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Hydrangea macrophylla mophead hydrangea — 46 Comments

  1. Hi Alistair – Never seen such huge mopheads! Amazing that you’ve still got so many blooms hanging on, I especially like the unknown white rose. All my roses finished flowering a couple of weeks ago. The winter jasmine has started to bloom.

  2. Oh what a disappointment to visit your blog to see nothing colourful, amazing or inspiring this week…NOT!!!!!
    HAHA!! Only joking Al’ (I’m pushing the familiarity bit now…lol!). Not sure where to begin… those Tricyrtis are just gorgeous, never seen those before…your roses are just heavenly, only wish we had room to fit more in (might make that a mission next year). I think you need to check your rose border for a dead body, I’m sure I saw a hand next to the Creme de la creme bloom!!! Have a groovy week in the garden…xx

  3. I don’t know, have you checked to see if your hand is indeed still in the rose border? OMG!! Have you chopped off your hand and not realised, a dog may have already run off with it…this is a disaster!!! :0)

    • Right enough it does look like a dead hand, I don’t think I chopped it off but I am an OMG (old man gardener) Oh my, better stop this nonsense or I will be getting a bad name, again.

  4. Hi Alistair, I am jealous that there is still such a nice scattering of blooms in your garden. Here it is pretty grey. Most of the leaves have hit the ground now and the branches are bare. I have a few plucky roses and that’s it. My garden has pretty much packed it in for the winter.
    When we moved in there were three Hydrangea macrophylla. The previous owner managed somehow to get them to bloom, but in this I have failed. I believe (?) they bloom on the old wood and our harsh winters do the old woody stems in every year( I have to cut them back to the ground in spring. Green comes back, but no flowers!)
    One year, I set up some winter protection, but they still perished and I had to cut them back to the ground. I figure that I need to concoct more elaborate protection and really nurse them through winter, if I ever hope to get them to bloom.

    • Hi Jennifer, The blooms are lessening as each day goes by although the temperature has generally been high for the time of year, 58f today. The mopheads just don’t work planted in the ground in our garden that’s why I have them in containers, yet I see them all over Aberdeen looking seriously healthy planted out. My excuse is that we are in a frost pocket, better than saying I cant grow them.

  5. I love the mopheads. We have to be careful here as sometimes the late spring frost will kill the buds but that is why I bought ‘Endless Summer’. Even if you prune it all the way down, no matter it comes back and blooms like crazy on new wood. The rest of your garden is really beautiful. You will see in my post tomorrow I have a few blooms I can count on one hand left…I adore the rose Laura Ann and I forgot to plant pansies this year…too late now i fear but no matter I ordered seed to try my hand at growing them indoors this winter to plant in early spring…

  6. Alistair you still have so much in bloom. I adore that white rose. It is such a pure white color. Hydrangeas are some of my favorite flowers. Wisteria is my worst disaster. Cannot get mine to bloom even with threats.LOL! The blooms on your Hypericum Magical Beauty are just beautiful, I have not saw any around here. Gorgeous!

  7. You have so many beautiful blooms, Alistair. I am always surprised by the amount of color still in the garden in November – and the roses seem to have a second life when the nights are cool and the days are mild.
    My daughter had a beautiful mophead that she grew in a large container for several years. The first year she had set it out by the trash not believing that it would come back in the spring, but it did – that next spring and several more until she moved and had to leave it behind.

    • Yes Ginny, I have seen roses in the past blooming in the month of January here in Aberdeen. The last three Winters have been too severe though. So much for the global warming, oh sorry its climate change.

  8. Hi Al,
    It’s very nice to still see blooms at this time of year. We haven’t really had any proper frost yet – just very close to frost and morning dew. But then I am very close to the city centre so benefit from the heat island effect that cities provide.
    My Iceberg rose is just about to put on another flush of blooms so I need to take some shots over the coming days 🙂

        • Carolyn that is so very kind of you, but no, you have more than enough to do and I would feel more comfortable just going on in this slightly limited manner. I am still more than able to enjoy what I do and take the necessary supplements and food stuffs that they suggest to slow down the progression of the condition. I generally feel uncomfortable with folks who go on and on about their health problems so it is not likely you will hear me harping on about this. thanks again

  9. Sorry to hear of the eye problem alistair. Keep well.

    Gardens looking absolutely fab, your hard work and a rather weird season have really paid off for you to get so much colour now. Mopheads braw here too, but you’d expect me to say that by now!

    More time in the garden, just what the dr ordered!

    Cheers, regards to Myra and the family!

    Fay

    Ps if you’re limiting eye/screen time, don’t worry about nipping over to mine, not much gardening on there at the moment it’s all galavanting to Glasgow, baking and chickens…..

  10. Eek, sorry to hear about the eye issues Alistair, I hope the supplements keep it at bay for a really long time. I’ll keep quiet on the subject of mopheads, and instead admire your wonderful roses, and try to contain my envy at how many things you still have flowering in your garden!

  11. Alistair, I think it’s high time the mophead hydrangea got a bit of attention. I’ve been noticing it peeping over garden walls up and down the east coast. Some of them are turning lovely autumn colours.

    Like you we still have an incredible number of blooms in the garden but you have to look for them in among the decay. I was surprised by the clematis flowering it’s socks off through a cornus. And we haven’t had frost yet.

  12. That is a gorgeous selection for November! When I traveled to Scotland (great trip) several years ago, I was amazed at the lushness and that some palm trees were doing quite well there. A magical land!

  13. Hi Alastair, that hydrangea used to be in every australian garden, so easy to grow, to propagate just stick a stick in the earth and it used to grow, from time to time cut back and back it would come. Then came the drought and I thought that’s why you don’t seen them. But maybe it is to do with fashion – how silly fashion is, one of the wonderful things about getting older is that the need for following fashion recedes into the past … I’m sorry to hear about your eye problem, your attitude to it is admirably positive. You’re obviously a glass half full kinda guy – maybe we gardeners all are? cheers, catmint

    • Catmint, to be honest I think my positivity has developed more in recent years. A recent survey suggests people become most contended when they reach seventy, I have a few years to go yet, roll on.

  14. Hi Alistair! You told me about autumn decay in your garden… Well it doesn’t seem a decay at all to me!!! It doesn’t even seem to autumn to be honest… 🙂
    That clematis pictured against maple leaves is simply stunning and I liked the pink mophead with dark phormium. If I try a similar combination the hydrangea would burn in the sun, or the phormium would become a dull green (and probably die) in shadow…

  15. Those hydrangeas have had a bad press for many decades. Why are we snobbish about plants? It’s so stupid. That said, I won’t grow them myself, because they simply don’t fit with my idea of what I want my garden to look like. I do think you need that trip to the West, Alistair – not just Crarae, but to see the mophead hydrangeas in their full glory….

    • Kininvie, it is so very true some plants simply don’t fit our requirements. Having said that I seem to be able to find a place for any plant, of course perhaps it only looks good in my eyes.

  16. So many beautiful plants flowering. I love Schizostylis (hope I’ve spelt this correctly). I haven’t got any in my garden but I think I may well have to get some next year. We still haven’t had any frost here in Wales so the gardens are still looking good if a little soggy from the rain.

    • That is exactly what I was doing Catherine, and it was in the front garden. I usually look around to see if anyone is watching. Don’t know why I bother they all know I am daft.

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