Hydrangeas aren’t the easiest plants to grow in our climate. But the sight of the large “mopheads” on gardening blogs from temperate climes is temptation itself! I got this plant about three years ago from a local nursery. Nurseries are geared up with all the reinforcements for extra canopies of shade but they still do not do as well as their happier cousins in cooler places.
My blooms were then blue as you can see from the two pictures below. Last year I was tickled pink to see that the colour had changed to this shade! I’ve read all about playing with colours to get the desired shade in one’s plant. But the addition of soil from my garden did the trick for me! Changing the colour was the last thing on my mind as I was more concerned about keeping the plant alive! If you’re interested, this wonderful site has all the details.
For most part of the year, my container sits under the shade of the Jamun (Indian blackberry) tree. But as soon as the rainy season descends, the pot tends to get nearly submerged so I move it to a safer area. This year, it’s getting a pride of place, right near the front door (partial sun in the afternoons only), so that visitors do not miss it!! For a plant that’s a little more than three years, you might be wondering why it hasn’t really taken off. Well, the constant shifting has its hazards. A healthy branch broke during the shifting process or else the plant would have looked fuller now.