I Have A Secret

Hello, I'm Benita and I murder all living plants.  There, my secret is out.

It is no secret, however,  that I love hydrangeas.

They are one of the most beautiful flowers God ever made.  Gorgeous colors and large blooms!

They are a perfect filler for any space.  Unfortunately, I cannot get a hydrangea plant to bloom.

When I lived in Birmingham, I planted several of these plants at my home.  Some in the sun, some in the shade, some in the middle of the driveway.  I was scattering them around to see what would work.  You know the old analogy - throw it at the wall and see what sticks.  The leaves grew and stayed green.  Well, mostly green.  I watered them, talked to them, arranged play dates with other plants, but nothing worked.

(photo above from mypaintedgarden.com)

I was never able to encourage a bloom to sprout forth!  In Texas, there are no blooming plants.  Unless you plant a blooming cactus and bluebonnets...or rocks.  Rocks grow in Texas, in case you didn't know.  The garden guru at a local nursery told me that if I tried to grow hydrangeas in Texas, I would be spending about $100 on the hole and $10 on the plant, as well as comforting the flowers 24/7.  Silly guru presumed it would actually bloom under my care!

(photo above from redtwigbrowntwig.blogspot.com)

Now that I'm back in the south (Tennessee), I want to try again to nurture (not murder) a hydrangea bush to see it bloom.  I am open to any and all advice.  I need help!


  1. Good luck with that! The only hydrangeas I have success with are the ones I bought at Hobby Lobby! :)

  2. My best hydrangeas come from Hobby Lobby too! I have a hydrangea who despises me. I moved her all over the yard, called in an expert, fed and watered her for years. Last year because of the ice storm clean up, she was totally neglected. Guess what? She bloomed her wicked, wicked heart out.

    1. Isn’t that the way it always is??? You baby and pamper them and they won’t do anything. You ignore them and they shine!! Crazy hydrangeas!

  3. You have obviously only lived in one small area of Texas! Much of Texas is green and covered with flowers in the spring--including hydrangeas of all colors. Of course, although I've grown massive gardens full of flowers in several Texas towns, hydrangeas seem to like me about as much as they do you. Hmmm.

    1. LOL..yes, I did live in only one small area of Texas! And I struggled to get anything to grow...LOL I think it was because I was trying to treat the soil as it was in Alabama and it is totally different there! We have one hydrangea plant here at the new house in TN and I'm so hoping it doesn't die on me! :-)


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