See.... I told you the blooms would be football sized. Okay...... they are obnoxiously colossal; but, my point is that correctly pruning Hydrangea paniculata is worth the time and effort. Notice that there are no dead and/or weak branches peaking out from the shrub? Almost every branch stem tip is in bloom. The few that are not, are lush, green and healthy. Didn't catch my post from the past about pruning them? No worries, as it needn't be done until next spring; but, take a look anyway.