Deer tracks in snow

This is the time of year to be alert to deer damage on hydrangeas. The winter weather pattern of deep cold, snow, and ice storms has made it increasingly difficult for them to get around and find food sources to sustain life. Deer tracks are the obvious tip off so here’s what to look for.

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Weather chart showing extremely low winter temperatures

Time to report on 2019 winter impact on hydrangeas. In early May, I went out to my Zone 5 garden to see what the past winter had done to my hydrangeas that bloom on old wood: big leaf (macrophylla) and mountain hydrangea (serrata). I also checked on the oak leaf (quercifolia) and climbing (petiolaris) hydrangeas I grow. 

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DIY shrub cover from discarded pallets

I woke up to 37 degrees F this morning, a stark reminder that I need to prepare some of my bigleaf hydrangeas (macrophyllas) for winter. Those that aren’t planted in protected locations as I described in an earlier blog post, and  http://lorraineb.wpengine.com/reporting-winter…rangeas-part-two/need a little help if I want to give them their best chance of…

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Winter view of ornamental grass

It’s time to start preparing your hydrangeas for winter. With autumn’s official start right around the corner on September 22, it’ a good time to start to get your plants ready for winter while the weather is still pleasant and mild.

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Local Winter Temperature Chart 2017-2018

This is the second of two reports on winter’s impact on hydrangeas. A brief recap here. In my last post, I detailed how I went out in May to assess winter’s damage, fearing the worst. We had had a 2 week stretch of exceptionally cold winter weather which typically freezes the flowers buds that sleep…

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Local Winter Temperature Chart 2017-2018

Time to report on 2018 winter impact on hydrangeas, part one. With this in mind in early May, I went out to my Zone 5 garden to see what winter had done to my hydrangeas that bloom on old wood. These are the big leaf hydrangeas (macrophylla) and mountain hydrangeas (serrata). I also checked on…

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