It is a relationship lasting twenty years since a hydrangea expert friend propagated one of hers.
She selected what she thought was the best place in our yard.
She planted her, and I did EXACTLY what my friend told me to do to her.
Hardhearted Hydrangea's sisters went to live in a yard down the street.
The first year she was a green stick with five leaves on her - no blooms.
My friend suggested we move her to a new place.
Hardhearted Hydrangea's sisters were at least three feet high with a few blooms their first year.
This went on for SIX years - moving that plant from place to place, feeding her exotic foods, and tending the area around her with extra care.
I wanted a blooming hydrangea!
Finally she became a stingy bloomer - putting forth maybe ten blooms on about ten stalks.
Hardhearted Hydrangea's sisters were now giants loaded to the ground with beautiful blooms.
My friend could not even guess why.
She offered a new plant, but I refused to give in to the cycle of shame I experienced with the only puny hydrangea on the block.
So this year gardening is not the usual because we had ice storm damaged plants to severely prune.
The hidden corner we never visit was left to its own devices.
I said I would get to it when I had a chance.
Imagine my surprise the other day when I rounded the corner of the house to find a real hydrangea - grown higher than the fence - filling out nicely - blooms and buds on many stalks.
Here Hardhearted Hydrangea sits in regal glory - covered in clematis, Virginia Creeper, and trumpet vine. The spirea has laced its branches with hers. English ivy has escaped its confines and invades her precious space.
AND SHE SEEMS TO LOVE THIS WAY OF LIVING!!!
If this is what she wanted, I could have given up on her a decade ago.
Oh, well, at least I have a blooming hydrangea.
Now to the darling of my yard - Queen Anne's Lace.
I know some of you mow this down, but here it is not a native.
I had to drive about twenty miles north to harvest seeds from the roadside.
They are dependable, bloom as long as you deadhead them, and look quite lovely.
Just a little garden rant for this morning.
How does your garden grow?
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