I have four to five large hydrangea bushes that all came from cuttings of one Easter hydrangea plant, which was bought at a supermarket many years ago. I know your hydrangea planting will be very successful, and you’ll have pleasant memories of the donor every year when it blooms.
This week’s dirt
Now that it’s May, are you wondering when to plant? Want to know how to forecast the weather? Gardeners have depended on these old May sayings and adages for generations:
“A cold May is kindly
And fills the barn finely ...”
“When oak leaves are the size of a mouse’s ear, it’s time to plant corn and other hot weather veggies.”
“Plant corn when the apple blossoms fall.”
“If a thunderstorm occurs before seven in the morning in April or May, we’ll have a wet summer!”
North Shore Gardener by Barbara Barger of Beverly is a feature of Friday’s Lifestyles section. Reach Barbara by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her c/o The Salem News, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915. Previous North Shore Gardener columns can be found at www.nsgardener.com.