Saturday, January 2, 2010

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 73

I recently bought a potted plant, a Shooting Star Hydrangea. When I spotted it in the grocery market I had never seen one before and I thought it was extraordinarily beautiful.

I would like to keep it long enough to put into the garden when the warmer weather arrives. I have been searching on line to find out how to take care of it.

This is what I learned: Hydrangeas are acid loving plants. Use mear acid by Miracle Grow. You can also toss your "used" coffee grinds by the base of the plant. The majority of all soil is deficent in acid and most soils are on the alkaline side. I don't know what zone you live in so this advice is general. It isn't a good idea to place this plant in direct "hot" sunlight for a long period. Good morning sun from sun up until about 11:00 is ok. But hot afternoon sun will scorch the leaves. Keep your soil moist but do not overwater. Over-watering will kill any plant. Water only when the soil is drying out.

They will reach 3 to 5 feet in height and can be just as wide. Shooting Star is a lacecap hydrangea that has fertile flowers in the center of sterile white florets. The star-shaped flowers begin as pure white, remain that way for five weeks and then turn a pale green. The flowers will last another four to five weeks in their green phase. With proper care you can enjoy Shooting Star's long bloom period in your own garden for many years.

Fertilize hydrangeas once in March and once in June. Use a balanced fertilizer like a 10-10-10 and follow manufacturer's directions for application. Avoid feeding during the end of summer or in the fall. Never apply fertilizer during the winter.


Prune a young Shooting Star hydrangea in the middle of summer to establish a pleasing branch structure. Summer pruning gives the hydrangea time to harden new growth before winter. Cutting main branches and shortening stems at this time gives you a chance to create a bushier plant.

Trim a mature Shooting Star hydrangea only to remove dead wood every 5 years. Cut off one third or less of the Shooting Star's oldest stems down to their bases. Trim any stubs at the base back to the main trunk. Remove dead wood on branches, but do not tip cut all branches as this will remove flower buds.

Well, there you go. Hopefully with all these useful tips I will be able to keep it thriving.

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37 comments:

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Hello Denise and Happy New Year. What a beautiful flower. I have never seen one before now, so pretty. I do hope you have success with it. A x

AL said...

Thank you for the information on hydragenas, and it's good to know that they like coffee grounds, I know where to put it now.

Happy New Year Denise!

AL

gigihawaii said...

Lovely flowers! You have such a great eye for beauty, Denise!

SquirrelQueen said...

Denise, that is a gorgeous Hydrangea. Thanks for the information.
Happy New Year,
Judy

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

Hydrengas do well in Washington..I would love this one. Currently my favorite is the Oak Leaf Hydrengas

Kay said...

You sure do take the best flower photos around, Denise and I do love flowers.

I noticed that Star Hydrangea on your header earlier and was really awed by it's beauty. I love how the back light makes that flower come alive.

Caroline said...

Happy New Year Denise to you and yours. Thankyou for following my blog this past year.

Gattina said...

Looks very beautiful ! I have never seen such a flower !

Evelyn Howard said...

Denise
It's really really beautiful - the petals look like paper... Love it. Evelyn

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is such a pretty plant. I must search through my archives for a post for todays flower post.

Gill in Canada

Tes said...

Oh wow, I would love to get one for myself too. Such dainty flowers. Those are so pretty! Good capture too. Amazing macros, Denise!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Your Shooting Star Hydrangea is certainly thriving now. What a beautiful plant!

Rosamaria said...

Indeed, this flower has an extraordinary beauty, Denise and I did not know it.

Thanks for your company during 2009 and hope to continue during this new year in which I wish much happiness for you and your family.

Today I put the photos on the blog that you authorize to use. Thank you.

jabblog said...

That is such a lovely hydrangea and one I've not seen before. The flowers are so striking and I like the idea of them turning green as they age - most unusual! I shall be keeping an eye out for it as hydrangeas do very well in our garden.
Thank you for sharing :-)

eileeninmd said...

Denise, I love the Shooting Star hydrangea. Your first photo shows it beautifully. I guess your zone is close to mine, for me to see if it will grow here in Md?

Carver said...

What a gorgeous variety of hydrangea and such an informative post. I have an established hydrangea which put out babies (separate plants but shared a deep root with the parent plant. I separated it and now it's a separate established hydrangea bush. So you never know maybe once yours is established it will reward you with another bush.

Sunny said...

I love Hydrangeas but I'm not familar with that one, it's really gorgeous.
Such joyful pictures on a bittery cold winter's day.
Sunny :)

Indrani said...

Useful info shared, thanks Denise.

I wish you and your loved ones a Very Happy and Safe 2010!

imac said...

Beautiful white flowers.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful Denise... Good luck with your Hydrangea.... That is a beautiful bloom. I'll be waiting to hear how it looks IN your yard in the spring/summer.

Hugs,
Betsy

twobarkingdogs said...

Beautiful!

Thanks for sharing.

Roy said...

Those flowers are quite perfect Denise.

Lotus He said...

How lovely of the beautiful hydrangea, I have seen the plants before but not so pretty.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

This is one spectarcular and rare Hydrangea specie indeed! Haven't seen one before. Beautiful and immaculately white which makes it more stunning!

Happy New Year to you Denise!

My entry is here.

Stine in Ontario said...

It IS extraordinarily beautiful! I would have been temped to pick that plant up too!

Anonymous said...

a good sunday afternoon to you...the hydranga is lovely...like the petal formation. hoping you are able to keep it healthy til spring :) as cold as it is right now, i am wishing it would be spring tomorrow.

hugs

Denise said...

Strawberry Jam Anne, Happy New Year to you too. I always joke I have a bit of a toxic thumb instead of a green one, but I am keeping my fingers crossed, along with my toes ;)

AL, you are very welcome. Happy New Year to you too.

gigihawaii, you're so kind and thank you.

SquirrelQueen, you're very welcome and thank you. Happy New Year Judy.

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures, I'll have to look out for that Oak Leaf Hydrengas

Kay, you say the sweetest things. I love them too. Lighting says a lot on photographs. I have been picking up some good tips just by looking at others', including yours. Love this blogging world :)

Caroline, you have a lovely blog and I have enjoyed visiting. I look forward to many more visits in 2010. Happy New Year to you and yours also.

Gattina, it was new to me too. It is fun to discover new things.

Evelyn Howard, thank you and you're right they do.

Gill, I have seen the flower photo you posted - beautiful!

Tes, thank you very much.

Linda, and I hope it keeps thriving. Still got those fingers and toes crossed ;)

Rosamaria, thank you my friend and the same to you and to all your loved ones. It has been fun visiting your blog also. I shall enjoy visiting again soon.

jabblog, you are very welcome, and this type of hydrangea seems to be a new find for many of us.

eileeninmd, I think so. If you plant any you'll have to let me know some good pointers. I suspect you're a better gardener.

Carver, your garden must be a lovely sight. I will do my best with this one and let you know.

Sunny, me too, they are such a beautiful flower in all their forms. Stay warm! :)

Indrani, thank you and the same to you and your loved ones.

imac, thank you my friend.

Betsy from Tennessee, thank you I'll need it and so will my hydrangea - ha!

twobarkingdogs, thank you!

Roy, thank you too.

Lotus He, thank you. I have seen other types of hydrangeas, but not this one so I was very happy to have discovered it.

Bonnie Bonsai, I agree with everything you said. It is one of the prettiest I have seen. Happy New Year to you too Bonnie.

Stine in Ontario, well, I couldn't help myself. As soon as I saw it, it was in my basket :)

Denise said...

Anonymous, thank you and a good sunday afternoon to you. I agree, roll on spring! :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Denise: What a neat flower and you should enjoy it until Spring returns to us.

Happily Retired Gal said...

What unique and beautiful hydrangea blossoms. My hydrangea struggles because it's in the shade of my lime tree too much of the day, but methinks I'm going to start putting my coffee grounds on the ground around it and see if that helps. Thanks for the tip ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Regina said...

Happy New Year again.
Those are very dainty and so pretty!
Thank you for sharing.

Linda Reeder said...

That is a beauty. The trick is to keep it healthy until you can plant it out. Plants in bloom now have been forced in a greenhouse, so their natural pattern has been disrupted. But it should be ok with a little tlc.

Michele J said...

Well, how about that! I learned a lot about hydrangeas that I wasn't aware of. I really DO appreciate that information, Denise. The photos are stunning.
I'm sorry for not being around much, so much going on in life that takes me away from the computer but know that I think about you... and occasionally I come around to peek in on your posts.
Happy New year to you and your beautiful family... I hope 2010 will be a successful and special year!
Hugs and kisses♥

Eve said...

That is a beauty Denise! Good luck with it. I hope it brings you many years of beauty.

Denise said...

This Is My Blog - fishing guy, I will give it lots of TLC in the meantime.

Happily Retired Gal, you're very welcome. Let me know if those coffee grounds work. I have a friend who always uses them for her flowers. Hugs and blessings to you too :)

Regina, and to you also Regina. Happy you enjoyed my flowers.

Linda Reeder, thanks for that interesting information. TLC it is then, on a wing and a prayer :)

Michele J, you are very welcome. I am enjoying learning these things as I go along. Lovely to see you but I also understand, life keeps us busy and you also have that new puppy. Give Blu a kiss on the nose for me :) Happy New year to you, Marcell and Blu, loads of joy to all of you.

Eve, thank you. I appreciate that.

Mumsy said...

I took some pictures of these flowers also. Coincidentally, this morning I saw them in my archive and was wondering what they are. I just know that they are just stunning..

Thanks for the information, and stopping by..:-), so happy you did!

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