Spring is finally in full force, and the results of our hard winter are now in evidence.
mophead Hydrangeas seem to have been particularly affected by the
extended cold temperatures. Now is the time to prune them back to the
easy to spot viable buds by simply pruning them back to just above a set
of new leaves.
may see a reduction in flower buds this spring due to the deep freeze,
however. This year will serve as an excellent indicator of which
varieties truly have the ability to bloom on new wood as well as old,
and of which varieties are the most reliably winter hardy.
panicle Hydrangeas like Limelight and Tardiva are also actively growing
now. Be sure to remove last year's spent flowers so as not to interfere
with the tidy appearance of the new growth and subsequent flower buds
that will emerge later this summer.
varieties of Quince are close to finishing their blooms and you should
prune away one third of the oldest canes and any rangy or crossing
branches as soon as flowering ends.
the spent flowers of Lenten Roses now, as well, if excessive seedlings
aren't desirable. The flowers make great additions to spring bouquets.
Simply emerge them up to just below the flowers in warm water for a few
hours before using them in arrangements.
Enjoy your plants and treat them well.