Last summer I shared with you all my excitement when I finally, after many years of trying, grew three hydrangea bushes that actually bloomed. I was able to cut some fresh blooms to bring inside and there were enough blooms left on the bushes to make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath. After that, I was left with bushes that looked a bit chopped up and uneven. I thought I might be taking a big chance, but decided to cut them back to about a foot tall. I did some research and all the experts said that limelight bushes could take a hard pruning. One article said that the first blooms would most likely be smaller but that was OK with me.
So this is what the bushes look like now.
They are just starting to sprout some green so for that I am very grateful. I sprinkled them with a continuous feed bloom booster about a month ago. We’ve had plenty of rain so it should be doing its job.
I’m trying to be confident and not question my decision to cut the bushes back. Of course I won’t know if that decision was good or bad until July…which seems a long time away! I don’t mind that the bushes are smaller as long as there are blooms. So literally, time will tell.
I’ll leave you with this lovely picture from last summer. I hope you all are having a good week and have been able to enjoy some spring sunshine.
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