Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hydrangea Hysteria

While I am cleaning some beads, I thought I would give you a little tour of my hydrangea collection. Hydrangeas are very happy in my yard because I have a lot of cool shade and just enough sun, they also love the woodland soil. I am a believer in planting what is natural to your area, the plants will be happy and you will have less work. I don't have to do anything to get those hydrangea's blue, they do that in acidic soil, and woodland soil is naturally acidic.

Here is a Gardanne tip, if you don't have woodland soil, plant a Nikko Blue Hydrangea near a needle bearing tree like pines, spruce, or hemlocks. The needles make the soil acidic as they shed and break down in the soil, helping your hydrangea flowers turn blue or at least violet.
Maybe "Gardanne Tips" could be a regular installment, let me know what you think.

Thanks for visiting.


Lorelei said...

Love the Gardanne tips! so clever!
But I'm in awe of these pretty beads you show on the top there!! can't wait for those to end up in the shop. or maybe you could just hold up listing them and show em to me first! ;) i swear, i have a sickness!! Do I possibly need another stinkin' lampwork glass bead! why, yes I do!

Gardanne said...

Hi Lorelei, I will be happy to enable you and your addiction.