Dear Anne Gregory,
My whole family will get a real laugh out of me writing to a garden expert. The resounding chorus around our house is don't let mom touch it. I received a beautiful hibiscus for Mother's Day and everyone decided that my son-in-law should plant it.
I have been reading about your dilemma with your hydrangeas.
About four years ago I got a beautiful hydrangea plant for a gift. I kept it in the house until spring and then planted it on the south side of our house. It looked almost dead after a few weeks. Too much sun for it there. I moved it to the north side of our lattice fence. I bought Miracle-Grow for acid loving plants.
About every two weeks I mix up a batch according to the instructions on the package and put it on the plant. It is nice size now and every summer blooms with huge blue flowers. It is just loaded with blooms this year.
I have no idea what soil type we have. Just wanted to let you know what someone with a black thumb has done with a hydrangea.
I watch for your column every time it appears in the Journal Gazette. I will keep trying to keep my plants alive.