Sunday, July 12, 2009
This beautiful Hydrangea has a long history. My Mom, affectionately called Nana T passed from this earth 15 years ago. At her viewing my Brother in Law's office send a large wooden basket with 4 plants in it. We are 4 Sisters and decided to each take one home to plant. This all happened in NY. I was the only one that planted mine and the next year I got beautiful blooms, pink in color. The next few years it grew slowly but continued to bloom, then about 2 years before we moved here it stopped blooming but came back each year, luscious green foliage, no flowers. When we were packing to move I told my Hubby, I'll leave my lilacs and my pom pom bush and all my plants, but wanted to take my Nana T plant. He carefully dug it up and put roots w/dirt in a large tub. When we got to Pot Nets it had not yet been landscaped, so it sat outside for a couple of weeks. When the landscapers came to discuss plants etc he spotted the hydrangea and asked about it. I told him the history of the plant and what it meant to me. He asked, do you cut it back? I answered yes and he told me that's why it stopped blooming , they are not supposed to be cut back each year. He asked me if I would let him find its spot. It's at the right front corner of the house and look how beautiful and full it is. Of the 4 mine is the only one still alive. The color has changed due to the change of soil but its fine, purple is my favorite color!