. . . hydrangea experts.
This is my hydrangea bush (tree?). I've had it for many years and it always grows to be big and strong.
It produces many flower buds. I wait anxiously for those buds to bloom. I picture cutting and drying and arranging those gorgeous big blooms. I'm even standing by patiently with a clippers in my hand, ready to pounce and cut those babies as soon as they are ready! But the problem is - they are never ready!
The darn things just won't flower completely!
You can see that only a couple buds on those potentially big flowers actually produce a bloom! They have looked this way for a couple of weeks.
If I cut them will they finish flowering?
Are they getting too much sun (they are on the north side of the house). Too little sun?
Too much water? Not enough water?
Do they need different dirt? Any fertilizer?
And what the heck is going on with the fuzzies on the end?
It is such a conundrum each and every year. Those fake hydrangeas from Hobby Lobby are looking better every year! NOT!
So hydrangea experts . . . can you give me any hydrangea growing tips?
****And now here is a tip for all of you chalk paint users . . . ****
I've never seen anyone paint anything black. Or in Annie Sloan speak - 'graphite'.
It is not a true black. More of an dark grey. Thus, the 'graphite' name I guess.
(oh yeah, don't I have a pretty workshop?)
This photo shows the paint after the clear wax and a little buffing. Not black. 'Graphite'.
I'm not saying I don't like it. I do. I just wanted you to know that it wasn't black.
Now, tell me what to do about my hydrangeas please. Oh, and you could send me some of yours if you want! lol