We have a beautiful old Red Oak tree here in the gardens where I planted a Hydrangea petiolaris seventeen years ago and it has matured into the best specimen plant on our property. I was devastated last October when the early, heavy snowfall and the still leafed out oak combined to break most of the uppermost limbs off the tree. The damage was heartbreaking and it seemed at the time that we would lose the tree and therefore the beautiful hydrangea growing on it.
It took a couple weekends and many trips to the landfill to clear away the broken branches but there were still quite a few large limbs hanging up in the canopy that were a danger to the gardens and anyone walking under the tree. The good news is that we were able to find an arborist to remove the six or so broken limbs and prune back the damaged ends. A very tricky proposition because most of the "hangers" were seventy feet up in the canopy of the tree.
Anyway, he pronounced the tree in good health and it now appears that the tree is going to make it and I won't be losing my hydrangea. Wonderful, especially as this spring it's put on the best show of blossoms in its seventeen years here. The unexpected pruning by nature and Sayco Tree Service has given the garden at the foot of the tree and the hydrangea the added benefit of a bit more sunlight.
So I'm very pleased to know that we'll be enjoying this lovely vine for years to come... well crossing my fingers that we don't get any other extreme weather anytime soon to threaten the old oak tree...