Friday, June 18, 2010

More You-Know-What

So is anyone getting tired of hydrangeas? If you are, just skip this post. Here we go with several more varieties without a lot of commentary. Hopefully the photos will speak for themselves!
This is the new "pink Annabelle" called "Invinsibelle Spirit". I'm not crazy about the name but the thought of an Annabelle with color excites me. I didn't expect to see it in nurseries this year but lo and behold, they had it at Porter's Nursery in Muscle Shoals ($30 in a 3 gallon pot, ouch)!


And speaking of Annabelle, the original.

"Ayesha", one of the most unique hydrangeas I've ever seen. It has really taken off this year (its third year in the garden) and is loaded with blooms. It has been a shy bloomer in the past.
"Charm" sports huge blooms.

"Merritt's Supreme", a tried and true variety and heavy bloomer. The blooms were so heavy that they were flopping to the ground. I have attempted to stake them.

"Penny Mac", named after hydrangea doyenne Penny McHenry of Atlanta, Ga., it was discovered in her garden.

"Tokyo Delight", an elegant lace-cap.


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

21 comments:

  1. How could anyone get tired of hydrangeas ? Very nice ones you have to!

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  2. I never tire of seeing your hydrangeas! They are beautiful.

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  3. My question exactly Ben. These are so beautiful...I must expand my hydrangeas..

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  4. Annabelle is my favorite. Don't know if it's because it is the most reliable here or because I just love those huge white blooms. Both I guess. Invinsibelle Spirit is something I will definitely look for. That one would show up against the white house.
    Marnie

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  5. I wish hydrangeas did well down here in Louisiana.. it just gets too hot (even in the shade)! You're very spoiled and I definitely don't get tired of your hydrangeas. Absolutely beautiful!!

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  6. Hi Phillip, I knew how to fill in your title... quite hydrated now! ;>)) Lovely all! How can one ever have too many.

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  7. Beautiful! I just planted an 'Invinsibelle Spirit' in the garden of a lady I work for who loves hydrangeas. Bigleaf hydrangeas are not terribly reliable here in Michigan and most people have to make do with the Annabelles so I was quite excited when I found out about this new color option.

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  8. Wow, your hydrangea look amazing! I've tried to grow hydrangea twice and it just shriveled up into a stick, losing all it's leaves and eventually died. What's your secret? Do they like sun, hate sun, like more shade ?

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  9. Oh I'll be so glad when we get some shade!-- Randy

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  10. You have inspired me to add some Hydrangeas to my front entry garden! Gorgeous garden you have, pretty flowers and the photos look like something out of a magazine.

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  11. Nope, I'm not tired of you-know-what. That first one is a keeper. I haven't seen it around here.

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  12. Phillip, one can never tire of such a wonderful shrub. These blooms will last all summer. You do grow the best of the best!

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  13. We love Hydrangeas, but only have one H. macrophylla due to our limited shade, however increasing as the trees grow, as is our water.

    Beautiful specimens Phillip.

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  14. I could never tire of your hydrangea photos. I've got two very small Invicibelle Spirits, and I don't like the name either. Kind of dorky, but I know it is for breast cancer research.

    My Annabelles are doing really well.~~Dee

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  15. Phillip, I love all of them. Great pictures.I think I need Annabelle in my garden! I am wondering if it changes its color a bit in different soils?

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  16. How could I possibly get tired of seeing your yard!

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  17. Gorgeous, gorgeous! Now I want the pink Annabelle! But will it bloom pink in my acid soil, or will it turn blue? I really want some hydrangeas that will be pink, and I don't want to doctor the soil.

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  18. "Ayesha" and 'Tokyo Delight' get my vote.

    Love 'em

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  19. These are so beautiful! I have been rooting cuttings this month of my friends beautiful ones. Of course, I'll have to find a good spot for them - 100 degrees in the shade here in summer. I'm moving the ones I have to deeper shade but They are Defiantly worth the trouble.

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  20. Love your blog. I'm moving soon from Mobile to Conroe TX-north of Houston, going from full sun to full shade and look forward to planting many hydrangeas. Could you talk some on your blog how you keep the blues, blue and the pinks pink all in one garden bed? I bought a beautiful purple one at Lowe's last year, put it in a huge container with potting soil, and it bloomed pink! I started putting coffe ground mixed in and it is going back purple. Just wondered how to work it to have blues and pinks side by side. Also, did you finish the Master Gardeners class? It's something I want to do also. Thanks

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