Kate C

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Hydrangea gone bonkers?

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 16:19

Again, many thanks Nutcutlet and also Iamweedy.

I'll do what you suggest and will come back and let you know how it worked out.

Have a good weekend.

Hydrangea gone bonkers?

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 15:41

Thank you Nutcutlet.

Is this the right time of year to do that now or should I leave it until Spring?

Hydrangea gone bonkers?

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 14:14

I've delved down to the bottom of the hydrangea and have found that there's one stem right in the centre which goes up, branches out, and these long stems are all coming from that. There didn't appear to be any visual difference between the stems at the base though, but perhaps down there there wouldn't be and they'd all just look kind of brown/grey anyway.

I've also looked at pictures of the cotoneaster lacteus and there's a definite resemblance but I've never had white flowers and there's no sign of any berries appearing and the back of my leaves are green and veiny pretty much like the hydrangeas, only smaller.

However, I am now wondering if you could be right about this.

But the question remains as to what to do about it.
If I leave it will it just take over the hydrangea, eventually killing it? Should I just cut it all out which seems to be a shame as it's gone to all the trouble to grow in the first place. Plus it looks to be a very nice shrub which the birds would enjoy. Or should I dig the whole thing up and try to separate it, which might not be easy or even possible?

Many thanks to you all for helping me with this, I do appreciate it, particularly as we live in an area where gardening can be pretty challenging at times and every plant is important.


Hydrangea gone bonkers?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 14:31

Yes you're right about the leaves growing alternately. I've just been to examine exactly where these stems start from and they are definitely coming from the main stems of the hydrangea. It just seems so odd to me.

Hydrangea gone bonkers?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 14:04

Thank you for your reply H-C.

I have attached a photo for you to have a look at as you suggested.


Hydrangea gone bonkers?

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 14:10

Can anyone tell me what my lace-capped hydrangea is doing please?

Over the summer it's grown some very long slim branches that are growing more or less upward out of the top. They vary in length but are roughly between 18 and 24 inches. The leaves don't seem to match properly with the rest of the shrub but they are growing from a main stem.

I had one or two last year but just cut them off as I thought they might be some sort of sucker and there are now 12+ of them looking like a row of antennas sticking up.

I thought of just cutting them all off like last year but wonder if that would just encourage more of them to grow next year. Does anyone know why this is happening?

PS Actually the birds quite like them as they sit on them swaying happily in the breeze and I don't dislike them myself really it's just that I'm curious as to why this has happened and if it has any meaning in the life of the shrub.

Help please.

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 12:01

Hi and thank you for your response. I just tried the link and had a horrid little experience in that the computer started flashing and within seconds I had 47 tabs open with more streaming in. I did manage to get out of it and get them all closed but it was quite scary. I've no idea what caused this but daren't go back there again.I do appreciate the fact that the link appears to be quite correct but something along the way definitely went wrong. I think I'll just look for a different pruning book.

Help please.

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 11:13

Thanks for your reply Obelixx. Wanted to buy this as a present.

Help please.

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 10:58

A little while ago I saw a Gardeners World publication (magazine, but not the regular monthly ones) solely about pruning. It was priced at £6.95 I think. I would like to buy one of these but can't find it anywhere. Does anyone know how to buy this online?

Gooseberry sawfly.

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:52

Steve 309...Thank you too for your help. Your recipe sounds very interesting and well worth a try I think and I did appreciate the humour too!

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