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Re: plants new this year

Keep at it Ceres, you'll get the blue eventually. And also add as much
pinestraw mulch as you can, which I'm sure you know already. I have the
reverse problem. None of my pinks will stay pink. But the really neat thing
is, my soil is this huge mix of clay BUT it's surrounded by heavy duty acid
soil everywhere so my macrophyllas turn dark purple. Very neat.
Andrea H
Beaufort, SC

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 10:16 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] plants new this year

> In a message dated 7/11/04 2:13:16 PM, Zemuly@aol.com writes:
> << Thanks for reminding me of one of the reasons I like living where I do.
> just love hydrangeas.  I have huge ones now since they don't die back very
> much
> over the winter.  My two oldest ones are macrophylla.  They were pink when
> bought them, but being in this acid soil has rendered them pink, blue and
> lavender.  In addition, I have 6 others, including two variegated 'Nikko
> Blue' and
> 3 lace caps (whose names I have forgotten),I also have one 'Anabelle,'
> smells delicious.  Right now I just have two H. quercifolia.  >>
> Zem, I love the hydrangeas also.  I  also have six.  I have a variegated
> macrophylla which I keep just for the foliage.  I have a H. quercifolia
> Anabelle also.  My new macrophylla 'Forever Summer' is not blue as shown
at the
> nurserymen's show.  I planted using peat and added acid fertilizer but
guess I
> cannot reach the acid level it requires to turn blue.
>     Ceres
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