Tuesday, June 22, 2010


"Rules are for amateurs", declared my garden guru, Mary Yeager. This was years ago, and as is often the case upon hearing a vocalized Yeagerism, I found myself laughing without fully knowing why. It's so true, in the garden and in life.

I have always cut my herbaceous hydrangeas back, like we're supposed to. Last year, after my second burglary, and while the ruffians at 1659 Kildare were creating daily havoc, I just gave up and let it go. I did not cut back my hydrangeas. I noticed other neighbors were staying inside too. Anyhoo, the freakin hydrandea is the best it's ever been! Makes me wonder what more I could/should be neglecting in my life. Or at the very least, chilling out on a bit more.


Nomi Lubin said...

Huh. Interesting. Though, the only hydrangea I have is in almost total shade and is not at all happy, so can't judge things by it.

M.A.H. said...

The neighbors gave me a large hydrangea and I desperately need to plant it. I'm going to do that right now.

Carla said...

I'm trying to avoid spouting rules about sunlight amounts, but I can't help myself. They like to be shaded, but not in deep shade. They can handle some direct light, but may wilt a bit each day.

Carla said...

If you have a variety which can produce blue flowers, you also need for the soil to be acidic. You can add supplements, or mulch with pine needles (I have a lot of pine needles).

consider these guidelines rather than rules :-)

Nomi Lubin said...

Mine's white. And, um, "guidelines" are important.

The blue ones are so great. That blue is unreal.