Annabelle Hydrangeas!

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in backyard, outdoors | 14 comments

My sweet Anna Belle was born on September 11, 2001.

My mother-in-law gave me an Annabelle hydrangea for a gift that fall.

I spent no time thinking about where to plant it, I just dug a quick hole by the garage and forgot about it.  At the time, I had Daisy who had been 2 for 2 weeks and a newborn baby.  I was in survival mode – not gardening mode!

The first year, I was sure that it had died.

The second year, it had some life and was actually looking like it might produce some blooms.

Unfortunately, Daisy was 3 that year, and loved to pick flowers.  While she was out playing one day, she picked ALL of the potential blooms off of the plant.  She brought me a little bouquet.  She was so proud!  How could I be mad?  Such a sweet, innocent gesture of affection!

I thought for sure that it would die now!

Eleven years later. . .

I guess that I picked a great spot!

The blooms are huge!  They are great for drying.  You just wait for the blooms to get “paper-like” and them you cut them and arrange them.  The key is letting them stay on the bush for long enough.

This bush has sent off smaller “shoots.”  They are usually towards the back of this bush.  I have begun to dig them up in the fall and transplant them to other places in my yard.  I will transplant these this fall.

This is a transplant from last year.  It has really taken off!

This is another transplant from last year!

The enormous vine beside it is bittersweet.  It produces the most beautiful berries in the fall.  I always bring them in for fall decorations!  It is a monster and will take over if given the opportunity!  I have to give it a good trim several times a year.

It provides great privacy for our backyard and helps to create a natural arbor along with the crepe myrtle. This one is the Natchez.  It produces white blooms in the summer.

You can see my children’s “fort” at the back of the side yard.  You can read how I made it here.

I will decorate this “entrance” when we are having a backyard event.  I am wanting to make a banner that will stretch from the bittersweet to the crepe myrtle.  Just another project to add to my list!

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  1. My AnnaBelle Hydrangea is such a late bloomer. (Your AnnaBelle Skidmore is progressing right on schedule–getting prettier every day! No late bloomer there!) How do you feed your hydrangea?

    • I do not do ANYTHING to it?! It just loves where it is!

  2. Your hydrangeas are beautiful. My daughter planted that kind this year. I have the Nikko blue one that was from a cutting that my sister in law gave me. It was planted in our back yard and did well. Then we had our pond enlarged and it got dug up and literally tossed up against the house and we never got around to planting it. Well, it planted itself and grew well. Finally this year we have blooms again.

    • When they are in a spot that they like, they will just make a way to survive!!! I have a Nikko blue that has not bloomed for 3 years? I have moved it, so I will see what it does this year. If it does not bloom again, I will be looking for a cutting from a friend! I just LOVE your blog!

  3. i used to have
    an annabelle hydrangea
    in a former home
    but had to leave it
    and have never planted another

    now i know
    what i want to plant this year

    your annabelle is lovely

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Love your party and your blog! I hope your annabelle does as well as mine!

  4. Those hydrangeas look great!

  5. Gorgeous! I just planted some hydrangeas last month but they are doing horrible….we’re planning on transplanting them to different spots tomorrow.

    • I have a Nikko blue that did not bloom for 3 years, so I transplanted it last year. We will see what it does in its new home. Once they are where they want to be, they will take off! Good luck with yours!

  6. Love hydrangeas and still am trying to get them to grow here in CO. I found 2 at Lowes Home Improvement on the clearance isle for 50Cents each! They were in gallon pots even and looked great so we shall see how they progress! I will have to be on the lookout for an Annabelle!

    • I do not think that a hydrangea would make it to the clearance rack here in the South! Ha!Ha! And, for 50 cents! You got quite the deal! Annabelles are my favorite. They might even be my favorite even if I did not have a daughter named Anna Belle. Good luck with them!

  7. Oh how beautiful. I love hydrangeas! Thank you so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

    • You are too sweet to comment on all of the things that I linked to your party! Thanks for hosting!!!


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