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Blue hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 20:04

Hi Gold1locks. Sorry missed your reply. Is Aluminium sulphate the blueing agent Verdun mentioned?

Blue hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 20:02

Verdun,  You may have literally hit the rusty nail on the head.

The hydrangea is in the soil next to an outbuilding which has a rusty gutter which leaked badly very close to the hydrangea, but then the end piece fell off the gutter so last year the water leaked out at the end instead.

The metal gutter is due to be replaced with a plastic one, so perhaps instead of taking the old one to the dump I'll just "plant" it next to the hydrangea.

I've no idea what variety it is. It's been here years and has been shades of pink through lilac to a light blue.

We have an acid soil, but the hydrangea roots are right up against the bothy foundations so it probably gets varying pHs depending on weather.

What is the blueing agent and where can I get it?





Posted: 07/05/2013 at 19:20

Wild variety all over my garden. I leave them alone mostly, but why do the 7' ones always grow at the front of my borders an other awkward places?

Blue hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 19:07

Last summer my hydrangea had pink flowers - the year before they were blue.

I understand they become blue with increased soil acidity.

Can anyone tell me how to achieve this again?

Does my apple tree have a future?

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 15:30

Before the end of summer my crab apple tree looked like a bat roost with hanging clumps of blackened leaves all over it and not a single green leaf anywhere.

It escaped felling due to the bad weather in the winter, but this spring it is covered in green leafy shoots as if nothing had happened.

It is a tenacious tree having survived rabbit damage many years ago and severe damage by sheep later. The previous year it produced more fruit than I could deal with.

I'm still in half a mind to take it down to prevent the spread of fire blight, but it seems a bit mean and there are no susceptible trees in my neighbourhood.

Does anyone know if it is likely to survive?

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Blue hydrangea

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Does my apple tree have a future?

Does my apple tree have a future after fire blight? 
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