Finally!

5.18.2012

I am so thrilled that I finally have hydrangea blooms on this bush. Two years ago I had none, nada. Last year I had three tiny blooms. Wow, look at them this year and I didn't do a thing to it.




Of course I had to cut some blooms to bring inside.





I just stuck them in this tall farm style pitcher. Love to use something different as a vase.

I think I will be enjoying lots of blooms this summer.


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78 comments:

  1. Wow! I have zero this year. But a neighbor has tons. Last year his weren't very good. Your's are gorgeous. I was just going out the door to take photos of my neighbor's.

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  2. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Was your season mild or do Hydrangea's take a few years to be ready to bloom!?!? This bush is gorgeous...and the options inside are endless! XO, Aimee

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  3. Those blooms are gorgeous. I know you'll enjoy them.

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  4. i just love hydrangea blooms. don't they just make the must beautiful arrangements? happy weekend.
    laura

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  5. I love your blue hydrangeas. All of mine are white or pink. Such lovely pictures.

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  6. Kim - how old is your plant? I just planted a penny-mac hydrangea last summer and it is still tiny (2 feet tall) but has two blooms on it, this year. I am hoping it will be as big as yours next summer. Is yours an old hydrangea or fairly young?
    thanks!
    Trish

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  7. Wow, these were well worth the wait.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  8. I just planted mine this year so guess I have a couple of years to wait before I can call them eye candy. Yours are awesome!

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  9. I am Melissa from daisymaebelle.com. Your blog is beautiful. I love hydrangeas! I know that some bloom on new growth and some bloom on old growth. So, if you cut it back at the wrong time, you get no blooms. But, even then, sometimes they just do not bloom. I have an Annabelle hydrangea on the side of my house that is a show stopper every year. And then, I have a blue one (not sure what kind) in my backyard that has not bloomed in 5 years! I moved it in the fall so, we will see what it does this year? I am your newest follower!

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  10. They are my favorite. I love all of them, and hope ours blossom forth soon (all have little buds). Just beautiful.

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  11. Your hydrangea bush is beautiful and don't you just love cutting them for the house.

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  12. I think maybe that is just what they do, says the woman with the poison thumb!

    We have tried various types over the years, and they seem to take a while to do whatever they will. The ones I have now have taken five years to decide they are happy!

    So I guess I should say 'good job?'

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  13. Gorgeous! I love hydrangeas. I think they are the perfect southern plant. I always hated them as a kid but have grown to love them. Too bad my husband accidently (he says) cut mine down last year. :(

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  14. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous, Kim. My bushes are loaded with blooms and can't wait for them to open.
    Mary Alice

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  15. I have such hydrangea envy. Looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Hydrangea's have a three year growth period. Sleep/Creep/Leap. You must be on your leap season. Sleep is the first season where they show very little growth, Creep is the second season where you should have a healthy plant with very little growth, the season three is LEAP, with exceptional growth and are usually the queen of the garden that year. I'm not that much of a gardener, but just bought new plants and this is what the brochure said. Lucky you! I've got a while for mine.

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  17. Kim,
    Those are gorgeous.I love the color!
    Anne

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  18. Just so beautiful! What a huge bush. Love your bouquet too.
    Have a great weekend, Kimmie,
    Shelia ;)

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  19. Wow, that is amazing that it is covered in blooms this year. Perhaps it takes some maturity to bloom like this. It certainly is gorgeous! Enjoy your weekend, Kim.

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  20. Gorgeous Kim! My neighbors bush is loaded this year too and she thinks it's because, like you, she didn't do a thing. She read online that you should not trim them, and it seems to have worked! Enjoy your weekend!

    Kat

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  21. Those are beautiful!!! Mine don't even have buds yet!

    --Katie

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  22. Wow!!! I wonder if this crazy warm winter had anything to do with it! Those are so beautiful. I love hydrangeas!

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  23. OH WOW!!!

    YAY!!!

    They're absolutely splendid!

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  24. Your hydrangea is gorgeous!!! Do you know how to dry them and keep them looking good ? I am all befuddled about that ~

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  25. I've got lots of buds but no blooms yet. Yours are incredible! You obviously did something very right. :o)

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  26. I've had my Endless Summer hydrangea for about 5 years and last summer was the first year with no blooms. Your plant is huge for the 3rd year! Gorgeous blossoms.

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  27. These are sooooo beautiful! Perhaps the blooms were the result of the weird weather we've had the last several months.

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  28. My gosh- That is just BEAUTIFUL, Kim. The only ones around here are the white ones..and even amending the soil doesn't seem to work to keep the colors like you get in the South- It is spectacular. Better get some to dry for future use! xo Diana

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  29. Your bush is beautiful! I know you are really enjoying it. If you can, try not to cut it back when winter comes. You will probably have more blooms next year if you dont trim it back . Also, you may know this, but you can change the color ( purple) of your blooms by changing the acidity of the soil. I think you cn do this with coffee grounds? One more idea. If you have a problem with your cut blooms wilting once they come inside, you can do what my Mom does. She uses a hammer to break the ends of the stems -- not hitting too hard, though. Then put he stems in warm water to finish conditioning them.
    Good Luck!!

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  30. Your hydrangea bush is beautiful! I keep trying to grow one but not having much luck. I would love to have yours so I could dry some of those blooms!

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  31. Wow...that is just beautiful!!! She finally became comfortable with her surroundings decided to bloom!!! My gramma used to pour the liquid from a jar of pickles at the base of the plant for deeper blue color. I have red ones but they will bloom later summer. I also crush the stems to put in water, do that also with lilacs.....

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  32. Wow the bush is HUGE!! So gorgeous!

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  33. Beautiful! What a gorgeous bush! You will have fun decorating with you hydrangeas... and just wait until they dry... gorgeous!

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  34. gorgeous! still waiting on mine:(

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  35. Awesome....still waiting on mine too.

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  36. So pretty! My daughter's bush looks like that now. I am thinking of cutting some blooms to dry. I just need to find the instructions that I carefully put away (somewhere!). Have a great week-end!

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  37. Wow! Would you look at those! LOVE the blue color! Mine are nowhere near ready. They're still tiny little green clusters here in northern Indiana.

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  38. Beautiful! I can't even get the bush part of my hydrangeas to take off!

    ~Bliss~

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  39. They are gorgeous....Mine are just half the way there!!...I love that pitcher too!!!...

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  40. Those are beautiful!! It maks me want to plant a bush right now!!Happy Saturday:)

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  41. Oh my goodness, that is so gorgeous!

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  42. Gorgeous! I have 2 of the endless summer and blusing brides and they seem to bloom every other year. I've been told not to cut the old wood off until the next year after they bud. Well, this year we had buds and then the frost hit. I have the absolute best luck with hydrangea limelight! Love the color of those blooms and you have enough that you can have fresh blooms in your home for awhile!

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  43. Oh, my goodness, those are just beautiful!! Enjoy your weekend, Kim!! blessings ~ Tanna

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  44. GORGEOUS!! I had one huge bloom last year, but that was IT. This year is looking more promising, as I can see some blooms starting to grow. I think the key is in what you said - doing nothing. I read that trimming them down can impact the blooms you get the following year. Yours are absolutely beautiful! Enjoy!

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  45. So pretty! I love hydrangeas and have a lot of bushes but not a single bloom. Nothing like a fresh bouquet of them on the breakfast table.

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  46. Morning Kim,
    Oh.....your hyrangeas are gorgeous.
    and look so pretty in your home.
    I have tried to grow them for a long time, but have not had any success,
    but I actually have 2 pink blooms on one lil bush that survived the winter. I am amazed by that even!! lol
    So maybe this will just be the beginning of hyrangea success, I sure hope so cause they are one of my fav flowers for sure.

    Enjoy those pretty babies....
    Blessings for a nice weekend hon,
    Nellie

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  47. They are just gorgeous Kim! Beautiful colors too. I have to plant mine that was given to me for my Birthday. Problem is finding a place. Enjoy our day!

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  48. I'm SUPER jealous of your huge and gorgeous hydrangea bush!!! It is truly amazing. It is thriving this year. Love how great they look in that pitcher in your sunroom too. Just perfect! Hope you're having a relaxing weekend.

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  49. sooooo pretty! =o) landscaping is next on my to do list and I sure would love some flower perrenials!

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  50. I'm so glad you've got blooms, Kim! Hydrangeas are my favorite, and the blooms last so long--I just love them! Yours look wonderful in that pitcher. :)

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  51. Hydrangeas are one of my favourites! I am so jealous of how many gorgeous blooms you've got!

    SHF
    thechroniclesofs.blogspot.com

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  52. Hi Kim,

    Your hydrangeas are gorgeous! They make really good cut flowers too. I learned somewhere that you need to plunge the cut stems into boiling water for a few seconds and then put in cool water in a container.

    ♥charlotte

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  53. Lucky you. These are gorgeous, Kim!

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  54. These are the most beautiful of flowers. I have torn out pages from magazines of Hydrangea bushes with my handwritten notes - must have this bush one day! Im very jealous :)

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  55. Beautiful! Enjoy that overflowing hydrangea bush! Mine were amazing two years ago, so-so last year, and I think it looks like they are not going to bloom at all this year! :-(

    I did read that one of your commenters said they are on a sleep/creep/leap schedule. Very interesting!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    xo-Lisa

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  56. These are so pretty!!
    -Anna
    asweetsouthernmess.blogspot.com

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  57. I know what you mean about the hydrangea. Yours looks great. Mine struggle even though I feed and water,and talk to them..while the neighbor next door has a HUGE one which blooms profusely with NO care whatsoever. Go figure.
    Have a great weekend. :)

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  58. The hydrngea bush is gorgeous. It looks like an oak leaf hydrangea, is it? That may be why it took so long to fill out. Any any rate it is superb. I can't wait till mine get that large. I just planted them this year and so far I only have one flower. Congratulations on your gorgeous flowers.

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  59. Beautiful! I want to plant some Hydrangeas in my yard! I love the blue one's so much! Hugs, Linda

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  60. Absolutely gorgeous, Kim! I love the blue. Hydrangeas are my favourite and I have two that I hope do well this year.

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  61. Stunning! I have said for years I wanted to plant hydrangeas. Hoping your pictures will inspire me to just do it!

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  62. Pretty Kim, I know you are happy. Let that water evaporate out of your pitcher and they should dry just fine too. My old old Nikko Blue Hydrangea is full of blooms too.

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  63. So beautiful! I think Hydrangea is one of the world's most beautiful flowers. You will surely enjoy these lovely blooms.
    My had started blooming when I left home two weeks ago. Can't wait to get back and see them.
    Enjoy! Ginger

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  64. SO gorgeous! Sorry I been so quiet these last couple weeks, I’ve been really ill (now finally diagnosed with Whooping Cough even though I was immunized) and have had another very rough week.

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  65. Your photos are just amazing! I am so in love with them!
    toko busana muslim

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  66. Wow. You got a bumper crop. Love them. So gorgeous!! I'll enjoy yours.. the deer eat all mine :(

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  67. Your bush is gorgeous, Kim. I am so glad that it is FULL of blooms for you! Mine are a bit behind yours right now. I have 10 bushes, and every one of them I picked out of the TRASH at the florist where I worked. They all bloom like crazy every year. In fact, 2 years ago we used them in my daughters flowers at her wedding. Hope you had a restful weekend. XO, Pinky

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  68. Your hydrangea blooms are just beautiful, Kim! I just love hydrangeas!

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  69. I've been babying mine for about 4 years and until this year have only had a small bloom or two. This year my bush is also pretty. It is still very small, but it is covered with blooms and I actually could bring some in the house. I wonder if this odd weather has had something to do with them finally looking good! Yours are gorgeous!!

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  70. WOW Kim! It's GORGEOUS!! I'm still trying to keep alive my small one I planted this year.

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  71. I am So Jealous...We have a saying here that is
    First year sleep...Second year creep..Third year Leap..
    Unfortunately, mine have never Leaped...I will need to just enjoy yours...Thanks for sharing..Blessings, Becky

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  72. I'm so glad you finally got blooms on your hydrangea, Kim! And what a beautiful color.

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  73. This is the second year I have not had any blooms :( I am so bummed.....yours are beautiful!

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  74. beautiful, kim! some of my blue hydrangeas changed their minds and are coming up pink this year!

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  75. Beautiful hydrangeas! My bushes are all one or two years old. I can only hope they mature to look like yours.

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