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The State of the Garden 2013

So admittedly I’m not much of a gardener… stuff just grows on it’s own around here…

The state of the garden 2013

Anyway… when we moved here 8 years ago the hydrangea was in bloom and never bloomed again.  Well this year with all this rain it’s bloomed and this time pink.  Last time it was just white or I guess didn’t have any color.  The bloom is about the size of a dinner plate.  There are 3 blooms total on the plant.

The state of the garden 2013

You can see in this picture both my hydrangea and the bleeding heart are monsters.

The state of the garden 2013

On the other side of the garden near the fence we also have things going wild and this have they had a good trim to the ground last fall.  That rose bush was once from a 4″ pot and was cut totally back in the fall.  Well… it’s about 3 feet tall now.

Lily my constant shadow

Lily my constant shadow

Lily was keeping an eye on me when I was out getting a few photos.  She’s become my constant companion.  I wash her face everyday or just about and it’s still pretty stained… she has a pretty flat face (extreme face they call it) and I’ve tried everything on the market with limited success.  Finally I just started doing saline and find that is most natural and seems to work pretty well.  She also is less objectionable to it then some of the stinky chemical products.

7_31_2013 Rockton Water Tower

It was a beautiful evening last night… and when the sun sets I think the water tower is so pretty.

 

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  • The garden is looking fantastic! If you use an acid fertilizer on the hydrangea it will always be pink, or if you use lime it’ll be blue. Lily is so much prettier now that she’s not pink anymore!

  • On your hydrangea, this type blooms on ‘old’ wood, meaning if it dies back to the ground in the winter or you prune it back to the ground in the fall it will not flower for you the next year. You will want to trim it after it flowers but don’t cut it to the ground. It might help to pile mulch around it to protect it through the winter. This might be why it didn’t bloom the last couple of years?
    On Persian cats…I got back and my poor cat was in a kennel for several month. I had cut her hair short, but it is so matted right now. I’m cutting and clipping to get her somewhat presentable. lol

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    1. Helen 23 August - 2013

      On your hydrangea, this type blooms on ‘old’ wood, meaning if it dies back to the ground in the winter or you prune it back to the ground in the fall it will not flower for you the next year. You will want to trim it after it flowers but don’t cut it to the ground. It might help to pile mulch around it to protect it through the winter. This might be why it didn’t bloom the last couple of years?
      On Persian cats…I got back and my poor cat was in a kennel for several month. I had cut her hair short, but it is so matted right now. I’m cutting and clipping to get her somewhat presentable. lol

    2. julie 01 August - 2013

      The garden is looking fantastic! If you use an acid fertilizer on the hydrangea it will always be pink, or if you use lime it’ll be blue. Lily is so much prettier now that she’s not pink anymore!