Regular readers might remember my series last year “The Challenges of Gardening with Dogs“. In my first post I shared how we moved a hydrangea bush out of the dog yard when I discovered that it is not safe for dogs. It was quite a project with the Dadz putting a chain on the large bush to pull it up with his tractor.
We then transferred it to a new location. It was questionable whether or not the bush would survive the move or not. It did survive, and I figure a good part of that is because hydrangeas aren’t really my favorite, so I wasn’t going to be upset if it didn’t make it. Therefore, this year it is thriving!
That’s OK, because in the long run I think it really does fit in very nicely with the landscaping where we put it. It is also a favorite for the bees and butterflies so that’s a good thing. The photo below is my first of Samantha with our gardens at the new house. This summer is the first time she’s been venturing outside, as we’ve shared recently.
Have you ever had plants or bushes that survived when you really didn’t care if they did or not? We had a barberry bush at our old house that we thought was pretty much dead, but we just left it. The next thing we know it came back to life and outdid itself. While that bush was very pretty, the flowers it had on it in the spring had an awful smell, which I always described as “dirty dish rag”. It sat right outside my office window by the couch which the dogs liked to lie on top of, so I often had to have the windows open! You guessed it too, we have the same bush at our new house, and we’re thinking about moving that one when we re-do the patio at some point too. I’m sure it will survive as well, so we will be sure to move it far away from the house!
Have a great weekend, I am off for a long weekend in Maine with the girls, so the crew will be in the capable hands of the Dadz for a couple days!
We are happy to be joining the Flower Friday blog hop hosted by Da DB Boyz! Please visit other blogs through the links below.
Lynn LaChance says
Good job by the Dadz there! Hmmm, wondering why hydrangeas are not your favorite, enough that you wouldn’t have cared if it didn’t come back…You should have had Dadz plant it in my yard! I have always wanted those!! I think they smell lovely, and the white ones that Margaret used to have turned a beautiful pink and bronze in the fall. Those were what I wanted-or of course the beautiful shades of blue they have come out with. I did see your comment on just not loving the white-so do those not change in the fall like the ones I knew of?
Actually, since I wrote this post, I’ve now noticed that they are starting to turn pink! Since it never really blossomed last year much, I didn’t realize. I like it better now. 🙂
Jodi Stone says
My whole yard. LOL it’s just a little jungle.
It doesn’t take long for it to get that way, that’s for sure! 🙂
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
wow that bush is doing great! Beautiful!
Da DB Boyz says
We are so very happy it survived(and thrived!) the move!! We are lucky our hydrangeas are in the front yard :-).
Thatnks so much for happing with us today and have a great weekend!
Arty & Jakey
We are always happy to join your hop…it’s been so fun sharing our flowers over the summer, and hopefully there will be many more before winter gets here!
Jackie Bouchard says
It looks great! Your whole yard does! I’m not great at gardening – all I can grow is cacti and succulents! (I’m good at knowing the names of plants… just not good at growing them.) 🙂
Hmmm….maybe we need to collaborate? I have quite a few here that I can’t name!! 🙂
And thank you…it’s really been a good year for flowers here.
Brian Frum says
That sure is pretty. We have a big one of those we moved from the front to our backyard and it is doing great!
That’s wonderful. I guess these bushes are tougher than they look! 🙂
Crystal Stewart says
Good Post. Joined your blog hop.
Thank you, Crystal! I’m glad you joined the hop, though it’s not my hop, it is hosted by Da DB Boyz (link above).
Melissa K. Clinton says
That is a magnificent hydrangea! I have had a few flowering bushes survive against all odds but most eventually died. LOL! Your blog arrived today!!
So glad you got it! We moved another bush last year….a forsythia, and that is one of my favorite bushes. You can probably guess that that bush did NOT survive. LOL
Dolly the Doxie says
We have some kind of hydrangea bush mom planted, it kept getting bigger and bigger every year but didn’t flower much. Before the concrete was laid she grabbed a branch with some roots and replanted in the only garden we have now and it’s growing pretty good! She’s glad she saved it but would have been okay if it didn’t make it. Love Dolly
Sounds like your Mom has a green thumb! I think sometimes cutting things way back helps them to flower better the following year. We’ve had that happen with other things too…oh, those lilac bushes I shared in the spring.
I love hydrangeas (and killed the first one I planted although the two that were here before me are still going strong), so I’m glad that yours survived! Everything at my house is survival of the fittest, so I try not to get too attached to any of them 🙂
That’s probably the best way to look at it! So much stuff comes up here, and I don’t like it all, so I’m trying to get out some of the stuff I don’t like as well, so the others can do better. We’ll see how that goes; I’ll probably end up with nothing. LOL
I wish I had such fab equipment for my backyard…. a heavy machine what makes efurrything pawsible oh yeah!
we once put 2 small roses in an ole bucket and furgot them there… the next year they bloomed like crazy… ;o)
Maybe just leaving things alone is a good plan! 🙂
Oh yeah, the Dadz has way too much fun with that tractor, and is always thinking up new things to do with it. LOL
Since my mom isn’t really into gardening, she doesn’t care much about the plants and shrubs outside. As long as they don’t die, she is happy. Ours flourish and are so huge, our house is being taken over by them! I think sometimes ignoring plants is the best way to get them to grow! We love the snowball bushes with their big flowers that are sometimes colored. Yours looks nice out front.
Thank you! I just wish we had some of the colored ones. These flowers are just plain old white, and even a bit tinged green. I just prefer more color.
Your Mom might be right; with gardening it could be that less is more, and there might be such a thing as trying too hard. I’m going to have to take that into consideration! 🙂