Here is the “before” picture…look at all those dried up blooms!
Before I show you the “after” picture I want to share a few discoveries I made along the way. For instance don’t you just love the moss covering the old branches?
And isn’t the pealing bark interesting? I don’t know if this is healthy for a Hydrangea but it’s only happening on the oldest branches. Speaking of I have no idea how old this bush is but there are a few seriously thick and craggily branches at the base.
A couple years back, when I was tired of looking at a big mass of bare sticks in the early spring, I decided to plant a few Clematis armandii 'Snowdrift' below the Hydrangea and let them weave their way through the shrub. The first year there were plenty of beautiful and fragrant blooms but last year, nothing. Am I wrong or do these look like flower buds?
Pruning away I found myself sandwiched in between the garage and the Hydrangea and realized this position affords a view of the patio not often seen. It’s so empty now, but in my minds eye I can see the table and chairs, countless potted plants and friends that will bring it to life in just a couple months!
Ok here are the after shots. A seriously smaller Hydrangea!
Sorry about the haze in these pictures, the sun wasn't cooperating with my shot, not that I'm complaining. Isn't it odd that someone planted this shrub right in front of the only window in the garage?
There is another benefit to cutting back the Hydrangea, I end up cutting off a few "new" canes, ones that didn’t have a bloom last year and instead have leaves forming on the tip. Since I am always on the lookout for something new to put in a vase and bring in the house these are perfect!
In the following weeks the leaves will open and we may even have blooms, I love bringing spring inside the house.