Our front yard hydrangeas have never had a better year than this year. Full stop. They are covered with blooms. And those blooms are big and full. Leading to the WORST flopping that we've ever hard - even with the large Limelight Hydrangeas that have been the most productive over the years. First...the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas. They are starting to 'turn' with pink showing up on the flowers - you can see one of them below: I've tracked this 'turning' over the years - in 2017 it started in July , in 2018 it was in September, same in 2019 and in 2022 (last year), I only documented them when they were in full color - October. This year it is late August when they're starting to add pink to the big, white mophead blooms. As for the flopping, it appears that the removal of the Norway Maple has changed so much up there and that I'll have to deal with them this Summer (trying to string them up) and that my pruning technique will have to change sta
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In Spring of 2021, I planted eight bareroot Bressingham Blue Hostas from Longfield Gardens along the edge of a new curve in one of our backyard beds . The plan called for these to be 'Hadpsen Hostas', but I found and admired the Bressingham Blue variety, so I made the swap. One year post-planting, seven-of-the-eight came back and were putting on their trademark blueish-green foliage. This is what the Bressingham Blue hostas looked like in late May 2022 . Started with eight. By May 2022, there were seven. Not bad. How about today? See below for a photo showing these hostas. The two in the 'back row' are still there. But, at first glance, it seems that there are (now) just four in the front row. But, if you look closer, there are (strangely) two very TINY tucked in there. The first tiny one is in the open gap - what becomes the 'second' from the left. Below is annotated (and zoomed) version of the same photo: And the other tiny one is all the way to
There are big portions of our back lawn that currently look like this photo below - littered in white, tropical-looking blooms that are falling from a pair of mature Northern Catalpa trees that we inherited in our Zone 5B, Northern Illinois backyard: Below is a look at the mid-yard Northern Catalpa tree that is fully-leaf'd out and full of white blooms: Both Nat and I have grown to really like the Catalpa trees - and their large leaves, white blooms and layered limbs. I've posted about the Catalpas before - here's one from Fall 2021 . And from 2019 when I posted about it for the first time . And, I've been growing some seedlings in containers , too. More on these in a future post.