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sjeking
Feb 11, 2018 9:01 AM CST
I'm renting a house and the landscaping is a bit of a mess. I believe I see hydrangeas here but what are the long ones? How should I take care of these until spring? They are long and going into my neighbors yard. Thanks for the help!!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 11, 2018 10:33 AM CST
Hi neighbor and welcome to NGA! I'm up the road in Summerville.

Hard to tell what the other stuff is .. possibly Canna Lily. You'll want to clear out all the dead stuff, find the crown of the Hydrangea and cut that back to 3, maybe four leaf nodes then sit back and see what pops up! In the lower right hand corner, looks like you have a few Oak Tree seedlings .. go on and pull those up gently so you get the tap root and it won't come back.

That black flexible pipe looks like it might be for drainage of some kind.
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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2018 11:19 AM CST
Yes, they look like dead Cannas (in amoung the Hydrangeas)
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greene
Feb 11, 2018 11:28 AM CST

@Xeramtheum already said everything I would have said. Thumbs up Yep, a good clean up. I's put the dead stuff in the trash rather than the compost as you have no way of knowing if there have been any crap sprinkled/sprayed.
From the photo I'm not sure if the drainage pipe is connected to anything but be careful working around it as it may be connected to a downspout or something.

If you are new to the Charleston area there is a super plant swap in North Charleston coming up soon. You can get lots of new plants. Thumbs up
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 11, 2018 11:43 AM CST
North Charleston Plant Swap date is April 28th! You know I'll be there Greene.
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Charleston SC
sjeking
Feb 11, 2018 12:29 PM CST
Awesome! The plant swap is on my birthday so I'll have to go splurge!! Should i be pruning cannas or pulling from the root? Here's a better pick if that helps. And yea, the drain is functioning....I'm downtown so lots of flooding!!
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porkpal
Feb 11, 2018 12:36 PM CST
Pull or cut the dead leaves off the Cannas. You might want to let them grow back and bloom before you decide whether or not to keep them. Keeping them will be much easier than getting rid of them. The little oak seedlings, however, probably should be removed before they get any bigger; it will already be difficult to pull them.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 11, 2018 12:46 PM CST
The Canna are rhizomes that stay in the ground so all you need to do is cut off all the dead stuff to the ground ... and like @porkpal said, you'll be wanting to get those Oak seedlings out of there ASAP. The easiest and best way to do that is to get a fork like a BBQ fork and dig around next to them and under .. what you're wanting to do is loosen the soil around the tap root - pull gently so you don't break the tap root. If you're successful you'll see the remnants of the acorn seed come up with it.
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

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Charleston SC
sjeking
Feb 11, 2018 12:57 PM CST
You all are so helpful! Thank you!
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 11, 2018 12:58 PM CST
You're quite welcome! That's what we are all here for, to make new gardening friends and pass on information.
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