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Re: Endless summer hydrangea problems

Postby A Closet Canuck » Jul 14, 2012 10:14 am

belinda_mayer wrote:I have to admit I gave up on the Endless Summer, I ripped it out. I really want a hydrangea that behaves like a shrub. I think I will go with an Annabelle.

With this drought though it may be a while before I plant anything.

I completely understand your approach. Good luck with Annabelle!
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Re: Endless summer hydrangea problems

Postby Grannygardener » Jul 14, 2012 11:45 am

I'm in zone 4 and have Limelight planted on the north side of my house where it's exposed to some fairly brutal winter cold (-40) and strong winds. I'm very pleased with it's performance. It remains erect and compact with no support and is now almost 5 ft. tall after about 4 years. I find the Annabelles very floppy and needing support,although the blossoms are humungous. Edie
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Re: Endless summer hydrangea problems

Postby A Closet Canuck » Jul 14, 2012 12:47 pm

'Limelight' is a nice-looking hydrangea. Glad to hear about its good qualities.
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Re: Endless summer hydrangea problems

Postby kelly_m » Jul 15, 2012 6:00 pm

Heidi...I have QuickFire and highly recommend it....blooms on old wood only...as a matter of fact, just acts shrub-like....I haven't had any new growth from the bottom like most Hydrangeas.

Very hardy for weather, drought, dogs........

For any Hydrangea that blooms on old wood.....well...it seems except Quick Fire....with the weather Ontario has had this year....the old wood was starting to leaf out in March....then the cold snap pretty much killed it, so if all you are getting is new wood....then don't be expecting any flowers this year.

i've been reccomending heavy fertilizing this year....bring on blooms for next!
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Re: Endless summer hydrangea problems

Postby styric » Jul 16, 2012 11:52 am

I fell in love with a Quickfire the other day, but the $$ price tag threw me off. Now that I've seen the reviews for it, I just might go back with my $20 off coupon and get that beauty.
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Re: Endless summer hydrangea problems

Postby kelly_m » Jul 17, 2012 6:20 pm

That works!!! LOL
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Re: Endless summer hydrangea problems

Postby A Closet Canuck » Jul 30, 2012 2:37 pm

Hmm! i just looked on the Proven Winners site for information about QuickFire hydrangea (H. paniculata 'QuickFire'0. The site says 'QuickFire' blooms on NEW wood.

So, I wonder what the deal really is? lol Was interested in getting this plant but i don't want something that blooms on old wood, given the erratic weather in winter and spring.
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Re: Endless summer hydrangea problems

Postby kelly_m » Jul 30, 2012 9:33 pm

Hey Trish

You are absolutely correct with that info.....I will have to double check my records...I was positive mine was Quickfire.

Mine acts very much like any other shrub.....does not come up with new growth in the spring, except on existing branches. Perhaps it is new growth on old wood? And it does age to pink, like the QuickFire does!

What ever the heck I have is incredibly hardy....Still going despite the incredibly dry summer we have had....Though I believ flower growth was stunted slightly...it did start to flower, but I think the drought dried up the flowers!

QuickFire does appear to be rather hardy though...comments like drought tolerant and will bloom every year despite any harsh winters.....so, I would still consider it if I were you!
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Re: Endless summer hydrangea problems

Postby Heidi S » Aug 01, 2012 12:06 am

My brand new Quickfire is blooming right now, and I planted it in June. So far so good, and one of my neighbours has been drooling over it, so she wants one too.

I had some birthday money from Mom-in-law, so I bought it and a 'Paprika' Osoeasy rose also from Proven Winners - it has bloomed well too. Liking them both for sure.

Kelly, this hydrangea is supposed to get 6' w x 8' h at mature size, so I am thinking that the shrub structure is definitely your old wood, and the blooms are just on the new wood. My flowers are just starting to age colour into a faint pinky tone - looking forward to it getting a bit more colour by fall.
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Re: Endless summer hydrangea problems

Postby kelly_m » Aug 01, 2012 7:22 am

Then It's what I have!

How about we sayNew growth wood and old wood new growth!

Would be a little less confusing! Esp with some of the new hydrangeas coming out!
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