March 15, 2011

GBBD ~ Ever Hopeful

It's March 15th and Carol at May Dreams Gardens is hosting Garden Blogger Bloom Day!  It is a great opportunity to keep track of what is blooming throughout the garden each month and to travel around the blogosphere and see what is happening in other gardens around the world.

There is a hydrangea living in my garden but it wasn't thriving...too much shade and too dry.  I transplanted it about a week ago to a sunnier spot with better moisture and it has responded beautifully.   In just a short time, it has added bright green foliage with lots more coming up along the stems.


I am ever hopeful that it will provide us with a few blooms in the future.  In anticipation, I bought a small bouquet.


Our soils in Austin aren't acidic but the hydrangeas grow well here.  The blooms will be pink with the alkaline soil influencing the color.  They won't bloom until much later in the season but my optimism flows freely this time of year and I can't resist feeling this plant will thrive in its new spot!



There are a few other happenings in the garden this spring...the yellow columbine is in bloom along with the purple oxalyis.  And to my surprise, the new Martha Gonzales bloomed yesterday!  The columbine and oxalyis have been posted previously.  Unfortunately, my camera battery is dead so no picture for you of the Martha Gonzales.  I'll capture it in a couple of hours though - can't let the opportunity slip by me! 


I hope this Garden Blogger Bloom Day finds you eagerly anticipating spring and all its beauty! 

33 comments:

  1. Oh, no! A dead camera battery!!! Say it isn't so! You're not pruning your hydrangea back in the winter, are you? That wipes out the blooms. They do love the water! Hopefully you'll get some blooms this year. Can't wait till your camera is up and runnin' again. I was looking forward to your blooms :-)

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  2. Love the hydrangea in the white pitcher.

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  3. The hydrangea seems to have taken the move nicely...here's anticipating big blooms for all of us....

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  4. No Toni, I didn't cut it back but it didn't grow much from last spring so I thought I'd move it to give it a chance!

    Darla, yes, big bright blooms for all of us!!

    Hanni and Donna, thank you ;)

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  5. So eager for spring here I just can't stand it. We had a couple wonderful warm days and now back to cold. The white jug you used for your hydrangea blooms is exquisite. Looking forward to seeing how your hydrangea does.

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  6. lovely optimism for the hydrangea...

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  7. Can't wait to see the Martha Gonzales. I am excited to see the snow starting to melt here. It is fun to see what is blooming in other states. Very nice!

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  8. Very beautiful, Cat. I too look forward to them returning.

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  9. I can almost hear that hydrangea sighing with happiness in its new home. Wonderful. Optimism is the life-blood for us gardeners, look forward to seeing the blooms later in the year.

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  10. Love hydrangeas but I've never grown them. I've heard you can change the colour by adding lime etc to the soil. Is that true or an old wives tale?

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  11. Hi Cat! Don't you love it when that happens?! You're lucky you can grow hydrangeas. They are so beautiful. They don't like our rocky alkaline soil so I'll live vicariously through you. Love the hydrangeas in the white vase :)

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  12. Your hydrangea looks to be happy in its new location. It's nice to see some green in the garden with anticipation of more beautiful blooms to come! Happy GBBD!

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  13. I'm a big hydrangea fan, too, and your bouquet is lovely. Something about growing up in Texas makes them seem so exotic and "up north".

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  14. What a beautiful bouquet! I have always been partial to blue hydrangea and think it is so cool that their flowers change color with the PH of the soil. I'll be back to see what your camera captures once recharged. I have to move a couple of plants myself feeling they will do better in a new spot. Much like my orchids should do better in a new spot inside.

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  15. Your photos are beautiful as always, especially the close up of the pitcher with the faded blue hydrangeas.

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  16. I love hydrangeas. Good luck with yours. Looks like it's doing great. A rose bloom already! How exciting!

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  17. Hydrangeas are very sensitive to conditions, and they will reward you if you give them what they want. Glad to hear yours is happier. The softness of the blue tinged blooms in the white pitcher melted me.... so delicately sweet.

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  18. Dear Cat, Great idea to give try a different area when a plant is not happy. Lovely post. Your photography is always poetic. I was so touched by your recent comment. Thank you!

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  19. Your plant is starting to be looking healthy, so in due time we will see beautiful blooms. It is also exciting to be changing the pH of the soil per pot, so there can be alternating colors each pot, don't you think so?

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  20. Is that an endless summer variety?

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  21. Anticipation is what makes the realization of effort memorable. Without it, we might be jaded.

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  22. Hi Cat, The white pitcher and hydrangea seem like a perfect match.

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  23. Can't wait to see my hydrangea produce its first blooms (this will be its first spring in the garden). Here's hoping for both of our plants.

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  24. Your hydrangea is lovely. Do you prefer them pink, or do you add soil amendments to turn them blue?

    I am sorry about Martha Gonzales, I would have loved to see a picture... Maybe next time:)

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  25. It's so wonderful when a plant immediately shows how happy it is with a transplant, isn't it? Hope it brings you many blooms this year!

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  26. Happy GBBD! I love hydrangeas too. They grow well in our acidic soil in Maine with blue blooms. It's so interesting how acidity can change the bloom color. Good luck with yours!

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  27. Lovely hydrangea!!
    To help you get the blue color that you want to put in the ground powder of iron sulphate long before it flowers, so this is the right time.
    Good luck!

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  28. Missy, yes, I believe you can change the color of the blooms by adjusting the PH level of the soil. Adding acid makes for a blue bloom.

    Greggo, unfortunately, I didn't keep a record of the variety...sorry.

    Masha, I like them pink too...I'd be happy just to get a bloom and would be happy with either color ;)

    Kate, it made me immensely happy!

    @all - thank you for your friendly comments - they are much appreciated!

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  29. Last autumn I put my three hydrangeas from pots to ground and WHEN the spring /summer comes I really want to see did they survived from winter. Everyone said to me they won't survive winter in Finland but I did have to try, so I'm really curious.
    It so nice to see new bright green there other side the screen:)
    Please go to the shop and buy some new batteries.

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  30. Hi Cat, Lovely photos as always. I saw some blue hydrangeas in the store just yesterday. They look so pretty in your white jug that I am now sorry I didn't buy a bunch for the front hall.

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  31. Lovely bouquet. I'm glad your transpanted hydrangea is happier now, and look forward to seeing it bloom.

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  32. Great photo of the hydrangea in the pitcher.

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