool blog, me and my wife love hydrangeas... however we have to keep ours in big pots as our front and back gardens are paved and they do not seem to last in flower as long as in soil beds...
    Is there anything i can do to prolong their pretty little lives?

    Driveway paving hornchurch

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  26. oh my... I've never heard that about the cutting them wrong before. I have a hard time cutting them because I miss them in the garden- I know... strange;)
    happy weekend!
    joan

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  27. As you already know...this dining room just slays me!!! Oh how beautiful!!!! xo

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  28. Hi Janet, a really late comment I know, but I had to share a tip I was given for hydrangeas. Always cut/prune down to two buds and they will flower next year. You can see the buds at the junction of the leaves and the stem. If you cut/prune down to where there is only one bud, they will miss flowering for a year. My hydrangeas are only babies so I haven't tested it for myself, but my source is a landscaping expert who works in the horticultural industry. xx

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