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Drying Blue Hydrangea Flowers

Here's what you need to know about drying hydrangea flowers. If they are at the right stage (firmer petals that are a bit papery and less true-blue) they will dry standing up in a dry vase. You don't have to hang them upside down, nor use any other flower-preserving materials. You don't have to dry them in the dark...just keep them away from bright windows if you want them to last longer. Enjoy!

Everyone on Cape Cod knows that this wasn’t a good summer for blue hydrangeas. Last year’s below zero night in February, followed by a warm March and April deep freeze, zapped most of the flower buds on these shrubs so we didn’t get our normal display of summer blooms. Those varieties that also produce flowers […]

Are Fall Mums Perennial?

The growers who raise these mums shear them (or pinch off the ends) as they develop to help them to be this full. You can do the same thing in mid to late May.

As I prepared to give my annual fall talk on perennial garden maintenance, a customer snagged me with the following question: “All those beautiful mums outside,” she said, waving toward the side of the store, “are they perennial? Will these fall flowers come back next year?”

My answer was this: “Yes, depending on how you […]

My Rhododendron Is Blooming In October!

Many rhodys open some flowers at this time of year but the most famous for doing this is the PJM.

And other things you might be noticing…

It’s mid-October and your Rhododendron or azalea, normally spring bloomers, is in flower. Maybe there are one or two flowers opening…or perhaps the entire shrub is in bloom. “Why is the plant confused?” you want to know, and “Will it still flower next spring?”

There are three reasons […]

Bringing Plants Indoors In The Fall

Here are some of the plants that are coming into my house, and some of the products in my "success kit" for making the transition go smoothly.

I don’t know about you, but I’m about to start bringing many plants back indoors. Some of these are houseplants that were sent to “summer camp” in shady areas, and others are tender annuals or perennials that I love to save from year to year. I have begonias, succulents, geraniums and philodendrons ready to come […]