Keep an eye out for flowering hydrangeas over the next week. Our native bigleaf and smooth hydrangeas are some of my favorite flowering shrubs!
As much as I love what the Rhododendron flowering bloom means to our region (the coming of warm weather), the hydrangea bloom may actually be my favorite time of the year, horticulturally speaking. Maybe it is because I grew up with both the bigleaf (left image) and smooth (right image) hydrangeas at my childhood home. Maybe it is because of the great color these give off, especially when the blue contrasts with it's surroundings. Whatever it is, I enjoy it for sure.
We all have our favorite plants, shrubs, or trees, and regardless of type they each need attention and care. I recommend taking a good look at all your shrubs and trees for any signs of insects or diseases. Our roller coaster ride of weather change this year is sure to have an affect on your shrubs, just be sure you don't get caught up in it and suffer from pest infestation as a result. View our glossary if you'd like to learn more about insect & disease management, or consult with an Arborist to discuss shrub care options.