This summer ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea has seen the best of times and the worst of times. The early part of the season with its regular drenching rains created perfect blooming conditions, and the bush looked the best I have yet seen it. Then the scorching hot and dry patch drew out the moisture faster than I could replace it- prematurely browned blooms resulted. I will deadhead these and see if the end of the season gives a renewed show of bloom…. the foliage has remained remarkably fresh with little wilting.
|just blooming, Mid June|
|Late June, Full Glory|
|After A Hot, Dry Spell|
Normally, this hydrangea has blooms which age slowly, fading into the most attractive old rose hue. This year they wilted and browned. The heat also took its toll on the hostas.
We’ve had quite a dry spell too, but it finally rained yesterday. It hasn’t been hot though, unlike last year. I had to cut a few blooms off but overall my hydrangea is looking healthy, with new flower buds growing.
all is wilting in self-defense here.
soaker hose on hydrangea helped,
am also watering figs trees – big batch of green babies in second flush. more preserves, fall-ripe!
have huge bed of tall swamp sunflowers…the more regular the
water supply all summer,
the taller the flower-stalks.
one year they grew to 7’covered in
one of the most clear brilliant fall yellows there is…long lasting blooms too.
WATER IS ALL!