Michelle


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A mixture of traditional and vintage look, with always a white backdrop to start with, and the use of refurbished antique pieces of furniture, for a unique look.. 
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Michelle
Thank you for the nice comment. The large green bush is a blue hydrangea that is not yet in bloom. The picture was taken in June and hydrangeas start blooming in the beginning of July.
last Friday at 8:32am   
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Michelle
Hi,
Sorry for the delay in responding.
I suspect you could cut your hydrangeas back harshly, but the first year you won't have many flowers.
The other solution would be to transplant them somewhere else, where the size wouldn't be a problem. I transplanted many of mine and they are doing fine. Again, the first year after having been moved, they won't bloom too much, but the second year they should thrive.
last Thursday at 10:07pm   
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67domer
The light blue and deeper blue/purple flowers are hydrangeas. They like part shade, and colors changes with soil, I.e. More alkaline soil changes color. Very easy to grow!
last Thursday at 5:54am   
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Michelle
Yes, 67domer is right, they are hydrangeas and they are blue, or purple here because the soil is acid. If the soil is alcaline, they are usually pink. I planted many of them that were originally pink, but after a year or two they became blue.
last Thursday at 9:57pm   
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raku2day
Thanks Michelle, We are trying to decide on either a cryptomeria nana or the weeping hemlock
April 4, 2014 at 5:56pm     
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Michelle
Hi,
I was not familiar with the cryptomeria nana, but it looks rather nice. According to what I read about it, it seems that it won't grow as big as the weeping hemlock. So, it all depends on how high you want it to be. Mine are more than 10 feet high now.
April 5, 2014 at 10:47am   
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Michelle
This is a Pieris Japonica "mountain fire,"lily of the valley.
It's a very hardy evergreen shrub with pretty white pendulous clusters at the beginning of spring.
April 4, 2014 at 3:15pm   
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Michelle
I did some research on the internet, and the Weeping Hemlock or Tsuga Canadenis Pendula tree seems to be similar to mine. I have many of them in my garden and here is a picture of one of them that will give you a better idea. Hope this will help!
April 3, 2014 at 11:34pm      Thanked by raku2day
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raku2day
Beautiful work. Thanks
April 4, 2014 at 11:34am     
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Michelle
It's a Nikko blue hydrangea.
April 3, 2014 at 11:12pm   
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raku2day
Michelle, I thought that you were supposed to cut back hydrangea after bloom. Do yours bloom in early march or are they the type that bloom on new shoots.
March 26, 2014 at 5:16pm   
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Michelle
I cut back my hydrangeas around the 20th of March, never before. Actually, I have just started to prune them last weekend...
They will be in full bloom at the beginning of July, and will keep their vivid colors for at least two months. Then they begin to fade gradually. Yet, they still look very nice until the end of October.
March 26, 2014 at 6:58pm     
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