Monday, May 21, 2012

Hydrangeas - at OUR house it takes a little longer

They never even perspire on This Old House.

Syd gave JoAnn a blue hydrangea for her birthday. It's a total doll, an "Endless Summer," the kind they have at Pikes, Home Depot, and Intown Ace. You can probably buy them on Amazon.

It's just a little puppy which is OK because we have a little puppy house.

We tried it all over the yard and decided it needed a sister, one for over here and another for over there.

So I had to drive to Pikes, Home Depot, AND Intown Ace on Highland and On Scott Boulevard to find a mate.

On "Ask this Old House" this is barely a 15 minute job.

At OUR house it takes a little longer.
  1. Gentle husband/wife design discussion and location trials. At THIS point I started sweating if you know what I mean.
  2. Dig out the nandinas.
  3. Dig out the vinca minor
  4. Heavily prune the other nandinas.
  5. Plant the left hydrangea.
  6. Repeat steps 2, 3, 5 for the right hydrangea
  7. Prepare soil and relocate vinca minors.
  8. Prepare soil and relocate nandinas.
  9. Do some balance pruning.
  10. Gentle spousal discussion about what to do with the "holes" I left behind.
It all seems better in this 71 second time-lapse with ambient music.

Now, how to fill up the holes.


  1. Tara Dillard will approve of the thought you put into this planting, it's always better to do something with lots of thought. And don't they look beautiful.

  2. I just planted three new shrubs in my garden. First, I had to rearrange four current shrubs, which caused a domino effect that lasted the entire weekend....all for three little three gallon shrubs.......k

  3. love the video, what ominous music! love the hydrangeas, can't go wrong. is the basket ball hoop 'island' part of your drive/entrance? talk about fun!

    1. The circle and the goal belong to the street. Garbage trucks are trashing it though. We've done some banding together to make it better. It's a muddy mess on rainy garbage pickup days.

  4. My yard is a dirtpile. I have to many trees. I do think, however, that I need to fancy it up a bit. Great video and great yard!


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