Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hydrangeas Are Pretty!


Is there anyone that doesn’t like Hydrangeas? Don’t tell me if you don’t! They’re my very FAVORITE flowering shrub in the whole world!
Angel
I thought I’d share a few of my bushes that are in bloom. Some varieties aren’t in bloom yet.
Oakleaf
Mostly the Oakleaf  above and

sideview
Nikko Blue and Endless Summer Hydrangeas are in full bloom.

border
The neat thing about this border is that I propagated almost all of those Hydrangeas! I think it’s really easy to make more of these and it’s a great way to stretch your landscaping dollar as long as you have patience and don’t need/want an instant garden.
blooms
I’ve been working on this border for about  4 years and I have another little bush that I propagated that I’m going to move over here as soon as the blackberries that have creeped to the outside of the fence are finished!
Notquitethereyet
Here’s I post I wrote last year - Blooms On A Budget that describes how to propagate them. You’ll see some of the same Hydrangeas in this post and see what a difference a year makes!
DogwoodTree
Picketfence
Then there are the Gardenias…!
Gardenia
I wish there was smell-a-vision for blogs! The scent in the backyard is just amazing because the Jasmine and the Gardenias are in bloom at the same time! Really just heavenly! 

As always, thanks for spending some time here today!

77 comments:

Tennis Girl said...

Very pretty and I love the old picket fence :)
Robin

Blissitydoodah said...

I have been trying for years to get my hydrangeas going! I have several Endless Summer ones that just won't bloom. I have now some fertilizer for them so hope to turn things around. I want to try propagating!
Man I'll bet your garden smells good!

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Okay, so I have a question? I have a hydrangea and have had it for 2-3 yrs. I have only had one or two flowers and it is a good size plant. What do I need to do to get more flowers? It gets afternoon sun, is that bad?

The Dixie Gypsy said...

I helped my DH plant a hydrangea shrub in the front bed, because of lower back issues I just can't cope with annuals any more. Well, DS gifted me with two more for Mother's Day and I can't wait until they make a full border against my house such as yours are...very, very lovely and looking forward to reading how you propagate them!

Yours is a lovely, lovely blog!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love hydrangeas, Manuela! I have several Nikko Blue myself {all in our backyard} and one white one, which I transplanted to the front of my house last fall, so I'm hoping it will bloom this year.

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, so gorgeous, Manuela! I LOVE hydrangeas...especially the Nikko Blue...I'm need to read your earlier post about propagating! Your hydrangea border is just stunning!

Hope your day is lovely!

Julie

1 Funky Woman said...

Gorgeous! That bluish color is my favorite!

Darlene said...

WOW Manuela is there anything you can't grow??? Just BEAUTIFUL!! I planted two Nikko Blue hydrangeas at the end of summer last year. I don't have my soil quite right because mine are blooming in the pink color (I have showed it on my post today). I need to try and get my soil right for the beautiful blue color.....BUT ALL hydrangeas are gorgeous to me!!

I am wanting to get more for my backyard bed and end up with a hedge like you have. That is just spectacular.

Shelia said...

Oh, Manuela! How gorgeous! Look at all your hydrangeas! I'm so embarrassed! I posted today about hydrangeas - my one and only bloom.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Becky K. said...

Love them! Ours are beginning to bud and I am watching them daily.

Yours are very, very pretty.

Becky K.

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

They are absolutely beautiful!!! :)
I love the first picture with the picket fence and the flowers! Gorgeous! :)

Christina said...

Oh so lovely. I have a few that were propagated off of a bush that was in my great-grandmothers yard. While I don't remember her much, my aunt rooted the ones in her yard from there and years later we rooted some for my yard.

I need to transplant mine in the fall so that they are together. Such an impact yours make.

Happy@Home said...

If you'd like to see my answer to your question, stop by my blog for a visit :).
Your hydrangeas are absolutely gorgeous and I love the way they look next to your picket fence. I read your other post and am now convinced I need to start propagating. I currently have 16 plants, but we both know that there is no such thing as too many. LOL.

Rhonda said...

I followed your advice for the ground layering method - it worked! even for a bad gardener like me.
This spring, I transplanted about 8 baby hydranges and they are all growing and all except one is already blooming.

Thank you, but I really can't thank you enough!

Julie said...

I think they are just beautiful. I was just reading where the oak leaf one would grow well in my area.

Kathy at Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy Welcomes You! said...
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Kathy at Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy Welcomes You! said...

Hi Manuela, this is my first visit to your blog, and I love it! I will be back soon.

Kathy Matthews
La Pine OR

Vera @ Cozy Little Cabin said...

Oh! I can't wait until my hydrangea border is as lovely & lush as yours. We planted 8 shrubs this Spring, along w/some azaleas.

I was surprised to discover there is a gardenia bush out there . . apparently it doesn't like its spot as it rather ugly looking and has one pitiful bloom . . . that smells like heaven!

I'm off to read about propagation. . . thanks so much for your generosity. Your gardens are inspiring.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

very pretty girl and one of my all time favorite...I love to put nails in the soil to make them even bluer...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Grammy Suzzy said...

Thank you so very much for sharing your loveliness! I just adore hydrangeas...However, they do not adore the Phoenix climate, so I can only enjoy in pics...just like yours! Thank you so much!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I agree, hydrangeas are one of the loveliest flowering shrubs. In my area, we mostly grow the mopheads, Annebell is my favorite. The blues and the lacecaps don't usually survive the winters.
Marnie

Shelley said...

Beautiful......

Angie said...

Wow, gorgeous! I only have one hydrangea bush and it is blooming now too, but I definitely want to get more.

Julie said...

Manuela,
Woot. sisters indeed we are. LOVE hydrangeas. and of course I am jealous but happy for you!..for your gardenia. GOT TO GET ME ANOTHER ONE, since my other one left me... wah...love the border you have created. I have 6 hydrangeas in my front and they curve around to the walk through garden on one side of my house. Some are lace cap. some have both pink and purple on the same bush. soil variations... :-) Gotta get another white. mine died. ..very sensitive.. anda watermelon red one. Goals....Dreams!! Keep on dreaming! LOVE my visit here as always. Hugs to you and thanks for being here. Have a great day.
Enjoy the gardenias for ME!!!

Always Nesting said...

Simply amazing color! Beautiful.

Donna said...

Your hydrangeas are wonderful! I love these blue ones in a white vase or pitcher.Thank you for sharing their beauty. How blessed you are to have such a view out your office window!

Donna

Michelle Hoad said...

I'm planting some this weekend in my front flower bed. I hope I'm not too late in the season. We have been so focused on the veggies that we have neglected the flowers.

Carrie said...

Hydrangeas are my favorites too..a couple summers ago I bought two Endless Summer hydrangeas (one Blue, one white)and am enjoying seeing them come back each year. It will be great when they are large and full of blooms like yours!

mizdarlin said...

Love them blooming, and love them dried in a wreath or arrangement-a truly wonderful, versatile flower..yours are marvelous!

Debbie said...

Oddly enough, until about 20 years ago, I DIDN'T like them. I didn't like the idea of a blue flower. (Dumb, huh?)

Now, they are a very favorite flower. The gardenias are lovely too. A neighbor has a yard of them, and I agree that smellavision for blogs would be wonderful where they are concerned!

Claudia said...

I just wrote a post about the smell of jasmine...heavenly. And I love, love hydrangeas - they are so beautiful. Yours are looking healthy and lush!

xo
Claudia

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Now I am offcially jealous! I planted three hydrangeas and the deer really loved them.
Hugs,
Sherry

homesteader said...

how do you refrain from picking them all? so lovely!

Storybook Woods said...

Yes, they are and yours are stunning xoxox Clarice

Shirlee said...

Stunning! I don't think they grow where I live so I'll just have to enjoy yours.

Ally's Corner said...

Wow, those are pretty. We are trying to think of something to put up against our fence we think it's going to be knock our roses, we will see.

Nestled In Rosenberg said...

Manuela,
Your hydrangeas are so pretty! Smell-a vision would be awesome here! :)
I did a really short post today about some garage sale finds from this weekend. I want you to see this wonderful lamp I found. It reminds me of YOU! Hope you're having a great week so far.

T.bird

Puan Isah said...

Hello Manuela
Such lovely flowers these hydrangeas. You are so good with your hands!

Julie Harward said...

They are so beautiful...it must smell Heavenly there! We can't grow those here so I'll just have to enjoy them on all these blogs! Come say hi :D

Bonita said...

Hydrangeas, gardenias- I can tell that you and I think alike when it comes to gardens, only you carry out your plans and I mainly dream about them. Hope to change that soon! Thanks for the ideas!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Manuela what BEAUTIFUL Hydrangeas you have....and lots of them too! I have never had a Hydrangea bush before but we planted 6 of them out front along the house. I wanted the Endless Summer but wasn't about to pay what they were asking so went with the Anna Belle instead as they were much cheaper. PLUS...we can't see the garden along the house from inside so I'm saving my money for when we put the English garden in off the screened porch. Which still needs to be built :) THEN I'll splurge on some lacecaps and others. Anyway..your garden is just gorgeous and I'm going to have to check out the post you mentioned about propagating them. I hope you have a wonderful day...Maura:)

Kathleen Grace said...

I adore the color of these and I have a bedraggled lilac by the fence that I plan to dig out an replace with some hydrangeas. I can't wait, I always envy all the gorgeous hydrangea bouquets I see on blogs. I plan to get some of my own this year!

Lou Cinda said...

Manuela, hydrangeas are my very FAVORITE flower! I carried a bouquet of them when I got married! Yours are stunning!! Just stunning!! A close second in my favorites list is Gardenias!! LOVE THEM!! I just planted another endless summer hydrangea outside my front door. Now, I do realize, that possibly, in a few years or so....that bush just might take over the front porch! BUT, I will just deal with that then....might have to prune it back a bit!

Gorgeous!

Lou Cinda :)

Tracy said...

Simply beautiful!

Megan said...

Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! I'm told hydrangeas will not grow here. Sandy soil and salt air (and somewhat salty well water). But there are pots of them at Lowe's. Wonder how they would do in a big pot for some wonderful color? Any tips?
I've got confederate jasmine and gardenias blooming now too. Heavenly!

diXymiss said...

Gorgeous! I was going to try transplanting the hydrangea in my front yard, but now I think I'll leave it there and try propogating some starts for transplant instead. ThanX so much for the helpful tips and beautiful inspiration piX!

Kay said...

I just bought an "Endless Summer" this week. And now I'm off to read how to propagate it. :oD

horse loving lineman's wife said...

They are all very beautiful!! I so wish I had time for such an awesome yard/garden. :o) Have a great day!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, too! I hope I can get them to grow here in Florida! Love the fence and the row of flowers...blues...ahhh! So pretty! ♥

Mrs.Rabe said...

Glorious!

They are my second favorite - right behind the peony!

My hydrangea has a lot of blooms this year - should be in full bloom soon!

Beth said...

Oh, those are SO pretty! My granny had a bush like this next to her front porch. I remember calling it a snowball bush. Sweet memories :)

Rochelle said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely blooms...we here in the northwest must wait a little while longer for ours! My hydrangeas have lots of buds this year - I can't wait for the colors!
Have fun gardening!
Rochelle

jcpmommy said...

My Dad used to have 2 plants that color. I love them. I hate summer so the perks are the flowers!

Melanie said...

I love this flower. We had one in Georgia and it was purple. They are just a beautiful flower with pretty green leaves. I haven't seen any up here in the north. I wonder if it still to cool?

Rhonda said...

Hi Manuela,
Your hydrangeas are lovely. I have two lonely little plants in my backyard, they just don't want to live here! Ha! Maybe if I show they yours, they'll be motivated to grow!

sewingseeds4U said...

Your blue hydrangeas are gorgeous. I just love them too. Although here in California they're mostly pink because of the soil but still just as romantic. I bet it does smell heavenly.

Mimi Sue said...

Your hydrangeas and gardenias are gorgeous. I love them too but our dry air here in Utah they don't like. I baby a couple along but so far they haven't done much. Hopefully this year. Mimi

Linda said...

Such gorgeous hydrangea and gardenias~ thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!

Bella said...

I ADORE hydrangeas! These are beautiful. And the gardenias are beautiful, too.

Kristi said...

I absolutely LOVE hydrangeas!!!!! And THANK YOU for posting how to propogate them!! Because I was JUST getting ready to do this to the Nikko Blues I have here in this house. I want to dig them out SO BAD and bring them. But I figured if I made some new plants that would be ok too!
I have been working in my garden this week too! LOVE summertime :)
Kristi

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Manuela~

I won't disagree with you about hydrangeas! They are one of my favorites, and I love when ours blooms! Yours look amazing, and I love that picture of them beside the white picket fence! :)

I hope you are doing well, and are having a good week!

Paula said...

Gorgeous!! Mine are a little bit behind yours and I can't wait until they are in full bloom.

Christy said...

Your hydrangeas are absolutely beautiful!! They look even more picturesque against the fence. I'm off to read your post on how to propagate them. I've tried this in the past but have had no luck so I'm excited to find the secret :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful hydrangeas with us!!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

My Blue Hydrangea are just about to bloom and I cannot wait! These are lovely - I really love your garden!

Tanya said...

I do love Hydrangeas and would like to have several bushes in my backyard. I'm going to check out your propagation techniques. I can be patient (for a minute anyway).

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Oh I am "Green" with envy! Your garden is aMAzINg!!

Cindy said...

Manuela, Your hydrangeas are utterly gorgeous!!! They are also my favorite bush and a friend game me TWO of them a few weeks ago, so I have planted them and I will also try to propogate them. I will read your post on that.
Thanks, Cindy s

Victoria said...

I am a true hydrangea lover. :) My sis told me she had a rooted bush she could give me...turns out it was almost a full bush that had rooted!!! I'll def have to read your propagation tips.

By the way, the very first pic is my dream! Blue hydrangeas poking their head through and above a white picket fence. I have wanted that look for years. Maybe at my new house....

I left my gardenia's behind. :( Right before they would have bloomed too...I hope the guy that bought our house is enjoying them. :)

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely beautiful! My favorite aunt used to have gardenias ~ and other fresh flowers from her garden ~ in her home all the time. I loved being there! Each time I see gardenias, I think of her.

You are a very talented gardener! Thanks so much for sharing ~

xoxo
Pat

ellie said...

oh my gosh..look at your flowers so many!! Gardenias are my absolute favorite!! but i have no luck with them....I'm trying to revive one..you got any tips?

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Happy Memorial Weekend my friend…Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I haven't had any luck with hydrangeas yet! But I'm still going to keep trying. I shall read your tips and try to propagate one from my sweet neighbor's oak leaf hydrangea first.
Brenda

Melissa Miller said...

WOW! They are stunning in blue!

Donna, The Decorated House said...

So fabulous!
You all do have the most perfect weather to make them bloom so well.
Donna

The Tablescaper said...

I LOVE hydrangas and your photos are great! I'm particularly fond of the one with the fence.

I'm hosting a meme on Tuesday, "Where do you keep it all?" and hope you'll join us!

- The Tablescaper

kim said...

I am so sorry I have been missing your posts. I love all your wonderful hydrangeas. I must need to fertilize my one or something. It did not bloom at all last year and this year it has two blooms. It was transplanted a few years ago from where part of the pond is now and was really just thrown aside up against the house and it came back, but not blooming good.

Lynn said...

Your flowers are gorgeous!