Gardening information for zone 6 Ohio in neutral clay soil. The backbone of my gardens Hosta, Heather,
Heuchera, flowering shrubs, perennials, ground covers, conifers, and trees.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hydrangea Limelight Vanilla Strawberry Spirea

Gardening is basically at an end for most of us. We did receive a tremendous amount of rain for a couple weeks there and I did manage to get some things transplanted and a few new shrubs planted. I am changing over to more and more shrubs and feel that is mainly what I will have at some point, other than my Hostas, Daylilies, Sedum, and Mums that I have to cut back, which is still too much. Getting to hard to deal with all of that in the fall. Will of course keep my perennials like Heuchera and Lavender that are evergreen here.

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Hydrangea Limelight at the beginning of October. This is for those to see the amount of pink I am getting on my Limelight. I did notice this year on Limelight and Vanilla Strawberry that as it starts cooling off the blooms start turning pink. People in a colder zone may get more pink than I do. Limelight has added just a tad more pink since these photos.

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Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry keeps getting pinker. With only 3 blooms on my small one, I still have them in various stages of color so I can believe the photos I saw before purchasing were accurate and expect a lot more out of it as it matures. Vanilla Strawberry has pinked even more since these photos.

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Spirea Magic Carpet. A yellow shrub that adds some red highlights in the fall.


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Sedum Mr Goodbud blooms. The pink on this keeps deepening also as the weather gets cooler and cooler. I notice on this one that the pink is almost red compared to Autumn Joy and has a red tinge to it's stems. This is the second summer in my gardens and so far has stayed compact and erect as they claim, like Autumn Joy. We'll see what happens next year when I will consider it totally mature.

Times are incredibly busy for me and I don't have much time for blogging right now. Will try to catch up when things improve with my time.

43 comments:

Malia said...

stopping by for the blog hop! now following...

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Megan said...

Hi,
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Angie said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! :) I'm going to add you to my list, and I'm going to spend some time prowling around your 'gardens'. :D

Kippy Marrie said...

Amiguinha querida...
Feliz dia das crianças.
Amanhã aqui no Brasil comemoramos este dia. Entao parabéns pra gente que seremos eternas crianças.
Aus com amor da doguinha ...

KIPPY

Cathy and Steve said...

Glad I was able to find your blog! I love the rosy colors. Yes, this is such a busy time of year and I have also not been blogging as much as I wish I could!

Diane said...

They are all so beautiful, Cher. I think moving towards more shrubs will be an excellent fit for you! Gorgeous things, with just that much less work to fit your life!

Judy Haughton-James said...

These flowers are very beautiful. It is interesting how the pink gets deeper as it gets cooler. Take care and all the best to you.

Andrea said...

Cher, thanks for the early comment to the post i've just posted. I told ONG, my first commenter that if he is jealous of my perennials, i am jealous of your autumn leaves, and that is what we call 'balance in nature' haha! I am also telling you that.

Katie Hertfelder said...

Come back when you can. I miss your nice comments!

Larry said...

Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry is one that I'm anxious to give a try... the name alone sounds wonderful! Larry

Chloe said...

I'm a new follower from the LOL Hop. Hope you can stop by www.mamasmusingsblog.blogspot.com

Normies said...

Oh my. Lovely flowers! I love to photography flowers myself with my daughter. I take all the photos and she does all the sniffing!


From the blog hop, would love a follow back:)
new follower!'

Happy Homemaker UK said...

What a great year in your garden! Just beautiful :) XOL

MikiHope said...

What an absolutely beautiful website!! I am a new follower from Beauty Brite

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Jess said...

Your flowers are beautiful.

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greggo said...

Cher, it sounds like your busy. Thanks for stopping by cool and crisp. Greggo

Zoey said...

Hi Cher,
I hope things are starting to calm down for you.

I do like the color of Sedum Mr Goodbud, especially those pinkish stems. I am seeing so many new (to me) sedums this year.

I am thinking also the same lines with the shrubs in one of my larger garden areas. Just too much work each fall and spring trying to keep up with it all!

mombo880 said...

I love hydrangeas!
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Cherished Events said...

I love, love, love hydrangeas. New follower from the Super Stalker Sunday Hop.

Mark and Gaz said...

I love your hydrangea blooms Cher! And it's a bonus to have Sedum that remains erect and doesn't go floppy by late summer. Take it easy :)

Pam said...

Thanks for linking up to Garden Tuesday!

Heidi said...

Beautiful!!
New follower from the Weekly Book Blog Hop. Would love a follow back at http://pagesofgold.blogspot.com.

Autumn Belle said...

Lovely autumn blooms from your garden!

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amiguinhos.... OBrigada por estar sempre em meu bloguinho. Amo os meus amigos e nunca quero perder o contato.
Até mais amiguinho querido.
Aus da amiga do Brasil...

KIPPY

Andrea said...

It has been a longtime idea for us that hydrangea are pH plants, meaning the color of the flower depends on the alkalinity of the soil. Now I wonder if this is still true with the more varieties being produced. I wonder if your pink variety will turn blue if planted in alkaline soil. If i were you i will vary the soils in different pots and experiment a bit, then you might get blue and red pots!

Sissy said...

I finally added some sedum, this year, I was so jealous of everyone's autumn blooms..
I do get almost maroon blossoms on Limelight, she's in full shade and the blooms still look perfect, but i am envious of the Vanilla Strawberry!

Hope all is well and it's just every day life keeping you busy...
(a vote for more yorkie pics!)

Free eBooks Daily said...

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the cheese thief said...

I love hydrangeas. Mines are dying now... hopefully the come back in full bloom next spring.

I am a new follower.

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the cheese thief said...

K i think i followed correctly now :) I wonder if that button deosnt work on my blog either...
thanks for the info.

Deidre said...

Your hydrangea are lovely! I had no idea that they change colour depending on the temperature of the climate! It makes sense though.

BlueShell said...

What a wondrfull blog and amazing fotos.
You'll come when you have more tima; you are busy now...but I know you'll come soon.

Thank you.
BShell

BlueShell said...

Have a nice sunday.
Kiss

life...just saying said...

Beautiful flowers, and a pretty blog. New follower from Beck Valley Books.

Claire said...

I love Yorkshire Terriers and I am from Yorkshire.

I'm a new follower from Beck Valley Books Blog Hop and I have a book review blog www.clairesbookcorner.blogspot.com if you would like to visit.

Ginger Zuck said...

Cher, they are so beautiful! You have the green thumb for sure!! Thanks for sharing, I love them.

Larry said...

Hi Cher... Vanilla Strawberry is definitely on my list of 'gotta have its'! Thanks for including it in your post!
Larry

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Cher,

You are still enjoying fall colour...I will have to add these to my garden too! We have had a frost, it is just a matter of time now. Now the planning stages will begin.
Have a great weekend!
All the Best,
Christine

Sarah Kay said...

What a beautiful garden!!

I hopped over from the Meet Me Monday blog hop and I'm your newest follower on GFC :)

I hope you can stop by my blog sometime and follow back!

Have a great week!

Sarah Kay
@ http://magicallifeofmamas.blogspot.com/

Giga said...

Bardzo mi miło, że jesteś moim miłym gościem :-). Pozdrawiam

variegatagal said...

I love your hydrangea and spirea. I would love to grow them here in North Texas if I didn't think they would fry in our extreme heat.

Ginger Zuck said...

Cher, your hydrangeas are just stunning. The Limelight is to die for! I know about the time thing, this is the most I've done in weeks!! and I think it will just get worse.

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hi there!

i'm your newest follower from the weekend blog hop.
you have a really really nice blog here, but i'm sure you already knew that.

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hope you have the time to stop by and say hello!

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