I was looking with a bit of envy at some lovely hydrangeas at Carolyn's blog, sweethomeandgardenchicago.blogspot.com and Kylee's blog, ourlittleacre.blogspot.com
and got to thinking about my hydrangea aspirations and the pitiful reality. I planted this hydrangea four years ago, it has struggled and struggled in my alkaline soil, and the zone 5, dry desert weather I've got for it to grow in. There is little shade and no 'wet' spot in my yard. I have a few plants I nurse along, and this is one of them. It is about a foot tall, and chlorotic, and has one bloom on it so far this year. I have not been very diligent at giving it some acidic fertilizer(I've even gone so far, in years past, to throwing a brew of stale coffee grounds soaked in water with a bit of vinegar added on it) this year, so far. All it has gotten this year is extra water. Poor little thing! I will look into some of those zone 4 Hydrangeas and see if that might do better.