Dead-heading Endless Summer Hydrangeas

Endless Summer Hydrangea - Twist & Shout
Endless Summer Hydrangea - Twist & Shout

A month ago we purchased  and planted two Twist and Shout Endless Summer Hydrangeas to commemorate the sites where we buried the ashes of our two beloved labs.  Beau – a wonderful, large, and stubborn yellow Labrador Retriever who passed away from cancer in Aug. of 2007 at the age of 8; and Sophie a beautiful black Labrador Retriever who passed away last fall from unknown causes at the age of 5.  Their ashes had been sitting in boxes and it was time to find a more permanent and restful place for both of them.  Since they both loved water, and subsequently the backyard pond, we thought it appropriate that their final resting spots would be on the backside of the pond.

The Hydrangeas bushes are doing well.  They like a lot of water, especially since the area is sloped and gets about 8 hours of sun a day.  If it doesn’t rain, I water them nightly. They were in full bloom when I purchased them from the nursery and those blooms are faded, but more blooms are forming.  A quick trim of the faded blooms made them look much better, and will encourage more growth and blooming throughout the summer.  I trimmed each faded bloom stalk back to the second set of leaves.

Both shrubs seemed to have faired the application of lawn chemicals on the neighboring lawns.  I’m looking forward to the new buds maturing for another colorful display of purple and blue blossoms.  I’m confident that if  Beau and Sophie were still with us, they would both care less about the blossoming hydrangeas  – as long as the pond was full and the shade was plentiful.