Nature played a wee trick on us today in Edmonton. It is currently snowing and the ground is blanketed in perfect snowball making snow. Have you had time to winterize your garden yet? I have a Twist N Shout Hydrangea, a zone 4 experiment in my garden, around which I installed a large rose collar and filled with mulch. I’ll keep you updated in the spring as to how it fared through the winter. It’s not really in a protected spot as it faces southwest but it did really well this first summer in the garden. I love its fall colour and hope to manipulate the colour of the blooms next spring. At its base, before mulching, I applied a liberal amount of peat moss over the soil immediately beneath the hydrangea. I plan to purchase some aluminum sulphate next spring to further aid the colour change. (I’m not big on pink in my garden). I learned recently that if you apply the aluminum sulphate while the flower buds are beginning to form, you have a better change of affecting change in colour. I’ll let you know!
I’m including a couple other wintery photos just for fun.