I got a beautiful Limelight Hydrangea and I think I killed her. I don't know what I did wrong. I am so very upset.
Here is what she looked like before:
I walked out to my garden this morning to find her dry, dead, brittle and completely wilted. What little growth there was unaffected was followed by dead leaves, dying flowers and brown everywhere.
Here is what she looked like this morning:
(it's actually worse than this photo shows)
I watered her for over two hours straight and by the evening she showed no signs of improvement so in a fit of despair, I started cutting away all the dead branches.
Now it's nothing but branches and stubble protruding from the ground and I'm just devastated.
What did I do wrong? Why all the brown? All my other plants are fine and healthy except for my two hydrangeas, this Limelight and the Endless Summer in front (completely different location).
Are hydrangeas sensitive to bug spray? (there was a truck that came through the neighborhood last night and sprayed the trees and everything.) Is it a lack of moisture? Why are my hydrangeas dying on me?
Please help me. Please tell me what to do to nurse this Limelight back to health (even though her nickname is now Stubby.) Will she come back next year? Have I made it even worse? Should I pull her up and give her a proper burial then get another one and start all over again?