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Wednesday, July 13, 2022


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Kris P

You're so thoughtful with your planting strategy, Linda. I need to learn to do more of that - I tend to fall in love with individual plants and bring them home, assuming I can cram them somewhere appropriate.

Linda Brazill

KRIS — If I order plants online in the winter I always know where I will put them. This spring I planted them all just where I planned. And in the last week, I think I've moved almost every single one to a spot I like better. Either it looks better with the nearby plants or the conditions are more suitable. I think I spend as much time planning as replanting.

Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening

Your mention of Mary Nell sent me to the Mt. Cuba report on hydrangeas. Interesting to see how the ones I already have fall on the pollinator scale. I'm going to try to be more mindful of this trait if/when I add other hydrangeas to my garden.

Linda Brazill

KATHY — I think the day after I wrote that post, I got an email from a place that specializes in Hydrangeas. I'd told them to let me know if Mary Nell became available. They had 5 of them, so I ordered one. 'Haas Halo' came in No. 1 on the Mt. Cuba trials but it has flowers that are 10 inches across, which is just too out of scale with the rest of my plants. 

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