Hydrangeas R Us!
Hydrangeas R Us!
It’s time for the second annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival and Hyannis Country Garden is happy to be one of the major sponsors of this local event. If you haven’t heard, there are over 80 private gardens open Cape wide over then days in July. The entry fee to these landscapes – $5.00 per person per garden – goes directly to a non-profit that is sponsoring that garden. So it’s a celebration of local gardeners, non-profits, and businesses. To see or download a full schedule of events and open gardens, go to www.CapeCodHydrangeaFest.com.
Three Hydrangea Country Garden employees have their gardens on tour on Friday, July 15th. This tour, titled “When Creative People Hit The Dirt!” benefits the Barnstable Education Foundation and details, including garden addresses, are included on their website.
As part of the festival we also are sponsoring two events. C.L. Fornari will present a talk about hydrangeas (color, size, types and why your shrubs look so blankety-blank flower free this summer) on Sunday July 10th at 1 PM. She will also be giving a talk and book signing about The Cocktail Hour Garden in the garden center on Saturday July 16th from 5 PM to 6 PM. Stroll through the garden center in the cool of the evening, sample some new wines from Cape Cod Package Store, and get a signed copy of C.L.’s new book.
At HCG we know that whether they have blue, pink, purple or white flowers, Cape Cod residents love their Hydrangeas. We share your passion for these beautiful shrubs and we routinely stock one of the largest selections of Hydrangeas on Cape Cod. Come in during the fest to see a hydrangea recipe for success display, and pick up a handout about how to prune your hydrangeas or change the colors. During the festival and beyond, Hydrangeas R Us!
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I have a large weed (rod like stems) that has grown in the middle of my hydrangea bush. How do I kill it without killing my flowers?!
You will have to try pulling it out the best you can. If you can’t pull out the stems, cut them to the ground and every week go look for new ones that are starting to come back, and cut those too. If you clip all returning stems on a weekly basis now through the fall, and checking again next year starting early spring, the weed’s root system will eventually die.