This was the first hydrangea we planted. Subsequently we planted flaxes and some trees sowed themselves nearby.
The hydrangea had been swallowed up and had almost disappeared. I was reminded of it every week or so when I emptied the compost. Finally, last week, I decided it was now or never to rescue the scraggly shrub.
The little ride-on mower trailer comes in handy for all sorts of jobs. This load contained a bag of compost, a planting spade, fork, fertilizer, 1.3m crowbar, knee pads and other tools as well as the shrub soaking in a bucket of water.
I wasn’t able to dig the plant up without damaging the roots so about 80% of the top had to go.
The hole was dug and the plant was just about ready to go in.
Because the little shrub needed some TLC, I dug a large hole and removed the stones now piled up on the right. Over a half bag of compost (20+ liters) filled the void.
All tucked up under pea straw, the hydrangea is ready to rest up over winter and start growing in the spring.