Monday, August 1, 2011

No Pressure or Anything....

With my love of hydrangeas (sorry, Grace), I have three plants scattered around the yard.  I have one by the pond that blooms incessantly and another that has never, ever bloomed for me.  And while any other plant would get yanked for that very reason, I let it be, hoping that someday it will surprise me.

I have a third hydrangea on the side of the house that, for years, never gave me a bloom either--until last year when it popped one lone blossom.  Like the prodigal frog returning, there was lots of dancing and hootin' and hollerin', AND lots of photo snappin'.  Oh, there was such fuss that it decided to bloom again this year--a LOT.

I'm not sure what lit it's fire, but this plant is absolutely gorgeous. Maybe it needed some time to mature or perhaps it was all the attention it got with that one flower, but it is crazy pretty.  And I think I tell it that every time I go around that corner of the house. I'm convinced now that they like a little attention.

Too bad the other one is on the opposite side of the house, I would think it would hear the fuss and work on a blossom of its own. It's pressure time for the other non-bloomer--it's time to up its game. Or face the shovel.

There may just have to be a little conversation with the non-performer.

19 comments:

Secondary Roads said...

Let's hear it for happy hydrangeas. Yea! They are very nice blossoms.

Duni said...

I love hydrangeas too! Ours have survived almost every type of weather and bloom every year. Yay!

Grace said...

I probably inherited my dislike of hydrangeas from my mother - most of my floral likes and dislikes are the same as hers. Probably because I was forced to do all the dirty and difficult yard work while she just pointed. She WAS talented with plants but not so much with children. Thankfully her floral likes and dislikes were the ONLY things I inherited from my mother!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I have a hydrangea bush cut like a tree and it bloomed great the first few years and the past few it's just looked like Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree. I also have a tomato plant in a pot that is growing like a weed, but NO indication of any tomatoes growing. I guess my thumb is not green!

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

I'm sorry, but count me as a hydrangea-hater. But it's mostly my husband's fault. He planted and loved a big bush in the front of our house. It's so big, it covers the sidewalk leading to the house and I'm embarrassed when delivery people come and have to stumble past it to get to the porch. I tried to kill it last year, but it came back with a vengeance.

vanilla said...

Yeah, talk to it.

Bossy Betty said...

Show it a picture of what it should look like. I did this with my kids and they just loved it.

Rebecca Mecomber said...

Such beautiful plants. But OH so temperamental. :-p

Pricilla said...

I thought you were taking a week off.....

Your plant looks lovely. Maybe it's the sun and how it falls?

Anne said...

You could pull out good old sibling rivalry and ask the non bloomer why it wont bloom like the others? I have heard that can sometimes motivate kids.

Catherine said...

Hey.... I thought you were supposed to be working on your tan lines Lin!!! ;)

Whatever makes you happy friend!
xo Catherine

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

I love them too, never grew them tho, are they easy????

BeadedTail said...

Such a beautiful plant! Hope the other one comes around too! Now get back to relaxing!

Ann said...

Oh I love hydrangeas. I only have one but I was trying to figure out if there was a way to split it so that I could start another one. With my luck I would kill it.
You better go have a talk with that non bloomer

Lin said...

Chuck--That one plant still drives me crazy--no blooms after YEARS. Ugh. I wonder what the deal is??

Duni--They are hardy once they start blooming--but I can't get the one to bloom for some reason. Oh well, I'll just enjoy the others for now. :)

Grace--That is strange, Grace. Why would you pick that to be like your mom??? Did she have a reason not to like hydrangeas???

Diana--You have to let it bloom on old wood--have you trimmed back the hydrangea?? My tomatoes are just now starting.

Kathy--Why don't you cut it back?

Vanilla--But will it listen?? Like kids, I think the plants only listen when you say nice stuff.

Betty--Will that work?? Criminy, do you think the neighbors will think I've completely lost my mind??

Rebecca--I think they need some sandy soil, some shade and lots of water. After that, I don't think they are that tempermental--are they?

Pricilla--Shhhhh...I am. Don't tell my family that I am on. ;)I think it has a lot to with sunshine and watering. I think they need a lot of both.

Anne--I'm gonna try that. Do you think it will ignore me like the kids too?

Catherine--I am! I snuck on here to see what I was missing. :) Going back to the pool now...

Tracy--I think so, but you need the right conditions--lots of sun, shade and water. But that one just won't bloom!!! Ugh.

Beaded Tail--okay, okay. I had to sneak on here to see what was going on! It's hard not to!

Ann--I don't know--I have never split one. Somehow, I don't think it would like it.

Your Daily Cute said...

Beautiful! I guess you can't have both "working" at the same time. That would be against the laws of nature.

Grace said...

Honey, I didn't pick it - just is. Like her I love gardenias, yellow roses, tulips, hyacinth, lilacs, sweet peas. Like her I dislike hydrangeas, red roses, geraniums - I think those are the major ones. I do not share her love of African violets (they have fuzzy leaves!). I have no idea how she feels about lilies but I am crazy for them and the ubiquitous carnation. I love that they smell like cinnamon!

Nancy said...

Wow...glad you waited. That's truly stunning colors! I don't think I've seen a pink get that intense on one.

Kathy said...

Lin -- I thought I did cut it back enough the last time that it would have killed it. Instead, it grew back even bigger this year. So will you help me kill it? Do I cut it closer to the ground instead? I think I cut it about a foot from the root last time. Apparently it wasn't enough for murder.