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Japanese Beetles on Hydrangea Leaf

HYDRANGEAS AND JAPANESE BEETLES

Have you found any Japanese Beetles on your hydrangeas yet? I have and I am not surprised. If you follow the Growing Degree Day (GDD) science, you know that these pests appear anywhere from 950-2150 GDDs. For those of you who aren’t familiar with GDDs, here’s a good site/link for you from University of Maryland…
Audience listening to speaker

HYDRANGEA TALK TOMORROW, JUNE 24

Just a quick note to remind you about tomorrow’s LIVE HYDRANGEA TALK at White Flower Farm.   We have decided to move the discussion indoors in view of the weather forecast.
Mountain hydrangea fully budded after winter 2023

WILL YOUR BIG LEAF HYDRANGEAS BLOOM THIS SUMMER?

Big leaf hydrangeas (macrophyllas) had a hard time this past winter in the northeast U.S. and elsewhere. The big question is: will your big leaf hydrangeas bloom this summer before the first frost of autumn knocks them back?
Caterpillar inside hydrangea leaf

HYDRANGEA INSECTS: WHAT TO DO

Now that our gardening season is finally underway, it’s time to talk about hydrangea insects, what they are and what to do.
Big Leaf Hydrangea in Garden Setting

HYDRANGEA CARE IN SPRING

It’s officially spring and time to pay attention to your hydrangeas. Hydrangea care in the early spring garden ranges from doing nothing to severe cutbacks.
Hydrangea Arborescens Incrediball Holding Up To Snow

HYDRANGEA PRUNING IN LATE WINTER

Thinking about hydrangea pruning in late winter? I know we all get itchy fingers right about now, but take a deep breath and step back.
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FREE AUTHOR TALK ON HYDRANGEAS

Through the generosity of the Chappaqua Garden Club (NY) and the Chappaqua Library, there will be a free Author Talk on hydrangeas.
Woodpecker at bird feeder in winter

WHAT TO DO IN THE WINTER GARDEN

After a very cold November and December, we are into a January thaw. Even with the mild weather I know it’s too soon to do any serious gardening. But the pull to be outside is irresistible. So let’s talk about what to do in the winter garden.
GIFT BASKET

GIFTS FOR THE HYDRANGEA GARDENER

‘Tis the season…especially for gifts for gardeners. Unlike other suggestions, these gifts would be well appreciated by hydrangea gardeners.   TOOLS TO CHANGE THE FLOWER COLOR Let’s start with changing the flower color of a plant. Assuming the plant will respond to treatments, you first need a soil test kit, good for all gardeners not…
Statue of boy in snow

PREPARING HYDRANGEAS FOR WINTER

We have had a few nights where the temps have dipped into the high 30s, a sobering reminder that it’s time for preparing hydrangeas for winter. Specifically, it’s time to wrap susceptible bigleaf (macrophylla) and mountain (serrata) hydrangeas. Those that aren’t planted in protected locations as I described in my other blog posts, HERE and HERE need…