Author Archives: St. Louis Hydrangea Society

Pruning the ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea — whack ‘er down

POSTED BY KIM — It’s Easter Sunday, and yesterday I just pruned my Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ to the ground. With this warm weather, the shrub was fully leafed out, which made it seem somewhat sacriligeous.  My 10-year-old daughter even said, … Continue reading

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Growing hydrangea from seeds

POSTED BY KIM — This is actually a video by Martha Stewart and plantsman Dan Hinkley, but it is so educational, I wanted to share it with anyone who has ever dreamed of breeding or finding that perfect new hydrangea … Continue reading

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Proven Winners releases new serrata ‘Tuff Stuff Lacy’

POSTED BY KIM — Proven Winners hopes they have another winner with Hydrangea serrata ‘Tuff Stuff Lacy.’ Its claim to fame is that it’s a….wait for it…YES…a rebloomer, so it will get flower buds on old and new wood. It … Continue reading

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Senior woman goes berserk when neighbor cuts her hydrangeas

POSTED BY KIM — Well *this* is a new one.  The Mail Online reports that an 87-year-old grandmother, Mrs. Perry, has had a series of ongoing feuds with a neighbor that escalated into a screaming fight when the neighbor trimmed back her … Continue reading

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Wait! Before you prune those paniculatas, consider this…

POSTED BY KIM — Hydrangea paniculatas fall in that category that blooms on new wood.  You can prune them in the spring and have great new growth (which = lots of great flowers), or if you decide to NOT prune, you’ll … Continue reading

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Get your passports ready!

POSTED BY KIM — I just learned the 2012 Hydrangea International Symposium is set for July 5 & 6 in Angers, France. Oo-la-la! I’ve never been to France — and probably won’t make it this year.  But consider this: The … Continue reading

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Do you know the difference between a flower bud and a leaf bud?

POSTED BY KIM — I don’t either. I was thinking about all the times I’ve cautioned people to not prune macrophyllas too late in the fall because they might cut off “flower buds,” and sure enough, you can see buds — but … Continue reading

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