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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hydrangea Heaven

Now we all know that with the large leaf Hydrangeas ( Macrophylla) when you add lime to the soil the blooms turn pink and if you add acid to the soil the blooms will be blue.
But this bush seems to turn blue and purple-ish pink without any additives.
I have the theory that the cement poured in our house foundation contributes to an alkaline soil condition.
Or it could be just be how this cultivar behaves!
This photo is from the present and it looks like it is going to be a good "Hydrangea year".
The seasons warm start has made the bushes throw lots of blooms!
By the time these blooms fill out, the leaves will be barely noticeable.
'Endless Summer' and 'Nikko' are two of these type I have.
I believe this is 'Endless Summer" which is a little lighter than the 'Nikko' which turn a deeper blue.
'Annabelle' which is of the arborescens type starts out a lime green and turns white.
A young bush that is changing over.
This little crooked tree is a Pee Gee Hydrangea Piniculata. The wind is very stong in this garden.
The blooms are more of a cone shape and they start out lime greenish white and the take on a beautiful blush color as the season cools.
As the blooms become heavier they start to become pendulous.
This photo was taken in September of 2011.

So, these are a few of the types I have.
There are also Lacecaps and Oakleaf types, not to mention the climbing variety Lianas!

Hydrangeas are a wonderful flower as they are low maintenance, make good vase fillers and dry beautifully for wreaths for the holidays!


  1. What a stunning and beautifully placed Hydrangea selection! Your garden provides the perfect setting.

  2. Your hydrangeas are fabulous!

  3. That first photo belongs in a magazine--truly gorgeous! I hope my Pee Gee looks as nice as yours some day. My macrophyllas also do that ambiguous coloration. They can't seem to make up their minds. But I love them anyway.


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