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Hi I moved into a new house in march this year and there is a lovely large hyderangea at the front door. The leaves are browning and the flowers seem to be curling up an drying very quickly on new blossoms. I am trying to figure out if this is something to worry about and how i repair. I water it quite well (recebt hoth spell - twice a week) and fed it with wetlands hyderangea feed about 3 weeks ago. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you


  • LynLyn Posts: 23,083
    Looks ok to me, but best if you water around the base and not on the leaves, I think that could just be sun scorch. 
    Juts take off the offending leaves, it’s fine. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    I agree with Lyn, but also, any shrub against a house wall can be in a 'rain shadow', preventing rain getting to it, and the ground there can be drier than elsewhere in a  garden. It can benefit them from having a mulch after watering tohelp avoid moisture loss - bark is always a good option, but gravel or a thick  layer of compost is also fine. 

    Just keep an eye on it during long spells of dry weather  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    I would be watering every day when in flower. It is amazing how much water is lost through the leaves and flowers especially in warm weather. The rain shadow effect will also affect the need for watering. When watering  try to make sure that it is the ground in which it is growing which gets the water. It looks lovely and I haven't ever been aware of overwatering. 
  • darrencneldarrencnel Posts: 17
    Thank you all for your advice, I think the recent hot spell we had has naturally taken its toll. I feel I may have under watered during this period as well so will make some amendments here. Thanks again
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    Good luck with it @darrencnel. It looks healthy though, and I don't think you need to worry too much.
    It's easy to underestimate the amount of water you give a plant. You wouldn't go wrong by tipping a full bucket of water in at the base    :)

    I watched a woman the other day watering plants in pots at her front door. She had a tiny little jug which she poured onto a big pot of something blousy. I was almost tempted to say - try another four or five of those, but I was much too polite!   ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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