There is a splendid hydrangea bush next to the gate in my backyard and I enjoy watching the leaves emerge each Spring. Most years, I don’t get flowers. I’ve read about pruning and fertilization until I am nearly blind and I remain rather confused about what it means to trim the old growth (or even whether my hydrangea is the sort that expects its old growth to be trimmed in order to bloom.) Thus it is that blooms are rare on this hydrangea.
But when they do emerge, they are unfailingly splendid.
A gardening friend reports to me that it’s a good year for hydrangeas and perhaps that explains my blooms. That’s better explanation than my confused pruning efforts and offers hope for lovely blooms come next Summer.