Last spring/summer it seemed that everywhere I looked, I saw the most beautiful hydrangeas. They were on magazine covers, in neighbors' yards and just about everywhere. They were all so so beautiful. Being the copycat that I am, I really wanted one in our yard! So I bought one, planted it and took great care of it. Generally, Rickster is the gardener and I am the mower. But, I gave that hydrangea special attention and mixed some stuff in water every month to give it so that it would have the beautiful purple/blue flowers instead of white ones. Since last year was its first year, it didn't really bloom, but I had great hopes for this year.
Had is the operative word. Rick arranged to have someone trim the rose bushes, boxwood bushes, etc. while we were at DisneyWorld. When we first got home, I thought -- hmmm - the front yard looks really bare and empty. I then realized that some serious trimming had occurred. The climbing roses (which admittedly were pretty old) were gone entirely and other bushes and shrubs had been cut way way back! But, imagine my horror when I discovered my beautiful hydrangea had been cut down to a 1-2 inch stub!! I had a smidgen of hope that maybe it would grow really really fast this spring, but that is pretty doubtful. When I googled pruning hydrangeas, one site said that hydrangeas should never be pruned!!! I know it sounds silly, but I am little heartbroken about the loss of that plant. I would put a photo of the current status of the hydrangea, but it is just too sad to look at. Take my word for it -- it consists of about a couple little bitty sticks and that's about it.
Somehow I don't think the nursery is going to honor their one year life guarantee on the plant! Kind of doubtful that the guarantee works when you (or some else) hacks it to death. But, I will not be deterred! I will go out and buy myself a new one and this time I think I will put a little fence around it and guard it religiously from anyone holding a pruning shears!