I'm back ... and so is Limelight

I got out of town for a few days and then I was beat when I came back so I spent a lot of time thinking about blog posts and not so much time actually writing them. Anyway, I have lots to update you on, and certainly lots to do in the garden. If you don't realize how much pulling a weed here or deadheading a plant there makes a difference, just leave your garden for four days in the middle of summer and see what it looks like when you get home. Yikes.

To start of the week, I thought I'd update you on a plant near and dear to my heart. You all know about my love affair with hydrangeas, and particularly Limelight. You might recall that back in April I did a slightly-later-than-I-should-have, rather aggressive pruning of my Limelight.

 

Here she is before the big pruning (I love leaving the flowers on during winter):

 

Limelightbefore 041411

Here she is just a few minutes and a lot of hacking later:

Limelightafter 041411

 

And check this out. This is what she looked like a week or so ago. Flower buds are starting to form and they don't even really seem delayed, as the new Limelights I bought this year are at about the same stage. Standing at well over 5 feet tall, if this isn't reason enough to prune confidently, then nothing is.

Limelight

 

So ... what's happening in your garden?

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Hi! Limelights are really one of my favorite shurbs, but I like not to prune so hard as you did, because I prefer only to cut the previous season's growth to its lowest pair of healthy buds to "buil" or create a nice framework... and moreover it is also better because you become more flowers, which are not so big, but don't flop so easily..Greetings from Italy, James