Hydrangea macrophylla, commonly referred to as mophead, was seen in recent times as being unfashionable. I never did pay any attention to that sort of nonsense so lets say no more about it.
This Hydrangea has large very showy blooms from mid Summer lasting well into the Autumn. The flower colour varies from pink, if planted in an alkaline soil to lilac or blue, the more acidic the soil is. If you are looking for one of the best blue Macrophylla, plant Renate Steiniger, remember even this one will be more lilac if planted in alkaline soil.
More questions seem to be asked regarding the pruning of mopheads than almost any other shrub except perhaps the climbing plant Wisteria Well anyway with your Hydrangea, first of all leave the flower heads on throughout the Winter and come mid March prune back to a couple of buds directly below the dead flower head. If in subsequent years your plant is becoming leggy, cut back about one third of the stems to ground level which will promote healthy new growth.
Generally here in Aberdeen this Hydrangea is fully hardy, however in our garden perhaps because we are in a bit of a frost pocket it really does struggle. However I have overcome this problem by planting in a container and overwintering in the unheated greenhouse. Results are amazing, producing the most beautiful plants smothered in blooms at least two weeks earlier than normally would be expected. With this method of growing you can safely remove the withered blooms just before placing in the greenhouse for the Winter. Of course come Spring your container plant can be placed in any position in the garden where you think it will look most effective.
Position – Full sun/part shade
Height – 150cm
Hardiness – Generally hardy
I have to admit that before I started to take an interest in photography and blogging, I generally felt that the garden was over with come the first week in November. Well, strolling around the garden on the sixth of November and paying more attention and really looking, quite a few surprises were in store. This week I will show what was still flowering, probably surprising those further south in the country, here on the coast we actually haven’t had any frost as yet.
Schizostylis, now isn’t this just amazing to see a plant like this in November. We will say no more on it as I will feature this one soon.
Etoille Violette has been just magnificent this year, starting to flower in July and still rewarding us in November.
The climbing Rose Blush noisette was a little later in flowering this year, however she is still producing quality blooms.
Another climber which I have shown before is also surprising us with a few blooms, this particular one seems to be conjoined. The last time I showed it I had completely forgotten the name of it, Myra came to the rescue, recalling that it is indeed, Creme de la creme.
The purest of white is the blooms of this unknown single flowered rose in the main border.
What a fantastic show the HT rose Laura Anne has given us in the front garden, its not all over yet.
I have complained of Buxom beauty’s top heavy blooms in the past, how could she not be forgiven when in the month of November still trying so very hard to please us.
Flower carpet gold is a newcomer in our back garden and has been looking very healthy. To my eyes this one looks more of a pleasing lemon shade rather than gold.
The simple pink flowers of Sweet haze have been not stop since coming in to flower in July. Still smothered in blooms on the sixth of November.
The Pansy’s are looking good at the moment, soon they will take a rest when Winter truly shows itself. Any mild spell and they will show us a few blooms, however in Spring they will bloom their heads off continually.
Its not completely unique, yet it is always a surprise to see blooms on a Rhododendron at this time of year.
Tricyrtis still blooming after first showing its flowers in the first week of September.
The yellow Polyanthus giving a hint of what’s to come in Spring. Pity about the slug damage.
What a delight to still see hardy geraniums blooming in the month of November.
The Astrantia Buckland gives a second flush so very late in the season.
The Heather Calluna vulgaris Annemarie still flowering will have to wait until early Spring before being pruned back. Hebe Autumn glory had quite pale blue flowers a few weeks back, in November the shade of blue has deepened significantly. Hypericum Magical Beauty has gone through the whole process and now wants to start all over again by producing more blooms.
The Montbretia has never flowered so well and for so long, a few flowers are still hanging on. The nasturtiums are the result of plants which we had last year. They are growing in the clothes drying area where they have reseeded themselves. Finally the Sedum Autumn Joy which one may expect to be looking sorry for itself on the sixth of November is in fact still looking quite good.
Well I guess thats it, the flower borders don’t exactly jump out at you but nevertheless surprising to a plant fanatic who doesn’t yet want to let go.
The frost did arrive on the 7th of November, lasted a couple of days and turned mild again