I have no business looking at plants yet .. it is way too early and I will go completely raving mad if I start up this part of my brain right now. Some how today I couldn't manage to keep it under control .. I was just innocently browsing ?
So .. what happened ?
First I ran into "Quick Fire" Hydrangea .. the main attraction is its EARLY blooming time .. supposedly a month well before others .. it blooms regardless of nature and I can throw at it .. now that has to be a GOOD THING doesn't it ? It is actually described a "No Fuss" plant .. how much better can it get .. so if you are hunting down a flowering shrub .. have a serious look at this one .. remember how I went on about "Pinky Winky" people !
Next ... and I'm sorry about the size of the photo .. is "Lets Dance Starlight" ..the first ever, so far, new wood blooming lace-cap .. and from the description they are talking massive blooms .. colour is dependant on soil ph .. that pink or blue thing .. you know the drill .. acidic or alkaline type deal.
But the exciting thing is new wood blooming, hardy, dependable .. strong stems.
I'm no authority at all .. but I do a lot of research .. and I'm willing to try this one .. that means a lot because I don't have much space .. so I am choosy !
The third one is ( a little Irish never hurt anyone one mind you .. especially with my last name !) ..Shamrock .. Hydrangea macrophylla .. in the Japanese tradition of masses of large doubled lace-cap flowers. Long blooming .. more compact .. more frost resistant.
Yes .. it is one of the ph colour programmed hydrangea .. but again .. I am ready to take the gamble and try this one.
Well ... these are just a few suggestions from the hydrangea world .. no doubt there will be more . We aren't in the "dead" of winter yet and I'm into this dipping of the "plant toe" already. These struck a cord with me some how . from some one who wasn't all that fussy about hydrangea .. I am becoming a fan. So as long as no one sees I forgot to trim Pinky Winky's flower heads off this Autumn ( I'm so embarrassed about that) .. I might hold some credibility in my quiet humble picks ? : )