After this Winter, I’ll Take Endless Summer®

We have gone from this winter002 to this, in less than a month. And I am ready to get my hands dirty and the yard pretty. Anyone else want to join me? First, the crucial step to a beautiful garden is editing. Want to know a secret? The best way to rid your garden of English Ivy that has “gone wild,” is to use a half-moon spade. Just wedge the blade underneath the soil about two inches and shove. Up comes Ivy runners and roots, giving those flowers, shrubs and trees a chance to take a deep breath. But, this is not easy work, and not for the faint-hearted. Want to know another secret? You need to clear up some of that ivy, and trim a few shrubs if you want to look outside and see endless beauty. Yes, grab that half-moon spade and get to work — but know that you’ll still need to do your share of pulling, and digging. Clear space is a sign that there is a gardener at work. I learned all this from my neighbor, Linda, a proper landscape architect. More importantly, Linda is also a gardener. Did you know there’s a difference? Linda’s landscape is not just artistically balanced, but reveals a subtle color wave that moves slowly through the months, starting in March and flowing all the way through to November. Her front step pots are not just a showcase for summer annuals, but are part of that subtle wave that moves the flower parade up to her front door. Clearly, there is an evolving master plan. She gave us her certified approval to pull out some hideous looking bushes, and to replace them with some color – specifically, hydrangeas in that beautiful, lavender blue, like the BloomStruck™ from the Endless Summer® Collection.   hydrabgea287
 Hydrangeas are one of our “native” plants, existing around the time of the American Indians, who used the plant to treat bladder diseases. Now, this “old” plant has been giving a new fresh twist to delight busy gardeners like us. This hydrangea is from the world’s first and best-selling assortment of re-blooming hydrangea. Don’t you just love that shade of blue? The Endless Summer® hydrangeas are easy to grow, requiring a low investment in time, money and effort for a big reward. You can plant them straight in your yard, in a shady place, and they’ll continue to bloom all summer. Plus, you can put them into containers, and later cut and dry them for flower arrangements. birthdays001 It’s time to get busy out there… and wipe away all those memories of the “white winter” and add some Endless Summer® to our yards! So here’s my question to you. Did that horrendous winter we had, when we thought the snow would never stop falling, and the temperatures would never rise about freezing, make you want to get outside and get your hands in the dirt to create some beauty for your own yard?  

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73 comments to “After this Winter, I’ll Take Endless Summer®”
  1. Yes our endless winter made me want to work outside more. I was pulling weeds the other day, and next I will do some planting.

  2. The long hard Winter made me really happy to get outside and start planting flowers this spring.

  3. I live in Michigan and are winters are crazy. So I am so happy to be outside in the yard/garden on these nicer days.

  4. I’m from Michigan also and I agree that we thought the snow would never end! I love being able to be outside to clean up the beds. Planted a lot of perennials this last weekend, but would love to plant some of these beautiful hydrangeas!

  5. We have an apartment, so no garden, but I would love growing these! They’re beautiful. I would get one of the blue.

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  6. i’ve never grown them but they are so gorgeous. I’ve always wanted to plant my own garden but I just dont know how to go about it. I need to go buy a book on this, but your post really encourages me!

  7. I have definitely been wanting to garden since the weather got warm. We had some hydrageas that were cut back too far by an unfortunate landscaper, so I definitely want to plant some more!

  8. This winter was especially bad in KS, lots of snow and cold temperatures so I am very anxious to start planting. These flowers are beautiful.

  9. I love the blue hydrangeas, I do not currently have any in my landscape but we are currently redoing the yard so I think I will add some because they are beautiful.

  10. We had such a long and frigid winter, I cannot wait for spring/summer to come and gardening fun to begin.
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  11. I am so done with snow and the cold temperatures that I can’t wait to see things growing!

  12. I hope I never see another winter like we had. Love to be outside in my garden now that it is warm.

  13. I LOVE Hydrangeas.
    It would definitely be a hard choice. I think I’d pick blue, to appease the husband. I once saw a plant that looks JUST like a hydrangea but was pure white… What could that have been?

  14. We had a heat wave here in southern California while other states had snow! The down side is we can’t grow plants that need some cold. I stick to mostly semi-tropical plants.

  15. I love my garden it’s mostly roses but I think this year I might just grow hydrangeas, they are beautiful!

  16. I don’t grow hydrangeas since they wouldn’t make it here in FL, but we’re moving to PA so I hope to grow them there!

  17. I couldn’t wait to get in my yard after the long winter we had. I love the beauty of hydrangeas.

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  18. I couldn’t wait to fix up the backyard so that it would be ready for the spring and summer not only planting flowers but helping the grass re-grown to the lush, beautiful landscape we have now.

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