|Notice the small pink Hydrangeas|
Two mysterious things have been going on in my garden. In the front by the driveway I have 2 large blue hydrangeas. In front of them Mac had taken a cutting from one of them and started a new plant in a pot which has done very well, but surprisingly its flowers are pink instead of blue. Hydrangeas grown in acidic soil produce blue flowers and those grown in slightly alkaline soil produce pink ones. So at first I assumed the soil in the pot must be alkaline, but Mac took a closer look and found a small iron garden fork in the pot and that's what had caused the color change! I'd always heard that putting iron in the soil would give you pink hydrangeas and now I know it's true.
|Caladiums in a Pot|
The other mystery, the one we haven't solved, has to do with my caladiums. I always put a pot of caladiums in my shady side garden, I never plant them in the ground. Well this year 2 caladiums came up on their own, the first in the front flower bed just down from the hydrangeas and the other out in the garden area under a cedar tree. How did they get there? I haven't a clue. I always buy the caladiums already growing, though once in a while I'll buy the "tuber" and grow them that way, but always in a pot. I looked up propagating them and it said they flower and propagate that way or you can divide the tuber. Well my caladiums have never flowered and I've never divided them, so I have no idea how I got the new plants. I'm not complaining, I'm just mystified.
|Front Yard Caladium|