By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Last year was the summer of our discontent…. Remember how sad some hydrangeas looked? Those old-fashioned big leaf hydrangeas didn’t bloom last year because the winter before was so harsh it froze the flower buds they’d made the previous summer.

READ MORE: Chestnut Hill Hospital To Be Renamed If Sale Goes Through

And while this past winter was cold too, it wasn’t quite as bad and now, with warm weather in May and early June, most of our big-leaf hydrangeas are flowering quite nicely. In particular, the reblooming hydrangeas, like the popular ‘Endless Summer’ variety are full of flowers already.

READ MORE: Sheriff's Deputies Dismantle Protest Encampment At Site Of University City Townhomes

Which means that by now, if you still see some old brown branches sticking up out of your hydrangea, feel free to cut them off to make things look a little neater. Hydrangeas don’t really need pruning, but you can cut out those old bare sticks without fear.

MORE NEWS: List: Philadelphia Area Food Banks

If you twist the oldest sticks slightly and they pull out from the base, great! But, if not, just snip the brown branches off, so it looks a little less crazy. Then sit back and enjoy your pretty hydrangea blooms this year.