Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hydrangea quercifolia on a Frosty Morning

I planted Oakleaf Hydrangea about 4 years ago, one of the very first shrubs ever planted here. It flowered for the first time this year, and also for the first time is finally showing the wonderful fall coloration that I've seen so often elsewhere in nurseries and other blogs.




I thought of maybe making it my favorite plant in the garden this week, but I just don't have the mindfulness to spare right now to put a complete post together (My mind is taken up at the moment with a sick kitty). Some day soon maybe I will write a post. There's probably not much I can tell you about this shrub anyway that you don't already know.

What's really amazing about these photos is that those leaves were above my head. These shots were a quick and dirty point-and-shoot miracle.

13 comments:

  1. Mine came with the house and is huge , I cut it right back some years …next year for sure .
    So sorry for sick kitty :(

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  2. Fabulous shots Alison! There is a huge one of these just down the road from me, I love to watch it color up this time of year. Funny I've never noticed blooms though...

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  3. Alison, I love your point and shoot shots, even my focused ones never look that good! Those leaves are really pretty. I've come to appreciate hydrangeas a lot more over the years; but I sure haven't had any luck with the so-called 'Endless Summer' varieties. Maybe summer never really comes to Wisconsin? I hope your kitty feels better soon. I know how stressful it is when our furry friends are ill.

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  4. Very pretty leaves and color. So sorry about your sick kitty...such a worry when our pets aren't well. xo

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  5. Hope your poorly kitty will get better soon Alison. I remember looking for this plant as soon as we moved in our house now and it was elusive for a couple of years. We finally got a few in like a short period of time and its a great addition to the garden.

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  6. I'm sorry to hear that you've got a sick cat to worry about. I know how hard that is, especially when they can't clearly tell us what they need. I have a terminally ill cat on my own hands and I've found I just need to take each day as it comes and make his as comfortable as I can.

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  7. What gorgeous foliage. I don't have this shrub, but fortunately our neighbors have one just against the back fence, so I can enjoy theirs.

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  8. Great photos. I guess I should take the time to go check our oak leaf.

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  9. Farther into fall, they just get redder until they reach maroon. Have yours reached the sucker-throwing stage? Mine tend to want to crowd their companions.

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  10. Wow! great miracle shots! How is kitty doing? I'll keep a positive thought for both of you!

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  11. Sami sends kitty kisses and condolences...she's very empathetic whenever we are sick.
    I just liberated my quercifolia from an elderberry that was towering over it, so I'll expect great things in years to come. Yours looks like an ideal to shoot for.

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  12. Hope your sick kitty is better. I just love love love Hydrangea quercifolia....have 5 PeeWee, one Snowflake, and one straight species...adding two more. I have the room and this multi season shrub is perfect!

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  13. Hydrangea quercifolia looks great in a pot too. It's a bonus to get that Autumn colour .
    Chloris

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