From the Nation’s Capital
The oak leaf hydrangeas are just beginning to lose their leaves. They truly are a four season plant… next they will reveal their exfoliating bark and the dried blooms will remain on the stems all winter. These plants were purchased at a nursery and the nurseryman had picked the seeds from a plant in DC (that was the story anyway). They are easily propagated from seed… I find self sown plants everywhere. These were only about eight inches tall when they were purchased and the rabbits ate them to the ground the first two years… now they are about 8 feet tall and one of my favorite shrubs in the garden. The fallen maple leaf on the blossom provides a perspective of just how large the blooms and leaves are.