Day 77: Hydrangea pruning

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


‘Off with their heads’. As if channelling the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, I find myself just now in the mood for a spot of decapitation, and I have the hydrangeas in mind. There may be a frost or two before winter’s finally done, but now the leaves are beginning to appear I don’t feel able to hold off deadheading any longer. On poorer soils you can indulge your aesthetic side, cut to the base and encourage graceful, arching new growth. Do this on rich, moist soils and you’ll find your hydrangea flopping about under the weight of their lovely heads – so best to keep a framework of old, grey wood and simply snip out the dead stems. Your wheelbarrow will be feeling its prettiest this week, be sure to be lavish with compliments. 

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