I know I’m probably tempting fate, but as the hydrangeas have been so good this year, with all the rain we have had, I’ve been and bought another one, this time Hydrangea paniculata Candle Light.
The flower heads on H. paniculata varieties are cone shaped and rather large in some cases, here they are about 12 inches from top to bottom.
The real flowers are tiny, you can just see some pink buds in between the large creamy white sepals.
At the tips of each cone, there are far less sepals and lots more buds of the real flowers for the bees and butterflies to find.
The real flowers are so tiny, you would wonder how they would be found, in amongst the large sepals.
Paniculata varieties of Hydrangea need cutting back each spring as they flower on wood produced that year, like buddlejas. This also means that the shrub shouldn’t get too tall or wide and I should still be able to use the path through the rhododendron bed to see to any weeding that is necessary.
We have now planted H. Candle Light with lots of lovely compost and leaf mould, so I hope it will be happy in its new home. It was also well watered in, then an hour later we had thunder, lightning and torrential rain for a couple of hours and all night into the next day, it is still raining every day, so it shouldn’t be thirsty for a long while!
At the top of the post I said that I was asking for trouble buying another hydrangea, the weather this summer has been perfect for hydrangeas, lots of showers with sunshine in between, what’s the betting that next year we will have a drought and I will be having to water all the hydrangeas by hand!