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New to this but it doesn’t look too healthy
any help appreciated


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    At first glance I thought it was an hydrangea but I guess you know what you bought! 

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024
    These look like very ill hydrangea .
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    If it is a hydrangea it's flowering too early so has been forced. When did you put it in the garden? They prefer some shade. Did you dig over a 2ft square area first or just a hole?
    Did you bury it level with the level it was in the pot or have you planted too deeply? Have you watered it well and frequently. 

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    It is a hydrangea K67 👍.

    Hi Steve. I'd guess that it's a recently purchased one judging by the size of the blooms. ???
    These are often forced into flowering early to put on an enticing show in the shops. If this is the case yours might simply be finished for this year 😞.

    The good news is that they will come back at the right time next summer, the buds are just starting to burst on mine.
    Keep yours well hydrated while it settles in, and keep the base clear of weeds and stuff where slugs can hide. I think I spy a little slug damage to the lower leaves.

    You might have bindweed creeping in near the fence (heart shaped leaves to the left of the pic) ?
    You want to get rid, if it is.
  • Thanks all for your help,you are right it is a  hydrangea 
    yes shop bought and I presume as you say forced to flower 
    look forward to it next year
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,143
    Also best not to chop off the dead flowerheads until next spring. They usually do a good job of keeping frost from damaging the flower buds for next year that are just underneath the dead blooms

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • RubyRossRubyRoss Posts: 124
    It's hydrangea 'rendezvous cocktail'; I got one a few weeks ago
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