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Re: Hydrangeas (was Wisteria question)


Panicle varieties are quite nice, too, especially when they have a fair amounto f fertile flowers like the lacecaps. The mopheads just look too blousy for my taste with those big globes weighing down the branches. The arborescens hybrid 'Anabelle' is just too, too much for me.

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 12:24 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hydrangeas (was Wisteria question)


I love them all. zem
----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 8:02 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hydrangeas (was Wisteria question)


I personally don't care for mopheads. I love lacecaps.

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Cathy Carpenter" <cathy.c@insightbb.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 11:11 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hydrangeas (was Wisteria question)


Mine compete with a sycamore, but perk up when I water. Let the landscaper put them in when we first moved. If I had it to do over, would never plant a mophead hydrangea - not my style, I guess, and a little too much trouble.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Mar 19, 2006, at 7:06 PM, Donna wrote:

Well then they must be a better match for our climate. Mine would be wilted
daily by the time I got home from work...I felt I was living with Pam in
TX...and No, I didn't have them in the sun but felt the brick wall might
have been to close, hence my decision to move it this spring.

It did spring back after a cool drink of water, but then the process started
all over again the next day... sigh.

Donna

-----Original Message-----

Well, maybe I'll buy one.

They never wilted last year, our crew stays on top of watering needs.
And
they were planted in a very good spot.

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 6:31 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Hydrangeas (was Wisteria question)


How are you going to see them if they are being sold?

Did they wilt last year?

Donna

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner- gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Kitty
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 5:05 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hydrangeas (was Wisteria question)

We got some small Sadies in last year and planted them in a nursery
bed.
The blooms were really nice. They'll be ready to be dug next month
and
offered for sale.  looking forward to seeing them perform.

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hydrangeas (was Wisteria question)


I have endless summer and am not impressed. Last
summer it kept wilting by the time I got home. Going
to move it away from the brick wall this spring in the
hopes it will do better. I can't imagine how it would
take the heat in California...as it was suffering in
Illinois.
Maybe you should try 'Sadie Ray' -- it was found at a farmhouse
in Indiana where it grew for 50 years. With that kind of track
record in the Midwest it might perform better for you.

Here's the description from my catalog:

Summer doesn't have to end just because you don't have a hydrangea
by that name.

In fact, it's my belief that these so-called 'neverending summer'
hydrangeas are just an effort by a certain nursery to sucker
customers. The formula is simple: patent and trademark your plant
so that nobody else can propagate it or use that name, market the
heck
out of it, and then charge whatever you want. (See my essay earlier
in
the catalog about this issue). But there are alternatives out
there,
and Sadie Ray is one of the better ones.

Discovered by Tim Eizinger of Rochester, Indiana on a plant that
has bloomed every year for 50 years on new wood, this adorable
mophead-style Hydrangea will still bloom in northern gardens even
after being killed back to the ground by excessive cold.

The flowers will appear pink or blue in alkaline or acidic soil
(respectively), so be sure to check the pH where you plant it if
you
want a specific color.

Thanks to Kitty for turning me on to this plant. :)

Chris

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