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Spring Thoughts by Chris Cosby

Spring is finally in full force, and the results of our hard winter are now in evidence.

The mophead Hydrangeas seem to have been particularly affected by the extended cold temperatures. Now is the time to prune them back to the easy to spot viable buds by simply pruning them back to just above a set of new leaves.  

We may see a reduction in flower buds this spring due to the deep freeze, however. This year will serve as an excellent indicator of which varieties truly have the ability to bloom on new wood as well as old, and of which varieties are the most reliably winter hardy.  

The panicle Hydrangeas like Limelight and Tardiva are also actively growing now. Be sure to remove last year's spent flowers so as not to interfere with the tidy appearance of the new growth and subsequent flower buds that will emerge later this summer.  

Most varieties of Quince are close to finishing  their blooms and you should prune away one third of the oldest canes and any rangy or crossing branches as soon as flowering ends.  

Remove the spent flowers of Lenten Roses now, as well, if excessive seedlings aren't desirable. The flowers make great additions to spring bouquets. Simply emerge them up to just below the flowers in warm water for a few hours before using them in arrangements.

Enjoy your plants and treat them well.

Posted by chris cosby at 12:30 PM


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