Garden adventures and advice…

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Lacy Hearts Chinese Hydrangea Vine

Lacy Hearts
Came across a very interesting, but apparently rare, new hydrangea vine – Lacy Hearts.

Lacy Hearts foliage is stunning – olive green, heart-shaped leaves that are edged in ivory. Small white flowers present a showy display in late summer.

Lacy Hearts needs plenty of water, particularly during hot spells and because of it’s shade tolerance would grow well in a woodland garden setting. It’s also suitable for creating a colorful privacy fence and would perform well if grown on a north or east-facing wall.

It’s fairly slow growing though but will ultimately sprout up to 15 feet.

A deciduous self-clinging vine (doesn’t need support or to be grown on a trellis), Lacy Hearts will survive in zones 6 to 9. There’s some discussion as to whether my area is 5, 5b or 6a, so if I can find this unique little hydrangea at any of the local garden centers, I might just give it a try in an area well protected from harsh winter winds. Most hydrangea vines grow just fine in zone 5+.

Other Chinese hydrangea vines with unique foliage include ‘Red Rhapsody’ – new foliage growth is red, ‘Rosea’ – bright pink sepals and ‘Moonlight’ – blue leaves with dark green veins.

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Blooming Lilacs!

The lilacs are fabulous this year. The past couple of springs we’ve been hit with a late frost that completely nips the buds – and as a result, no blooms. This year we got lucky!

Remember, if you’re going to prune lilacs, prune them right after the blooms are finished. They’ll soon start producing next year’s buds, and if you prune them too late in the season, or early next year, you’ll lose a spring full of (hopefully) glorious color. 

Deadheading does help build strong buds for next year’s show, and a light pruning of twigs that are getting out of hand doesn’t hurt. Overall though, just keep it to a minimum. Of course, any dead or damaged or diseased looking branches should be removed at any time during the year. 

Branches that cross and rub on each other should be pruned also as the rubbing may create raw spots that opens the area to infection or disease. 

Here’s one of my favorites that’s out in our garden.


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The Apple Tree is Back

We have an apple tree. Not sure what kind it is, but the apples are small, green and sweet.

Oh…and  overnight the raccoon’s enjoy taking one bite out of as many as they can and leaving the rest behind for us to clean up.

The past few years we’ve had limited or no blooms and no apples. Reasons – two years of apple/cedar rust, a couple of late frosts that killed the blooms, bizarre winters – but this year, Mother Nature did what she should, and the blossoms have been incredible – and  for the first year, in the 8 that we’ve been at this property – unbelievably fragrant.

Here’s a few shots: