It’s been a good year for hydrangeas. A damp spring and a wet start to summer means that this thirsty shrub, with its colossal, snowball-like flowers, is at its blowsy best right now.
Except mine is not. In my east London “yarden”, a prime spot is devoted to a Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Wudu’, whose leaves were scorched by some ill-advised midday watering during the July heatwave. As a consequence, the snowy white blooms have been denied their usual bounce. And that was before a family of foxes tore through the plant as they snuffled about in the soil for succulent bulbs.
My favourite hydrangea may have seen better summers but, before I consign it to the compost bin, I want to try propagating some...
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