Howdy! Another rookie! I live in Northern West Virginia, right on the boarder between zones five and six. I planted a hydrangea this spring and, of course, have a few questions.
First, the booms are taking FOREVER to open completely. Is this normal? One bloom was about 20% opened when I purchased the plant. Now, a little over two months later, it is still not fully bloomed.
Second, since planting the leaves have yellowed a little. They aren't actually yellow, just not as dark green as they should be. I do fertilize, though I have stopped since it has become hot. I remember hearing that yellowing has something to do with nitrogen, but I can't remember if it means too much or too little. The soil is pretty rocky and about 50% clay. I also mulch, so I would be surprised if it were too much N. I also have yellowing problems with my daylillies and a burning bush. The lillies and bush are in full sun. The hydrangea is in part sun.
Third, there are brown spots on the leaves that get the most sun. I am assuming that this is sun damage. The brown spots are in the middle of the leaves and fade as they move out. There are also brown areas on the tips and edges of the same leaves. I am planning on moving this plant up about ten inches closer to the house when it is dormant, unless someone tells me I'm way off base. (I can take it, I'm here to learn)
That's it for here and now!