i've been considering (very strongly) growing hydrangeas in my garden this early summer. i've been reading a little bit about them this morning. here's a great hydrangea website that I found. i appreciate their careful explanations for how and when to do things, to aide my weak gardening thumbs. i'm learning.
i also just read about martha stewart's 1990's coming-out of her love for hydrangeas. she has some interesting historical backround about them and how to care for them. it's not as helpful as the first site i mentioned, though. apparently the woman has a serious thang for them. can't say i blame her.
my garden needs some hydrangeas...preferably the blue, which means my soil needs to be more acidic in order for that to happen. here's to hopin'! i suppose i could test the ph of my soil, but i'd rather just see what colors they turn out. if they're more pink-ish, your soil is more alkaline.
next on my list to learn: tulips! my other fav!
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totally random gardening tip of the day:
if your plants start to develop powdery mildew (a white/gray powdery fungal disease) on it's leaves, you can make a homemade fungicide. Here's a quick recipe: 1 T. baking soda, 1 T. horticultural oil (or 1/2 tsp. liquid soap- per another recipe I found) and 1 gallon of water. it did stress, however, to not spray on the leaves during extreme heat (90 deg F or higher).