A unusually cold January left some of my younger hydrangeas with many dead limbs
and a noticeable lack of blooms. First the good parts:
Hydrangeas at the birdbath are blooming as usual.
These were cuttings just stuck in the ground by the birdbath.
When they took and started to grow, I moved the birdbath.
Hydrangea serrata "Woodlanders" bloomed as usual.
Variegated 'Mariesii' lacecap did not bloom.
Can you see the ones in the background on the right? Blooming at the end of the porch, two
good big bloomers and one whose whole top parts died out.
These are the successful hydrangeas. They make me happy.
Oakleaf hydrangeas are done; blooms are in that 'pink' stage. Between the oakleafs are 4
mopheads. Ordinarily this time of year they'd be blooming with orange daylilies.
The daylilies bloomed without the hydrangeas.
Foliage is great, maybe they'll bloom later.
This would have been a red, white and blue
vignette if the hydrangea had bloomed.
Red gomphrena and white shrimp plant.
No blue. Stokesia failed to bloom as well.
Drought has not helped.
Hydrangeas under a live oak are listless, scant bloom.
Stick House in the background.
Hydrangea and fern.
All is not lost but there were too many of
those dead sticks you see at upper right.
Usually there is a second time of bloom if I deadhead instead of leaving the early blooms
to dry on the stems. I'm hoping they will put on that second round as usual midsummer
and the ones that failed to bloom in May will produce blossoms.
Every year is different.
You can see last year's hydrangeas here blooming on June 2, 2010.