I’ve written about why I became interested in growing hydrangeas and I wonder now if it has gotten a little out of hand! Yesterday, I walked my three-quarter acre property and tallied up my hydrangea collection. Sixty three and counting! Here’s the list!
4-Little Limelight – local nursery
3-Macrophyllas lacecap 2 blues, 1 purple
1-City Line “Mars” 2011
5-Schnee balls macrophylla, (white blooms, ruffled blossoms) 2011
1-Mom’s hydrangea (funeral bouquet 2001)
1-Oak-leaf Ruby Slippers (2004)
1-Little Quick Fire Proven Winners (2016) local nursery
1-Oakleaf Syke’s Dwarf
2-Blue Billows Mountain Hydrangea – original parents Wayside Garden
2-Endless Summer (ES) Let’s Dance Blue Jangles (2019)
5-Macrophyllas propagated from cuttings (2018)
1-Walmart rescue (purple) (2018)
1-Gift macrophylla propagation (2019)
1-Vanilla strawberry (2017)
2-ES Proven Winners Tuff Stuff Ah ha, double bloomer (2019)
1-Annabelle (2015) MG Plant Sale
3-Macrophyllas unknown variety, traditional
2-ES variety unknown. Slow growing
8-Blue billows mountain by propagation from original parents
1-Mountain lacecap Greywood – Wayside Gardens (2002)
1-Oak-leaf Snow Queen (2017)
1-Pinky Winky (2018) Local nursery
2-Nikko Blue (2002)
1-Merritt’s Supreme (2017)
2-Oak-leaf “Snowflake” double bloomer (in transit 2019)
I’ve obtained these specimens from local nurseries, mail order, propagation from friends, and those I have created myself from layerings and cuttings! I currently have a dozen cuttings in a tub and it looks like all but two will make it!
The challenge now is to find a place for all of these. I would say half of my collection is small and in that “getting established” period of its life.
Back when I did not know what I was doing, I planted some macrophyllas in high heat, strong sun locations. Most are doing okay, but take daily and sometimes twice-a-day waterings. I doubt at this stage they would take to transplanting, but in leaving them where I have, I am creating additional work for myself down the line. I have taken layering and cutting samples from all of these, as I may try to replace them with paniculata.
Here are some of my favorite photos:
A young Merritt’s Supreme blossom