This photo makes things clearer. Why do I call this the never blooming hydrangea? It’s a play on its name. This one and one you will see in a moment were sold as “ever blooming” hydrangeas.
Obviously, I don’t believe any hydrangea does that, but the idea was that it was supposed to bloom blue, turn purple and then turn green. Pretty neat. And yes, last year, they did. This year they took so long to leaf out that I thought they were dead. If appendicitis hadn’t intervened, they probably would already be compost.
As you can see, I had quite a bit of weeding to do.
This spot in particular needs a lot of work. Can you see the new hose coiled up under the weeds? We’re still waiting for the repair person to fix the water spigot and siding from where the tree damaged it in March. He came out to look at it and never returned in the fine manner of pandemic repair folks.
So I have done my work here. Now if we can get the water and siding repaired…..
In fact, I have done my work all along this garden bed. I fear that I will be using watering cans for the foreseeable future, however. But, on the plus side, maybe that will keep the weeds down.
As for the never blooming hydrangeas, I am giving them one last chance in my office garden. It’s a bit of a microclimate there because the building is brick. If they don’t bloom next year, it’s off to the compost pile.