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Hydrangea Petiolaris — 31 Comments

  1. Hi Alistair. Thanks for your comments. I will have to do further research into growing the climbing hydrangea in a tub as for the rest of the garden as you say we have to take it as it comes and slow down. I think it is getting close to having to down-size. It will be a hard decision but one we shall eventually have to take. Hope you can keep your garden for a long time yet. It is very lovely and I am sure not only a joy to you but also to neighbours and passers by.

    Thank you again. Good luck.

  2. Hi Mary, I know how you feel, we are not getting any younger ourselves. Should we stay in this house with the relatively large garden or not. I think we may well take it as it comes, just have to slow down. I have never grown a plant as vigorous as the climbing Hydrangea in a tub, I just have a feeling it wouldn’t work out very well. As for creating a large garden which gives low maintenance, it just couldn’t be done without back breaking work.I wish I could offer you some helpful suggestions but any ideas I may have would cost the earth. Good luck whatever you decide to do.

  3. Hi Alistair. Your garden is beautiful and I am interested in the climbing hydrangea. I have just had one bought to hopefully cover a blank wall at the front of my house. However this will have to be in a pot and I wonder if it will be o.k. I have a very large rear garden but alas we are getting old and managing it is becoming difficult. I want to plant some ornamental trees to cloth the garden but without making too much work . Both my husband and I have health problems so we are trying to make things as easy as possible, Any suggestions would be most welcome.

  4. Well some say that Camellias can be pruned at any time of the year. I would do it just after flowering which seems to be the more recognised time of year for the job.

  5. Hello Andrea, You are quite correct that last shot was taken from the comfort indoors on a cold day. My photography skills don’t match my gardening ones. However with practise I am determined I will match the beautiful shots which you give us.

  6. Hi Alistair, i’ve read the older posts and maybe your garden should already be put in the Hall of Fame, so must already be disqualified in the contest, or to give way also for others to win, haha! That Hydrangea is also very beautiful without the flowers and the snowdrops so elegant in that container. But may i know why in the garden last shot there was this whitish haze on top of the left brown grass? It seems like it was shot behind a glass window.

  7. Yes it is a great plant Mark. It does seem that it can be shy to flower for a few years, planting in the right spot can be a hit or a miss.

  8. Hydrangea petiolaris is one of my favourite climbers Alistair! Love it for both the foliage and flowers. It can take years for it to romp away but when it does it is very vigorous 🙂

  9. It is a climber worthy of a place in your garden Julia. Seems like they can take a few years before flowering, plant in a position that only gets sun for part of the day.

  10. That’s a shame that it never blooms, my first thought’s were that it was in a position that was perhaps in full sunshine, but perhaps that’s not so likely.

  11. I think your garden looks quite stunning; the grasses and evergreens really get their time in the spotlight, whereas they might be less conspicuous during summer bloom season.

  12. I love, love, love your hydrangea!!! I planted one many years ago, pampered it, loved it, and while it was still small, foolishly let a teenage boy help me weed one day (he needed the money) and, even though I pointed it out to him – you guessed it – it got ‘weeded’ that day. 🙁 Your pictures have inspired me to put this on my list to try again. I will not be having any more teenage boys helping me weed!

  13. Alistair, It’s good to see that your lawn is recovering from the snow mould attacks. It must take ages to trim all those bushes into shape.

  14. I am in love with the climbing hydrangea, this is something I am now adding to my planting list for the year, thank you! I have over 12 hydrangeas at present and am always looking for new varieties to try. Your garden is gorgeous by the way.

  15. Hi catmint, this Hydrangea is definitely worthy of its place in the garden. Dont worry about mistyped words, I am not very likely to notice themmm.

  16. I have this climbing hydrangea which has been slow to grow in the shay white garden, but I hope it will grow more and flower this year…what lovely flowers you have beginning to bloom and I love the winter garden…all the evergreens make it so lush..mine is very bare all winter especially with the snow…

  17. Hi Alistair, I truly enjoy the sight of your beautiful and neat garden. It also reminds me that I have a whole lot of room for improvement. 🙂 Due to climate difference, I would not be able to grow what you do but I still like to come by to admire the beauty you have created.

  18. Your hydrangea is quite remarkable and beautiful, both in and out of flower. And your winter backyard is lovely, does not need improvement from where I am sitting.

  19. hi alastair, i find that hydrangea a million times more attractive than ivy. your garden looks really cosy and welcoming – cheers, catmint

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